For centuries, nations from around the world coveted the treasures of the American Southwest. Expeditions and cartographers were sent to find and map legendary lakes of gold, trade routes, settlements, and eventually mining claims.
Through a series of rare historic maps dating from as far back as the 16th century, the Telluride Historical Museum’s new annual exhibit, Treasure Maps: Cartography of the American Southwest, highlights the mapmakers who charted this region and the riches, real and imagined, that it contained.
Discover the tools used by early mapmakers then try your hand with the modern version. Uncover the inner workings of a compass and learn how to chart your longitude and latitude. Create your own landscape and see a map drawn in real time with an augmented reality sandbox. Then grab the coordinates for an historical treasure hunt throughout Telluride.
Treasure Maps: Cartography of the American Southwest will open on June 2, and will be on display until March 2017.
Celebrate the exhibit’s debut with refreshments and fun on June 2 from 6-8pm during First Thursday Art Walk.
Check back for updates to the Museum’s exhibition galleries!