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Mondays January 5, 2015 - February 9, 2015 - Jena
Kartographie zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft [Cartography Between
Art and Science] is a series of lectures at
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena hosted by Prof. Dr. Mirka
Dickel (Department of Didactics of Geography) and Prof. Dr. Verena
Krieger (Department of Art History). Lectures are held on Mondays
18:00-20:00 in Hörsaal 24, Uni-Hauptgebäude, Fürstengraben
1. The public is invited.
05.01.2015 Objektive Kartographien? Zum Wandel der Kartenwissenschaft um 1800, Dr. Andreas Christoph (FSU Jena, Wissenschaftsgeschichte)
12.01.2015 When Science meets Art: Wissenschaftliche Praktiken und ästhetische Prinzipien in der Kartographie des 19. Jahrhunderts, Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder (Uni Erfurt/Forschungszentrum Gotha, Globalgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts)
19.01.2015 Kartengründe und -abgründe der Geographie, Dr. Barbara Zahnen (HU Berlin, Geographie)
26.01.2015 Raumbilder – Karten zwischen Topographie und Topologie, Prof. Dr. Stephan Günzel (BTK Berlin, Medientheorie)
02.02.2015 Wissen und Schönheit der Kartographie. Zu "Alexander von Humboldt's System der Isotherm-Kurven, in Merkator's Projektion", Prof. Dr. Robert Stockhammer (LMU München, Allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)
09.02.2015 Kartographische und literarische Weltenränder in der Frühen Neuzeit, Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne (Uni Erfurt, Romanistische Literaturwissenschaft)
January 13, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. Chet Van Duzer will discuss Water, Lawsuits, and Maps in Fourteenth-Century Mallorca, focusing on a large-format medieval local map, the “Pergami de la Siquia,” which shows the Siquia aqueduct in Palma de Mallorca made in 1344-1345. The map indicates the water rights of the people who lived along the aqueduct, and was used to settle disputes about those rights.
January 15, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London) will discuss The World Map in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities (c.1050): Mathematical Geography between Late Antiquity and Islam. 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
January 15, 2015 – 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. JC McElveen, will present From Sea to Shining Sea: The Pacific Railroad Surveys. In the 1850s, just as the North and the South were about to split apart, a massive effort to link the East and the West by railroad got under way. The goal of the Pacific Railroad Surveys of the early and mid-1850s was to determine the best route for a transcontinental railroad, and the geographic, geologic, ethnographic, meteorological and other information collected during those efforts, and disseminated to the public, were invaluable in railroad construction and the post-Civil War settlement of the West. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
January 18, 2015 - Williamsburg Please plan to join the Williamsburg Map Circle for the second annual Map ‘Show and Tell’ Social to be held from 2:30 to 5:00 at the home of Sue and Dick Pflederer. We are looking for five members who would be willing to bring a map and give a short informal talk about their map. Alternatively, if you have a map you don’t know much about, you could bring it and ask for information about it from the assembled members. Your map need not be expensive or unique. If it is special to you, that will suffice. Due to time limitations, we will have only five maps discussed, and maps will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please RSVP to Ted Edwards who can provide directions to the home.
January 22, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. James Akerman will speak about Road Mapping on the Margins. The free automobile road map was among the most iconic and widely distributed genres of 20th-century cartography, produced by oil companies, automobile clubs or state authorities. At the margins of the road-map mainstream is an archive of road maps published by county and municipal authorities, roadside attractions and other local economic interests. Drawing on the Newberry Library’s unsurpassed collections as well some items from his own collection, Jim will help us explore the charms, and understand the politics and economics of some more ephemeral and less familiar guides to American highways and byways.
January 26, 2015 - Melbourne, Derby, Derbyshire The Melbourne Civic Society will welcome historian Richard Stone to the Assembly Rooms in High Street at 7:30 pm. Mr. Stone will deliver the talk on the History of Cartography. from 7.30pm. Hear about the long and interesting history of cartography.
January 27, 2015 - Nashville Officials say the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 7th Avenue North, is digitizing original historical maps and making them available to a wider public. The State Library and Archives and the Nashville Public Library will host a presentation on the collection, Historic Maps of Tennessee and Beyond: Digital Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Assistant State Archivist Wayne Moore will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public.
January 29, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY. Joe Gerlach (Jesus College, Oxford) will speak about Retracing the lines between mapping and geopolitics in Andean Latin America. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
January 31, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society again breaking with tradition will be holding our annual Collectors' Evening on a Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm. The idea is to give those people who are working a chance to join in and bring along a map of their choice for discussion and / or for identification. The Chair will once again be held by Francis Herbert. All members are welcome (and bring a friend!) and are reminded to bring along a map - as original or on a USB stick etc. (screen and projector are provided). The venue is also new: we have taken a room at the Civil Service Club, 1-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1AHJ. The nearest tube stations are Embankment or Charing Cross. Due to the rules of the Civil Service Club we do need you to register for this event. Please email either our Secretary, David Dare, or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby, in advance.
February 5, 2015 – Brussels During the temporary closure of the Royal Museum for Central Africa for renovation, a series of lectures are organised to present its collections to a general public. Wulf Bodenstein, voluntary assistant at the Museum, will give a talk about L’Afrique sur les cartes géographiques anciennes dans la collection du Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale [Africa on ancient maps in the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa]. He will discuss maps of Africa from the early 16th century to the beginning of the colonial era. The transition from a Ptolemaic image of the continent to modern maps showing the results of early European exploration will be illustrated, as will be the radical changes brought about by the advent of scientific cartography. Lecture will be in French at 12.30 – 13.15 at BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels. Admission free. Additional information from Emilie Labie at +32 2 769 52 00.
February 5, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Dr Robert Batchelor (Department of History, Georgia Southern University) will discuss Pacific Frontiers: The Selden Map and the Redefinition of East Asia in the Seventeenth Century. 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
February 6-8, 2015 - 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. Registration is available on-line. For information contact Hilda Masip, Map Fair Coordinator, at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.
February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 18, May 2, 16, 2015 –
Rostock, Germany There will be
a series of map talks at 14.00 at the the
Rostock Cultural History Museum in conjunction with its exhibition
Mecklenburg auf Karten 1600 bis 1800 [Superb Surveying. Mecklenburg
on Maps 1600-1800].
February 14 - Tilemann Stella, 1576
February 28 - Johann Laurember, 1622
March 14 - Bertram Christian von Hoinckhusen, 1700
March 28 - Warener Flurkarten, 18. Jh.
April 18 - Karte der Berliner Akademie, 1764
May 2 - Schmettau, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1780-82
May 16 - Schmettau, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, 1788-93
February 17, 2015 - Rostock, Germany Dr. Steffen Stuth will talk about Was auf Karten zu sehen ist. Mecklenburgische Landesgeschichte auf Karten at 17.00 at the Rostock Cultural History Museum.
February 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Dennis Downes will speak about Indigenous Navigations: Native American Trail Marker Trees. Indigenous peoples, including Native Americans, have always been consummate travelers, whose trade and social networks crossed the continent. Few are aware, however, of the various techniques used to mark routes, including bending tree saplings. These distinct and durable markers known as Trail Marker Trees are a natural navigational method that still exists today. Dennis Downes has traveled widely throughout the United States and Canada collaborating with Indigenous communities and learning about their involvement with these trees. In consultation with Native American experts and historians, Dennis has made it his lifelong dedication to identify, research, and protect these living landmarks. Richly illustrated with maps and numerous photographs of these distinctive markers, his talk raises awareness about Native American travels and navigational methods. Dennis will also be available to sign copies of his 2011 book “Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness,” a groundbreaking work on this subject.
February 19-20, 2015 – Philadelphia A conference titled Paint over Print: Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period will be held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street. The goal of the conference is to bring together scholars and experienced authorities who have looked at several different aspects of handcolored books and printed maps from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Subjects to be addressed include the materials and techniques used in hand-coloring, the connoisseurship of hand-coloring, and how color alters the meaning of a printed work-how the addition of color represents an interpretation or reinterpretation of the work. We believe that the subject is one of strong intellectual interest that has not received the critical scholarly attention it deserves. We hope for a fruitful exchange of insights and ideas, and an event that will attract a wide audience including art historians, historians of the book, historians of cartography, special collections librarians, dealers in rare books and maps, and collectors. Additional information from the organizers Chet Van Duzer, Invited Research Scholar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912; or Larry E. Tise, Distinguished Professor of History, Brewster 312-A, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.
February 24, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Lt Cdr Dr John Ash (Scott Polar Research Institute) will speak about On polar maritime maps and charts. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
February 26, 2015 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island The lecture initially scheduled for February 19 was postponed due to weather to this date. Islanders interested in knowing more about the province’s history specifically as it relates to the original survey of the Island will benefit from a series of free lectures being held as part of the Samuel Holland 250 commemorations. These lectures will provide all sorts of information and insight about Samuel Holland, his life, the importance of his survey of the Island, and the profound impact that survey had on the development of the province. There will also be sessions on cartography, instrumentation, surveying, astronomy and geography delivered by a mix of historians, authors, surveyors and other subject matter experts. These lectures will take place in several locations across the Island over the coming months. The first lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 21C of the Charlottetown Centre, Prince of Wales Campus of Holland College. The presenters will be Island authors and historians Boyde Beck and Georges Arsenault, along with Aubrey Bell, a local gallery owner who specializes in antique maps.
February 26, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Captain Richard Campbell RN (Hakluyt Society Volume Editor) and Peter Barber (British Library) will discuss An account so just and exact: Captain Narbrough’s voyage to South America 1669-71 and its cartographical significance. The Hakluyt Society sponsors this meeting. 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
February 28, 2015 - Milan The third edition of the Milano Map Fair will be held at Hotel Michelangelo from 11.00 to 18.00.
February 28, 2015 – Valletta, Malta The Malta Map Society AGM will be held in Pardo Hall at 10.30 am. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
March 1, 2015 - Greenwich, Connecticut The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, will host Jack A. Somer at 2:00 pm speaking about (Re)Discovering the “New World”: A Conversation with the Collector. Somer will discuss the antique maps and sea charts from his private collection that are currently on view at the Museum in (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration. The select maps, all original works published between 1511 and 1757, highlight the discovery and early exploration of the Americas. Somer’s talk will provide an in-depth look at these antique maps, which present a fascinating study in geographic and human progress, and is a rare opportunity to hear from the collector himself.
March 3, 2015 - York In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales. To celebrate the bicentenary of the map, John Henry (Chair of the History of Geology Group, Geological Society) will give a lecture, William Smith, Father of English Geology: his maps, for the Yorkshire Philosophical Society as part of their regular lecture programme. Lecture is at 7:30 PM in Tempest Anderson Hall.
March 4-6, 2015 - Barcelona The Fourth International Workshop History of Iberian Cartography (WIHCI), like the previous meetings organized in Portugal, is an initiative whose main objective is the advancement of knowledge in the history of mapping. This time the theme is Cities, Regions and Oceans (XV-XX Centuries). The conference is organized by the Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) of the University of Barcelona and the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC).
March 7, 2015 – Denver Trails to the Shining
Mountains is a Saturday morning symposium co-sponsored by the
Rocky Mountain Map Society and the Oregon-California Trails
Association – Colorado Cherokee Trail Chapter. It will take
place from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Four Mile Historic Park, located
conveniently at Four Mile House, 715 South Forest Street. The program
will include four speakers:
Robert Lowdermilk, a Trustee of Four Mile Historic Park: Welcome Presentation.
Tom Noel: "The South Platte River Road." Tom Noel is Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Wesley A. Brown: "How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map." Wes Brown is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
Christopher Lane: "Maps of the Ways West." Chris Lane is the owner of Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver, the appraiser of maps and prints on Antiques Roadshow, and the program director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
The symposium is free to all current members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. RSVP: Camille Bradford at 303-460-9503.
March 7, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will have its Annual Show and Tell. Join us for a very special members-only event: once again at a beautiful, map-filled Manhattan apartment. Fortified by wine, treats, and each other's company, we'll settle in while 6 or 7 members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you'd like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown: she will give you the address. Furthermore, let Connie know if you'd like to give a "show and tell"--first come, first served for presentations. Presenters may bring primary materials or a laptop--WiFi available. You don't have to share a map to attend--this is a great opportunity to socialize with other NYMS members and share interests. Not yet a member? RSVP anyway--bring a check to the event and become a member there.
March 9, 2015 – Manila The Philippine Map Collectors Society meets at Last Chucker, Manila Polo Club at 6:30 PM.
March 12, 2015 -Bruges At the end of the 18th century, Empress Maria-Theresa of the Hapsburg Empire commissioned a large-scale map of the Austrian Netherlands, one of her dominions that coincided more or less with the current territory of Belgium. The artillery corps of the Austrian Netherlands, under the guidance of its director-general, count de Ferraris, carried out this mapping project between 1770 and 1778. Its end products were twofold: first, three copies of a very detailed manuscript map (1:11 520), entitled Carte de cabinet, which was reserved for use by the imperial cabinet; second, a smaller-scale engraved map without military details (1:86 400), known as the Carte marchande, which was intended for sale to a larger audience to cover part of the production costs. Ferraris’s mapping project is a good example of the extensive surveys by specialist engineers that started to emerge in the 18th century, associated with the transition from siege warfare to a more extensive kind of military campaign. The lecture, The French contribution to the 18th c. Ferraris maps, will focus on this exchange of cartographic knowledge across international borders by looking at the extent to which the formal aspects of the maps (their symbols, scale, sheet lines) and their surveying procedure were inspired by the French. The results of recent research into the maps' semiotics and geometric accuracy will also be discussed at length. Venue: Cultuurbilbiotheek, Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 38, 8200 Brugge. Language: Dutch. Time schedule: 20.00.
March 12, 2015 - Edinburgh The Human Geography Seminar will be held at the Old Library, Drummond Street, University of Edinburgh, at 15:30. Imre Demhardt (School for Advanced Study, London) will speak about Unveiling the Earth's Face: August Petermann and the Golden Age of Explorative Cartography. It might not be politically correct today, but in nineteenth century exploration men made history and maps. And one of their favoured playgrounds was the Arctic with the ultimate quest for the North Pole. Taking August Petermann (1822-78) - eminent cartographer, journal editor, gate keeper of geographical exploration in his time and, last but not least, in 1845-47 with Edinburgh's own cartographic firm W.&A.K. Johnston - as pilot and cartographic chronicler the lecture navigates through the polar regions from renewed interest in the Northwest Passage in the 1810s to the most disputed 'conquest' of the Pole in 1908/09.
March 12, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Katherine Parker (Department of History, University of Pittsburgh) will discuss A Tricky Passage: Navigating, Mapping, and Publishing Representations of Tierra del Fuego in the Long Eighteenth Century. 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 14, 2015 - Oxford Mapping the history of Oxford: a day course at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, will be held from 9.30am - 4.45pm. This Day School, run in collaboration with the Oxford Preservation Trust will launch a new Historical Atlas of Oxford. It will feature a range of topics from the earliest history of Oxford to the development of the modern city and its suburbs and include consideration of the challenges and special insights that can be gained from a cartographical approach to historical study. If you have any questions about this course, please email or telephone +44(0)1865 270380. Registration is required and can be done on-line.
March 19, 2015 – Charlottesville Dr. Seymour Schwartz, surgeon, author, UVA benefactor and extraordinary collector, will give the Williamsburg Map Circle a private presentation drawn from some of his favorite maps now lodged in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at University of Virginia, 160 McCormick Road. The presentation will be from 10:30 AM until noon. Dr. Schwartz will give a public talk about Cadwallader Colden (a physician, farmer, surveyor, botanist, and a lieutenant governor for the Province of New York ) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Special Collections Library. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
March 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Wesley Brown will speak about 1500: The Year of Seven Distinct World Views. Remarkably, there was one time in history, around 1500 AD, when eight very different types of maps were being produced. Although some were contemporary printings of ancient maps, all were being made to represent geographical information for contemporary use and study, not as ancient specimens but as contemporary ways to understand geography. They are 1) Greek and Roman maps, 2) maps of Claudius Ptolemy, 3) classical Islamic Maps, 4) Biblically based European maps, 5) portolan charts, 6) maps of European Renaissance, 7) Chinese maps 8) Asian Indian maps. The presenter will explain each of these forms of maps, their time of use, and show illustrations of original examples from his collection.
March 19, 2015 – 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. Rob Shenk, President of New Media, and Eric Benson, GIS Specialist, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon will discuss their new Washington’s World, an online map describing the life and history of George Washington. The web site is a modern version of the George Washington Atlas, published in 1932 for the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, and edited by Col. Lawrence Martin, Chief, Geography and Map Division. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
March 20, 2015 – Lisbon The Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa will have a “Mapas em conferência. Temas de Cartografia Antiga e História da Geografia [Conference on maps. Ancient Cartography, Themes and History of Geography].” Conference will be at 16:00 in Room 3. Jonathan Felix Ribeiro Lopes (Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território/CAPES) will speak about Reflexões sobre a cartografia do território brasileiro nos séculos XVI e XVII: um olhar sobre as técnicas de representação do espaço e a geopolítica colonial.
March 21, 2015 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle invites you to a Map Afternoon. You are expected at 12.30 for a convivial drink and sandwich lunch. (Members may attend the Annual General Meeting which preceeds this meeting at 11:00-12:15) We kindly invite you to bring a map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument or an interesting book on cartography and to present it and talk about it during the Map Afternoon. We are equally interested into antique maps as into ordinary or contemporary maps as there is always something interesting, even in the simplest maps or cartographic items. If you are a newcomer and you would like to know more about an item you will bring along, the members of the Circle will be pleased to study it carefully and share their cartographic knowledge with you. Venue: Raadzaal, Salle du Conseil, Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts, Kunstberg, Boulevard de l'Empereur 2, Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussel. Registration as well as prepayment on our bank account before 1 March 2015 are required. Additional information from Jean-Christophe Staelens.
March 26-28, 2015 - Berlin The 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 4. Elizabeth Ross, University of Florida, will have a session Early Modern Art and Cartography (1400-1600). How did the production and circulation of maps and cartographic texts in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries affect the visual arts, especially pictorial works (painted, printed, or woven)? These centuries saw the circulation of multiple mapping systems and cartographic texts in new and traditional formats through the printing trade as well as court and other elite patronage. European voyages generated new geographies (physical, cultural, economic, etc.) that were integrated into maps and works of visual art. How did cartographic culture and the visual arts overlap and inform each other?
March 27-28, 2015 – Washington The Society of Woman Geographers and The Library of Congress presents Women Mapping the World Conference. It will be held 8:30 am to 6:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 12:00pm on Saturday at the Library of Congress, Madison Building. Explore the role of women in the evolution of mapping and use of maps by women both in the past and today through a series of illustrated presentations by some of the leading experts in the field including Tanya Atwater, Annette Krygiel, Roberta Lenczowski, Letitia Long, Janice Monk, Kathleen Smith, and Judith Tyner. On Saturday, March 28, attendees may also enjoy a special tour of the extraordinary collections of the Geography and Map Division at The Library of Congress. For more information, please click here.
April 1, 2015 - Elizabeth City, North Carolina The Museum of the Albemarle, 501 South Water Street, will have its History for Lunch program 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Julie Stamper, GIS Coordinator for Pasquotank County, will discuss Historic Maps of the Albemarle; from the White DeBry map of 1590 to much more recent Sanborn fire insurance maps. Learn where they are available and what they tell us about the history. Ms. Stamper is the GIS Coordinator for Pasquotank County. It was an interest in maps that lead her to the job 14 years ago. She has won many awards in mapping including “50 Leaders to Watch” from GPS World and the “Herb Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS” from the NC GIS Conference. Bring your lunch if you wish, beverages will be supplied. For more information concerning the event call 252-335-1453.
April 1, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will convene at 5:30 PM, with dinner nearby afterwards, in the Philadelphia Free Library Map Division for Rich Boardman's presentation of Non-Traditional Maps. There are many ways to interpret or visualize the idea of a “map”. There’s always some element of geography but just what that is and how it’s presented, and why, is limited only by imagination and vision. Beyond the practical use of traditional maps to travel from one place to another, maps can be used as allegory and metaphor, ideological symbols or subtle tools of persuasion. Map formats can be changed to better illustrate a point and how we view a particular geography is unlimited. We’ll be looking at a variety of “non-traditional maps” that include maps of the imagination but that have their very own point of view, architectural renderings that change map formats and illustrations that blur the line between maps and views. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
April 2, 2015 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. In the Jamestown Yorktown Room, Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive. Bill O’Donovan, licensed captain and certified sailing instructor, and principal at Williamsburg Charter Sails, will present an illustrated program on Mapping the Battle of Yorktown, treating both the Siege of Yorktown and the Battle of the Capes, drawing from contemporary maps and from his own 20 years of first-hand experience in these waters. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
April 9, 2015 - Washington Jay I. Kislak Lecture in the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas will take place 6:30- 8:00 PM in the Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress. John Hessler, Mike Toth, Fenella France, William Noel, and Chet Van Duzer will discuss Shedding Light on Antiquity: The Forensic Imaging and Study of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Manuscripts. Advanced digital imaging capabilities developed from forensics, remote earth resource satellites, and national security applications have recently become effective tools for the multidisciplinary study of manuscripts, maps, and other documents dating from antiquity to the present. The use of these techniques has not only helped reveal hidden and previously unavailable information, but has also changed and advanced the way scholars in the humanities and scientists interact with each other across disciplines. The use of these new techniques has also presented challenges for institutions working to digitize and integrate data for study, storage and preservation of these ephemeral examples of cultural heritage.
April 10-11, 2015 – Galveston The spring meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held in the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St. More information to come. Additional information from Ben Huseman.
April 11, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St; (212) 874-5210. Wendy Brawer of Green Map System will speak. She's an old friend of the map society. The Society will also hold its annual meeting at this time.
April 11, 2015- Plymouth, Massachusetts The Backroads of the South Shore will present the 2015 South Shore History Symposium: Landmarks and Legends: Historic Maps of the South Shore, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Spire Center for Performing Arts, located at 25 1/2 Court St. The annual symposium offers an opportunity for regional historians to present research and projects happening at local museums and historic sites. Presentations will explore the cartography of the South Shore from a variety of perspectives, including historic maps, town and county boundaries, and digital mapping resources. “A Map for All Reasons: Purpose, Content, and Production in Mapmaking,” will be presented by keynote speaker, David P. Corey, past president, Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. Additional topics will be “Early Boundary Markers” by Becky Bates-McArthur, education director, Cohasset Historical Society; “Hyperlinks to History: Maps as Online Learning Tools,” by Victoria Stevens, curator, Hull Lifesaving Museum; and “Early Maps in Pilgrim Hall Museum’s Collection” by Stephen O’Neill, associate director and curator, Pilgrim Hall Museum. The registration fee is $15 per person. For more information or to register, contact Paula Fisher, director of marketing and group services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 508-747-0100.
April 14, 2015 - Rostock, Germany Prof. Dr. Gyula Pápay will talk about Das Germania-Kartenprojekt Tilemann Stellas at 17.00 at the Rostock Cultural History Museum.
April 16, 2015 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Another event in the Samuel Holland 250 Commemoration lecture series have been confirmed. At 7 p.m. (Carriage House, 2 Kent Street) - Holland's Map of Prince Edward Island: Moons of Jupiter and the Lay of the Land presented by Brian Potter, Land Surveyor and Jim Thompson, Navigation Instructor. The lecture series is among several events being held in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this year marking the 250th anniversary of the completion of the coastal survey of the island in 1765 by Captain Samuel Holland and his crew.
April 16, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Chet Van Duzer will speak about Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. No wonder that early cartographers felt the need to depict such creatures on their maps, whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation. Long a subject of fascination to collectors and map aficionados, these beasts are now, for the first time, getting the scholarly attention they deserve. Chet Van Duzer, a highly-regarded cartographic historian with books to his credit on Martin Waldseemüller and Johan Schöner, will cast a critical eye on the sea monsters that appear on early maps. His review begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century, highlighting the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.
April 16, 2015 – 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. Antiquarian Map Acquisition and Sales: Panel Discussion with Eliane Dotson (Old World Auctions, Glen Allen, VA), Bill Stanley (Cartographic Associates, Fulton, MD) and Harry Newman (Old Print Shop, Washington, DC) The panel will informally discuss the growth of map collecting and the map trade. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
April 17-19, 2015 - Esslingen an Neckar, Germany The 10th International Atlas Day 2015 - Workshop and Weekend will be held at Salemer Pfleghof. Contact Reinhard Urbanke for additional information.
April 17-18, 2015 – Perth, Scotland Why not join members of the International Map Collectors' Society for a Spring Break in Scotland? We are planning a two-day trip based on the "Fair City" of Perth. The current plan is to arrive on the 16th and then spend the following day with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) to view their map collections and artifacts and to have a tour of their premises including the 16th century Fair Maid's House which has recently been restored. There will be a reception in their Shackleton Room, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton who was secretary of the RSGS in 1904. On Saturday, 18th April, we will travel by coach to the stunning fairy tale Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl, where there is a fine collection of 18th century estate maps by the surveyor James Stobie. We will also have a tour of rooms open to the public including the vast ballroom and Great Hall. There may also be time for a tour of the Hercules Garden with its view of Ben Nevis. On our return to Perth we will stop for tea at the small town of Dunkeld with its part-ruined cathedral, second-hand bookshop and Thomas Telford's famous bridge over the River Tay. Saturday evening we will gather for a farewell dinner and you will then be free to travel back to Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland on Sunday. A booking form will go out via e-mail in the New Year but if you like the idea in principle please contact the organiser, Valerie Newby at (0)1296 670001 so that we can get an idea of the numbers involved.
April 18, 2015 -Enschede The Studiekring Historische Cartografie will meet at 10.00 at Studiezaal van de Oudheidkamer Twente, Stroinksbleekweg 12b te Enschede, tegenover de ingang van museum de Twentse Welle. Locatie: Rozendaalcomplex in de wijk Roombeek. Willy Ahlers, a member of our study group, will make a presentation about Maps on Stamps.
April 18, 2015 – Richmond The topic of the 2015 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lectures on the History of Cartography is The Transformation of Cartography in the Civil War Era. Lectures will be held at Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street. Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, the lectures will feature Susan Schulten, history professor and map scholar at the University of Denver, and Cassandra Farrell, map specialist at the Library of Virginia. Schulten will discuss the effects of the sectional crisis on map production and uses. Farrell will highlight the different types of maps published, produced, used, and perused during and after the Civil War from the Library of Virginia’s collections, with special emphasis on recently acquired maps made for field use. Both lectures complement the Library of Virginia’s current and upcoming exhibitions, “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade and Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.” This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks (11:00 AM–4:00 PM) and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. Experts from Old World Auctions, specialists in antique maps from the 15th through the 19th centuries, will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of the condition of the map. Due to time constraints, each participant is limited to one map for evaluation. For more information, please visit www.lva.virginia.gov/maps or call 804.692.3561.
April 21, 2015 – Cardiff In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales. To celebrate the bicentenial of this map, Dr Tom Sharpe will discuss William Smith (1769-1839): 200 Years of the 1st Nationwide Geological Map at 6:00pm at Cardiff University, Room 1.25, Main Building, Park Place.
April 22-25, 2015 - London The History of Geology Group is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015 to celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago. The meeting will be held at Burlington House. William Smith (1769 –1839) was an English geologist who created the first nationwide geological map. In 1794, working as a surveyor on the construction for the Somerset Coal Canal, Smith recognised that each stratigraphic horizon contained a unique assemblage of fossils. This enabled him to work out the order of strata from the fossils they contained. From 1799 he mapped local strata, eventually creating the first geological map of England and Wales, published in 1815. During the conference we aim to visit Smith’s fossil and rock collections at the Natural History Museum, and to unveil a plaque on Smith’s London house. An evening celebratory dinner is also planned. On Saturday 25 April we will visit the Smith Archive at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Smith’s birthplace and the Smith Heritage Centre in Churchill village. For further information please e-mail: John Henry.
April 23, 2015 - Milwaukee The annual “Maps and America” lecture at the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, 2311 E. Hartford Avenue, features Stephen Hornsby speaking about Picturing the Wold: American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1970. Lecture is at 6:00 PM, reception at 5.30 PM.
April 23-24, 2015 – Venice The Convegno internazionale di studi «Venezia e l’Europa Orientale tra il tardo Medioevo e l’Età moderna» [International conference "Venice and Eastern Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Modern Age"] will be held at Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Campo Santo Stefano 2842. Two sessions on 23 April, from 10:00 to 13:30, will be about The cartography of the Danube and the surrounding areas in and after the times of Vincenzo Maria Coronelli and Luigi Ferdinando Marsili.
April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015 – Canberra The 43rd annual conference of the Australian & New Zealand Map Society has the theme The Power of Maps. It will be held in conjunction with The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia, and will be hosted by The National Library Of Australia. Additional information from Brendan Whyte at +61 2 6262 1192.
April 29, 2015 – Valletta The next Malta Map Society Committee meeting will be held at the Floriana Headquarters of the Malta Historical Society at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
April 30, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Professor Stephen Daniels (School of Geography, University of Nottingham) will discuss Reforming Cartography: John Britton and The Topographical Survey of the Borough of St Marylebone (1834). 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
April 30, 2015 - San Luis Obispo, California David Yun, Cal Poly State University Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences lecturer and City of San Luis Obispo Geographic Information Services Supervisor, will present Historic San Luis Obispo Shared Through GIS from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 111-C in the Kennedy Library. The City of San Luis Obispo is one of California’s oldest communities beginning with the founding of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1772 as the fifth of twenty-one California missions. Most historical information exists as paper documents, but they are not easily accessible. Yun discusses how the scanning of SLO historic documents and maps provides easy access to and management of this information.
May 2, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 1:30 PM at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St. Jefferson Moak will present A Harmony of Talents: The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry in the 19th Century. This event is free to our members but direct reservation is required. Reserve your spot by calling 215-925-2688. Our long table lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
May 2, 2015 - Stanford The California Map Society's Northern California Annual Conference is co-sponsored with Stanford University. It will be held at Stanford University in the Hartley Conference Center in the Mitchell Earth Science Building. Meeting is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration form and additional details are available on the Society's website. For additional information contact Nick Kanas.
May 4, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Jim Akerman will speak about A Luddite's view of the history of cartography in the 20th century. It will be held at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2. The Twentieth Century was arguably the most transformative century in the history of cartography since the Renaissance. The 1900s saw the rapid expansion of mapmaking in both the commercial and governmental spheres, the emergence of cartography as a professional and academic field, and the related development of map libraries, map librarianship, and the field of the history of cartography itself. A century that began in the midst of an industrial revolution in cartographic printing ended in the midst of a digital revolution. For years experts and prognosticators have been predicting the demise of the paper maps. But neither the paper map – nor for that matter, the manuscript map – has disappeared from the scene. In his talk Dr. Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library in Chicago, draws on wide range of maps to ask whether the technological, professional, and social developments truly transformed mapmaking and map use over the course of the past century; and if so, if this is a good thing. He doesn’t have easy answers to these questions, but like fellow Luddites, he thinks they are worth asking. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 5, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College) will speak about Maps and seafarers in the English Channel (eighteenth century). Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
May 7, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will have a TOSCA field trip to the Weston Library. Space limited on the field trip - for further details, please contact Nick Millea at 01865 287119.
May 9, 2015 – Antwerp The Brussels Map Circle will have an excursion to the Museum Aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats 1, to visit the exhibition The World in a Mirror under the guidance of curator Jan Parmentier. We will meet at 14.30 at the entrance to the exhibition. The exhibition will focus on the evolution of the European world view as it was presented in maps, manuscripts, prints, visual art, but also objects from the fifteenth until the twenty-first century. Please don’t forget to register on our website.
May 9, 2015 - Hartford The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. We will meet there at 2:30 pm and Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics will show highlights of their considerable map collection.
May 11, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Susan Schulten will speak about How an artist reinvented the map. Lecture will be held at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room. More Americans came into contact with maps during the Second World War than in any previous moment in American history. From the elaborate and innovative inserts in National Geographic to the schematic and tactical maps that filled daily newspapers, maps were everywhere. While war has perennially driven interest in geography, World War Two was different. The urgency of the war, coupled with the advent of aviation, fueled the demand not just for more but different maps. The most important innovator to step into this breach was actually not a cartographer at all, but an artist. Beginning in the late 1930s Richard Edes Harrison drew a series of elegant and gripping images of a world at war, and in the process persuaded the public that aviation and global war really had fundamentally disrupted the nature of geography. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 13, 2015 – Manila The next quarterly meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be held at 6PM. Venue to be announced. Additional details from Rudolf Lietz.
May 14, 2015 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Another event in the Samuel Holland 250 Commemoration lecture series have been confirmed. At 7 p.m. (MacDougall Hall Lecture Theatre, Room 242, MacDougall Hall, UPEI) - Surveyors of the Empire presented by Dr. Stephen Hornsby (Author & Professor at The University of Maine). The lecture series is among several events being held in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this year marking the 250th anniversary of the completion of the coastal survey of the island in 1765 by Captain Samuel Holland and his crew.
May 14-17, 2015 - Kalamazoo, Michigan Laura Whatley (Kendall College of Art and Design) and Chet Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Library) are organizing two panels about maps at the International Congress on Medieval Studies which takes place at Western Michigan University. The panel topics are "Rethinking Medieval Maps I: The Unmapped, Marginalized and Fictitious" and "Rethinking Medieval Maps II: Evidence for the Use and Re-Use of Maps." Additional information from Laura Whatley or Chet Van Duzer.
May 14, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Richard Smith, M.A. (Retired businessman and IMCoS member) will discuss Getting Lost and Finding the Way. The Use, Mis-use and Non-use of Maps in the Peninsular War (1807–1814). 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
May 14, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society Annual Dinner will be held at the Law Offices of Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. The featured speaker is Pam Scott, one of the leading architectural historians of Washington DC, who will present an illustrated lecture on Benjamin Latrobe: Architect and Surveyor of the United States Capital. Cocktails at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm. For additional information contact Pete Porrazzo.
May 14-15, 2015 – Washington This year’s annual meeting of the Philip Lee Phillips Society will be at the Library of Congress in the Mumford Room on the 6th floor of the James Madison Building. The topic is Finding the Antipodes: The Cartographic History of Polar Exploration from 1500 to the Present. The talks begin at 9 AM on Thursday with two keynotes, one on the history and cartography of the Arctic and another on the Antarctic. This will be followed by an afternoon session on the modern mapping of the poles that will highlight the dramatic changes being documented by cartographers and remote sensing scientists today. A reception will be held on Thursday afternoon from 4-5:30 PM. Friday morning will feature two talks on the challenges being created from a political and globalization perspective as international boundaries and treaties begin to unravel in the face of large scale geographic changes to the ice sheets that make up both of the polar regions. The final talk of the conference will feature a discussion on the challenges of collecting Polar maps and other historical artifacts that document the history of the exploration, mapping and exploitation of the poles. An open house will take place on Friday afternoon in the Geography and Map Division Research Center, located in the basement of the James Madison Building, from 1-3:30 PM. Click here for additional details.
May 18, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Curtis Bird will speak about Pictorial Maps, a history and overview. Lecture will be held at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room. The beginning of the 20th century marks amazing developments in our precise understanding of the earth and its complex geographical structures. And at this same time the genre of “pictorial” maps charted a different vantage of geography, looking at life, culture and the perspectives that define areas to us. While pictorial cartography can be colorful and whimsical, full of illustrations, it can also pull back the veil on culture and perception at the time. In this talk we will look at several different “streams” of pictorial map making that can define the genre. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 19, 2015 - Pueblo, Colorado Dr. Ronald Gibbs will discuss On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution with the Rocky Mountain Map Society. During five critical months in late 1776 and very early 1777, the entire future of our country hung by a mere thread as George Washington and his Continental Army battled to preserve the American Revolution against the seemingly invincible British Redcoats and their Hessian mercenaries. You know the ultimate outcome—we won! But this lecture, featuring maps from Dr. Gibbs’ personal collection as well as great historic paintings, will bring the personalities and events of these critical times to life. Come hear about what really happened at Bunker Hill, the Battle of New York, and Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware. 7:00 PM in the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library, 100 East Abriendo Ave. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 21, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Jorge Macle, the Curator of Maps at Cuba's National Archives, will be the speaker. Details will be posted soon.
May 23, 2015 - Makati City, Philippines The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history - a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. Exhibit talks are at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues from 10 am - 12 noon, and come free with admission. Dr. Benito Legarda, Jr. will speak about The Opening Battles of the Filipino-American War.
May 26, 2015 – Edmonton, Alberta The Edmonton Map Society meeting will be held at Claridge House, 11027 87 Ave., at 7:30 pm. This meeting will feature two presenters- Larry Laliberte and Michael Brundin talking about some current techniques and developments in geospatial analysis and presentation. Larry's talk is titled Cartographic Intactness and the Three Mile to One Inch Sectional Maps of Western Canada. The presentation will look at the process of georeferencing and performing raster to vector conversions of the 3-miles to 1-inch sectional maps of Western Canada, to extract measures of line work density. These density measures or “Cartographic Intactness” could serve as a useful spatial metric when aggregated up to the Western Township grid for establishing thresholds of the early 20th Century human foot print on the West, and delineating areas undisturbed by the cartographer’s pen. Michael Brundin will be providing an overview of a mapping and timeline visualization tool called Plot-It, that displays phenomena with a geospatial and/or temporal component on a map (Google Maps) and timeline. It is an application that we developed at CWRC (Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory) to display events. We also used it as an accompanying resource in the Royal Society of Canada's recent report on the status and future of libraries and archives in Canada, displaying the location (on a map) and founding date (on a timeline) for many of the libraries and archives in Canada. Additional information from David L. Jones.
May 27-29, 2015 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island The Canadian Cartographic Association annual conference will be held at the Hotel on Pownal.
May 27-29, 2015 – Corfu The 10th Jubilee Commission's Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage will be held at Ionian University and Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece in the historical centre of Corfu. It is hosted by the History Department of the Ionian University, a Supporting Institution of the Commission in cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Cartographic Heritage Group. The Workshop is addressed to scholars, researchers, map-curators, map-collectors, map-librarians, administrators, digital industry/market operators and students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds (humanistic, geo-political, social, artistic, scientific and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affiliated to cartographic heritage, an important component of cultural heritage.
May 27, 2015 – Floriana The next Malta Map Society Committee meeting will be held at the Malta Historical Society, 41 Lion Street, at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
May 28, 2015 – Chicago - The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Dennis McClendon will spesak about The Handcrafted Digital Map. The revolution in digital mapmaking has given us a profusion of data that can sometimes overwhelm the principles of good map design. Dennis McClendon of Chicago CartoGraphics will talk about the challenges of mapping with enormous datasets, and how a composite approach is sometimes the best way to produce good-looking and meaningful maps.
May 28, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Dr Diana Lange (Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig) will discuss Putting Tibet on the Map: A 19th Century Cartographic Depiction by a Local Artist. 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 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
May 29-31, 2015 - York Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference to be held at King’s Manor. ‘Space’ and ‘Place’ are terms that have had a ‘renaissance’ within medieval scholarship in recent decades, becoming increasingly employed to describe the cultural and intellectual landscape of the Middle Ages. However, despite the widely recognised importance of these terms, of late, various factions of scholars have begun to debate whether one has primacy over the other in terms of its agency and usefulness in determining how we conceptualise and discuss the medieval world. While taking into account these vagaries, this conference will extend the conversation surrounding these terms and ideas, considering the extant visual and textual sources alongside the contemporary scholarly discussions of this milieu. Additional information from Heidi Stoner and Meg Boulton.
June 1, 2015 – Denver The
Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver
Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping
in the early 20th Century.
This joint event includes four
Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a
mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Bill Wyckoff will speak about
cartographies: the Clason Map Company and the American West,
1903-1931. Lecture will
be held at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2. George Clason
built the largest commercial map company west of Chicago between 1903
and 1931. In his years as a Denver-based map publisher and booster of
western economic development, Clason produced millions of road maps,
state maps, city maps, promotional circulars and maps for mining
companies, land companies, and state and local governments. In this
paper, Bill Wykoff examines the business relationships Clason forged
with private companies and public institutions and how textual and
visual material within Clason’s maps communicated enduring
ideas about the West’s economic potential and regional
character. He suggests that Clason’s maps formed a powerful
cartographic narrative focused on promoting development in the West
that reflected his own belief in progress and the merits of
individual effort within a largely capitalistic economic system. He
also examines how these same economic principles shape Clason’s
later career as a writer of self-help essays on achieving financial
independence. These essays became accepted household wisdom to
millions of Americans between 1925 and 1950 and remain in print
today. Bill Wyckoff suggests that Clason’s cartography
reflected the same economic principles he made famous in his later
essays about saving money and building capital.
A Map Fair will be held before Bill Wyckoff’s lecture at 5:30 PM and following the lecture. Local map dealers will have a selection of their inventory on display and available for purchase. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
June 5, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner and Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard starting at 6.20pm. The 2015 Malcolm Young Lecture is to be given by Rose Mitchell, from The National Archives of the UK at Kew. There is a wealth of material at Kew drawn from seven centuries spanning medieval manuscripts, early estate maps, sea charts, military maps and maps from treaties. Rose will explore a selection from around the world, examining in each chosen case who the mapmakers were, why the maps were made and what this tells us of the politics of the time. This lecture will precede the annual dinner. Due to the rules of the Civil Service Club we do need you to register for this event. Please email either our Secretary, David Dare, or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby, in advance
June 6, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore at 10am.
June 6-7 2015 - London The London Map Fair is the largest antique map fair in Europe. It will be held Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. It will be held at historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore. 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.
June 6, 2015 - Makati City, Philippines The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history - a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. Exhibit talks are at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues from 10 am - 12 noon, and come free with admission. Dr. Serafin Quiason, Jr. will speak about General Emilio Aguinaldo: General and President.
June 9, 2015 – London Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington; Seng Tee Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow) will speak about Charting Manifest Destiny: 19th-century exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West at 17:30 – 19:00 at the School of Advanced Study, University of London Senate House, Wolfson Room I (NB01), Malet Street. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the lost War of 1812 inevitably turned expansionism of the booming United States continental westwards before, having reached the Pacific coast and digested these acquisitions, the US-Spanish War of 1898 paved the way to global imperialism. After setting the socio-political framework, the lecture aims at a tour d’horizon on ‘how the West was won’ by focusing on the army’s topographical engineers. They not only were charged with the military reconnaissance of conquest but also the survey of infrastructural key projects like the trans-continental railroad arteries. Free to attend, but please register in advance.
June 11, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington), will speak about From cosmopolitan exploration to colonial penetration: Germany and the colonial turn in the cartography of Africa. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
June 11-12, 2015 - Rome Borders and Borderlands in 19th Century Europe, international conference with the support of Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, at the Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma.
June 20, 2015 - Makati City, Philippines The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history - a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. Exhibit talks are at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues from 10 am - 12 noon, and come free with admission. Todays talk will be about The Transition from Spanish to American Colonial Rule.
June 24, 2015 – Floriana The next Malta Map Society Committee meeting will be held at the Malta Historical Society, 41 Lion Street, at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
June 25, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Jorge Macle Cruz will speak about Cuba: Memoirs of an Island Nation Narrated by its Maps. In 1835 the first national topographic map of Cuba was published, long before a comparable map was available for Spain. Yet in Cuba, no one could see the first known map where Cuba appears (made in 1500), until 1837. In this profusely illustrated talk, Sr. Macle, the Map Curator at the National Archives of Cuba, will lead us on a journey through the major milestones and contributions in the mapping of Cuba, both from outside and within the country, and the numerous relationships that were established with Europe and America along the way. The nineteenth century ended with the great work of Esteban Pichardo y Tapia, whose forty-year career became the paradigm and synthesis of geographic and cartographic knowledge of Cuba.
June 27, 2015 - Charlbury, England Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, shall be speaking in the Culture Club tent at the Charlbury Beer Festival at 5pm. The talk title is Desert Island Maps: Charlbury’s place in the vanguard of cartography.
July 4, 2015 - Makati City, Philippines The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history - a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. Exhibit talks are at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues from 10 am - 12 noon, and come free with admission. Martin Tinio, Jr. will speak about Socializing with the Tafts.
July 5-10, 2015 - London The International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). Plenary speakers will include William Cronon (University of Wisconsin), Catherine Hall (UCL) and Simon Schaffer (Cambridge University). The Conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips within and beyond London.
July 6-9, 2015 – Leeds, England The twenty-second International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds University, and its special thematic strand is Reform and Renewal. After four very solid years of attendance and participation, the Mappings block of sessions has become a go-to component of the Congress. Additional information from Felicitas Schmieder or Dan Terkla.
July 8-11, 2015 - London For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London. In addition to the paper sessions to be held at the Senate House of the University of London and the Conference Center of the British Library, the Annual Meeting will be complemented by excursions to the Royal Geographical Society, the Map Room of the British Library, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A detailed program including information on scheduled excursions, online-registration, and recommended accommodation close-by the paper session locations will be published in due time on the Society’s website. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.
July 11, 2015 – Antwerp Meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) and the Annual General Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) will be held at the FelixArchief, Oude Leeuwenrui 29. ISCEM will meet from 9.30 until 15.30, and the International Society for the History of the Map will meet from 16.00 until 18.00.
July 11, 2015 - Mount Vernon, New York Barnet Schecter will be giving an illustrated talk about George Washington and the maps he drew and collected throughout his life, at St. Paul's Church National Historic Site at 1:00 pm. This beautiful eighteenth-century stone church was a field hospital for Hessian troops during the battle of Pelham Bay, and some were buried in its graveyard. Please call 914-667-4116 or contact Barnet Schecter for more information.
July 12-17, 2015 – Antwerp The 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be hosted by the City of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp. It is organized under the main heading Theatre of the World in Four Dimensions / Space-Time-Imagination-Spectacle. Inspiration was derived from the title of the very first modern atlas, which was published in 1570 by the Antwerp mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. For additional information contact Felix Archief, Oudeleeuwenrui 29, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel.: +32 3 338 94 11.
July 26-31, 2015 - Washington The Rare Book School offers a course From Manuscript to Woodblock: The Art and Science of Cartography from Ptolemy to the Age of Copernicus, 200-1550 CE to be taught by John Hessler at the Library of Congress. This course will introduce students to the earliest forms of cartography. We will examine in detail the construction methods of some of the masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, such as the 1507 and 1516 world maps by Martin Waldseemüller, and other examples of early cartography found in the Library of Congress. Students will look closely at the making of portolan charts and take full advantage of new analytical research on their make-up. In addition to close scrutiny of the maps themselves, class discussion and reading will consider medieval and early Renaissance theories of the earth and the relationship of cartography to contemporary developments in astronomy and navigation, as well as the social and cultural aspects of patronage and production. You can find out more about the course and information about how to apply online.
August 2, 2015 – Denver Members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at a private home and view an interesting map collection. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
August 10, 2015 -- Princeton Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled New Light on Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography at Princeton University's Center for Digital Humanities, 1-N-10 Green Hall, at noon. A light lunch will be served.
August 12, 2015 – Manila The next quarterly meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be held at 6PM. We will meet at the Tower Club, Han & Tang Rooms, Taipan Restaurant, 33/F Philamlife Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Christian Perez & Peter Geldart will discuss The Naming & Mapping of the Batanes Islands. Additional details from Rudolf Lietz.
August 15, 2015 - Nashville It’s easy today to think of Tennessee’s borders as set in stone, but that hasn’t always been the case. Those borders changed repeatedly throughout the early years of the state’s history due to land grant settlements, treaties with Native Americans and even changes in the course of the Mississippi River. To help better understand how Tennessee’s borders came to be where they are, map expert Murray Hudson will conduct a free lecture, The Evolution of Tennessee’s Borders in Maps, at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA). Hudson, the owner and proprietor of Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Globes in the West Tennessee community of Halls, will take lecture participants on a journey that begins along North Carolina’s colonial borders, travels through the “Lost State of Franklin,” documents the annexation of Cherokee and Chickasaw territory, highlights western border changes brought about by shifts in the Mississippi River and describes Supreme Court decisions that seem to have finalized Tennessee’s state boundaries. The lecture will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at TSLA’s auditorium in downtown Nashville. Although it is free and open to the public, reservations are required because seating in the auditorium is limited. To reserve a spot at the workshop, visit: http://tnmaps.eventbrite.com. TSLA’s building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. Parking is available in the front, on the side, and in back of the building.
August 17-21, 2015 - Moscow The International Geographical Union will meet in Moscow this summer for the third time since the International Geographical Congress of 1976, when over 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in the Soviet capital for lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions. The pace of global change has since accelerated in directions that once seemed unimaginable. At the 2015 IGU Regional Conference, participants will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in light of current political-environmental challenges. The conference theme is Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth and it will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Alexey Postnikov is a local convener of History of Geography and Geopolitics Sessions and additional information can be obtained from him.
August 20, 2015 - Fribourg The Arbeitsgruppe der SGK will meet at the Gutenberg Museum, Liebfrauenplatz 16. At 17:00 there will be a guided tour of the exhibition Freiburg in der Sammlung Jean Dubas. At 18:30 Marino Maggetti will discuss Die Freiburger Schulkarten des 19. Jahrhunderts. Additional information on line or from Martin Rickenbacher.
August 20-21, 2015 – Rio de Janeiro Prior to the 27th International Conference of the International Cartographic Association, the ICA Commission on The History Of Cartography will have a Pre-Conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography. Additional information from Elri Liebenberg, Chair: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography.
August 21-22, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro Four International Cartographic Association Commissions are organizing a joint symposium before the 27th International Cartographic Conference. Participating Commissions are Cartography and Children, Maps for Blind and Partially Sighted People, Planetary Cartography and Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management. The symposium will be about Cartography beyond the ordinary world and will be held at Institute of Geosciences of the Fluminense Federal University (Niterói). Additional information on the website or contact Jesus Reyes.
August 23-28, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro The 27th International Cartographic Conference and the 16th General Assembly of International Cartographic Association will take place at the SulAmérica Convention Center. Additional information from Congrex do Brasil.
August 25, 2015 -- Princeton Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled The (Ptolemaic) World is Not Enough: Annotation for Education in the Princeton Copy of Ptolemy’s Geography, 1525,” at Firestone Library, Floor B, Classroom B-6H (just steps from the elevator), at noon. For information about accessing the library please contact Linda Oliveira.
September 1, 8, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 2015 - Charlottesville Joel Kovarsky will be teaching The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations again for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia on six Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. This course is intended as an overview of the history of cartography, with a general focus on the printed map. There will be discussion of the overlapping appeals for art, history, politics, and geography, coupled with the fundamental importance of maps for society and the building and maintenance of nations. The bulk of the material discussed will be pre-20th century. Four of the six 1.5 hour sessions will be held at the Jefferson Library (Monticello) and two sessions at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia (to see some of their specific holdings). There will some focus on Virginia material. All sessions will provide the opportunity to see examples of original maps. Additional information from Joel Kovarsky (joel.kovarsky(at)gmail.com).
September 2, 2015 – Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society executive committee meeting will be held at the Malta Historical Society Headquarters at 41 Lion Street at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
September 5, 2015 - Washington The 15th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and feature more than 170 authors, poets, illustrators and special presenters. Ralph Ehrenberg, chief Geography and Map Division, will give a book talk at LC Pavilion at 11:00 Mapping The West With Lewis & Clark.
September 8, 2015 – Boston Rebels, Redcoats, & Revolutionary Maps is the topic of a meeting in the Abbey Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. 5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Talk. Richard Brown, co-author of "Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783" (W.W. Norton, 2015) and a member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Board of Directors, speaks about maps reflecting Boston’s role during the Revolutionary War period. Ronald Grim, Leventhal Map Center curator and co-author of the "We Are One" exhibition catalog, discusses the mapping of America’s new geography during the first two decades following independence. This program is presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Boston Map Society.
September 8, 2015 – York The Map Curators’ Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop at the Park Inn by Radisson. The MCG workshop theme will be New maps for old: repurposing and reusing map collections for digital users. Additional information from the MCG Convener, Ann Sutherland or Paula Williams, Curator, Map, Mountaineering and Polar collections, National Library of Scotland Map Library.
September 8-10, 2015 – York The 2015 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers joint conference, Mapping Together will take place at the Park Inn by Radisson.
September 12, 2015 – Boston R.A. Salvatore speaks about world building and how geography and maps play a role in fantasy literature. Lecture is 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street.
September 12-13, 2015 - Lemgo, Germany Verein Freundeskreis für Cartographica will meet at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18. We will have our annual meeting and tour the exhibition Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography].
September 12, 2015 - Sarnen, Switzerland Recently a 200 year old manuscript map depicting central Switzerland was discovered in the Historisches Museum Obwalden. Vermessungskarte 1805 by Joachim Eugen Müller The map shows the Alps from Berner Oberland to Vorarlberg. This unique manuscript map is the subject of a meeting to be held at 09.30 at Historisches Museum Obwalden. Additional information on line or from Martin Rickenbacher.
September 13, 2015 - San Francisco The next Bay Area Map Group Meeting, California Map Society, will be held at Phil Simon’s home from 2:00PM to 5:00PM for members to present their favorite maps and to see Phil’s wonderful collection. Please register on-line if you plan to attend and the meeting details will be emailed to you. If you need additional information, please email.
September 15, 2015 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Camille Bradford will speak about William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his Later Years. William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. From 1929 until his death, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. His iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years. Camille Bradford is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Oregon- California Trail Association (OCTA) and an active member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. She is also the stepdaughter of Howard R. Driggs. This presentation will include photographs, correspondence, maps and movie clips from the Howard R. Driggs Collection at Southern Utah University. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
September 15, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the South Court Auditorium of New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Talk by author Michael Benson on his new book Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time. A survey of about 4,000 years of attempts to represent the universe in graphic form, whether in manuscripts, paintings, prints, books or broadsheets, all the way up to 21st-century supercomputer simulations of galaxy groups in flux and sunspots in bloom. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas.
September 16, 17, 19, 2015 - California Michael Blanding is
the first distinguished speaker of the California Map Society. He
will be talking about his well received book, "The Map Thief."
It describes the career of E. Forbes Smiley, a highly regarded
international map dealer by day and thief by night. Register now
online here for your chosen location:
La Jolla, Map and Atlas Museum, September 16th at 5:30
Stanford University, Green Library, Bender Room, Fifth Floor, September 17th at 4:30
LA Central Library, Los Angeles Downtown Library, September 19th at 1:00
Don't miss this insightful view into international art theft.
September 17, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Benjamin Olshin will speak about The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps.
September 17, 2015 – 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. Petra Svatek (Department of History, University of Vienna, Austria) will be speaking on Geography – Geology – Medicine – Archaeology: Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900. The presentation will focus on thematic maps produced by geographers, geologists, physicians and archaeologists of the University of Vienna and other Viennese scientific institutions between 1848 and 1900. The first boom of thematic cartography set in around 1850, when several scientific institutions and professorships were established and right from the beginning made the production of thematic maps part and parcel of their work and research activities. But how was the interplay with politics, the development of specific methods and was the map-production organized in an interdisciplinary fashion by involving numerous scientists from many different institutions and fields of study? The Library of Congress’ Hauslaub-Liechtenstein Collection provides a glimpse into 19th century thematic cartography and will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
September 18, 2015 – Washington The U. S. Board On Geographic Names invites you to celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a one-day symposium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on geographic names: Traditions and Transitions. It will be followed by an open house and special exhibit from the U. S. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Symposium will be held in Mumford Room, 6th Floor, Library of Congress Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Douglas.R.Caldwell.
September 18, 2015 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5 p.m. in our usual venue, the Jamestown-Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing. Cassandra “Sandy” Britt Farrell, map specialist at the Library of Virginia, will talk about how Captain John Smith’s great map of Virginia began to be considered as an icon of Virginia memory at successive Jamestown celebrations in 1807, 1857, 1907, and 1957. Virginians haven’t always turned to this document when commemorating the founding of Virginia. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
September 23-26, 2015 – Dresden The 13th Symposium
of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will
take place in cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon.
The symposium will address all aspects of the study of globes –
especially the history of globes and globes in their historical and
socio-cultural context, as well as globe related instruments such as
armillary spheres, planetaria, telluria and lunaria. Languages:
German and English (no interpreters available). Tentative program:
23 September: afternoon: guided tour through Dresden; evening: informal gathering.
24 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers.
25 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers; evening: symposium dinner.
26 September: trip to Leipzig including the visit of the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde.
For further 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.
September 23, 2015 - Oxford Chet Van Duzer (Los Altos Hills, California) will present New Light on Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, 1pm-2pm. Admission is free but but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance. In this talk Chet will give an account of a recent project to make multispectral images of a world map made by Henricus Martellus in about 1491, which is held by the Beinecke Library at Yale. This large map has long been thought to be one of the most important of the fifteenth century, and was thought to have influenced Martin Waldseemüller’s world map of 1507, but the many texts on the map were illegible due to fading and damage, and thus its exact place in Renaissance cartography was impossible to determine. The new multispectral images have rendered many of the previously illegible texts on the map legible. Chet will explain why the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for multispectral imaging, describe the process of making the images, show some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus map in late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century cartography.
September 24-25, 2015 – Berlin Kartographie in der Antike und in den Kulturen des Vorderen Orients will be held at Topoi-Haus, Hittorfstr. 18. Additional information from Daniel A. Werning.
September 24, 2014 – Dresden The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the conference rooms of the Residenzschloss, Taschenberg 2.
September 25, 2015 - London The Mapping of Cyprus 1485-1885 is the title of a lecture by Ashley Baynton-Williams outlining and illustrating the evolution of the mapping of Cyprus. From late medieval times to the first years of the British period, he describes the landmarks, and low points, the people and the events that shaped the mapping of the island of Cyprus over four centuries. Lecture is at 18:15 - 19:15 in Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road. There is no charge for the lecture, but please register in advance.
September 26, 2015 - Oxford The University of Oxford is sponsoring a one day course Maps and Mapping. Topics covered will include; an introduction to map projections and their use in mapping the Earth and heavens, the history of maps and mapping, the development of geographical information systems and the impact of the Internet. Enroll on-line to secure your place on this course now. If you have any questions about this course, please email ppdayweek(at)conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 270368.
October 1, 2015 - Zürich The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2016 as the “International Year of the Map” in order to promote maps and geographic information. As its contribution to the “International Year of the Map,” the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, will have a lecture in Hermann Escher Hall at 18.15 clock. Madlena Cavelti Hammer, Dipl. geogr. (Foundation Council President Gletschergarten Luzern) will speak about The map of Central Switzerland - new discoveries and particularities.
October 2-3, 2015 – Arlington, Texas The Texas Map Society fall meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington Library. Our lineup of speakers will be sharing with us their thoughts pertaining to the theme: Texas & Beyond. In fact, we thought in order to really go beyond Texas we would kick off our meeting with a Friday night reception, held on the 6th Floor of the UTA Library. You will be able to pick up your packets, meet and greet friends, and then we will proceed to the UTA Planetarium to view a show that truly is “beyond Texas”! Register on-line for the meeting. Additional information from Ben Huseman (huseman(at)exchange.uta.edu).
October 3, 2015 – Brussels The 77th meeting of The Brussels Map Circle Executive Committee will take place at 10.00.
October 4, 2015 – Antwerp Abraham Ortelius inspireert is the subject of a talk by Joost Depuydt at 11:00 to 13:00 at Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4. Abraham Ortelius, born and raised in Antwerp, has entered history as the man who first modern atlas compiled. For the first time he brought maps of all known parts of the world together in the same format and engraved in the same style. For the delivery of his source material he could rely on a broad network of contacts. But Ortelius was more than the publisher of his atlas. He was a passionate collector with a special interest in the classics, but also contemporary art. Be inspired by the life and work of the fascinating figure Abraham Ortelius, which is still waiting for a full biography.
October 5, 2015 – Boston Peter Barber (British Library) will address the Boston Map Society in the Abbey Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 PM. He will be speaking about The Colonies in Context: The Place of North America in King George’s World View.
October 6, 2015 – London Paul D. A. Harvey will speak about Local Maps from Medieval Europe: The present state of play at 19:00-20:30 at Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room I (NB01), Senate House, Malet Street.
October 7, 2015 – Brussels Vlaanderen in 100 kaarten is a nice overview of the history of Flanders 's cartography in 100 maps. The work was edited by Wouter Bracke (Royal Library of Brussels) and Eric Leenders with collaboration of several members of the Brussels Map Circle. Following the publication we kindly invite those of you living -or just on a visit in Belgium- for the official presentation. It will be at 7.30 PM at Palace of Charles de Lorraine, Place du Musée 1, Brussels. Please confirm your presence before September 28 at events(at)kbr.be.
October 7, 8 & 13, 2015 - Bogotá Course: Cartografía Iberoamericana, Análisis Histórico-Didáctico, at the Centro Cultural y Educativo Español Reyes Católicos, organized by the Spanish embassy in Colombia. It will be held at Centro Cultural y Educativo Español Reyes Católicos. CL. 127A N° 11B – 54. Additional information is online.
October 8-10, 2015 – Eichstätt Tagung: Die Tabula Peutingeriana at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, jointly organized with the Ernst-Kirsten-Gesellschaft: Internationale Gesellschaft für Historische Geographie der Alten Welt. Participation is free, but we ask you to a prior notification to Prof. Dr. Michael Rathmann (michael.rathmann(at)ku.de) or Kristina Heubach (K.Heubach(at)ku.de).
October 9, 2015 - Houston The University of Houston Libraries invites faculty and staff, students and researchers to attend a brown bag lecture 12 pm - 1 pm in MD Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion. Social science data librarian Josh Been and library specialist Kristine Greive will present a discussion of Unique Holdings: Historic Maps housed in UH Special Collections. Contact efisher(at)uh.edu for additional information.
October 10, 2015 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina The William
P. Cumming Map Society will meet at the Wilson Library on the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Coffee will be
available at about 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m.
The schedule is as follows:
10 am – America's First 'Coloring Book': Theodor de Bry's 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot's Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land of Virginia by Larry Tise
11 am – Deed Books as Maps: Origins of the 1770 Collett-Churton Map, by Mark Chilton
12 noon- Lunch (likely box lunch available for pre-purchase)
1 pm – Carolina Comparative Cartography – Mouzon and Others, by Jay Lester
2 pm – Event ends.
Before the conference, and/or during lunch, you are invited to view the exhibit, “Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas,” where De Bry volumes and fine cartographic materials will be on display. The most convenient option for lunch, if it can be arranged, would be to purchase a box lunch to be provided at the Wilson Library. If you desire this option, contact John Blythe (blythej(at)email.unc.edu) at the Wilson Library to express your interest. Other options include various on campus facilities, some very close to the Wilson Library. Restaurants on Franklin Street are another option, though the relatively short lunch break may render that option less viable. Additional information from Jay Lester (carolinararemaps(at)gmail.com).
October 13, 2015 – Oxford Best-selling author Simon Winchester shares the extraordinary story of the father of English geology, William Smith in a lecture The map that changed the World. Lecture is at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road. It is part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme.
October 14-15, 2015 - Barcelona The successful experience of the First and Second Conference on the history of cartography in Barcelona, held respectively in 2010 and 2012 which resulted in two publications, has encouraged the Historical Archive of the City of Barcelona and the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya to have a III Conference History of Mapping of Barcelona. The organizers have designed a program with papers and presentations about the significant cartographic heritage of Barcelona from medieval portolans to the modern tourist maps. Venue: Historical Archive of the City of Barcelona, Hall Agustin Duran Sanpere, Calle Santa Lucia, 1. Additional information and reservations by email (shb(at)bcn.cat) or telephone 93 256 22 55.
October 15, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Special Collections at the Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Dr. Rebecca Lowery will speak about They’re Not Just Pirate Maps!.
October 15-16, 2015 - Perugia The forthcoming Fifth seminar of Geographia Antiqua:, Construction and deconstruction of ptolemaic cartography, will be held at University of Perugia. Additional information from Dr. Eleonora Sideri (comitato.geographia.antiqua(at)unipg.it).
October 15, 2015 – 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, Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will present Mapping Mr. Madison's War: American Military Cartography during the War of 1812. In addition to being one of the lesser known conflicts in the early republic, little is known of the maps produced during the War of 1812. Drawing from the collections of the Library of Congress and the National Archives, Ralph will discuss the state of American military mapping and its growth during the War of 1812. The Library of Congress Lewis and Clark Collection and other examples of early American military mapping will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov).
October 17, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip to tour the Grolier Club’s exhibition Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll's Masterpiece, which includes four maps commissioned by the curator by New York Map Society Vice President Constance Brown. Then we head to tour the Argosy Book Store’s extensive map holdings, one of the most extensive collections of antique maps and prints in New York City, with many thousands of pre-20th century materials. We first meet at 1:30pm at the Grolier Club at 47 E 60th St. Later in the day we will travel to Argosy Book Store at 116 East 59th Street (Between Park & Lexington). Please RSVP to Connie Brown: connie(at)redstonestudios.com or 860-575-4640. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas (kapochunas(at)gmail.com).
October 17, 2015 - Portland, Maine The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will be hosting a free conference on our current exhibition Women in Cartography from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Speakers include Susan Schulten, Chris Dando, Joni Seager, and Monica Stephens. Admission is free, but registration is required.
October 19-21, 2015 – Cape Town The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium will have the theme 400 Years of cartography of travels to and in Southern Africa, from the Portuguese explorers (c. 1500) to the Boer War (c. 1900). It will be held at the Taj Cape Town, Cnr Wale Street & St Georges. Presentations will include Early Charts of European travel to the Far East and Antarctic; The stars of Southern African cartography; Mauritius and the first accurate map in the Southern Hemisphere; David Livingstone’s maps of exploring the Zambezi River and beyond; Monomotapa, Myth, Money and Miniature Maps; A raconteur’s map of travels in Southern Africa; Mapping ’The Hitherto Unknown’; bitter rivalry in mapping the Cape of Good Hope. Additional information including contact information can be found on the website.
October 19, 2015 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5 p.m. in our usual venue, the Jamestown-Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing. Margaret Beck Pritchard, Curator of Prints, Maps, and Wallpaper at Colonial Williamsburg, will talk about the evolution of the CW map collection. She is the author of “Degrees of Latitude,” treating selected maps from the collection (now sold out and out of print). The Colonial Williamsburg map collection began as an element of the furnishings of the historic houses, but during Margaret’s tenure has become a comprehensive assemblage of the most important printed (and some manuscript) maps of the era. She will tell us how it happened. Additional information from Ted Edwards (williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com).
October 20, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we hear about Examining 100 Years of USGS Topographic Maps in a Web-Based Platform that allows for the viewing and exploration of these maps at a variety of scales and with a variety of tools. These tools include “swiping” the maps to compare maps of the same area made during different years to analyze land use and land cover change over time, combining them with satellite imagery and thematic layers such as ecoregions and geology, embedding these maps in web pages, and adding audio, video, photographs, and other multimedia in a “storymapping” environment. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).
October 21, 2015 – Boston John Roman, Boston-based map illustrator and graduate of New England School of Art & Design, will address the Boston Map Society in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 pm. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm. He will discuss The Art of Illustrated Maps. He correlates not-to-scale-maps as the “the creative nonfiction of cartography” and reveals how and why the human mind accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps.
October 21, 2015 – Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society committee meeting will be held at the Malta Historical Society Headquarters at 41 Lion Street at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon (galleon(at)onvol.net).
October 21, 2015 – Gotha Dr. Petra Weigel will speak about Stieler und Petermann. Zur Bedeutung der Kartographie des Verlages Justus Perthes für die Romane Jules Vernes. Lecture is at 18.15 in Hall of Mirrors, Gotha Research Library, Friedenstein Castle.
October 21, 2015 – London Under the umbrella title of The power of maps in the Second World War Barbara Bond OBE and Dr Peter Chasseaud will each give illustrated presentations on the occasion of the London launch of their new books. These are “‘The Times’ Great escapes : . . . Second World War escape and evasion maps” (HarperCollins), and “Mapping the Second World War : the history of the War through maps from1939 to 1945” (Collins, in association with Imperial War Museums) respectively. This is scheduled for 18.30 at the famous maps and geographical books store, Stanfords (12-14 Long Acre, WC2), as one of the firm’s regular ‘Events’.
October 23-25, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago International Map Fair fair will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art at 820 N. Michigan Avenue in their main exhibit hall. The fair will begin with a Friday evening preview night (with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar). The preview night will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The fair will open to the general public Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will also consist of 4 lectures, a sponsored exhibit from the MacLean Collection, and two tours of the Newberry Library Map Collection. Tickets are free to those who register for the fair before July 1st. After that, they will be $10 for the weekend.
October 25, 2015 – Antwerp The medieval map. An anachronism? is the subject of a talk by Karen De Coene from11:00 to 13:00 at the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4. The medieval map, or how "the medieval man 'thought differently than today's cartographer.” In modern cartography a map is marked by a legend, a grid, coordinates and a projection. Because it reflects the current reality to scale, which is measurable. The result is an instrument with which we can properly orient in space. But the map is a symbol that captures the reality such that the distance between symbol and reality from view in danger of disappearing. Our map is the only correct map, which we also judge the maps from the past on the basis of projection methods and scale operation. The medieval map was created from a different line of thought and therefore varies in structure. We explore the medieval form language and search for the interplay between continuity and innovation, the development of the scientific discipline featured.
October 29, 2015 - Madrid The National Library of Spain celebrates Cartography Day with the program Difundiendo La Cartografía Antigua, coordinated by Carmen García Calatayud, Chief of Mapping BNE. The all day program starts at 9 am in the Assembly Hall. Pre-registration must be accomplished at difusion(at)bne.es . This event is divided into two parts. The first takes a journey through the history of cartography from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. The second part takes place in a round table. Discussion will be about the current importance of new technologies for the study, knowledge and, above all, for the dissemination of ancient cartography. The conference is aimed at professionals in the field of cartography, as well as all those who want to know and learn more about the exciting world of maps. The complete program can be found online.
October 29, 2015 – Washington Members of the Washington Map Society are invited to a free lecture and reception at the Library of Congress featuring the newly released Historical Atlas Of Maine by Stephen J. Hornsby (University of Maine Press, 2015). Join us at the Library of Congress to celebrate the publication with a presentation by co-editor Stephen J. Hornsby, Ph.D. Director of the Canadian-American Center and Professor of Anthropology and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine. The lecture will be held from 4:00–5:00 p.m. followed by a reception and book signing 5:00–6:00 p.m. Location is James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress, Mumford Room, 6th Floor, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Seating is limited and the favor of a reply is requested by October 16. Contact Shelly Reilly (umaineevents(at)maine.edu) at 207.581.1153. The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division is hosting this public program and providing a map display from its collection. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Center.
October 31, 2015 – Los Angeles The fall meeting of the California Map Society will be held 9:30 to 5:00 at the Los Angeles Central Library. We'll cover topics ranging from Japanese WWII maps, the history and disappearance of Lake Tulare, once the largest lake west of the Mississippi, new discoveries in the Solar System and much more. Please register for the meeting on-line.
November 1, 2015 – Sudbury, Massachusets The Sudbury Historical Society will present a lecture and exhibition of maps from the collection of Robert Maier at 2 pm in Sudbury Town Hall, 322 Concord Road. The main speaker will be Jan Hardenbergh, a Sudbury resident and member of the historical society. Hardenbergh will discuss how his project evolved and will begin his presentation with the six early maps of Sudbury from 1707-1889. In addition, he will speak about how his newly published book, “The Historical Maps of Sudbury,” came to be as well as the 1677 Foster map of New England and the 1687 plot plan including Nonesuch Pond.
November 2, 2015 – Oxford The Bodleian Library will have a symposium Mr Gough’s ‘curious map’ of Britain: Old image, New Techniques. A team of specialists will report on the application of modern imaging technology to disentangle the Gough map’s complexities and understand its creation and function. Convened by Catherine Delano-Smith and Nick Millea. Speakers include Peter Barber, Andrew Beeby, Christopher Clarkson, P.D.A. Harvey, David Howell, Adam Lowe, Nigel Saul, Bill Shannon, Marinita Stiglitz, Christopher Whittick and James Willoughby. Weston Library, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 9 am – 5.15 pm. For details and Registration see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/gough-map-symposium.
November 3, 2015 – Oxford Mike Searle will talk about Mapping the Himalaya – the legacy of William Smith. Lecture is at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, 6pm-7pm. It is part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme.
November 5, 2015 - Zürich The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2016 as the “International Year of the Map” in order to promote maps and geographic information. As its contribution to the “International Year of the Map,” the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, will have a lecture in Hermann Escher Hall at 18.15 clock. Martin Rickenbacher, PhD. I / Dipl. Ing. ETH (Head of the group Maps History of Swiss Cartographic Society) will speak about 150 years ago: the completion of the Dufour Map.
November 7, 2015 – Paris The14th Paris Map-Fair will be held 11.00 – 18.00 at Hotel Ambassador, 16, Bd Haussmann. A pre-Map-Fair cocktail reception will be held Friday November 6th at 7.30PM in Salle Mogador, Hotel Ambassador. A cocktail reception will be held open for visitors and participating dealers. The reception will feature a premium open bar and light hors d' oeuvres. Reservation is needed for the cocktail reception.
November 9, 2015 – Oxford A talk on Soviet cartographic culture in the Russian and East European Studies Seminar at St. Antony’s at 5pm. Nick Baron (Nottingham) will speak about Cartography and Cultural Revolution: Maps, Modernity and the New Soviet Man.
November 10-12, 2015 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to the 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography (EuroCarto 2015) which will take place in Vienna University of Technology, Main Building, Karlsplatz 13. The symposium will have a focus on Europe. We aim at bringing together cartographers and those working in related disciplines with the goal of offering a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. We would like to especially encourage those working in and with modern cartography to share their contemporary developments, research and results.
November 11, 2015 - Lisbon The Centre for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon; and History Center, Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon will have a conference on maps, "Ancient Cartography Themes and History of Geography," at 14h00 in Room 1.2, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon. The subject will be Desenhos geopolíticos brasileiros: o Brasil e o mundo vistos do lado de lá.
November 11, 2015 – Manila The next quarterly meeting of the Philippine Map Collectors Society will be held at 6PM at Arya Residences, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila. We will have two very interesting presentations. Christian Perez & Albert Montilla will tlk about Restoration Work of a 1788 Murillo Velarde Map and Raphael Lotilla will speak about Blast from the Philippine Past: Maps and Territorial Title. After the first presentation, Albert will also talk to us about the restoration services that the Ortigas Foundation offers. The presentation of Mr. Lotilla will cover the dispute and the resolution over Miangas/ Las Palmas Island. Additional details from Rudolf Lietz (gallery(at)gop.com.ph).
November 11, 2015 - Oxford The African Studies Centre, Zambia Discussion Group, will meet in the Seminar Room, African Studies Centre, 16:00 to 18:00. Liz Haines (Royal Holloway, University of London) will speak about Cartographic Underdetermination: Pacing, tracing and imagining Northern Rhodesia as a territory, 1915-1955.
November 12, 2015 – Boston Alice Hudson, Curator of Women in Cartography and former Chief of Map Collection at the New York Public Library, talks about Celebrating Women in Cartography. She will speak about women in the world of mapping, bringing their stories, and most importantly, their maps to light. Program presented in association with the Boston Map Society in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. at 6 pm. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm.
November 13-14, 2015 - New Bedford, Massachusetts Keeping our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown is the first cartography conference to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill. The conference will examine our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time, from medieval conceptions of the oceans as dark and monstrous places to 21st century high tech modern underwater mapping used to search for shipwrecked whaleships in the Arctic. Learn how a great clock changed the world and how Marshall Islanders used stick charts that rely on swells and currents to find their way. How and why mankind learned to find solutions to navigate the oceans across different cultures and over time informs our understanding of the cultural, spiritual, physical, and intellectual challenges of marine navigation. Join us for a series of fascinating talks by experts in cartography, navigation, and exploration to better understand the oceans around us and how we continue to strive to find our bearings. Speakers include Dava Sobel, Chet Van Duzer, Dick Pflederer, John Bockstoce, John Huth, Christina Connett, Mark Procknik and Matthew Lawrence.
November 14, 2015 - Boston The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the Boston Public Library, to see the exhibition Women in Cartography. Curated by Alice Hudson, New York Map Society Board member and former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago. Included in the exhibition is a map of New York's Hudson River by Connie Brown, New York Map Society Vice President/Events Coordinator. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas (kapochunas(at)gmail.com).
November 15, 2015 – Antwerp The power of maps is the subject of a talk by Nicolas Dosselaere, 11:00 to 13:00 at the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4. The power of maps today. Or how contemporary map applications show more than we can see with our own eyes. The great explorers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, such as Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, basing their search for new land on maps like those of Ptolemy. John Snow's map of London in 1854 showed that wells were the source of cholera outbreaks. And there are many examples of how maps played a fundamental role in history. But the potential impact and scope that maps have today is of an entirely different order. This lecture elaborates on the power of contemporary map applications. Some technology trends, such as the sharp eye of the satellites, the abundance of cheap sensors around us and the new 'openness' of data and technologies.
November 16, 2015 – Washington As part of International Map Year, National Map Day has been announced as Monday, November 16 as part of Geography Awareness Week. In Washington, we will be celebrating Map Day at the US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave SW, with poster displays of map winners from the CaGIS Map Design Competition, as well as exhibiting children's maps that were submitted from the US to the Barbara Petchenik Competition held in Rio de Janeiro at the ICA. And we will have a panel discussion that day at the Education Department building regarding the value and power of maps for geographically educating the public.
November 17, 2015 - New Haven Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies hosts a talk by Chet Van Duzer titled Bringing to Life the World Map of Henricus Martellus (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography at 5:30 pm in Linsly Chittenden Hall room 211 (63 High Street). The talk is open to the public, and Henricus Martellus's large world map will be on display in the Coins and Medals Object Study Classroom at the Yale Art Gallery from 10 am to 5 pm the same day (the 17th).
November 17, 2015 – Oxford The British Cartographic Society invites you to attend The Superficial Nature of Maps: Digital Mediation and Cartographic Interpretation by Prof Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford OX1 3BG at 17:30 for 18:00. Following the talk attendees may adjourn to nearby King’s Arms for refreshments. For details of all BCS events and to register for this talk please visit our web-page. This lecture is open to all, cost BCS members £10, non-members £12.50. This event celebrates the ICA International Map Year.
November 18, 2015 - Floriana, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6pm at the Malta Historical Society headquarters, Lion Street. Among the subjects to be discussed is the forthcoming publication of the Mapping of the Maltese Islands from Ptolemy to 1565. Additional information from Rod Lyon (galleon(at)onvol.net).
November 18, 2015 - Moscow, Idaho A presentation by Will Stettner of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will feature copper plate engravings that were used to reproduce USGS topographic maps until the early 1940s. The engravings, which were acquired recently from the USGS by the University of Idaho Library, are exceptional examples of mapping history that will help to preserve part of Idaho’s history and culture. Stettner’s talk, Early History of Map Engraving and Printing at the U.S. Geological Survey, and a display of the copper plates are part of the annual GIS Day on the University of Idaho Moscow campus. Both will be of interest to all who enjoy history, maps and mapmaking, printing, and the arts of engraving and print making. His talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Idaho Commons. Copper plate engraving was a technique used by the USGS to print almost all of its maps from the late 1800s until about the 1940s. Information on copper plates was transferred to lithographic stone for printing. By the 1950s, copper plate engraving was retired in favor of faster and more economical methods. Admission is free. Contact Bruce Godfrey (bgodfrey(at)uidaho.edu, 208-292-1407) for more information.
November 18, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet 5:30-7 PM. The Map Society appreciates the opportunity to explore maps in the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Archive at 1515 Arch St, 10th Floor to be selected by Rob Armstrong, Preservation and Capital Projects Manager, and Alina Josan, Archives Specialist. A stunning 12 foot map completed in 1909 with the express purpose of placing Pennypack Park on the City Plan will be laid out for intense scrutiny. We have invited Rob and Alina to be our guests at a long table dinner to follow at a nearby restaurant. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman (philamapsociety(at)gmail.com).
November 19, 2015 – Boston The Boston Map Society will met at 5:30 pm at Afriterra, 400 Commonwealth Ave. Lucia Lovison will speak on Before Mandela: Cartography of South Africa: 1513-1918 and lead a tour of their new facility.
November 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Mark Ovenden will speak about Transit Maps of the World.
November 19, 2015 - Edmonton The Edmonton Map Society will be meeting at 7:00 pm at Claridge House, 11027 - 87 Avenue. The meeting will feature 2 presenters, Ron Kelland and Ian MacLaren. Ron will talk about the Alberta/British Columbia Interprovincial Boundary Survey and First World War Commemorative Place Names in Alberta. Ian has been researching Paul Kane's travels in Western Canada. His presentation Edward Weller's Map to Illustrate Mr. Kane's Travels in the Territory of the Hudson's Bay Company(1859) will discuss the map that accompanied Paul Kane's Wanderings of an Artist (1859). Additional information from David L. Jones (djones(at)ualberta.ca).
November 19, 2015 – Gotha Prof. Dr. Kapil Raj will speak about Imperialism, intercultural encounter and the mapping of South and Central Asia, 17th-19th centuries. Lecture is at 18.15 in Ahnensaal, Perthes-Forum Gotha.
November 19, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fifth Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, 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. Professor Kat Lecky (Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature, Department of English, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA) will discuss Ordinary Radicals: Archiving English Renaissance Pocket Maps. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell (tony(at)tonycampbell.info).
November 19, 2015 – 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. Chas Langelan, WMS board member and retired land surveyor, will present Surveyor-Soldier Henry B. Looker - Visionary Government Reformer. More than a century ago, Henry B. Looker helped shape our modern Washington DC. His expert hand still guides surveyors, engineers and government officials to this day - but few realize it. Everywhere one looks across the Washington region, quaint historic 1890s neighborhoods are by him. A West Pointer who unexpectedly became official District of Columbia Surveyor, Looker in nine action-packed years transformed land-use practices in the Nation's Capital and brought Washington DC out of the 1800s into the roaring 20th Century. His many innovations and insightful reforms are still followed by DC's government today. And in the midst of it all, he volunteered to fight a 'splendid little war' for his country - against Spain in 1898. It cost him his life . . . but not from a bullet. [On display will be Library of Congress plats by Henry B. Looker and maps showing Washington DC's development in the late 1800s and early 1900s] For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov).
November 20, 2015 – Boston Ronald Grim, Curator of Maps at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, will discuss the history of map collecting in relation to Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the Massachusetts Historical Society Map Collection. The lecture, From Bunker Hill to Yorktown: Collecting maps along America's Road to Independence, is 1-2 PM at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street.
November 20, 2015 - Cambridge, Massachusetts The Harvard Cartography Seminar presents a talk by Chet Van Duzer titled The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers' Map of 1550 at 4 pm in the Barker Center room 133 (12 Quincey Street). The talk is open to the public.
November 20, 2015 - La Courneuve, France On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, which deliberated on the reorganization of Europe after the Napoleonic wars, the Comité Français de Cartographie proposes a one-day symposium about the role of cartography related to peace treaties, from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. La Cartographie des Traites (XVE-XXE Siecle) will be held at Archives diplomatiques, 3, rue Suzanne Masson. Additional information from Catherine Hofmann (catherine.hofmann(at)bnf.fr).
November 21, 2015 - Oxford You may be able to read a map, but can you understand a geological map? Would you like to convert your topographic impressions into Undergroundology? Then this course, How to Read Geological Maps, is for you! Professor Paul Smith, director Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a geologist who has mapped most of the geology of Greenland, will lead a masterclass in reading the landscape around us in 4 dimensions using geological maps and investigate the techniques used to create them. This day school, 10 am-5pm, will also give an opportunity to visit our William Smith exhibition ‘Handwritten in Stone’ and view the original map. To book please click here. Tickets £65.
November 24, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Professor Michael Heffernan and Ben Thorpe (University of Nottingham) will speak about The Map That Would Save Europe’: The Tariff Walls Map and the Politics of Cartographic Display Between the Wars. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.
November 26, 2015 - Bogotá, Columbia Geoff Cunfer (University of Saskatchewan, Department of History, Director of GIS Historical Laboratory) will speak about Using Geography to Change History: Reconsidering the 1930s "Dust Bowl." Lecture is 2 PM in Oval Salon, Postgraduate School of Human Sciences building, National University of Columbia.
November 26, 2015 – Oxford The 23rd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Ben Hennig will speak about Cartography of the Anthropocene: the World as you’ve never seen it before. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
November 26, 2015 - Vienna Rouben Galichian will speak about Armenia In Old Maps at 7pm in the Sala Terrena, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1. There will be an exhibition of old maps accompanying the presentation which will be held in English. The presentation will show Armenia as a region and later as a country populated by Armenians. This has been depicted on important cartographic and geographic documents. H. E. Dr. Arman Kirakossian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Austria, will introduce the presentation. It will be followed by remarks by Dr. Petra Svatek (Institute of History, University of Vienna) and Dr.Stefaan Missinne (Author, Globe and Map Researcher, President of the Austrian Belgian Society).
December 2, 2015 - Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm at the Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library. Jonathan Rosenwasser will lead a tour of the new exhibit: Embellishing the Map: Empty Spaces and Treacherous Seas. Additional information from John Day (jeanjour(at)comcast.net).
December 2, 2015 – London Diana Lange (Research Associate, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin) will speak about Hidden Exploration and Visual Representation of 19th Century Tibet: the British Library's Wise Collection in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, at 6.30 p.m.
December 3, 2015 – 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. Jay Lester, author of the William P. Cumming Map Society's North Carolina Map Blog, and longtime WMS member, will present Maps and Map Makers of North Carolina. Dr. Lester, is one of the current recognized authorities on maps of the Tarheel State. He will discuss some of his favorite – and not so favorite – maps of the state. Selected examples from the LoC’s collection of North Carolina maps will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov).
December 3, 2015 - Zürich The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2016 as the “International Year of the Map” in order to promote maps and geographic information. As its contribution to the “International Year of the Map,” the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, will have a lecture in Hermann Escher Hall at 18.15 clock. Julia Mia Stirnemann, MA (Project Manager www.worldmapgenerator.com) will speak about Personalized World Maps - subjective world views.
December 8, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Vincent Szilagyi will speak about Myths, Men and Monsters: Exploration and Cartography in Central Africa. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net).
December 12, 2015 - Brussels The Brussels Map Circle International Conference is about Mapping the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe’s history, will no doubt allow us to show splendid cartographic specimens. Don’t miss our Europalia contribution this year! Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels from 09.30 - 16.30. Language: English. Please register before 30 November. Additional information from info(at)bimcc.org.
December 15, 2015 - Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street. Curator Mary Yacovone will lead a talk about Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the MHS Map Collection and tour of this exhibit.
December 17, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. The members of the Society will celebrate Annual Holiday Gala and Show and Tell.
December 17, 2015 – 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. Matthew Gilmore author of several local area history publications; editor of H-DC; and author of the Washington DC History Resources blog will present The Real Plan of the District of Columbia: The 1893-1908 Map of the Permanent System of Highways. Overshadowed by L’Enfant and McMillan, the Map became DC’s 20th century ‘Master Plan’ for developing rural Washington County, north of Florida Avenue between 1850 and 1880. The map can be seen as “Second L’Enfant Plan, for the Rest of DC.” Various editions of the Map from the collections of Library of Congress will be on display. For additional information contact Ed Redmond (ered(at)loc.gov).
December 19, 2015 – New York Please join your fellow map-lovers for a members-only New York Map Society social gathering/planning session at 3 pm at O’Lunney’s Pub, 145 W 45th St. (between 6th and 7th Aves.), (212) 840 6688. Over drinks, we’ll catch up with each other and brainstorm about our map society. Among other topics, we need to discuss the need for an Events Committee. Bring your holiday cheer and your thinking caps! House wine, ordinary draft beer, and bar snacks on us; beyond that, it’s your $$. RSVP to Connie Brown: connie(at)redstonestudios.com or (860) 575 4640. Looking forward to seeing many of you!