Wednesday, May 09, 2007

May Window Displays

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: May Map Display

Visit the newly renamed Geospatial Resources & Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library to view the map display in the windows. In honor of the Indianapolis 500 Race, the theme for the display is transportation--focusing on planes, trains, and automobiles. Two road maps from the Map Collection are featured in the display--a 1917 road map showing the Dixie Highway and a 1962 road map where Interstate 69 makes its first appearance. Art covers from other road maps in the Map Collection are featured on a poster in the display called "Crossroads of America: The Art of the Road Map." (Click on the photographs above for a detailed view of the displays).

The display also features maps from the World Mapper website. These world maps show the countries with the largest number of passenger cars and the countries with the longest commute times (Thailand has that unfortunate distinction).

Plan a road trip to a national park using the map of national parks in the Midwest also displayed in the window. There is also a map of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and an image of the famed oval viewed from GoogleEarth.

The "Map of the Month" for May 2007 is a National Geographic map called "Years of Flight." This map celebrates the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo trans-Atantic flight in May of 1927. The map also features other milestones of flight.

Other maps in the display are the East Central Indiana Rail Trails map, a street map of Baghdad, and a road map of Afghanistan.

Contact the Geospatial Resources & Map Collection for more information about these maps. The Collection is open Monday through Friday 7:30 to 4:30 for the summer.

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