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Missouri State Archives Exhibit at Ozark Regional Library

 Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City have been loaned to The Foundation for Historic Preservation for exhibit in Fredericktown for the next month.  The exhibit, called “Mapping Missouri” opens Wednesday, July 13th, for one month, at the new Ozark Regional Library on South Main Street in Fredericktown.  There is no admission charge and visitors are encouraged to return again and again to enjoy this wonderful exhibit provided by the State for our enjoyment.

Fredericktown is the first city in Missouri to receive the exhibit.

 The collection features more than 100 examples of cartography from the Archives’ collection, many of which have never been shown before.  Drawing from such diverse examples as the land survey maps made by Antoine Soulard from 1796-1806 and computer generated census maps made in the year 2000, this exhibit explores the history of cartographic images of Missouri and the role they have played in our everyday world.

 Historical maps from the 19th century show how surveying and map making were key to European American settlement of present-day Missouri.  While the early surveys made by the French and Spanish followed the meandering system known as Metes and Bounds, the Americans quickly established the standard grid for marking out property lines in the Missouri Territory.

 Other maps in the exhibit examine the ways in which geography helps us form a sense of our identity as Missourians.  Our sense of pride, and its importance in motivating consumerism, is made visible by the fact that the geographic outline of the state has appeared on everything from feed bags to whiskey bottles.

 Also featured in “Mapping Missouri” are maps that inventory natural resources.  Even before Missouri hired its first state geologist in the 1850s, maps were central to the understanding our natural riches and related productivity.

 Maps also provide valuable information for historians attempting to recreate places and events from the past. 

 Of course, no exhibit of maps would be complete without road maps. “Mapping Missouri” features rare state road survey maps from the first half of the nineteenth century and an early 1918 state highway map.  These images chart the change in travel over the past two centuries.

Klug Transport, owned by Stefon Klug, brought the exhibit free of charge to Fredericktown. A guest book will be available and everyone is encouraged to sign it.

 The Ozark Regional Library is open daily from 10 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, Tuesday from 10 am – 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.

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