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La Jolla CMS-Rumsey Map Center Distinguished Speakers Lecture
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
La Jolla, CA
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Professor Imre Demhardt will speak at 7 pm about Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West.

The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long.

Imre Josef Demhardt is a historian and geographer from Germany, holding the Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington (the only such chair in the U.S. and, in fact, the world). At age 12 as a Christmas gift Imre got a nineteenth century lithographed handatlas, packed with tracings of discoveries into the interiors of Africa, Asia, and the Arctic. This sold him forever on old maps. His research interests and publications include explorations to all corners of the globe from the Age of Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century.

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The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla (View)
7825 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
United States


Education > Workshops

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