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Research Surprise!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 27, 2022

The theme for this week’s Item of the Day is Road Trips!

We start with the joy and surprise that can happen while doing research. 

While looking for road trip-related items, we came across a map between Ely and Tower in the catalog. But upon consulting it, it turns out to be a canoe map between the two points! It shows details of trails and portages, published before 1938.

It is indeed a road map, just a different road than expected.