Iowa History Center to Showcase Exhibition of Antique Maps


Antique Iowa maps from four private collections will be featured in a new exhibit at Simpson College from Aug. 12 through Oct. 23.
“Iowa and the Midwest: An Exhibition of Antique Maps” brings together rare and beautiful cartographic images displaying the changing international, political and technological landscapes of what became the American Midwest and Iowa.

The maps, which date from 1715 to 1902, chart the region’s Euro-American development from unexplored colonial territories to what is now America’s Heartland.

Maps in the exhibit are on loan from local collectors Sam O’Brien, Jim Hubbell, David Yepsen and Bruce Kelley.

The exhibition can be viewed in Willis Gallery, which is in the Kent Campus Center on the Simpson College campus, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Iowa History Center is committed to preserving and promoting the state’s history and encouraging a public conversation about the story of Iowa. The center’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Iowa history among the state’s students, scholars and general public.