Maryland Colonial Society Essay Contest, 2008Ogilby Map

Theme: “Finding Maryland's Place in the World ”



Using the Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps (2003), the Maryland State Archives web site ( and Mapping Maryland: The Willard Hackerman Collection (1998), as well as online map resources such as the Library of Congress ( and The David Rumsey Map Collection (, students are invited to create an illustrated presentation or illustrated written essay on how and why Maryland came to be a place on the map. In doing so, choose one or more maps that interest you the most and explain why. Particular attention might be paid to what strikes you as strange and different from a modern map of Maryland, as state highway map for example.

Submissions may be either in the form of a Powerpoint, a web-based presentation, or a Word, WordPerfect, or other word processing document. Careful attention should be paid to the citation of sources. Please avoid extensive quoting from any source without giving the full source citation.

The prize for the best presentation will be awarded on Maryland Day, Tuesday, March 25, 2008.

Image Source: Maryland State Archives Special Collections (William T. Snyder Map Collection) John Ogilby, 1671 Noua Terrae-Mariae Tabula MSA SC 2111-1-2

Prize for the best presentation based on the above theme:

The contest is open to any interested Maryland high school student or class, and teachers are encouraged to use the contest as a class assignment.

Deadline: March 14, 2008

Essay Contest Rules