Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture

October 19, 2022 | Donna Grady

George E. Matteson: The Man and His Maps

Born in Scituate in 1902, George E. Matteson was a forest ranger for decades. But he is best remembered as an extraordinary map maker who embedded the folklore of rural Rhode Island into his precise and exquisitely detailed maps.

Paul St. Amand, George Matteson’s grandson, is the keeper of his grandfather’s maps and map-making tools. Steven and Linda Kornatz, members of the Scituate Preservation Society, have used St. Amand’s collection to create a program about George Matteson and his map-making. The Kornatzes and St. Amand will be in our Museum Gallery on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. to tell us about Matteson’s fascinating life and his maps. They will show us about two dozen original maps and many of Matteson’s surveying and mapmaking tools.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be live streamed on the Museum’s YouTube channel and will be recorded for later viewing.

Our Museum Gallery is located on the second floor of the Peace Dale Office Building at 1058 Kingstown Road (Route 108) in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.