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On Exhibit Now – Feb. 12, 2023

Cuban Pathways

Taíno Indians, enslaved Africans, Chinese laborers and pastel-wearing U.S. tourists all traveled to and from Cuba over the last 500 years. Their experiences and labors made the largest island in the Caribbean a hub of the modern Atlantic World. Cuban Pathways tells the stories of these individuals and more, whose toil, vacations and political crusades shaped the island’s modern history.

Cuban Pathways is presented in English and Spanish.

Maruchi Azorín, MBA and Dr. Rafael W. Blanco

USF Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections • Maruchi Azorín • Biscayne National Park • Delta Flight Museum • Dry Tortugas National Park • The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum • Museum of Arts and Sciences • Museum of Florida History


Kitschy Cartography:

Illustrated & Pictorial Maps of Florida

Tampa Bay History Center, Touchton Map Library Saunder's Gallery temporary exhibit Kitschy Cartography: Illustrated and Pictorial Maps logo

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Maps aren’t just about geography. They can also help convey a broader idea of what to expect as you explore what is featured on that map.  One way to tell that larger story is through illustrations.  Depictions of people, animals, and other images appear on some of the earliest maps. Since these maps were produced during a time of limited literacy, visual symbols were an important – and sometimes only – way to deliver information.  Some of those illustrations evolved into decorative cartouches, while others remained to reinforce specific themes, such as danger and the unknown.

Over time, as knowledge of the western Atlantic and North and South America grew those types of images were dropped from cartographic materials. However, in the late 19th century, illustrations and other kinds of images began to reappear on some specialized maps.  New printing techniques made publishing in color easier and less expensive, which allowed the mapmaker and printer to add details that would have been difficult and extravagant during an earlier era.  This is where the genre of the pictorial map really began, reaching its height in the mid- to late-20th century.

Picturing Women Inventors

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Throughout American history, women with diverse backgrounds and interests created inventions that changed lives every day. But women haven’t always had equal opportunities to be inventors or received as much recognition. The Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark Office present “Picturing Women Inventors,” a poster exhibition that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors.

“Picturing Women Inventors” showcases the breakthroughs, motivations, and challenges women encountered while pursuing their goals as inventors. The poster exhibition highlights stories of inventors like Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a lightweight wheelchair that was easy to maneuver. Diversity of background and age are showcased including inventor Alexis Lewis, who at 12-years-old in 2011 was inspired to adapt a traditional Native American sled, called a travois, by adding wheels to create a simpler way to transport families and their belongings in Somalia.

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