Mapping the Pacific Northwest

"Mapping the Pacific Northwest: Mapmaking, Myth-breaking, and Empire-building, 1597-1860," a new exhibition of historic maps, opens July 3 and continues through Aug. 21 in the Roberts Family Print Study Center at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Co-organized by Page Stockwell, a Portland map collector, and David Roberts, a researcher at the Hallie Ford Museum, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the Pacific Northwest as it was transformed from a land of myth and mystery to a land that was hotly contested by major European and American powers.

Included in the exhibition are a number of rare maps, including Abraham Ortelius' Maris Pacifici from 1603, John Speed's America from 1676, Antonio Zatta's Nuove Scopertede'Russi from 1776, and Robert Wilkinson's America from 1803. As a special feature, the exhibition includes a 1760 edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels with a fanciful map of the Pacific Northwest Coast and a map of the Lewis and Clark journey across the western United States from 1814.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette campus. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free and there is no fee on Tuesdays.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.