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Old Map Studies: Piri Reis, A Problem Among Antarctica Antique Maps!

31 Jan
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Here’s one to throw around during your next cocktail party. The year was 1929, and the date was October 9th. German theologian Gustav Deissmann was rummaging through maps and books housed in the Topkapi Palace library, located in Istanbul, Turkey. While doing so, he discovered one of the most curious antique maps ever made. It […]

Tuesday Travel Feature: Chain O’ Lakes, Waupaca Wisconsin

26 Jan
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There’s more to a lake than it simply being a body of water. Many lakes have helped to shape the vibrant history and culture of certain regions. Lakes provides environmental benefits, influence quality of life, strengthen economies through tourism, provide amazing opportunities for recreation and cottage/residential living, and serve as a source of drinking water […]

Celestial Charts Part 2: North and South Pole Constellations

24 Jan
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As stars change positions in the night sky based on the seasons, so do the constellations, and interestingly enough, there are some constellations that are unique to the northern and southern hemisphere, known as circumpolar constellations. “The Constellations (South Pole; North Pole),” engraved by W.G Evans, under the direction of Elijah H. Burritt, shows a […]

Tuesday Travel Map: Cisco Chain of Lakes, Wisconsin

19 Jan

There’s more to a lake than it simply being a body of water. Many lakes have helped to shape the vibrant history and culture of certain regions. Lakes provides environmental benefits, influence quality of life, strengthen economies through tourism, provide amazing opportunities for recreation and cottage/residential living, and serve as a source of drinking water […]

Celestial Map Series Part 2: March, February, January + December, November, October

17 Jan
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The Constellations (March, February, January; December, November, October) It was in 1922 that the modern-day constellations were recognized by the International Astronomical Union(IAU), and in 1930, Belgian astronomer Eugene Delporte defined the borders of the 88 official constellations, a leap from a simple informal representation and interpretation of the heavens based on the shapes made […]

Tuesday Travel Feature: Upper Mississippi River Fridley to Wabasha

12 Jan
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Upper Missippi River Map Fridley-Wabasha Famous Folk on the River This map depicts the upper portion of the Mississippi River from Fridely to Wabasha. This is a portion of the river that is rife with historical importance, as well as being touched by significant famous figure or two. For instance, Pepin is the birthplace of […]

Educational Map Series: Burritt’s Geography of the Heavens Part 1

03 Jan
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Eighteenth and 19th century technologies transformed the way the night sky was observed and led to the discovery of celestial wonders, from stars, galaxies, meteors, moons, planets and comets, to nebulae. The result was, in part, the creation of celestial maps that showed an exponential number of stars in the heavens, adding to the awe […]

Travel Map Feature: North and South Hutchinson Island

29 Dec
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Hutchinson Island is known for its beautiful, pristine, sandy beaches, nature preserves and parks. The long, thin island stretches for 23 miles and is over a mile wide at various points. It is situated roughly Northwest to Southeast and bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Indian River on the west, the […]