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Small-scale stories of urban change

Our exhibition Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases opens January 13 at our free gallery at the Central Library in Copley Square.

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Korean Yeojido Atlases
  • Jan 11, 2023
  • Richard Pegg

Korean Yeojido Atlases

How did Korean cartography evolve in the Joseon period? Explore this interactive Map Chat from the MacLean Collection to learn more about a fascinating collection of atlases.

Where The Water Was
  • Jan 8, 2023
  • Ezra Acevedo

Where The Water Was

One-sixth of Boston sits on land that was once tidal estuaries, shallow marshes, and mud flats.