Jefferson and the beginings U.S. charts
This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Coast Survey originally charged by Thomas Jefferson to provide a "complete and accurate chart of every part of the coasts" of the United States. As part of this celebration, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and NOAA have created the exhibit, "From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of Charting America's Coasts,"
which opens June 21 in 200 venues nationwide.