Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (August 7 at 10 am – August 31 at 4 pm): $300
Regular Registration Price (August 31 at 4 pm – first day of class): $330
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
Mark your Calendar!
The Newberry Bookstore will re-open on August 14, and you will once again be able to find most of your assigned books for sale there.
Introducing the Master Class
These one-day seminars will provide participants with an enhanced, in-depth experience working directly with rare materials from the library's collection, guided by expert Newberry curators and research staff. After an introduction to the day's topic, students will engage with collection items and participate in discussions designed to delve deeply into the questions under consideration. These seminars will be held in our new high-tech ITW Seminar Room, which is equipped with the climate controls necessary for dealing with collection materials. Enrollment is limited to 12.
Consider the ways in which cartography has responded to the changing technologies of and motivations for travel in America since the Colonial era. Dr. Jim Akerman will begin the day with an illustrated overview of the Newberry’s world renowned collection of maps, books, and ephemera devoted to the history of travel and exploration. Then students will participate in a series of hands-on workshops that will give them the opportunity to work closely with nineteenth- and twentieth-century maps and guidebooks for migrants and tourists, railroad maps, road maps, and airline maps. Our discussions of these materials will be guided in part by two suggested chapter-length readings.
One session. E - $300, L - $330
Jim Akerman is the Newberry’s Curator of Maps and Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. He has been researching and writing about maps and the history of travel for more than 25 years.
- There are no required materials for this class.
There is no reading assignment for the first class.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.