Hey everyone! This is just a reminder that at 7pm tonight, the renowned map collector William C. Wooldridge is launching his new book at an event right here at The Mariners’ Museum! Published by the University of Virginia Press, Wooldridge’s Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War contains hundreds of maps and represents a lifetime spent meticulously detailing the evolution of chartography during Virginia’s formative history. For those of you who can’t wait for the event to start, you can stop by The Mariners’ Museum Library anytime before 9pm and see some beautiful Dutch maps from the Wooldridge collection on display. The exhibit is called “Charting the New World: Dutch Maps from the Wooldridge Collection,” and is an excellent companion piece to the Wooldridge event at 7pm.
The event will be held in The Mariners’ Museum Concourse area near the admissions desk. It will feature a lecture by Mr. Wooldridge himself and a display of some of his finest and rarest maps, followed by a light reception and a book signing. Remember, it starts at 7pm tonight, so bring your books!