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January 12, 2011 – Valletta, Malta The Committee Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
January 20, 2011 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Bob Karrow (Curator of Special Collections and Curator of Maps, The Newberry Library) will discuss How Maps Developed a Sense of Humor: A Survey of Pictorial Maps, 1519-2010. Many maps throughout history have had pictures on them, but something began to change in the late 19th century when purely pictorial elements began to get more play. The phenomenon really took off in the 1920s, under the influence of the comic strip and the animated cartoon, producing a "golden age" of pictorial maps. Bob Karrow will lead this spirited romp through the genre, one that has increasingly attracted the attention of collectors.
January 20, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Gillian Hutchinson (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) The First Two Centuries of Mercator Projection Sea Charts: Positioning the Practitioners, Leaving the Ships at Sea? - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
January 20, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. William T. (Chip) Reynolds, Captain of the Dutch East India Company replica ship Half Moon and Director of the New Netherland Museum, will present The Impact of Explorers and Commerce in the Change from a Religious World View to an Empirical World View at the turn of the 17th Century. Reynolds integrates his practical experience sailing the Half Moon using 17th century navigational instruments and charts, with the historical experience of commercial enterprise as an engine of adopting empirical techniques and scientific method. His presentation will include examples of replicated historical navigational instruments and facsimiles of relevant charts of New Netherland. In 2009 Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands recognized Reynolds for his accomplishments with membership in the Orde van Oranje-Nassau (Dutch Knighthood), the highest honor the Queen can bestow upon a non-citizen. Reynolds' presentation will include an invitation for WMS members to practice some of the techniques described by joining him aboard the Half Moon as it sails in 2011. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
January 21-22, 2011 – Dresden The international conference Kurfürstliche Koordinaten. Landesvermessung und Herrschaftsvisualisierung in frühneuzeitlichen Sachsen will take place in Dresden Royal Palace. Additional information from Ingrid Baumgärtner, Universität Kassel, Nora-Platiel-Str. 1, D-34127 Kassel; Tel. 0049 / 561 / 804-3104 od. -3099, Fax 0049 / 561 / 804-3464.
January 22, 2011 – New York The next New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm. Our meeting place is the lower-level auditorium at the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street. Amazing and Everyday Uses of Google Maps and Earth: Google Maps and Google Earth are neat ways to see satellite imagery and streets from around the world, yet they also provide a very powerful platform for visualizing and understanding just about any type of geographic data. Google Product Marketing Manager Jesse Friedman will offer us a look at animated climate-change tours, real-time wildlife tracking, aerial imagery from 85 years ago and from yesterday. All that and much more, as Google resources are put to work by government, academia, private industry, and the media. We will also have a look at how any user can help make Google maps even better, and show how to plot your own data for fun and maybe even for profit.
January 25, 2011 - Denver Dr. Emmett Evanoff will speak about Colorado and the Four Great Geological Surveys, 1867-1869. Dr. Evanoff will speak at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room (5th floor) of the Denver Public Library. Emmett invites Rocky Mountain Map Society members to bring their copies of any of the maps or publications of the four surveys, early USGS maps, or other relevant materials to share with our group.
January 27, 2011 – London In connection with the launch of the second volume of his cartobibliography, Special Maps of Persia, Dr Cyrus Alai is giving a lecture at the Brunei Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Russell Square. The event is scheduled for 7-9 pm. Admission is free.
January 27, 2011 – Washington At the time of George Washington’s death in 1799, the inventory of his library at Mount Vernon accounted for more than ninety maps and atlases. Mining this list, historian Barnet Schecter has written a unique biography of Washington based the maps that informed and guided his roles as surveyor, farmer, soldier, and statesman - George Washington’s America: A Biography through His Maps. Schecter’s study is based largely on a bound volume of some of the most important printed maps Washington owned that is now at Yale University, but he also includes original manuscript maps and surveys drawn by Washington throughout his life. Schecter’s large-format book is like an atlas itself, with extensive color illustrations. Washington’s intimate knowledge of maps, combined with his travels around the country, Schecter writes, “shaped his vision of America as ‘a rising empire in the New World.’” A book talk and signing at 7 pm at The Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
January 28, 2011 - Berlin Kritik der Karte / Critique of the Map, a workshop to be held at Topoi Building Mitte, Hannoversche Strasse 6, Room 1.03 from 09:00 to 17:00. The workshop will look at maps as objects and methods of scientific analysis. Additional information from Maximilian Benz.
January 30, 2011 – New York The Brooklyn Historical Society, at 128 Pierrepont Street, wraps up their story telling theme with a book talk on George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps, with author Barnet Schecter, at 2 pm. Interestingly, George was pretty into maps, collecting maps, and creating maps. Who knew? Well Barnet Schecter did and he is willing to tell you all about it. There are sure to be some interesting Brooklyn maps and historical tidbits included, so if history is at all your thing (and it probably is if you're reading this), this should be a don't-miss opportunity. For more info, call the Brooklyn Historical Society directly at 718 222-4111.
February 1, 2011 - Stanford, California Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled Exploring Renaissance Geography on Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515 in the Information Center Instruction Room in the Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University, from 5:30-6:30 pm, in conjunction with the release of his book “Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study” (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2010).
February 3, 2011 – London Archives for London seminar series today is entitled Place and society in Edwardian London: what the Valuation Office Survey records tell. The records of the vast Valuation Office tax survey date from 1910 to 1915 and are a detailed and unique resource for social, local and family historians. They hold information on the use and value of lands and buildings, their owners and occupiers, throughout England and Wales as they were around the time of the 1911 census. Rose Mitchell, map archivist at The National Archives and author on using maps for local and family history, will explain how the Survey was undertaken and the records made. Then, using London examples, Rose will show how Survey maps and census records used together can reveal a wealth of information about people and place in Edwardian society. Lecture will be from 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) – 7:30pm at London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road. Advance booking is essential. Guarantee your place by contacting Nicola Avery at 020 7332 3816. This seminar is free to all AfL members, non-members £2 (payable on the door). Refreshments available.
February 5-6, 2011 - Miami The Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps. Visitors are invited to bring in maps of their own for expert opinions and attend educational programs. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information contact Marcia Kanner, Map Fair Coordinator, at the HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: (305) 375-1492; facsimile: (305) 375-1609.
February 5, 2011 – Valletta, Malta The Annual General Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 10.30 am at Pardo Hall,Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
February 9, 2011 - Greensboro North Carolina’s Oldest Roads presented by Tom Magnuson, founder and president, Trading Path Association at 4 p.m., Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor, Jackson Library, UNC Greensboro. The Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room at UNCG’s Jackson Library displays two early and historic maps of North Carolina, the Collet map of 1770 and the Mouzon map of 1775. These maps indicate the presence of the Trading Path from the Eno River near present-day Durham to the Yadkin River west of present-day Winston-Salem. Tom Magnuson has spent much time mapping and documenting the course of the Trading Path from its historical remains in the landscape of the Piedmont. He will discuss colonial and early American trade routes in the area, and share insight about how and why our contemporary roads sometimes follow the old routes. The close historical relationship of roads and trade routes will be discussed.
February 9, 2011 - Los Angeles Changing Boundaries: Historic Maps of the U.S.-Mexico Border is a group of original maps dating from as early as 1600 from the Collection of Simon Burrow on display on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, California State University. A panel discussion of the border will include presentations by Simon Burrow and Enrique Ochoa. The panel will be held in the Golden Eagle Conference Center. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the exhibit space. The discussion starts at 6:30 pm.
February 9, 2011 - Valetta For most people an old map is a quaintly decorated piece of paper, however, if the map is part of the Albert Ganado Collection now donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, then it is something else. This is a collection of 19 manuscript maps and 431 printed ones made between 1507 and 1899. Many of the maps were made before 1570 and were printed as single sheets. Only a few of them have survived over time and some are only found in the Ganado Collection. Each of the hand-drawn maps is unique and very rare to find on the market. Moreover, the Ganado Collection is probably the only one that shows the development of certain representations of the Maltese islands during the Great Siege of 1565 and the plans of Valletta. Through his maps Dr. Albert Ganado will also be showing how the original bastion trace and the street layout in Valletta developed. This talk will be held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard, Chameleon Room]. Attendees are requested to be seated by 5:45 pm.
February 11, 2011 - Bern Martin Rickenbacher, as part of the Historical Society of Bern's lecture series, will speak about Fremde Landvermesser: Napoleons Ingenieur-Geografen in Bern 1803-1813 [Foreign land surveyor: Napoleon's engineering geographers in Bern 1803-1813] at 18.15. The lecture will be in the lecture room of the Central Library of the University Library (Münstergasse 63, west entrance).
February 11, 2011 - Gaithersburg, Maryland As part of the National Institute of Standards and Testing Distinguished Lecturer Colloquium Series, John Hessler of the Library of Congress, will be giving the seminar, Mathematical and Algorithmic Methods for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Cartography. The colloquium is an introduction to the mathematical and analytical methods that Hessler has developed and employed in the study of ancient and medieval cartography. Hessler has used these methods on a variety of cartographic forms from Roman Surveying to Portolan Charts. The methods to be discussed include geometric transforms, warping algorithms, and the use of 2-dimensional tensor analysis in the study of historic cartography. The colloquium will take place from 10:30-12:30, at National Institute of Standards and Testing Headquarters and Laboratories. Speakers in the colloquium series have included 21 recent Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Award and Wolf Prize Winners. The NIST colloquium series provides an opportunity to hear the views of outstanding and award winning scientists, scholars, and explorers, on technological areas of current interest and research.
February 12, 2011 – New York The next New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm. Our meeting place is the lower-level auditorium at the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street. The People v. Boyd: A Murder Trial That Nearly Redrew the Map of New York City. In 1984, an otherwise unremarkable murder case generated a startling legal decision that threw the long-standing boundary between New York and Bronx counties into question and threatened to wreak havoc with New York's criminal justice and electoral systems. Using historic images and videotaped interviews with the principal players in the story, Michael Miscione, the Manhattan Borough Historian, will examine this little-known ruling and its aftermath.
February 17, 2011 – Chicago The next meeting of the Chicago Map Society will be at 5:30, at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Join us to as Carl Kupfer, a civil engineer and longtime member of the society asks: And Where is Lake Michigan? In this brief cartographic history of the last Great Lake to be discovered, Mr. Kupfer will consider why it took over 240 years from its first exploration by Europeans to produce accurate maps of its shorelines and related geographical features. This cartographic odyssey will include an examination of early manuscript maps, printed maps, charts, surveys, instruments and tools of the trade.
February 17, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Emeritus Professor Roy Bridges (Department of History, University of Aberdeen). Cartography and Credulity: Mapping the Sources of the Nile since 150 AD - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
February 19, 2011 – Cleveland Computer Assisted Genealogy Group-Cleveland Area Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road. William Barrow speaks on The history of maps of Northeast Ohio, followed by breakout sessions for genealogy software at 11, brown bag lunch, and computer fundamentals from 1-2. Contact Bill Frank at 440-734-2021.
February 22, 2011 – Cambridge, England Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography meets at 5.30pm in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street. Allison Ksiazkiewicz (Department of History & Philosophy of Science) will speak about Colour and problems of visualising space in early nineteenth-century geological maps of Britain. All are welcome. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall tel. 01223 330476. Refreshments will be available after each seminar.
February 24, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Ralph Ehrenberg will speak on Flying with Rand McNally Maps, from 1918 through the 1970s. The talk will explore the role that Rand McNally state maps played in guiding airmail and military pilots during the open cockpit era. Mr. Ehrenberg will also discuss Rand McNally's "Air Trails" map series, the first air navigation maps designed for general cross country flying. Mr. Ehrenberg is the former chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, former director of the Center for Cartographic and Architectural Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration and a past President of the Washington Map Society. His many interests include aviation mapping, and he is currently writing several essays for the University of Chicago's History of Cartography on airline maps and aeronautical charts. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
February 28, 2011 – London Dr Cyrus Alai is giving a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society 2.30-4.00. His focus will be on the first official map of Teheran.
March 3, 2011 – Littleton, Colorado Discovery of the Old World through Old Maps is Wesley Brown’s subject in a lecture at 7 p.m. at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Through the study of maps, Wesley Brown will investigate man’s conception of the shape of the Earth through history and will give particular focus to the discovery of the New World. This general survey will begin with Homer in the 8th century B.C. and will end with Sebastian Münster in the middle of the 16th century. He will illustrate the lecture with slides from his own collection of maps, in coordination with the Museum’s current exhibit, “Pivotal Points: The Exploration and Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West.” Lectures are free and open to the public.
March 3, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Dr John Montague (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin). London 1747 and Dublin 1756: John Rocque's Capital City Maps - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 4-5, 2011 - Arlington, Virginia
The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair features rare books, maps, prints, autographs and more presented by 75 distinguished dealers. Located in the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive.
March 4, 2011 - Springfield, Missouri Rebecca Steiner discusses Developments in Renaissance Cartography from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square.
March 5, 2011 - Winston-Salem A Map Seminar, Mapping the
Early South II: State Maps of Virginia, North Carolina, and
Tennessee, will be hosted by the Museum of Early Southern
Decorative Arts, 924 S. Main Street. The event was originally
scheduled for this past September, but was postponed due to
conflicting events in Old Salem. Registration is required. Speakers
William Wooldridge (Independent Scholar and Collector, Suffolk, Virginia) Regional Mapping in Virginia, 1728-1751
Jay Lester (Independent Scholar and Collector, Chapel Hill, North Carolina) The Big Ones That Got Away: Wall Maps of North Carolina
Robert Hicks (Author, Independent Scholar, and Collector, Franklin, Tennessee) "Beyond the Enemy Mountains": Mapping Tennessee
Registration instructions are available at this web site.
March 8, 2011- Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room (5th floor) of the Denver Public Library. Christopher Lane will speak about How Maps Are Made: The Creation of Printed Maps from the 15th through the 19th Century. Chris Lane is the proprietor of the Philadelphia Print Shop West here in Denver. He is also one of our newest RMMS members. If you enjoyed the RMMS presentation on lithography several years ago, then you'll certainly want to hear Chris' presentation about how printed maps are produced once the manuscript mapping is completed. He will discuss the five main map making processes: woodcuts, wood engraving, wax engraving, copper (steel) engraving, and lithography, ranging over five centuries from the late fifteenth to the end of the nineteenth century. He will also consider the history, advantages, disadvantages and idiosyncrasies of each process in some detail.
March 8, 2011 - London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold their annual Collectors' Evening at the Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court. Francis Herbert will be in the chair. Contact Caroline Batchelor on (0)1372 272755.
March 10, 2011 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 18th Annual Series, will have David Fletcher (London Metropolitan University) speak about The Commission on the Royal Forests 1787-93: Maps and parliamentary scrutiny in Britain. The seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the School of Geography and the Environment.
March 12, 2011 – New York The next New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm in the South Court Celeste Bartos Education Center classrooms (adjacent to the stairs/elevator down to the auditorium), New York Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street. Popular legend has it that Ferdinand Magellan was the first voyager to pass through the strait that now bears his name. Yet maps pre-dating his voyage by years--and perhaps by centuries--strongly suggest that he was simply following the wake of others. In the years that followed Magellan's voyage, Tierra del Fuego followed Darwinian evolution, as each new map displayed a gradual improvement as each new visitor returned home with more details. Still, there was much work that needed to be done, and HMS Beagle's Captain Robert FitzRoy was the man to do it. At our March meeting, New York Map Society Vice President John Woram discusses Putting Tierra del Fuego on the Map. He takes a look at maps of the area, from before Magellan to after FitzRoy, concluding with a demonstration of how modern technology allows today's visitor to record the latitude, longitude, altitude and compass bearing every time a photo is taken with a digital camera. Later on, the recorded data can be sent to Google Earth to show just where each photo was taken, and a map can be printed showing these points.
March 13, 2011 - Madison, New Jersey Vintage maps of New Jersey will be the subject of a program at Drew University. The program, 19th Century New Jersey in Maps, will be hosted by Maxine Lurie, history professor emeritus at Seton Hall University. Lurie will share highlights and discoveries from producing the first interpretive atlas of the state in more than 100 years, “Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape.” The talk, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held in Mead Hall, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call (973) 805-8855.
March 17, 2011 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Steve Novak (Univ. of Idaho) will speak about The Cartography of Biological Invasions: From Darwin to DNA.
March 18th, 2011- Charlottesville Carl Mehler, Director of Maps for the Book Publishing Group of the National Geographic Society will speak about Mapping the World: Past, Present and Future. His talk will give a brief history of maps, different kinds of maps, how they are used, different styles and the transition and evolving nature of digital maps. Lecture is at 10 AM at University of Virginia Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections, UVa Central Grounds.
March 19, 2011 -Brussels The 13th Annual General Meeting of the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will be held at 16.00 at Casa de Asturias, Rue Saint-Laurent 36-38, Brussels. It will be followed at 18.00 with a Map Evening. Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps - members as well as non-members - for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
March 22, 2011 – New York As part of “Asia Week 2011,” Richard Pegg, Asian art curator of Chicago’s MacLean Collection, will talk about Mapping Identity: Antiquarian Korean Maps of the MacLean Collection at the Korea Society, 950 Third Ave, 8th Floor, at 6:30PM. He will examine Korean maps in a variety of formats, the challenges faced by cartographers, and the formation of multiple identities in Korea during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The MacLean Collection, housed in a private museum outside Chicago, focuses on the cultures of Korea, China, and Southeast Asia. $10 (Members/Students); $20 (Guests) (Walk-in registration will incur an additional charge of $5). About the Speaker: Richard A. Pegg, is co-author of “The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” and is managing editor of the second book in the series, “Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers in the MacLean Collection.” He frequently lectures at major museums on Asian art. He holds a PhD. from Columbia University
March 23, 2011 – New Haven You are warmly invited to America Transformed: From George Washington’s American Atlas to the 21st Century, a special talk to mark the opening of the George Washington map exhibit. The George Washington Atlas, one of the jewels of the Yale Map Department, recently underwent some much-needed conservation treatment. This subsequently inspired Yale alum, Barnet Schecter, to write his book “George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps”. He will be speaking about his research using the maps. The talk will be at 3pm in the SML Lecture Hall, followed by an opportunity to view the exhibit in the Memorabilia Room. The event is free and open to the public.
March 23, 2011 – Valletta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
March 24, 2011 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm in Boston Public Library (Glass Orientation Room, McKim Building, 1st floor). John Hessler, Senior Cartographic Librarian at the Library of Congress, will give a talk on From Ortelius to Champlain: The Lost Cartographic Works of Henry David Thoreau. Hessler has been searching for the traces of Thoreau's cartographic explorations, including copies he made of many historical maps. Though we think of Thoreau primarily as a writer with a philosophical and environmental focus, he should perhaps also be remembered as one of the first historians of cartography. Additional information from Jeremy Pool at 617-661-3718.
March 24, 2011 – Bruges Philippe Despriet will discuss Kaarten van de Tachtigjarige Oorlog [Maps of the Eighty Years' War] at Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30 at 20.00. Lecture will be in Dutch. For additional information contact Walter de Smaele, tel. +32 50 40 68 55, Magdalenastraat 30, 8200 Brugge.
March 24, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt will speak on Alexander von Humboldt and his Cartographic Relevance for the Americas. Humboldt was a polymath genius hailed already by the mid of his long life as “the greatest travelling scientist who ever lived” (Charles Darwin). The presentation aims at an introduction to Humboldt’s extraordinary life, wide ranging achievements – and of course milestone maps. The Prussian nobleman’s perception changing voyage crisscrossing Latin America in 1799-1804 and his meticulous analysis of the constantly made observations, laid down in the most extensive ever individually written and financed travel journal in 30 huge and lavishly illustrated volumes. His cartographic contributions to the new and scientific image of the Americas are not restricted to numerous own publications. As important was Humboldt’s influence on innovative cartographers such as Heinrich Berghaus and his “Physikalischer Atlas” (2 vols.; Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1837-51) which inspired by the great traveler’s ground-breaking concepts on vegetation and meteorology assembled such revolutionary maps that it justifiably is seen as the most influential atlas innovation since Abraham Ortelius’ “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.” Dr. Demhardt is Professor and the Jenkins and Virginia Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington and the author of the exploration and cartography book “Aufbruch ins Ungewisse. Legendäre Entdeckungsreisen von Humboldt bis Hedin” recently published in Germany. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
March 30, 2011 – Manila The next meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be at 18.30h in the German Club at the Penthouse of the Eurovilla II Building. H.E. Don Tomas Calvillo, Mexican Ambassador, will speak about The Map and the Education and the Politics. There will also be a Short Exhibit of Maps and Prints of Society Members. Additional information from Rudolf J.H. Lietz.
March 31, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Tom Harper (Maps, British Library). A Window on the World: Maps in the European Schoolroom in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 31, 2011 - Nottingham The School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Research Seminar Series 2010-11 will have Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library presenting Maps to the public: What Use, Lies, London and Magnificent Maps. The seminar will take place in Lecture Theatre A40 at 17.00 in the School of Geography, Sir Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham, University Park. All interested parties are welcome to attend.. For more information contact Andrea Payne.
April 1, 5, 7, 2011 - Rochefort, France The Centre International de la Mer will have a series of lectures on the theme of mapping. Lectures will be held in Conference Room, South Pavilion, at 18:30 - Admission free. For additional information, see web page or phone 05 46 87 01 90.
April 4, 2011 - Basel Martin Rickenbacher will present Napoleon's engineer-geographers in the Basel region from 1803 to 1813. He will discuss new research into an important phase of the cartographic history. The lecture will be at 18.15 clock in the old university auditorium in the museum in Augustinergasse 2.
April 4-5, 2011 – London The History of Geology Group (HOGG), a group affiliated with the Geological Society of London, will be holding a conference about Geological Collectors and Collecting. The conference will take place at the Flett Theatre at the Natural History Museum in London, and is timed coincide the Christies planned sale of natural history artefacts. Convenors include John Henry (HOGG member, and proprietor of 19th Century Geological Maps), Sarah Long (Head of Palaeontology Collections at the Natural History Museum in London), and Nina Morgan (Science writer and HOGG committee member). This two day event will include talks, exhibitions, workshops and behind the scenes tours on topics of interest to collectors of geological material of all kinds, including books, maps, minerals, and fossils. It will also include discussions about historical collections and policy issues related to collections and care of collections. Confirmed speakers include Julian Wilson of Christies on the history of collecting, Tom Sharpe of the National Museum of Wales on the Museum's geological map collection, Monica Price of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on the Corsi collection of ornamental stones, the historian Karolyn Shindler on the life and letters of the 19th century fossil collector, Barbara Hastings, and Jonathan Larwood of Natural England on the history of collecting policies. To receive further information and notices about the conference or to propose a poster or exhibition (our speakers list is now full!), e-mail Nina Morgan.
Mondays only April 4-June 6, 2011 – Williamsburg
A new exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 West Francis Street, will showcase the significant role maps played during the Colonial period. The exhibited titled "More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America" will illustrate how maps and prints aided colonial expansionists by depicting values that swayed public opinion. A program in conjunction with the exhibit Focus on Maps will offer a closer look at specific types of maps. Focus on Maps will feature rare and important 17th and 18th century American maps. The program will be offered at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Mondays.
April 5, 2011 - Milwaukee Susan Schulten, history professor at the University of Denver and New York Times contributor, will present the 2011 Holzheimer “Maps and America” Annual Lecture in the American Geographical Society Library, third floor east wing of the Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Schulten’s presentation, Epidemics, Expansion, and Cartographic Innovation in the Civil War Era, will look at mid-19th century cutting-edge thematic maps that documented rainfall, agriculture and disease in America, and their relationship to westward growth. Schulten is the author of “The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950;” other published work includes a chapter to the exhibition catalog “Maps: Finding a Place in Our World” and four essays in the forthcoming “The History of Cartography. Volume 6: The Twentieth Century.” She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and currently writes a monthly column for the New York Times' "Disunion" series, which commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Holzheimer Lecture series, initiated in 1990, is supported by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library. In conjunction with the talk, an exhibit of maps relating to the lecture topic will be on display.The lecture will be presented at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the talk at 5 p.m. For additional information please call 414-229-6282 or contact Christopher Baruth, Curator of the AGS Library.
April 7-8, 2011 - The Hague The Sixth International Workshop is titled Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. This Workshop is addressed to scholars, researchers, map-curators, map-collectors, administrators, digital industry / market operators, and students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds (humanistic, scientific, arts and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affined to cartographic heritage. The Workshop will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how the digital revolution and modern information and communication technologies in general can or could be used and contribute to cartographic heritage in terms of acquisition, processing visualization and communication of relevant digital data. The Workshop will take place at the National Archives of the Netherlands. For additional information contact The Commission Chair, The Nationaal Archief Liaison Officer, or the Workshop’s Desk.
April 7, 2011 – Littleton, Colorado Colorado Counties is Tom Overton's subject in a lecture at 7 p.m. at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Tom Overton is the current president of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. He began collecting maps nearly 30 years ago. His interests include antique maps of Colorado. He is the primary author of the “Atlas of Colorado Counties” which was published by the Rocky Mountain Map Society and provides a quick reference for dating antique Colorado maps. This lecture complements the Museum’s map exhibition, "Pivotal Points: The Exploration and Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West." Lectures are free and open to the public.
April 9, 2011 – New York The next New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm in the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street. Exploring Renaissance Geography on Johann Schöner's Globe of 1515 - Independent historian Chet Van Duzer will discuss Johann Schöner's terrestrial globe of 1515, one of the earliest surviving globes made following the discovery of the New World, in conjunction with the release of his recent book Johann Schöner's Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study. (American Philosophical Society, 2010). After presenting the globe and discussing its cartographic context, particularly with relation to Martin Behaim's globe of 1492 and Martin Waldseemüller's world map of 1507, he will focus on two particular aspects of the globe: its unusual southern continent, and its sea monsters.
April 9, 2011 – Richmond The
2011 Alan M. &
Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography
will be held at Library of
Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. There will be a special one day
exhibition of maps relating to the talk, as well as a behind the
scenes tours of the Library. There will be two lectures held that
day, with a short intermission in between. The working titles
Jed Hotchkiss and Albert Campbell: The Army of Northern Virginia's Preeminent Mapmakers by Dick Stephenson.
Highlights from the Library of Virginia's American Civil War Map Collection by Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia Map Specialist and Senior Research Archivist.
The exhibition will be open from 10:00am-4:00pm, and the lectures will begin at 1pm. The event is free and box lunches will be available for purchase at Noon. For additional please visit the website or call 804-692-3813.
April 12-16, 2011 – Seattle The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting will take place at the Washington State Convention Center and the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.
April 13, 2011 – New York The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, has announced the following lecture by Gavin Hollis and exhibit, to be held at 1:15 pm in the south court auditorium: Shakespeare's Mappery. Shakespeare's characters often employ maps for military, monarchic, and mercantile purposes, practices which were increasingly common in his period. Gavin Hollis is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Hunter College, CUNY, Writer in Residence in the Library's Wertheim Study, and has published on cartographic literacy in King Lear.
April 13, 2011 – Portland, Maine The Osher Library Associates and Osher Map Library are pleased to host a lecture on the Printed Maps of Maine from 6:00–7:30 p.m. Presentation by Prof. Edward V. Thompson, author of “Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860: An Illustrated and Comparative Study.” Prof. Thompson is the guest curator of the exhibition by the same name now on display at the Osher Map Library. He will also be available to autograph copies of his book during the reception held from 6:00-6:30. Location: Sam L. Cohen Educational Center of the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is located at the intersection of Forest and Bedford Street. Please RSVP by Friday, April 8th, 2011 to (207) 780-4850.
April 14-15, 2011 - Lausanne The second edition of the
cartographic biennial will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne. It is organized by the laboratory
Chôros, a member of the Eidolon network. Moving Maps is a
- A Symposium : Mapping Ethics. New Trends in Cartography and Social Responsibility. It aims to highlight the epistemological and theoretical links between cartography and human sciences. Keynotes speakers : Emanuela Casti, Franco Farinelli, Bruno Latour, Hervé Le Bras, Jacques Lévy, Michel Lussault, Patrick Poncet, Giacomo Rambaldi, Carlo Ratti.
- A Contest : MiniMax Mapping. Designed to reward a cartographic innovation, which combines graphic effectiveness and sobriety. The jury, chaired by Carlo Ratti (MIT), will award a single prize of CHF 5000 during the closing session on April 15th.
- An exhibition : Répons. Portrait de carte avec groupe. It will put in contrast representations of spaces by drawing from two worlds: that of contemporary art and that of cartography.
All information, including the details for papers submission, is available on the event's web site.
April 14, 2011 - New York The Book History Colloquium at Columbia University, open to any discipline, aims to provide a broad outlet for the scholarly discussion of book history, print culture, the book arts, and bibliographical research, and (ideally) the promotion of research and publication in these fields. Our presenters include Columbia faculty members and advanced graduate students, scholars of national prominence from range of institutions. Today, in 523 Butler Library, 6:00 – 7:30pm, Michael Inman (Curator of Rare Books, The New York Public Library) will discuss A Long Road Home: Investigation and Recovery in the E. Forbes Smiley Map Thefts.
April 14, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Ed Redmond will speak on The Geography and Map Division's Civil War Sesquicentennial Virtual Map Exhibit. The talk will describe the Geography and Map Division's virtual display of a map (or maps) every week during the four year commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. For example, on April 12, 2011, G & M will feature a map showing the firing on Fort Sumter; On July 1, 2 and 3 of 2013, maps of the Battle of Gettysburg will be displayed. In addition to illustrating the virtual display, Mr. Redmond will describe the research and preparation necessary to mount such an exhibit. Mr. Redmond is a Geography and Map Reference Specialist at the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and past President of the Washington Map Society. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
April 16, 2011 – Berlin Taking Rome as an example, Rome as a Space of Motion - Ancient Rome in Maps and (Route) Descriptions from 1400 to 1600 will survey the different modes of the perception and organizing of the urban space in written and visual sources during the 15th and 16th century. In particular we will put the focus on texts in which the perspective of a person wandering through the city is adopted, as well as on cartographic views, in order to discuss their (possible) reciprocal interdependencies. Conference to be held at Conference des Excellence - Clusters Topoi, Topoi-Haus Mitte, Hannoversche Straße 6. For further information please contact Lisa Roemer.
April 26, 2011 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will holds its annual meeting at Denver Public Library: 13th & Broadway, 7th Floor, 5:30 PM. Aidan Chopra will present Google Earth: A New Perspective On Geography. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited. Aidan Chopra works at Google as a Product Evangelist for the company’s Geo applications: Earth, Maps and SketchUp. Google’s mission to "organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful" extends, naturally, to the world’s geographic information as well. His role for the last four years has been to build awareness of Google’s products and services by writing, presenting, teaching and shining a light on noteworthy examples of their use. Though he travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, Aidan calls Google’s Boulder office home. He is the author of Google SketchUp For Dummies, all three editions of which have been published by John Wiley & Sons. Aidan holds an undergraduate degree from NSCAD University in Halifax, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in Houston. Aidan will provide a guided tour of Google Earth, uncovering hidden gems along the way. Google Earth is free software that combines comprehensive satellite imagery with accurate terrain information to create a fully interactive and easily navigable virtual globe. In layman's terms, it invites you to explore the world by flying from place to place while viewing aerial imagery, mountains, oceans, historical maps (like David Rumsey’s), photographs, 3D buildings and endless layers of overlaid information. You can view the whole planet at once or zoom in to inspect objects as small as a few inches across. A detailed lecture and demonstration will be followed by questions and answers.
April 26, 2011 – New York The Mercator Society Lecture will be held at Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Room 227, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. 5:30-6:00 Reception; 6:00-7:30 Lecture. Michael Buehler, of Boston Rare Maps, will address the development of mapmaking in the United States in the years immediately after the American Revolution. That period saw the emergence of a cartography that was distinctly American, different in goals, subject matter, methods, iconography and aesthetics. Michael will focus on core features of this new American cartography, particularly how American maps reflected the ambition and optimism characteristic of the early Republic, as Americans sought to transform the landscape in the service of their economic and political goals. The talk will be illustrated with examples and vivid stories from his “Toward a National Cartography” exhibit now on view at the Harvard Map Collection. R.S.V.P to Matthew Knutzen at (212) 930-0562.
April 27, 2011 – Valletta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Aragon meeting room. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
April 28-May 1, 2011 – Alpine and Fort Davis, Texas
The Annual Spring Meeting of the Texas Map Society will be a
“West Texas Fandango!”
Thursday PM. Speakers’ Dinner at Marty and Yana Davis’ Home in Fort Davis
10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Registration at Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine
P.M. Afternoon – Guided Archaeological Field Trip provided by the Center for Big Bend Studies, Sul Ross State University
6 P.M. - 8 P.M. -- Reception at the Museum of the Big Bend for “Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps.”
Saturday Sessions at the Vic & Mary Jane Morgan University Center, Sul Ross State University
Speakers -- To Be Announced.
Dinner at the Sproul Ranch in the Davis Mountains.
Sunday Breakfast, Fort Davis National Park
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Schwerte, Germany Atlas International Day 2011 will be held at Evangelische Akademie Haus Villigst. For additional information contact Jürgen Espenhorst, Villigster Str. 32, 58239 Schwerte; Tel.: 02304 / 72284, Fax: 02304 / 78010.
May 3, 2011 – Nottingham A series of lunchtime talks will be held to accompany the exhibit Home and Abroad - Maps From The Historic Collection at 1-2 pm in the Djanogly Theatre, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham. Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of History, University of London, provides an introduction to the world of early maps and shows how we can make sense of their infinite variety in her talk A Motley of Maps. Admission is free, but places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 21, 2011 – Paris
Histoire(s) des Cartes et des Représentations du Monde
[Stories and Histories of Maps and of the Representation of the
be held at Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Richelieu site,
conference room Salle des Commissions, provisional entrance 5 Rue
Vivienne, F-75002, Paris (Métro Bourse or Pyramides).
18.30 – 20.00, in French.
* 3 May: Introduction by C. Hofmann and E. Vagnon, Cartographie marine au Moyen Age en Méditerranée [Marine cartography of the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages]
* 10 May: Alain Morgat, L’hydrographie française en Méditerranée sous Louis XIV [French hydrography in the Mediterranean under Louis XIV]
* 17 May: Manonmani Filliozat-Restif, L’Océan indien à l’époque moderne [The Indian Ocean in the modern era]
* 24 May: Jean-Yves Sarazin, Les globes de Coronelli [The Coronelli Globes – a guided visit at the Tolbiac – François Mitterand site)
* 31 May: E. d’Orgeix and I. Warmoes, Introduction du cycle et conférence Plans de villes fortifiées en Europe et dans les colonies [XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles] [Introduction to the cycle and conference on Fortified Towns in Europe and in the Colonies, 17th – 18th centuries]
* 7 June: Guenièvre Fournier, Gènes, Marseille et Barcelone au siècle des Lumières [Genoa, Marseilles and Barcelona in the Enlightenment]
* 21 June: Jean-Yves Sarazin, Paris, le plan dit de Turgot [The so-called Turgot plan of Paris]
Information and reservation as of April 2011 on +(0)1-126.96.36.199.
May 5, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Dr Diarmuid Scully (School of History, University College, Cork). Mapping the Farthest Western lands: Gerald of Wales on Ireland and English Imperium in the Twelfth Century - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
Thursdays only May 5-June 9, 2011 – Williamsburg A new exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 West Francis Street, will showcase the significant role maps played during the Colonial period. The exhibited titled "More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America" will illustrate how maps and prints aided colonial expansionists by depicting values that swayed public opinion. A program in conjunction with the exhibit Maps and Migration will offer a closer look at specific types of maps. Maps and Migration will show transatlantic migration routes in British North America during a guided tour of the 17th and 18th century maps. That tour will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
May 6, 2011 - Sackets Harbor, New York The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center opens for the spring season, and at 6:30 pm that evening living history re-enactor Randy Patten will share his collection of historic maps, accoutrements and artifacts from the French and Indian War. Patten says, “These maps provide a fascinating look into America’s history as it occurred in New York State. Several show the local Northern New York area as well as all of New York state and parts of Canada and Pennsylvania, plus the waterways that people traveled to establish settlements and forts in such places as Oswego and Youngstown.”
May 7, 2011 - Perth, Scotland The Scottish Maps Forum will hold a one-day seminar (10.00 - 16.30) at AK Bell Library on the theme of Routes across the map - cartography, travel and transport. The seminar will focus on recent research that has explored the value of maps in understanding the history of transport and communications, focusing on Scotland. It will also look specifically at particular people - surveyors and engineers - who have played a significant role in developing transport infrastructure and their maps. There will be papers on using Timothy Pont's 16th century maps for understanding early routeways, military roads and maps in the 18th century, the history of the Bell Rock on charts, the surveyors and civil engineers Alexander Nimmo and William Bald, and the impact of roads and railways on towns. The cost is £20 (£15 without lunch). Please book by April 15. Further information and a PDF booking form.
May 10, 2011 – Cambridge, England Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography meets at 5.30pm in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street. Nessa Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway) will speak about ‘Number, Weight or Measure’: Mapping Colonial Governmentality in William Petty's Political Anatomy of Ireland. All are welcome. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall tel. 01223 330476. Refreshments will be available after each seminar.
May 12-13, 2011 - Marseille The conference Mapping the Process of Communication will be held at Centre de la Vieille Charité, 2 rue de la Charité. Speakers include Jean Boutier, Stéphane Blond, Catherine Delano-Smith, and Gilles Bancarel. Additional information from the organizers Jean Boutier or Stéphane Blond.
May 13, 2011 – Philadelphia What Good is an Old Map in the Age of Mapquest? - Join Dr. Daniel Traister, Curator for Research Services at Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and map collector Jack Sosiak to explore what 16th- and 17th-century maps of European cities offer that Mapquest cannot. Thirty minute lecture starting at 4:30 PM, followed by reception and viewing of current exhibition, Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar. Space is limited, so advanced registration is required. For registration please contact Kristin Winch at 215.573.3610.
May 14, 2011 – New York The
next New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm at the New York
Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street. The
Hidden Harmony of Hell Gate: Henry Mitchell and his Quaker
Cartography in the Coast Survey - Henry
Mitchell (1830-1902) joined the Coast Survey as a teenager, and
stayed with it his entire working life. He was the younger brother of
the noted astronomer Maria Mitchell; the Mitchells were a learned
Quaker family from Nantucket. Within a few years of his arrival at
the Survey, Mitchell became the Chief of Physical Hydrography, a
position he filled for his entire career. Physical hydrography means
the science of moving water: tides and currents, tsunamis, storms,
but also wetlands and sandbars—and Hell Gate, in the East
River. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Library Historian John Cloud's presentation will focus on two major
episodes in Mitchell's career:
1. His revelations about coastal wetlands, and his remarkable 1869 treatise on marshland reclamation, with accompanying maps,
2. His remarkable and well-illustrated saga, from 1867 to 1873, to prevent the damming of the East River.
Mitchell was uncommonly successful in both these endeavors, despite a Quaker sensibility that was taken then as “old-fashioned” but which was in fact at least a century ahead of its time.
May 20, 2011 - Providence, Rhode Island Chet Van Duzer will give a lecture about whales and whaling on medieval and Renaissance maps from 5 to 7 pm at the Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, in the series “Hark! The White Whale!” The lecture will provide background and context to Melville’s discussion of images of whales in Moby-Dick.
May 20, 2011 – Washington The Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division in conjunction with the Philip Lee Phillips Society will hold a conference entitled: Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying and Cartography. The conference will consist of a day long series of lectures that take a new look at the history of mapmaking and the technologies of cartography during the Civil War. Scholars from the fields of history, surveying, conservation, and cartography will look closely at the effects that new cartographic technologies, such as the photographic reproduction of maps in the field, had on mapmaking, and the impact that these technologies had on both civilian and military geography. Papers will be presented in the Mumford Room of the Madison Building from 9:30AM-3:30PM. The conference is of course free, but email registration or phone 202-707-1616 will be required. Additional information from John Hessler, Senior Cartographic Librarian, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.
May 21, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society Annual Dinner Meeting will be held at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square, 901 17th Street NW, from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Dr. James M. Goode will speak about Highlights of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. As the first curator of the Smithsonian Castle, Mr. Goode managed the architectural restoration and Victorian furnishing of the building. Since 2001, Dr. Goode has served as historian and art curator at the B.F. Saul Company, a Washington real estate firm with significant holdings, including the landmark Hay-Adams Hotel. For additional information contact Peter Porrazzo, Treasurer WMS, 1924 Tysons Trace Drive Vienna, VA 22182; 703-883-1843.
May 23, 2011 – Madrid Cartografía
náutica mediterránea: visiones del espacio y del “otro”
of two lectures
that will explore the Arab world on historical cartography, both
Western and Arab maps. Lectures will start at 11:30 h. in Consejo
Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Sala Caro Baroja
(1D8), c/ Albasanz 26-28.
Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez Conociendo al “otro”: una mirada al mundo islámico medieval a través de las cartas náuticas occidentales.
Mónica Herrera Un mar de conceptos en la imagen del Mediterráneo de la cartografía náutica árabe.
Additional information from Sandra Sáenz-López.
May 23, 2011 - North Yarmouth, Maine Holly Hurd, education outreach coordinator at the Osher Map Library, will speak about Moses Greenleaf, Maine's first mapmaker at 7 p.m. at the old town house on Route 9. Hurd will discuss Greenleaf's development of transportation and industry, as well as his work as a surveyor and cartographer. Several of Greenleaf's maps will be on display. Ice cream from Toots will be served at 6:30 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by the North Yarmouth Historical Society and the Pownal Scenic and Historical Society. The program is free, but donations are suggested. For more information, call 595-2997.
May 24, 2011 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will have a home hosted visit with Ron and Jane Gibbs.
May 24, 2011 – Nottingham A series of lunchtime talks will be held to accompany the exhibit Home and Abroad - Maps From The Historic Collection at 1-2 pm in the Djanogly Theatre, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham. Professor Stephen Daniels, School of Geography, surveys relations between mapping, the visual arts and imaginative literature, to explore the wider culture of cartography in Britain since the 18th century as part of his talk The Art of Mapping and The Culture of Cartography. Admission is free, but places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
May 24 - 27, 2011 - Sydney Southern Latitudes - the 39th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held at the State Library of New South Wales. This year’s conference will explore the naming and charting of the South Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans, and will acknowledge the bicentenary of the publication of the first complete map of Australia by cartographer, Louis de Freycinet in 1811. Presentations on historical an contemporary aspects of cartography and surveying will be featured, including contributions on international boundaries, navigational technology and hydrographic surveying. Enquiries to Maggie Patton, Head of Section Maps, State Library of New South Wales; Ph. (02) 92731709, Fax (02) 92731267.
May 25, 2011 – Valletta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm Provence Room at the Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
May 26, 2011 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Professor Emeritus P. D. A. Harvey (Department of History, University of Durham). Local Maps in Medieval Europe. The Last Twenty Years - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
June 2-3, 2011 – Boston The North East Map Organization's (NEMO) Annual Meeting is at Boston Public Library. This wonderful program includes a workshop on using Civil War maps with students, 3 lectures on the subject of Civil War mapping, 1 lecture on "The Atlas of Boston's History", 1 talk about the history of MIT's map holdings, a behind-the-scenes tour of Boston Public Library's new Civil War exhibit "Torn in Two," a viewing of some map treasures at the Boston Athenaeum, and more. Speakers include authors Nancy Seasholes and Earl McElfresh, John Cloud from NOAA, Ed Redmond from Library of Congress, Debra Block, BPL educator and Anne Graham from MIT. Additional information at NEMO's website, or contact Frances Pollitt, 207-774-1822 x 234.
June 4, 2011 – Castle Rock, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society and the Oregon-California Trail Association, Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter will have a Joint Conference, Mapping Historic Trails in Colorado, at The Douglas County History Research Center from 9.00 AM to $.30 PM. Registration is required.
June 6, 2011 - December 2012 - London The London Mapping Festival 2011 – 2012, or LMF for short, is an exciting and unique initiative. It sets out to promote greater awareness and understanding of how maps and digital geographic data are being created and used within the Capital. Through a diverse range of activities LMF will engage with a wide audience of mapping enthusiasts whether they are professionals, enthusiasts or those who are merely interested in mapping and related disciplines including; surveying, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems and GPS. The festival draws together a whole range of existing events that are currently run by learned societies, professional bodies and commercial companies in and around London and will carry the LMF brand for the 18-month festival duration. Examples of activities, some of which are free to attend, include; workshops for schools, outdoor events such as geocaching and picnics, public lectures, professional conferences and mass participation activities. Details of each activity will be added to this website as they are confirmed.
June 7, 2011 – Littleton, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society will will meet at the Littleton Museum at 6 pm. There will be a narrated gallery walk at 6.45 pm.
June 8-11, 2011 – Cheshire The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium will be held at Shrigley Hall, Nr. Macclesfield. The Society’s Annual Symposium is an established three-day training event that provides delegates with the opportunity to gain mapping knowledge from a wide range of world class presentations and interactive workshops. This enlightening three-day event attracts specialists from private, academic, and government organisations whose common interest lies in using and promoting maps as a valuable communication device. It provides both a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to learn and share information about recent projects, join focused discussion groups and network with colleagues and experts sharing the same interest.
June 9, 2011 - Montvale, New Jersey Kevin Woyce, at 7 PM, will make a presentation about New Jersey State Parks. Woyce is a writer, photographer and speaking specializing in New Jersey and New York history. His presentation will include original photography, vintage maps and images of historical people, places and events. His third book "New Jersey State Parks: History and Facts" will be released this year. This program is free and open to all, however registration is required. Call or e-mail the library to register. For further information contact the Montvale Public Library at 201-391-5090. The library is located at 12 Mercedes Drive.
June 9, 2011 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 18th Annual Series, will have Elizabeth Solopova (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) speak about The Making of the Gough Map of Great Britain: Manuscript Evidence and Historical Context. The seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the School of Geography and the Environment.
June 10, 2011 – London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its annual Malcolm Young Lecture and Dinner starting at 6.30 pm at the East India Club, 16 St. James's Square. Our lecturer this year is Stanislas De Peuter, Judge at the Court of First Instance at Louvain, in Holland. He will speak about Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary in 17th century China. He made “Atlas Sinensis,” the first complete Western set of Chinese maps.
June 11. 2011 – London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its annual General Meeting 10 am at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.
June 11-12, 2011 – London The London Map Fair, the largest antique map fair in Europe, was established 1980. We exhibit at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore (Entrance Exhibition Road). This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. Open Saturday 12.00-19.00 and Sunday 10.00-17.00. Admission Free. Our guest speakers this year will be Laurence Worms and Ashley Baynton-Williams who will launch their “Dictionary of British Map Engravers” on Saturday 11 June at 14.30 in the RGS Ondaatje Theatre, inside the RGS building.
June 13, 2011 - Lancaster, England To make a true and perfecte plotte: Maps in the 16th century Chancery Court of the Duchy of Lancaster and what happened next.. by Bill Shannon at 1pm in Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George's Quay.
June 13, 2011 – Nottingham A series of lunchtime talks will be held to accompany the exhibit Home and Abroad - Maps From The Historic Collection at 1-2 pm in the Djanogly Theatre, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham. Historians work from documents, but maps are both documents and pictorial representations of places ‘on the ground’. Using contemporary maps and plans, Professor John Beckett, School of History, will show how we can reconstruct the townscape of Nottingham from the medieval period to the present day in his presentation Reconstructing the Townscape of Nottingham using Contemporary Maps. Admission is free, but places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
June 14, 2011 - Oxford A masterpiece of evolution: newly discovered evidence for the making of the Gough Map of Great Britain. Dr Elizabeth Solopova (Research Fellow, Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford) will speak at 1pm in Convocation House, Bodleian Library. One of the greatest treasures in the Bodleian Libraries, the medieval Gough Map of Great Britain is the earliest extant depiction of the island in a geographically recognizable form, and its cartographic accuracy, exceptional for its age, continues to puzzle scholars. Elizabeth Solopova has recently completed a new study of this enigmatic manuscript. In this talk she will examine the map as a repository of geographical knowledge, political aspirations and traditions of literacy from across several centuries of English history. There will be an exhibition displaying the Gough Map in the Proscholium from 14 May to 26 June 2011. Admission to lecture free. All welcome. Wine and sandwiches will be served in Chancellor's Court after the lecture at a cost of £7 per person, for which bookings should be made and paid for in advance with the Administrator. RSVP: The Administrator, Friends of the Bodleian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG. Tel: 01865 277234.
June 17-19, 2011 – Civitella del Lago, Italy The Comune di Baschi, Associazione "Roberto Almagià", Collezionisti italiani di Cartografia Antica sponsors a conference Cartografia storica e Collezionismo in Italia. Several maps from 1478 to 1861 will be exhibited. Additional information from Libreria Perini.
June 18, 2011 – Vallejo The California Map Society summer meeting is in Vallejo, a city that was twice the state capitol – first for only 11 days, and a year later, in 1853, for a month. Named after General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, this San Francisco Bay Area city has now nearly 120,000 residents. One of California’s oldest cities, Vallejo is home to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, now decommissioned, and is sprinkled with handsome Victorian and Craftsman-style homes and spectacular views of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline. The Society’s all-day meeting will be in the former Vallejo City Hall, now the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Museum Director, James Kerns, will head a list of speakers being assembled by CMS Northern California Vice President, Fred DeJarlais.
June 22-23, 2011 - Lima The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the seven new wonders of the world and pride of the Peruvians, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the scientific expedition led by Hiram Bingham in this archaeological complex. The Biblioteca Nacional del Peru and the Ministry of Culture has been conducting a series of activities in order to highlight the importance of this historic sanctuary. Among the activities planned is the International Colloquium Discovering Machu Picchu to be held at 19:00 at the Biblioteca Nacional del Peru, Av. De la Poesía 160 - San Borja. The exhibition Discovering Machu Picchu will show a number of existing plans of the city of Machu Picchu before being discovered by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. These maps are displayed to the public for the first time, plus some unpublished manuscripts that are part of the finds remaining in the Biblioteca Nacional del Peru.
June 22, 2011 – Valletta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Grand Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
June 23-25, 2011 – Oxford The Gough Map is internationally-renowned as one of the earliest maps to show Britain in a geographically-recognizable form. Yet to date, questions remain of how the map was made, who made it, when and why. “Linguistic Geographies: the Gough Map of Great Britain and its Making” is an Arts & Humanities Research Council funded research project that seeks to address these key questions. As the project proceeds during 2010, its website will develop with the ultimate aim of providing online access to the Gough Map, and a searchable database of the place-names that the map contains. The project will conclude with an exhibition and colloquium at the Bodleian Library on the topic of The language of maps. Additional information from Nick Millea.
June 27, 2011 - July 1, 2011 - London Rare Books School will have a course A History of Maps and Mapping, organized by Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke. Lecturers are Peter Barber, Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB, and Laurence Worms. See web page for details.
June 29, 2011 – Nottingham A series of lunchtime talks will be held to accompany the exhibit Home and Abroad - Maps From The Historic Collection at 1-2 pm in the Djanogly Theatre, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham. Professor Mike Heffernan, School of Geography, explores the relationship between cartography and warfare in his talk Maps and War. Admission is free, but places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
July 2-8, 2011 - Paris The mission of the International Cartographic Association is to promote the discipline and profession of cartography in an international context. The 25th International Cartography Conference will be held this year at the Palais des Congrèss July 3-8. Apart from an ordinary Business Meeting during the duration of the conference, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography also plans a full-day workshop at the Bibliothéque Nationale on 2 July 2011. Various speakers have been invited to make presentations on practical matters which we hope would assist delegates in their analysis and study of historical maps.
July 9, 2011 – Moscow Two
preliminary meetings will be held prior to the start of the 24th
International Conference on the History of Cartography.
10:00-12:30: Round Table: History of Cartography and National Geographic Societies in the International Centre-Museum by name of N.K. Roerich (3/5, Maly Znamensky).
14:30-17:30: The group of curators of early maps (ISCEM) will meet in the International Centre-Museum by name of N.K. Roerich (3/5, Maly Znamensky). Any delegate is welcome to join the group where general information on the situation in map collections around the world are to be discussed. There will be the usual short round of news from different institutions- news of importance to colleagues. Beside this general information, anyone is invited to stand up for a more formal presentation of any projects involving collection and old maps- it could be in technology management focused on old maps, projects where collections have cooperation with other partners, research projects not dealt with in the conference otherwise or other items of interest. Please write a short message telling whether you are planning to attend and if you wish to have a more formal presentation - not longer than 15-20 min. Please send mail directly to Henrik Dupont.
July 10-15, 2011 - Moscow The 24th International Conference on the History of Cartography has as its theme Multiculturalism in the History of Map Making. The conference will be held in the Russian State Library (3/5, Vozdvizhenka). The official language of the conference will be English, and all presentations will be in that language. Several exhibitions will be organized during the conference. Two optional post-conference tours will be arranged. Additional information from Dr. Liudmila Zinchuk, ICHC 2011 Conference Secretary, Russian State Library, 119019, 3/5 Vozdvizhenka, Moscow; tel 7 (495) 695 6109, 7 (495) 695 7081; fax 7 (495) 913 6933.
July 11, 2011 - Lancaster, England Where in the world are we? A brief history of Navigation from the Greeks to the Geeks' by Ian Saunders at 1pm in Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George's Quay.
July 11-14, 2011 – Leeds The
Institute for Medieval Studies will hold its 18th
International Medieval Congress at
the University of Leeds. There will be five sessions related to
mapping on July 13.
Mappings, I: Medieval Mappae Mundi, I [Session No: 1010]
Mappings, II: Digital Cartographies - A Workshop [Session No: 1110]
Mappings, III: Medieval Mappae Mundi, II [Session No: 1210]
Mappings, IV: Reading and Translating Medieval Space [Session No: 1310]
Mappings, V: Mapping Medieval Cities - From Symbol to Survey: A Round Table Discussion [Session No: 1410]
July 15-17, 2011 – Vienna The Research Group Cartography and the Austrian OpenStreetMap community are pleased to invite you to the 1st European State of the Map Conference of the OpenStreetMap project, held July at the prestigious Vienna University of Technology. After 4 successful and well-organised International State of the Map conferences, we are proud to offer an additional European edition of this well-received event. In addition to former OSM-conferences we will establish a specific focus on research with a relation to OpenStreetMap. For questions please contact Manuela Schmidt.
July 20, 2011 – Valletta The 15th committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta, in the Aragon Meeting Room, at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
July 22, 2011 – Brighton A treasure trove of historical artwork hidden in a cottage for 60 years is to go on public display for the first time. This summer the University of Brighton is mounting a retrospective exhibition of the work of MacDonald (Max) Gill: Out of the Shadows: MacDonald (‘Max’) Gill decorative map posters. Max Gill was best known for pictorial maps and in 1914, his “Wonderground” map of the London Underground system sold in its thousands and inspired a resurgence of pictorial and decorative map-making in Britain, the United States, Latin America and Australia. An important one-day symposium, drawing on a wide range of personal, professional and historical expertise in the field, will be held to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. This will provide an opportunity to share, promote and encourage research and scholarly activity about Max Gill and his work. Book your place for the symposium or contact Madeleine Meadows for additional information. Symposium will be held at the Sallis Benney Theatre and University Gallery.
August 2, 2011 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room (5th floor) of the Denver Public Library. Mark Greaves will speak about A short history of road map publishing from a collector's perspective. For the better part of the 20th Century, road maps were an integral part of every traveler’s life, made to be used and tossed out. With the advent of GPS, Internet map sites and smart phones, road maps are rapidly disappearing from the national scene, but those that survived the ravages of time have become desirable collectibles. This talk will provide an overview of the hobby of road map collecting. Mark has several thousand early road maps in his personal collection.
August 9, 2010 – Toms River, New Jersey The Lewis and Clark Expedition gained an understanding of the geography of the Northwest and produced the first accurate maps of the area. During the journey, Lewis and Clark drew about 140 maps. How did they draw those maps? In the days of Lewis and Clark, mapping was done using the sun, moon, stars, a good eye for distance, and some pretty intense calculations. At 7 PM Richard Prestholdt, Vice-President of the Lewis and Clark National Heritage Trail Foundation, along with Lorna Hainsworth, Board Member will present Mapping and Cartography at the Toms River Library, 101 Washington Street.
August 31, 2011 – Valletta The committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta, in the Aragon Meeting Room, at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
September 5-7, 2011 - Plymouth, England SoC2011, the Society of Cartographers' 47th Annual Summer School, will take place at University of Plymouth. This event offers the opportunity to attend lectures, exhibitions, seminars and workshops over three days covering a diverse programme dedicated to mapmaking in its various forms. For additional information phone: 0845 224 8053, fax: 0872 110 4531.
September 6, 2011 - Aarau, Switzerland Martin Rickenbacher will discuss his new book Napoleons Karten der Schweiz, Landesvermessung als Machtfaktor 1798–1815 at 18:30 at Forum Schlossplatz, Haus zum Schlossgarten, Laurenzenvorstadt 3. Additional comments will be made by Daniel Speich, SNF Professor at the University of Lucerne.
September 6-9, 2011 - Geneva/Grenoble The XIth BRIT (Border Regions in Transition) conference will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) and Grenoble (France). Contemporary borders undergo a permanent process of de-territorialisation / re-territorialisation but do not disappear, as had been predicted by some in the early 1990’s. But the very location of the border is more and more open to question. This mobility will constitute the core issue/problem for our conference. There will be a special session on mapping the borders.
September 7-8, 2011 - York The British Cartographic Society’s Map Curators’ Group will hold our annual workshop in the Park Inn where we will have a meeting room. Accommodation will also be available. The theme is How to do more with less: promoting and running a map collection in a time of austerity. Booking form is available online. Additional information from Ann Sutherland or April Carlucci.
September 8, 2011 - Bern Martin Rickenbacher will discuss his new book Napoleons Karten der Schweiz, Landesvermessung als Machtfaktor 1798–1815 at 18:30 at Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetia Platz 4. Additional comments will be made by Arthur Liener, Chief of Staff 1993-1997.
September 10, 2011 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm. Abandoning Cartographic Conventions - Kris Harzinski, founder of The Hand Drawn Map Association and author of “From here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association,” will discuss how abandoning cartographic conventions yields a more individualized and honest view of the world around us. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
September 13, 2011 - Conway, Arkansas "The Exploring Our World" series continues with Tracing the Settlement of Arkansas with Historical Maps. This lecture will demonstrate the archive of high-resolution images of historical maps of Arkansas currently being developed by University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Geography through a presentation of selected maps illuminating the evolution of the state’s settlement from the colonial period through the start of the Civil War. Participants will be able to examine hard copies of sample maps as well as learn how to access online the AR_Maps historical digital map archive. This presentation is open to the public at no cost at University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Avenue, 6PM – 8PM, Brewer Hegeman Conference Center. Registration is strongly encouraged and accessible online.
September 13, 27, October 4, 2011 - Denver Come to the
wonderful and free lectures series at the Denver Public Library! This
fascinating three-part series will explore the prints and maps of
trans-Mississippi America from 1800 to 1900 with special guest
Christopher W. Lane, proprietor of The Philadelphia Print Shop West,
and nationally acclaimed expert on antique prints and maps.
Sept 13 | Early Printed Images of Denver - A look at images and maps of Denver as it grew from a rude, gold-mining settlement to one of the largest American cities west of the Mississippi.
Sept 27 | The Political Development of the United States in Period Maps - Learn about the transformation of the American West from three foreign territories to 19 states and four U.S. territories, as meticulously documented by nineteenth century mapmakers.
Oct 4 | Prints of Native Americans - Discover portraits and scenes of Native Americans’ daily life, providing us with a window through which we can catch a glimpse of Native American cultures from over a century ago.
Lectures at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Level 7 Training Room. More information: (720) 865-1821.
September 15, 2011 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Towner Fellows' Lounge, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. How are Townships and Sections divided? Kevin C. Lewis, a working land surveyor for the past 25 years, will present a lecture on the history and origin of the Public Land Survey System in Illinois. Mr. Lewis will discuss some of the recorded documents available to surveyors including: Federal Township Plats of Illinois, Monument Records and Subdivisions as well as the use of State Plane Coordinates and Global Positioning Systems in Modern Public Land Survey System Retracement.
September 15, 2011 – Oxford In 1712, the antiquary and diarist Thomas Hearne was appointed Keeper of the Anatomy School, now the main reference area in the Lower Reading Room of the Bodleian Library. In 1721, he wrote a list of its contents, among which was “A very odd mapp of China. Very large, & taken from Mr. Selden’s”. This is what we now know as the Selden Map of China. It was left to University of Oxford by the London lawyer John Selden in 1659, and has been famous as an interesting curiosity ever since. Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, announces a Colloquium about the map 0930-1830 in the Convocation House, The Bodleian Library. Attendance is free. To register, please email email@example.com.
September 15-17, 2011 – Poznan The 25th Polish Conference of Cartography Historians, Space on Old Maps, has been organized by Department of Cartography and Geomatics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and History of Cartography Group at the History of Science Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The conference will be held in Conference Hall 'JOWITA', ul. Zwierzyniecka 7. This inter-disciplinary conference offers a rare opportunity to learn about new research and discuss ideas between individuals from very different disciplines and backgrounds, including historians, archivists, librarians, geographers geodesists, cartographers, and others interested in old maps. This year's conference focuses on the spacial aspects of maps – ranging from general maps, to regional maps to very detailed cadastral maps. To what extent, and in what ways is space on old maps presented. Additional information from Dariusz Lorek or Prof. dr. hab. Beata Medynska-Gulij; telephone 4861 829 6249, fax 4861 829 6230.
September 15, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. John Woram will speak on Putting Tierra del Fuego on the Map. Though legend has it that Ferdinand Magellan was the first voyager to pass through the strait that bears his name, maps that pre-date his voyage by years (and perhaps even centuries) strongly suggest that he was just following in the wake of others. In the years that followed Magellan's voyage, each new map displayed gradual improvements, as each new visitor returned home with additional details. One very significant contributor to the knowledge base was Captain Fitzroy, of HMS Beagle. Mr. Woram will explore some of Captain Fitzroy's charts and demonstrate how modern technology allows visitors of today to record latitude, longitude, altitude and compass bearing every time a digital photo is taken. This information can then be uploaded to Google Earth, to show where each photo was taken. A map can then be generated, showing these points. John Woram was a recording engineer who entered the computer industry, and served as a monthly columnist for Windows Magazine. He has written 10 books, including Here Be Giants and Charles Darwin Slept Here. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
September 21, 2011 – Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library will host a one-day symposium in conjunction with its current exhibition, Torn in Two:150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Four authors who contributed essays to the exhibition catalog will be speaking. These include Debra Newman Ham, “‘Thenceforward and Forever Free’; A Brief Overview of the Quest for Emancipation in the United States”; Susan Schulten, “Mapping the Sectional Crisis: Cotton, Slavery, and the Strength of the Rebellion;” Richard F. Miller, “The Battle of Balls Bluff: Would Terrain Maps Have Made a Difference?”; and Ronald Grim, “Remembering the War through Maps: Creating the Gettysburg Post-Battle Maps”. Gallery tours of the exhibition will also be provided. The symposium will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Rabb Auditorium on the Concourse Level of the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. There is no registration fee, but an RSVP indicating intentions of attending should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 22-25, 2011 - Portland, Maine The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting at the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine. Additional information from Ron Fritze.
22-26, 2011 – Valletta, Malta The
International Map Collectors' Society will be guests of the Malta
Day 1 - Thursday 22nd September - Assembly/meeting at 9.30 am at the Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Welcome addresses by Dr. Albert Ganado and Mr. Joseph Schiro followed by viewing of the Albert Ganado Malta Map Collection. Lunch at 12 noon at nearby Osborne Hotel. Buffet lunch. Then 2pm meeting in front of Dr. Albert Ganado' 1571 home for guded tour by Dr. Ganado himself. Dr. Ganado is the President of the Malta Map Society.
Day 2 - Friday 23rd September - Meeting place and time 9.30 am in front of the National Library of Valletta followed by visit to the library to see the cartographical treasures with commentary by Maroma Camilleri, Bibliothecaire, then at 11.45 am visitors go to meet the President of Malta and view the world - famous d'Aleccio frescoes of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Visitors then free until 5.30 pm for the opening of the Malta Map Society's special exhibition of German antique maps of Malta.
Day 3 - Saturday 24th September - Meeting at 9.30 am on the quay for a Harbour Cruise with expert commentary. Then 2 pm meeting at Casa Rocca Piccola, a typical Valletta home, conducted by the owner the Marquis De Piro.
Day 4 – Sunday 25th September – 10.00 am guided tour of Wignacourt Museum by Dun Gwann Azzopardi where they have a collection of maps. Afternoon free. Talk on subject of maps at 6.30 pm. Farewell drink at 8.30 pm followed by dinner at the Excelsior Hotel. Maltese specialties on the menu.
Special rates for the IMCoS visit have been negotiated with the Osborne Hotel, Castile Hotel, Hotel Phoenicia, and Grand Hotel Excelsior. Additional information from Rolph Langlais or Rod Lyon.
September 23-24, 2011 - Putten, Netherlands The Antique Map Fair Netherlands (AMF-NL) will be at Castle De Vanenburg, Vanenburgerallee 13, only 15 minutes from Amersfoort and at only 2 minutes from the Highway A28. Antique Map Fair Netherlands (AMF-NL) is organized by Antiquarian Edward Wells Ltd in Staverden. A huge number of leading international antiquarians will exhibit at the AMF-NL. Opening hours are from 14.00 hrs. until 20.00 hrs. (Friday) and from 10.00 hrs. until 18.00 hrs. (Saturday).
September 29-October 1, 2011 – Jena, Germany The
12th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the
Study of Globes will take place in cooperation with the Ernst-Haeckel
Haus, the Institut for the History of Science, Medicine and
Technology at the Friedrich Schiller University. Themes: all aspects
of the study of globes, especially the history of globes, globes in
their historical and socio-cultural context, globe makers, especially
Erhard Weigel and the globes made by Geographisches Institut Weimar,
globe related instruments such as armillary spheres, planetaria and
telluria. Languages: German and English (no interpreters available).
29 September: Forenoon and Afternoon: Speeches
30 September: Forenoon and Afternoon: Speeches
Evening: Dinner at the traditional and stylish restaurant Zur Noll in Jena
1 October: Weimar tour
Forenoon: Visit to the Herzogin Amalia Bibliothek and the exhibition
The World from Weimar – the History of the Geograhical Institute at the City Museum
For detailed information please contact International Coronelli Society, c/o Jan Mokre, Austrian National Library, Globe Museum, Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Vienna, Austria; Tel: +43 1 53410 298, Fax: +43 1 53410319.
October 7-8, 2011 - Arlington, Texas The
Annual Fall Meeting
of the Texas Map Society will be
held in Arlington. Highlights of this meeting include:
Friday, October 7 - A field trip to the University of North Texas at Denton where TMS Members can view the “Places and Spaces: Mapping Science” exhibit at UNT’s Discovery Park Campus. Following this a box lunch will be provided. Before returning to Arlington, we will tour Special Collections and the UNT Digital Lab on the UNT main campus.
Friday Evening, October 7 - Dinner at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1717 Gano Street, Dallas.
Saturday, October 8 - Morning sessions will include presentations on “The Mississippi River in Maps and Images” by author Robert A. Holland of Chicago and Dr. Christopher A. Morris of UT Arlington. Afternoon presentations will include a panel discussion on “Some North Central Texas University Map Collections: Past, Present and Future Directions”. The meeting will conclude with Finfrock’s Map Corner. Additional information from Ben Huseman, Secretary, phone: 817-272-0633.
October 8, 2011 – Gent The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle (BIMCC) will visit the exhibition Liber Floridus, guided by the curator and BIMCC member, Karen De Coene. Meet at 15:00 at the entrance hall of the STAM - Ghent City Museum, Godshuizenlaan 2. The Liber Floridus is an encyclopedia compiled in the early twelfth century by Lambert, canon of the Church of Our Lady in St. Omer. Almost every history of cartography features maps from the Liber Floridus. The manuscript is exceptionally important in the study of historical maps, containing maps of the “mappae Mundi” type.
October 8, 2011 - Wailuku, Hawaii Riley Moffat, an authority on Hawaiian maps, will speak on the Mapping of Maui from 1778 to 1929 at 4 pm in the Bailey House Museum, 2375-A Main St. He is co-author of three books on the mapping of the Hawaiian Islands. The event is open to the public and is free to Maui Historical Society members; there is a $10 admission charge for nonmembers. The fee also includes admission to the museum and an exhibit of reproductions of historical maps. Those who have vintage or antique maps of Hawaii or other items on paper that may be of possible historic interest may bring them for a free evaluation by Moffat, museum staff and others with expertise.
October 13, 2011 – London The Annual E.G.R. Taylor Lecture will be held at 5.30 for 6.30pm at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Instruments, geography and scientific enquiry: guides to travellers and method in nineteenth-century Britain and France will be presented by Charles W. J. Withers, Professor of Historical Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh. In keeping with E G R Taylor's interests in the history of geography, instrumentation and travel, this illustrated lecture will examine printed guides to travellers as they helped promote geography as an emergent science in the nineteenth century, highlighting amongst others the work in the RGS of Julian Jackson and William Hamilton. Drawing upon work in book history, geography and the history of science, the lecture will illuminate the key but under-explored role of instruments and instrumental training in understanding geography's many narratives of exploration. Lecture tickets: Lecture Attendance free, no booking required. Supper tickets: £25.00 must be purchased in advance (by midday on 7 October) T 020 7591 3100.
October 13, 2011 – London The International History Department, London School of Economics, Seminar Series 2011-12 is focused on the subject The Uses of Space In Early Modern History 1500-1850. The lecture will be held at the London School of Economics, New Academic Building, room 2.14; at 18.00. All welcome. Dr David Lambert (Warwick) will speak about Mastering the Niger: Spaces of cartography, accounting and slavery, 1797-1845. Additional information from Series Organiser: Dr Paul Stock.
October 13, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Claudia Carlson will speak on Mapping Real and Imaginary Worlds: Graphic Design in the Pursuit of Learning. Almost every reader has encountered a book that has used a map to clarify locations. Ms. Carlson, a graphic designer, will discuss how she creates maps for books, whether those maps represent real or imaginary places. She will discuss her sources of information and the techniques she uses to accomplish her results. Claudia Carlson began her post-graduate career in the art departments of several publishers, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Oxford University Press, where she served, for six years, as senior book designer. She has also worked as an online design consultant at Viacom Intranet, Simon & Schuster Intranet and Showtime Networks Intranet. Currently, she runs her own graphic design firm: ClaudiaGraphics Design Services. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
October 15, 2011 – DeBary, Florida Kim Nelson, coordinator of the Museum of Seminole County History, will discuss efforts to conserve a historical map at 2 p.m. at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. The map, a cadastral and topographical map of Orange and Seminole counties in 1890, was created by J. Otto Fries, a Swedish immigrant who became a deputy surveyor for the State of Florida and the U.S. government. It is one of only three in existence, and it was about six months away from total disintegration when the conservation project began. Nelson will show an award-winning documentary created by museum staff describing the conservation project. Her presentation is part of the Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. For information about the series, please call Heather Hohman at 386-668-3840.
October 15, 2011 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm . Carol Delaney, author of the upcoming release “Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem” will discuss the several goals of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea, not all of which are as well-known as his first goal: to sail west across the Ocean Sea to reach the east. But his ultimate goal was stated in his request to the Spanish sovereigns “... to spend all the profits of this my enterprise on the conquest of Jerusalem.” Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
October 15, 2011 - Newport, Rhode Island The Redwood Library and the Naval War College Museum will host a day-long symposium Collecting Maps: A Redwood Library and Naval War College Museum Cartographic Collaboration in celebration of their current exhibitions, A Sense of Place: Exploring Newport and Narragansett Bay Through Historic Maps and Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700, respectively. The day starts with a private tour at the War College Museum in the morning followed by a guided tour of the Redwood’s exhibition, lunch, and a panel discussion on map collecting and how private and institutional collections are built. Panelists include Christina Connett, John Hattendorf, Susan Danforth, Michael Buehler, and private collectors. Seating is restricted to 50 on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee is $20, and must be received by October 10th. For more information, contact Whitney Pape at 401-847-0292.
October 16-18, 2011 – Williamsburg In conjunction with the exhibition More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America, Colonial Williamsburg will sponsor a symposium that will feature lectures focusing on the men who created these objects, how they assembled and disseminated their information, and the factors that motivated them to create powerful and influential images. Speakers will include Philip Burden, Paul Cohen, Louis De Vorsey, Matthew Edney, William Gartner, and Henry Taliaferro. A more complete description of the symposium will be posted on the Colonial Williamsburg website in early spring. The symposium will be held in at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 West Francis Street. Phone 800-603-0948 for additional details.
October 18, 2011 – Winchester Local Studies Group South Study Day 2011 will be held 11.30am - 4.30pm at Hampshire Record Office. Mapping the past, present and future: how to utilise maps inside and outside your collection is the topic. Maps not only show what a place looked like in years gone by but allow you to track how it has developed over time. Join us to explore how the most important series of maps were put together, see how you can access historic maps through the internet and find out how libraries and archives are using maps to bring life to their collections. For more details and a booking form, please visit the web site.
October 19, 2011 - Valletta The next meeting of the committee of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Grand Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
October 20, 2011 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Towner Fellows' Lounge, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Guillaume De L’ Isle (1675-1726), “the first modern scientific cartographer,” leader in the eighteenth century “reformation of cartography” and “premier geographe du roi”, gained lasting renown for his cartographic output of roughly 90 maps, noteworthy terrestrial and celestial globes, many influential atlases such as Atlas de Geographie (1700) , as well as his book, “Introduction a la geographie, avec un traite de la sphere” (1746). Ronald Lockmann presentation Guillaume De'Lisle's Cartographic Milieu will survey De L’Isle’s illustrious career, illustrating and discussing many of his most influential maps. Dr. Lockmann has devoted many years to studying De L’Isle’s oevre, including work in Parisian archives.
October 25, 2011 – Westminster, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 6 PM at the NorthPark East Clubhouse, 9996 Grove Street. Cartifacts II - by RMMS Members - We got great responses to our original RMMS meeting titled "Carto Curiosities" AKA "Cartifacts” so we thought we’d try it again. Friends: Think about faraway places – places you’ve traveled, where your family has been, where your ancestors were from, or where you dream of going. Perhaps you have unusual or humorous maps, ties, navigational instruments, books, prints, tea towels with maps, silk “escape maps,” coffee mugs -- any “cartifacts” that are directly related to cartography, mapping, or exploration. We’d love to have you share them with us! Bring friends & family. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Lorraine Sherry.
October 25, 2011 – Washington Expedition to the Equator in 1735: A Scientific Adventure Story - A discussion with distinguished visiting scholar Ricardo V. Luna, Former Ambassador of Peru to the United States; and Larrie D. Ferreiro, author of "Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World." Cosponsored with the Library of Congress Hispanic Division. It was known that the Earth was not a perfect sphere, but scientists did not know if it was elongated or flattened at the poles. As a Washington Post book review asked, did the planet look like an egg standing upright in its carton or like an exercise ball when someone sat on it? France and Spain sent a group of scientists and naval officers to resolve the debate. Marching down the Andes, they used the most advanced surveying and astronomical equipment to measure a degree of latitude at the Equator. Find out why at 4 p.m. Location: LJ‐119, Thomas Jefferson Building. Free; no reservations or tickets are required. Information: 202-707-7678.
October 26, 2011 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will be gathering at 5:30 PM at the Philadelphia Athenaeum, 219 S. 6th Street, for Bruce Laverty's gallery talk on his exhibit "Philadelphia Place on Paper: Selections from the Eli P. Zebooker Collection". This fifty piece exhibit of 18th and 19th century maps, prints and books includes the rarely seen William Scull's 1770 map of Pennsylvania and Julio Rae's 1851 Pictorial Directory and Panoramic Advertiser of Chestnut Street from Second to Tenth Streets. Please RSVP directly to Barbara Drebing Kauffman for this free event.
November 2-3, 2011 – Philadelphia Exploring Maps: History, Fabrication, and Preservation will be presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Cosponsored and hosted by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th Street. The great majority of maps were produced for practical use, not designed to last. Many are oversize and have been folded or rolled for storage over the years. Often maps were created using media that has not proven stable with time. In each case, the practicality of the map has worked against the likelihood of its long-term preservation and has presented conservation challenges. Maps that remain intact today are consequently even more valuable, not only for their aesthetic beauty but also for the rare insight they offer into the landscapes and world views of the past. This program will provide an overview of the history of maps and address predominant issues in their care and preservation. Speakers will also explore creative, innovative approaches to reinterpreting and revitalizing historic maps through advances in preservation and technology. Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available on our website. For additional information call 215-545-0613.
November 3, 2011 - College Station, Texas The exhibit El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past & Present, (on display November 2-11) created by the Consulate General of Spain in Houston, features panels with old maps and engraving reproductions, photographs, and other historical documents. “The exhibit is kind of a ‘historical tourism’ along a very important road,” said David Rex Galindo, historical curator of the exhibit. A symposium led by experts in this field will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Evans Library, Room 204E, at Texas A&M University. The symposiums seek to increase public awareness of a long and important period in the history of Texas - the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, when Spain and later Mexico were involved with the Lone Star State. For more information contact Erin Pope at 979-862-7455.
November 3, 2011 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Professor Jean Boutier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Marseille) Without Cassini: Colbert and his Provincial Cartographers, 1660-1683 - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the International Map Collectors’ Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
November 5, 2011 – Paris The 10th edition of the Paris Map-fair will be held at its regular venue, the Hotel Ambassador, 19, Bd Haussmann, in the heart of Paris, just 2 minutes from the famous Opera Garnier and the major department stores; and also located not far from Montmartre and the Louvre museum. The fair is organized by the well-known antiquarian book and map dealer Loeb-Larocque and Agnès Talec. The fair includes maps, atlases, globes and a fine selection of travel books. With participants from France, UK, Spain, Italy, USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. There is a collectors / dealer dinner on Friday night.
November 6, 2011 – Milwaukee The Map Society of Wisconsin will meet at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Sabin Hall (3413 N. Downer Ave.), Room G90. Presentation beings at 3:00pm. Dr. Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative: The Magnificent Peutinger Map. Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America - Milwaukee Society. For additional information phone (414)-229-6282.
November 10, 2011 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Towner Fellows' Lounge, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The Discovery of the Old World Through New Maps - Through the study of maps, Wes Brown will investigate man’s conception of the shape of the Earth through history and will give particular focus to the discovery of the New World. This general survey will begin with Homer in the 8th century B.C. and will end with Sebastian Münster in the middle of the 16th century. The talk will be illustrated with slides of original antique maps from his own collection, printed between 1472 and 1540.
November 12, 2011 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm. Artist and urban naturalist, Ken Chaya, and his friend, Edward Sibley Barnard, author of “New York City Trees,” began mapping the exquisite landscapes of Central Park, focusing on its many magnificent trees. Mr. Chaya will speak about studying the park's many tree species, and discuss how he created the map which he calls “a combination of art and science, along with a healthy dose of obsession.” Prior to his talk, Mr. Chaya will lead a two-hour tree walk in Central Park. Those interested in attending should meet at 11:00 am at the Seventh Avenue and Central Park South entrance to the park. At the park (but not at the library, whose policies forbid us to sell items), a limited number of maps will be available for purchase and signing. In the event of inclement weather the tree-walk tour will be canceled but the meeting will take place at 2:30 pm as usual. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
November 17, 2011 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 19th Annual Series, will have Jesse Simon (University College, Oxford) speak about The World for Rome to see: a new approach to Agrippa's cartographic monument. The seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment.
November 17, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Marcia Kupfer will speak on From Panoramic Survey to Mirror Reflection: Art and Optics in the Hereford Map. The most important mappa mundi to survive the Middle Ages intact belongs to Hereford Cathedral, in England Made at the turn of the 14th Century, this 5 x 4 foot map embellished the cathedral-turned-shrine for the cult of Bishop Thomas Cantilupe, who died in 1282. This mappa mundi, with its encyclopedic display of Creation, within rich pictorial and textual scaffolding, has produced much scholarly commentary. Dr. Kupfer will argue that this ecclesiastical commission yokes the rhetoric of optics to that of cartography, as support for its theological arguments. Dr. Marcia Kupfer is a historian of medieval art, based in Washington, D.C. She has published widely on monumental church decoration, illuminated manuscripts and the imagery of Christian-Jewish polemic. She edited the volume The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama, published in 2008. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
November 22, 2011 – Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St. Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Alan Wakefield (Imperial War Museum) will speak about Surveying Salonika: the work of British military survey sections 1915-1919. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
November 23, 2011 - Paris Thierry Joliveau, professor of geography at the University of Saint-Etienne and Director of Research Center on Environment and Development, Jean-Yves Sarazin, Director of the Department of Maps and Guillaume Lebailly, curator in charge of legal deposit maps, plans and atlases of the National Library of France will host a conference on the Heritage at the time of mapping Geospatial Web: new uses, new challenges? Mapping ancient and modern, digital or interactive, has been published on the Internet for two decades. This makes a huge reservoir of information and images on free or restricted access servers. This gives rise to new challenges. What is the place of old cartographic knowledge? What are the economic and cultural issues? The conference will take place from 18:30 to 20h in the small auditorium of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand, quai François Mauriac, metro line 14, François-Mitterrand.
November 23, 2011 - Valletta The next meeting of the committee of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Grand Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
November 24, 2011 – London The International History Department, London School of Economics, Seminar Series 2011-12 is focused on the subject The Uses of Space In Early Modern History 1500-1850. The lecture will be held at the London School of Economics, New Academic Building, room 2.14; at 18.00. All welcome. Dr Rachel Hewitt (Oxford) will speak about Mapping History: Cartographic Revolution in the Eighteenth Century. Additional information from Series Organiser: Dr Paul Stock.
November 29, 2011 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room (5th floor) of the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. John Lindemann will discuss William MacLure, The Father of American Geology and Author of the World's Actual First Geologic Map. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
November 30, 2011 – Los Angeles The next meeting of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Roundtable will be at 12:00 pm in Royce 306. Maryanne Cline Horowitz (Occidental College, History) will discuss Mapping and Telling Tales for Elite and Popular Delight: Abraham Ortelius (1570) and John Speed (1611). Professor Horowitz will analyze early atlases exhibiting innovative cityscapes, distinctive regions, curiosities for travelers, and noble and royal insignias. A comparison of title pages will highlight Renaissance theatrical display of costumed personifications as representation of geographical ethnic groups. Professor Horowitz’s talk will be illustrated with images from Occidental College’s hand-colored Speed and Ortelius. The Ortelius images to be discussed are at http://faculty.oxy.edu/horowitz/home/ORTELIUS/Ortelius.html. Additional information from UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 302 Royce Hall, Los Angeles, California 90095-1485; phone 310-825-1880.
December 1, 2011 – London The Founding Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Map will take place at 3 p.m. at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 274/5 Second Floor, Stewart House, Senate House. Please go to the entrance of Stewart House where you will be guided to the room for the meeting. The meeting will start at 3pm and finish at c. 4.30pm to allow time to walk to the Warburg Institute for the Maps and Society Lecture to be given at 5pm by Dr Emilie d’Orgeix on French colonial mapping in the Americas 1635 -1776. All are welcome at both meetings. Additional information from Dr. Zsolt Győző Török, Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University, H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány P. sétány 1/a, Hungary.
December 1, 2011 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Dr Emilie d’Orgeix ((Department of History of Art, Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3 University) French Colonial Mapping in the Americas (1635–1776) - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the International Map Collectors’ Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
December 6-10, 2011 - São Paulo An International Colloquium Élisée Reclus and Geography of the New World has been organized the Political Geography Laboratory of Geography Department of University of São Paulo.
December 7, 2011 - London The School of Advanced Study, University of London, Dean's Seminar will have Dr Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) speak about Mapping the Religious Mind: India and the Medieval Geography of Religion at 12:30 - 14:00. Religion and geography intersect and interact, particularly in the context of medieval cartography. India was represented on medieval world maps as a country of wisdom and a land of opulence but its depiction has to be seen within the wider context of the Christian vision of history. Seminar will be held in The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor), South Block of Senate House, 1st Floor.
December 7, 2011 – Milwaukee The Map Society of Wisconsin will meet at the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Socializing with light refreshments at 6:30pm, presentation beings at 7:00pm. Dr. John Hessler, Library of Congress, Washington DC: The Analysis of Medieval Maps. For additional information phone (414)-229-6282.
December 8, 2011 – London The International History Department, London School of Economics, Seminar Series 2011-12 is focused on the subject The Uses of Space In Early Modern History 1500-1850. The lecture will be held at the London School of Economics, New Academic Building, room 2.14; at 18.00. All welcome. Prof Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary) will speak about The Cartographic Rhetoric of Early Modern Globalism. Additional information from Series Organiser: Dr Paul Stock.
December 10, 2011 – Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have their annual conference. As has become a tradition, the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle lines up with the Europalia festival again. So this year, Brazil in early maps is the theme. Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur/Keizerslaan 4, 9.30-16.30. Entry fee: members free, non-members EUR 10.00. Optional lunch about EUR 30.00. Registration/information: email@example.com.
December 10, 2011 - Delémont, Switzerland A symposium about Antoine Joseph Buchwalder (1792–1883) who helped produce the Dufour Map in 1847 will be held at Musé jurassien d’art et d’histoire, Rue du 23 Juin 52 from 09:45 to 12:00. Additional information from Martin Rickenbacher at 031 311 69 33.
December 15, 2011 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Michael Miscione will speak on People v. Boyd: The Murder Trial That Nearly Redrew the Map of New York City. In 1984, an otherwise unremarkable murder case generated a startling legal decision that threw one of New York City's long-standing boundaries into question, thus threatening to wreak havoc with New York's criminal justice and electoral systems. Mr. Miscione will use historic images and interviews with the principal players to examine this little-known, but potentially profound ruling and its aftermath. Michael Miscione is the Borough Historian for the borough of Manhattan. As a television producer, in the late 1990s, he made a documentary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of the five boroughs into New York City. More recently, he has been involved in the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the New York street grid system and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.