This morning, USM and Dr. Harold Osher announced an extraordinary gift — one of the world’s finest private collections of rare and historic maps and a new significant endowment, valued at an estimated $100 million. The gift is the largest in USM’s history and the largest ever to the University of Maine System. Swipe left to view the maps: the 1475 map of the Holy Land, which is regarded as the first modern printed map; the majestic and patriotically-inspired “Leo Belgicus” (Lion of the Netherlands), a circa 1617 map of the area which now includes the #Netherlands
; John Mitchell’s “Map of the British Colonies in America” from 1755, often called “the most important map in #American
history”; and also the very first map Harold and Peggy Osher purchased, an 1866 printed version of J.H. Colton’s 1853 map of #Maine
. Visit usm.maine.edu/news to read more.
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