Event—Public Programming

Canceled - An Exploration of County Atlases

The Newberry and the Chicago Map Society have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To aid Chicago's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this program has been canceled. Please visit www.newberry.org/covid19 for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.

In June, we will take our annual field trip to the MacLean Collection in Lake Forest, Illinois. The MacLean Collection is one of the premier map destinations in the United States, with close to 40,000 individual items, and we’re grateful for their generosity in sharing their collection.

The Collection’s county atlas compilation is second to none, and at this meeting we will explore some of this material. This meeting is intended to be a hands-on learning experience for CMS members, as we will solicit information from attendees to focus on a number of county atlases with our resident expert, Michael Conzen. These atlases provide a window of insight into a county’s history, demographics and development, and we look forward to our members learning more about their hometown, county of residence, and family history at the meeting.

Michael Conzen is Professor of Geography at the University of Chicago and the co-author (with Diane Dillon) of Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West, published by the Newberry Library; he is co-editor (with Peter Larkham) of Shapers of Urban Form: Explorations in Morphological Agency, published by Routledge, and a contributor to the recently published book, Teaching Urban Morphology.