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Opening Reception - "Mapping a Nation"

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

APS Museum

104 South Fifth Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mapping a Nation, an exhibition at the APS Museum. April 12 - December 29, 2019. On green background with a compass.

Exhibition Opening Reception - Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Join us to get a first look at the APS Museum's latest exhibition—Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic.

Enjoy refreshments and our latest exhibition. Explore the processes that produced maps—surveying, drawing, engraving, and printing—in addition to the information and ideas contained in maps from the APS collections. The Curators of the exhibition, Dr. Erin Holmes and Dr. Janine Boldt, will be available throughout the reception for behind the scenes stories.

Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning. Highlights of the exhibition include a 1757 copy of the John Mitchell map of the British Empire in North America, recently acquired surveying instruments, George Washington’s copy of the 1792 map of Washington, D.C., and maps from the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

RSVP Requested. Refreshments courtesy of Yards Brewing.