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Gallery Talk: Mapping South County
June 28, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
To say that maps are important historical sources, is not groundbreaking. Research has shown that the naming of landscapes makes them places that become part of the social framework of a community. As time passes, place names, and the structures associated with them, are lost, change or remain the same depending on their relevance. For example, Rhode Islanders give directions based on geographic markers regardless of whether they are still there: ‘take a left where the Dunkins used to be’, or ‘it is next to Benny’s’. Through a collection of maps highlighting South County, primarily from the late 19th century, we learn what places and names South County community members used to define their landscape, and thus, their place within it. In this Gallery Talk, Associate Director Blaire Gagnon, will expand upon the 2018 temporary exhibit Mapping South County, installed in the Schmid Maritime Gallery.