February 3, 2009 - April 25, 2009
Mapping Missouri: Maps From The Collections of the Missouri State Archives
Dates: Tuesdays - Sundays
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fort Osage Education Center 107 Osage St., Sibley, Missouri 64088. Fort Osage is located in Sibley, Missouri, on the Missouri River, 14 miles northeast of Independence.
Fee: Adults, $7.00; Youth (5-13), $4.00; Seniors (62+), $3.00; Children (4 & under), FREE
Jackson County Parks & Recreation is proud to present “Mapping Missouri: Maps From the Collection of the Missouri State Archives” at the Fort Osage Education Center. The exhibit highlights almost 100 maps detailing the history of cartography in Missouri. From early land surveys by Antoine Soulard circa 1796-1804 to computer generated maps by Jim Harlan with the University of Missouri’s Geographic Resources Center for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, the exhibit explores the importance of maps in Missouri history and our everyday life.
The ability to accurately survey land and make maps was essential to the European settlement of Missouri and the negotiation of treaties with American Indians. Maps prove critical in settling land disputes between suburban neighbors and have shaped our concept of land ownership. A map attributed to Albert Lea illustrates how varying interpretations of the boundary line between Missouri and the Iowa Territory nearly led to war in 1839.
Featured maps also show the Missouri’s diversity of natural resources, including vegetation, tillable soil, mineral deposits, lumber and wildlife. “Mapping Missouri” is on loan from the Missouri State Archives to Jackson County Parks & Recreation.