Donated Map Provides Directions to Urbana History

Historic Urbana map hangs in Library.

Anne Lebherz loves maps. And she loves history.

So when she found a map of Urbana’s historic homes in the basement of her home she decided the best thing to do with it was to show it off.

“This huge map was doing no good in the basement,” she said of the six-foot long map.

Wanting to share her find, Lebherz framed the map and donated it to the Urbana Regional Library where it hangs on the second floor. The map shows 51 local historic structures and a roadmap of the region before the construction of the Villages of Urbana.

“We hope that by having this map at the library people will recognize these cool structures are not far away. Our pressing concern is to document and care for the history of the area. We would like residents to look at this map and spark their interest in the area’s history,” said Mary Mannix, Maryland Room Manager for the C. Burr Artz Library.

Lebherz is known for her donations to the county’s Maryland Room. She has even donated an 1858 map of Frederick that now hangs in city hall.

“I just really like maps. There is something that attracts me to it,” she said.

Sharing the Urbana map gives residents a chance to learn a little history about their town, she said. Lebherz has an Indian map of Frederick showing all the local fishing spots and places where the Indians settled in the region. She wants to make copies of that map to give to the local schools.

“Maps show where people settled and why they settled there,” said this art and history buff.

The Urbana map was created by Kipplinger Washington Editors Inc., developers of the region. The main map portion shows the downtown district. The top right includes interviews of local residents from 1989.

Each of the historic properties includes a photo of the structure, owner name, circa construction date and historic significance of the property. All the properties are within walking distance of the library.

“There are so many new people in Urbana who don’t head down Urbana Pike and are not cognizant of what is just a mile away from the library. Now they can look around and know what is here,” Mannix said.

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