Maine’s first mapmaker to be historical society topic

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Holly Hurd, education outreach coordinator at the Osher Map Library, will speak about Moses Greenleaf, Maine’s first mapmaker, at the North Yarmouth Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Old Town House, Route 9. The program is co-sponsored by the Pownal Scenic & Historical Society.

The presentation will describe Greenleaf’s contribution to settling the wilderness area in inland Maine, including his development of transportation and industry, as well as his work as a surveyor and cartographer. The program will highlight a number of Greenleaf’s early maps.

The new “Greenleaf Primer,” a book for school-age children, written by Holly and illustrated by her daughter Lena Champlin, will be available for sale as will posters of Greenleaf’s map.

All-you-can-eat Toots Ice Cream will be served before the program beginning at 6:30; the talk will commence at 7. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, email nyhs@maine.rr.com or call 595-2997.

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