Sunday, June 19, 2011

Unearthed! One-of-a-kind map showing a flat Earth is donated to Library of Congress - 19th June 2011

The Library of Congress in Washington DC is about to be given a rare and unusual gift -- a 120-year-old map supporting the theory that the Earth is flat.

There are five million maps in the library's collection, but not one matches the one belonging to Don Homuth.

Mr Homuth, of Salem, Oregon, says the map was given to him by his eighth-grade English teacher John Hildreth.

He says he will donating the map later this month.

It was created by Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Mr Homuth, who used to live in Fargo, North Dakota, and was a state senator, said: 'Mr Hildreth was just one of those teachers who had quite an influence on me.

'I think he’d be tickled that one of these artifacts that his grandfather gave to him is going to the Library of Congress.'

Mr Ferguson’s map supports a theory that the Earth is flat.

Robert Morris, senior technical information specialist in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, said they searched through 75 to 100 related maps before confirming they didn’t have a similar map in its collections.

'Probably very few copies were printed, and even fewer survived,' he said.

The only other known remaining map is in the Pioneer Museum of Hot Springs, Mr Ferguson’s home.

But the map in the museum is missing a bottom portion, making Mr Homuth’s the only identified and fully intact map left.

'For years and years I had it folded away,' he said.

'It was a shock to hear it may be the only (map of its kind) in the world.'

Morris encourages the public with questions about possible one-of-a-kind artifacts to contact the Library of Congress.

'People donate to the Library of Congress in various divisions on various occasions, and we welcome the public to contact the Library of Congress with offers,' he said. Source