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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Historical Society Puts Westport on the Map

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Artist John Held Jr.‘s whimisical 1921 map of Westport is among those on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Historical Society on Sunday debuts two exhibits that highlight Westport on paper and from the air.

Both exhibits—with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m.—continue the celebration of Westport’s 175th anniversary of becoming a township.

“Putting Westport on the Map,” curated by Bob Weingarten, takes a look at Westport using maps old and new, while “Zoom in on Westport” looks at the town today from the air, on the ground and through the eyes of children.

Included in the Betty & Ralph Sheffer Gallery map exhibit are an introduction to where the oldest maps were found, rare antique maps of pre-Colonial America and early American maps from private collections. 

There is a map that shows Washington’s horseback journeys and stops in town and a humorous map drawn in 1921 by Westport artist John Held, Jr. A historic collection of globes marking changes in the world’s political geography is also on display. WestportNow.com Image
Larry Untermeyer’s aerial views of Westport are on display in the Little Gallery.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Zoom in on Westport” on view in the Little Gallery shows stunning aerial views of Westport today taken by WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer.

There is also a map of how Main Street looked with its mom and pop shops, researched by Susan Malloy and designed by Miggs Burroughs.

Maps on display from the Society’s education department take a look at Westport through the eyes of Westport children.

The exhibits run until Jan. 8. WestportNow is a sponsor.

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