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October 28, 2014  |  By  | 


when the map center that bears his name was founded at the Boston Public Library in 2004, Norman Leventhal’s dream was to be able to share the maps of this world-renowned collection with absolutely everyone. His generous vision was that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. They would become glorious exhibitions free to the people of Boston and on-line to the world. They would be preserved in state-of-the-art archival storage as the map heritage for future generations. Most of all, Norman Leventhal dreamed of giving every child and every citizen the chance to experience the awakening of imagination and wonder that he himself has always felt in the presence of these historic maps. • In September 2007, in celebration of his 90th birthday, Norman Leventhal secured the future of his vision with a $10 million gift for the permanent endowment for the Map Center’s daily operations and the long-term loan of 178 of the most cherished maps of his personal collection. His donation was the largest gift ever made to the Boston Public Library. • While the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library continues to rely on the generosity of our friends and funders to support our work in conservation, education, and outreach through exhibitions and the website, the Leventhal Endowment will provide for the general operation of the Map Center well into a long and productive future. Planning for