- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - An exhibit celebrating five centuries of achievements in the art and science of mapmaking by women is set to open at the Boston Public Library.

Curators say “Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments” helps document the evolving role of women in mapmaking during the past 500 years.

The exhibit - which opens Saturday at The Leventhal Map Center at the main branch of the library in Copley Square - features 40 maps, globes, atlases and works of art from the 17th century to the present made by women.

The show also charts the evolution of women’s role in cartography from engravers in the 16th century to designers and creators in the present day.

Highlights include the first map of the Pacific Ocean floor and a late 19th century map showing immigrant settlement in Chicago.

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