7:30 pm · Berwick Academy
Join Matthew Edney of the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, for an exploration of the surveys and mapping of the boundaries of Maine and Massachusetts with New Hampshire. Maps, disputes and boundary issues will be the subject of an illustrated talk sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society on Thursday, September 24.
Matthew H. Edney, a professor of cartography at the University of Southern Maine and an internationally renowned expert on map history, will present the lecture at 7:30 pm in the Jeppesen Science Center at Berwick Academy. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served by volunteers.This event is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society's 2009 series of talks, walks and historical events. Supported by a grant from Kennebunk Savings Bank, the series includes seven monthly evening presentations as well as other local history events around South Berwick, including the society's Counting House Museum.
In his talk, Edney will make use of original maps from 1617 to 1794 and explore the ways colonial New Englanders surveyed, mapped and settled on their political boundaries. He will also discuss why old maps are in fact irrelevant to the lingering boundary dispute between Maine and New Hampshire.
The history of colonial Massachusetts Bay is largely a history of territorial aggression, Edney explains. At one point, the colony included a large "Eastern District" that eventually became Maine. And for a long time, the colony’s imperial tendencies ignited boundary disputes, which were played out between residents, colonial administrators, and officials across the ocean in London.
Edney holds the Osher Chair in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine and also directs the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An internationally renowned expert on map history, he has explored the cartographies of colonial New England since arriving in Maine in 1995. For more information, see www.usm.maine.edu/~maps.