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Oct. 14, 2004

Museum of Art Presents 'History Of Iowa Through Maps' Oct. 29-Jan. 30

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "The History of Iowa in the Art of Maps," an exhibition of historic maps from the 16th through 20th centuries, Oct. 29 through Jan. 30 in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery.

The 35 maps in the exhibition trace changing perceptions of the Midwest and Iowa. The earliest maps, from the time of navigators including Columbus and Vespucci, show Europeans' growing knowledge of the Western Hemisphere.

Maps from the late 17th through early 19th centuries record what Lewis and Clark and other explorers were learning about the vast U.S. interior.

The exhibition's most recent maps follow Iowa's development from territory to statehood until the present day.

One map featured in the exhibition, John Mitchell's 1755 map of North America, was used to define U.S. boundaries after the Revolutionary War, according to H.D. Hoover, a UI emeritus professor and guest curator of the exhibition.

"Most historians would agree," Hoover said, "that this huge, impressive map is the most important map in U.S. history."

The centerpiece of the exhibition, in Hoover's view, is an extraordinary 1837 map of rivers and Ioway Indian villages presented to the U.S. government by Chief No Heart of Fear. This large, rarely seen manuscript map was used as part of No Heart's plea for compensation from the government for the Ioways' ancestral lands.

Maps in the exhibition, all but one of which are original documents, are on loan from the National Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa, UI Libraries and major private collections.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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