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Alice Hudson in the middle of her exhibit at the Boston Public Library. To the left, the map that started her project. Below her, Marie Tharp's map of the ocean floor. (WBUR/Alison Bruzek)
Alice Hudson in the middle of her exhibit at the Boston Public Library. To the left, the map that started her project. Below her, Marie Tharp's map of the ocean floor. (WBUR/Alison Bruzek)

When you think of history's most famous mapmakers, maybe Gerardus Mercatur, Amerigo Vespuci, or Lewis and Clark come to mind.

But how about Mary Ann Roche or Marie Tharp? Not so familiar? The new Boston Public Library exhibit is going to change that, because it's a tour through time of cartography's most famous women.

This exhibit runs through March 27, 2016.

Guest

Alice Hudson, retired chief of the map division at the New York Public Library.

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Boston Public Library: Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments

  • "Histories of map-making generally emphasize the role of men; however, since the advent of the printed map, women have worked as colorists, engravers, shop owners, publishers, and, most importantly, as map-makers themselves."

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