Maps date back to the 1600s

    The Polk County Historical Society will host Minnesota on the Map, a traveling exhibit, beginning on Aug. 4. It will be on display at the Carnegie Building on Ash Street Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (except Labor Day) from Aug. 4 to Sept. 29.   

    Minnesota on the Map features dozens of maps ranging from Louis Hennepin’s 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to a satellite map of Minnesota produced by NASA.   

    Minnesota on the Map illustrates how maps have documented and helped influence understanding of the state, from early exploration to the present.   

    Drawing from the extensive map collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, the exhibit features 23 reproduction maps and atlases, a video station with commentary by local historians and a bin of laminated maps that allows for an up-close look at Minnesota geography and history.     

    An oversized jigsaw puzzle map of the state will be available for children. Other children's activities include a Minnesota Icons Postcard along with Mythical Maps for children to collage three-dimensional landscapes and create their own maps.   

    The exhibit is free and everyone is encouraged to get a birdseye view of Minnesota then and now.   

    This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.   

    The Polk County Historical Society secured the exhibit through a grant made possible by funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.