Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt

Cosmos in Miniature

This exhibition features the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map. Prepared by Simeon De Witt, a surveyor for George Washington and the Continental army, the map shows the stars visible from De Witt’s post in New Jersey. Drawing such a map, as De Witt himself later said, fostered an appreciation of “the ever shifting scenery of the skies and all the gorgeous drapery of heaven.”