The Exhibition

The American Civil War is one of the defining events in American history. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library presents the exhibition, Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

torn in two illustration

This multimedia display takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the conflict, the conduct of the war and how the war was remembered in later years. It showcases 50 historic maps interwoven with 40 photographs, paintings, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music and press of the period, all from the Boston Public Library’s special collections. The exhibition is on display from through December 2011 and viewable during regular Boston Public Library hours.

Take the Virtual Tour

In the virtual tour, you'll see dozens of historic maps, Mathew Brady’s iconic photographs, artwork by Winslow Homer, Currier & Ives political cartoons, and historic documents.

Visiting Us

Exhibition opens May 12th in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery at the McKim Building of the Central Library in Copley Square and runs through Dec 31st.

About the Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.

Boston Public Library

Phone: 617-536-5400
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116


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Friday & Saturday   9am–5pm
Sunday (through May 22)   1pm–5pm

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