“To hell and gone:” Cartoon Maps of Alaska since 1867

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Ruggles Hall

Presented by Amanda Murphyao, PhD Candidate at Carleton University

Found in the lower left hand corners of many maps of the United States today, images of Alaska have appeared in cartography and political cartoons since the Alaska Purchase in 1867. Amanda Murphyao will share international and domestic political cartoons alongside historical maps, including a map of the North Pole from Observatory Books in Juneau. The images from atlases, postcards, handkerchiefs, textbooks, and newspapers comment on American north-westward expansion through visual representations of Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush, Alaska Boundary Commission, statehood in 1959, and up to the present day. Murphyao will also share some contemporary tongue-in-cheek Alaskan maps that reply to dominant representations of the territory as a disembodied island in a small box next to Hawaii.

Cost and registration information: 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map-Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.