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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Favorite News

Jefferson Chapman is the elegant director of the McClung Museum of Art at the University of Tennessee.

He recently persuaded me to donate $13,000 to put on a serious map exhibit at their main Knoxville Campus. Most of the good maps in the show are from my inventory and make for a terrific display of the mapping of America over a 400 year period. If you would like a catalog of the collection, e mail me at grahamarader@gmail.com and one will be sent along to you.

What follows is a letter that he just sent me about Bob Karrow's visit for a two day seminar. Bob is one of the leading experts on the history of cartography at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

At this stage of my life sharing what I have means more and more to me. Jeff is an incredibly thoughtful guy and passed along the results of Bob Karrow's visit.

Here is the letter:

Graham, just to report that our weekend with Bob Karrow was very successful. We had an all day teacher’s workshop on maps which included an in-depth tour of the exhibit. On Sunday, Karrow spoke to an audience of over 100. He was very complimentary of the exhibit and of your maps. After the talk, the audience flowed into the exhibit. We taped Karrow’s lecture and when it is available on line, I will let you know.

Thank you for sharing your collection with us.

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