Mount Vernon Life

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Mount Vernon Life, A special exhibition and talk at Washington College on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will focus on an often-overlooked aspect of George Washington as a surveyor and mapmaker. That expertise and interest in geography would stay with him throughout his life, shaping many of his decisions as a leader on the battlefield and in the political arena.

The world’s leading authority on Washington’s maps, Edward J. Redmond, senior reference specialist and curator in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, will offer a PowerPoint presentation and talk at 5 p.m. in Decker Theatre, the Gibson Center for the Arts. Those unable to be present can watch a live webcast of the event at http://live.wash

Redmond joined the Library of Congress staff in 1989, and is working on an atlas of Washington’s maps from the library’s collections.

In addition, reproductions of 10 of Washington’s maps – spanning from his youth to his retirement years at Mount Vernon – will be displayed in the Gibson Center’s William Frank Visual Arts Hallway. Sponsored by Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society and the Global Research and Writing Program, the talk and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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