The Floyd Russel Family History Room
Mapping the Land
January 19 - June 23, 2013 / Curated by Elia Haworth
Mapmakers seek to engage both art and science to tell the story of a particular time and specific place in a snapshot called a map.
These maps of Marin County tell stories of land, layered cultures, family stories and evolving technology. The large 1869 map by George Dodge includes Native American place names, vast Mexican land grants and fledgling towns and school districts. Fredrick E. Olmsted's 1915 map is marked with the trails and distances of a local hiker. There is a startling 2002 3-D map by a young woman scientist Sun Min Lee. Perhaps most significant is the MALT map by Joseph Kinyon 2012. This map is a testimonial to an extraordinary accomplishment by the vision and tenacity of activists, legislators and thousands of ordinary citizens who, despite powerful opponents in big industry and government, managed to preserve two-thirds of Marin County as parks, open space or farmland.