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Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium

The Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium (LVHMC) is a group of local archivists, librarians, curators, and historians with an interest in historical maps who collaborate with the goal of establishing a collective inventory of maps related to the Lehigh Valley. Ultimately this inventory will provide a centralized resource for the discovery of maps which have been digitized for access over the internet, as well as for those physical maps which remain in map drawers in libraries, museums and historical societies across the Valley.

What's New - January 2023

We have added new digital images of maps this month courtesy of Lehigh University Libraries' Special Collections. These maps, from their Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company collection, include a copy of an 1872 map of the anthracite coal fields, maps showing portions of the Lehigh Navigation Canal, an 1896 map showing a proposed aqueduct to bring water from this region to Philadelphia, and a nice G.M. Hopkins map of Wilkes-Barre dated 1870.  To see these new maps go to our Digital Maps Collection page and scroll down.

There will be a talk on Local Historical Maps by Joel Hoffner on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00pm in the Catherine Drake Room of the Easton Area Public Library. Joel is a Lehigh Valley native who has cataloged collections at the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, National Museum of Industrial History, Moravian Archive and Moravian Historical Society. He has published four books mapping the tracts of land occupied by the early Warranties and Patentees of ten of the townships of Northampton County. In addition he has led the efforts here at the Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium to create a comprehensive inventory of the various map collections held by museums, libraries, and archives throughout the region. His talk will be illustrated with a selection of maps he has discovered in the course of his work. Please email to register for this event.

Partners in the LVHMC

Bethlehem Area Public Library, Carbon County GIS & Mapping, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton Area Public Library, Governor Wolf Historical Society, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, Hunter-Martin Settlement Museum, Lafayette College, Lehigh County Office of GIS, Lehigh University, Lower Saucon Historical Society, Mauch Chunk Museum, Moravian Archives, Moravian College, Moravian Historical Society, Muhlenberg College, Museum of Indian Culture, National Museum of Industrial History, Northampton County Archives, Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, Slate Belt Heritage Center, South Bethlehem Historical Society, Summit Hill Historical Society, Weissport Historical Society.

Our Mission Statement:

The Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium serves as a collaborative forum for cultural heritage and educational institutions to build accessible digital collections of historical maps and other geographic information that illuminates the history of the Lehigh Valley.



The Contact page contains more information. 

Sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hosted by Lafayette College Libraries.