This year, Ohio University celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first university library. Among the items in the first collection were tools used for surveying. Colonial surveyors — including those who laid out the plot that would eventually become Ohio University — measured the land by walking it with a compass and a metal chain. Their measurements were astonishingly accurate. Those same techniques had been used just a few years before, in the Revolutionary War, by the group General Washington commissioned as The Department of the Geographer to the Army. Their job was to lay out the roads for troop movement from battle to battle, and to map the enemies’ position.
On Thursday, October 23rd at 2pm the Ohio University Libraries’ Diversity Committee will host their Fall 2014 speaker. Tony Holbrook, 18th century re-enactor and surveyor, will speak about Colonial-era cartography and surveying.
For more information, see the program page.