Published: Aug. 22, 2016

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on Aug. 25, University Libraries is presenting an exhibition of maps. Beginning with famous surveyors’ maps and sketches pre-dating the establishment of the first national parks, continuing through early 20th century proposed boundary maps, and ending with more recent official visitor maps, the exhibit showcases a century of government mapping. Additional tourism materials published by railroad companies, local boosters and contemporary panoramic artists, from the CU Map Library and Special Collections & Archives Department, offer a complementary perspective. Exhibit includes a genuine copper printing plate used by the U.S. Geological Survey in the early days of their operation.

Visit the Earth Sciences & Map Library in Benson Earth Sciences on the CU Boulder campus between Aug. 22 and Dec. 16 to experience the wonder of our National Park system as visualized in maps.

Photo of a poster from the University Libraries exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park system.