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Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: All Maps are Lies!

November 20, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City Public Library, and the Missouri Humanities Council. 

The program will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium of the
Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14th W 10th Street.

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The program

Maps spur our imagination. Maps transport us. In maps we trust. But all maps are lies. Filled with examples of maps from the Show-Me State and beyond, this presentation will forever change the way you look at maps. You will come away as a more informed and discerning map reader with an understanding that “not only is it easy to lie with maps, it is essential.”

The speaker

Kelly Johnston is a Missouri native, raised on a farm near Warrensburg. He earned degrees from the University of Central Missouri and Indiana University. He has been a software developer and a cartographer, and he taught mapping at the University of Virginia. He grew up immersed in architecture and building as he worked alongside his father, a master carpenter who built their family home. Recently retired from Virginia, Johnston and his wife moved back to Missouri, where they restored a historic home, now listed on the National Register. He leads tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright house at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has visited 50 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the world.

Admission tickets

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The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. Please note that the parking garage has a maximum eight-foot clearance.


This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


November 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Linda Hall Library


Kansas City Public Library – Central Library
14 W 10th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
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