Mapmaker’s Eye Comes to CWU Museum | CWU Public Affairs

Posted: March 5, 2012

Commemorating the bicentennial of David Thompson’s explorations in the Northwest, Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment will present the Mapmaker’s Eye, a traveling exhibit, which will run from March 15 to June 15. The exhibit is based on the book by Spokane author Jack Nisbet.

From 1807 to 1812, David Thompson mapped and surveyed the Northwest. The Mapmaker’s Eye features excerpts from Thompson’s field journals and reproductions of his maps and sketches. Photographs of period surveying instruments, fur trade items, and tribal artifacts will be displayed. Historic paintings by Paul Kane, Henry J. Warre, and Gustavus Sohon will be featured as well.

Nisbet, a historian and a naturalist, has written six books, including the Mapmaker’s Eye, which was awarded the American Library Association, Best of the Best University Publications of 2005. In 2010, Nisbet won the Pacific Northwest Book Award for The Collector, which explores the journeys of another Northwest explorer, David Douglas. Nisbet will speak at a reception for the exhibit at 5:00 p.m., March 29, in the Dean Hall lobby. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The MCE is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission to the museum is free and it is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.

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