Caxton Club - Chicago Map Society Joint Event

  • 01/04/2018
  • 5:30 PM
  • Newberry Library: Towner Fellows' Lounge


Registration is closed

Speaker:  Peter Hiler

"The Life and Work of Jo Mora"

Peter has been enamored with Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876-1947) since discovering his maps in the mid-1990s.   Peter is the curator of the Jo Mora Trust archives, and the results of his research are the basis for an extensive biography being published by the Book Club of California.

Jo Mora had a boundless talent whose creative versatility is reflected in pictorial maps, book illustrations, painting, sculptures, and print making.  Mora ventured West to explore what he considered to be the changing land of the cowboys and Indians which so fascinated him as a child.  It was at this time that he passed through Chicago, making connections the nature and evidence of which will be revealed at this event.  Mora’s later life was centered on the history of California, his family and his abounding creativity.  On the approaching 50th anniversary of the Byrd’s famous album of the same name, join our Map Society colleagues as we explore the man who really created the “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.”

Towner Fellows' Lounge at The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St.

This joint event of the Caxton Club and Chicago Map Society is free, but reservations are required.

Social gathering: 5:30 PM; Cash bar with appetizers.

Program begins at 6:00 PM

Please reserve no later than January 3 with Jackie Vossler

(312-266-8825; e-mail

Caxton Club members may register online at this Web site (


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710