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January 4, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Towner Fellows Lounge in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. The members of the Chicago Map Society and the Caxton Club are pleased to present a special evening with Peter Hiller, who will share with us The Life and Work of Jo Mora, along with a very interesting Mora connection to The Newberry Library. Peter has been enamored, if not obsessed, with Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon his cartes (maps) in the mid-1990s—to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo currently published by the Book Club of California. Hiller’s immediate intrigue arose from his amazement at Jo Mora’s creative versatility and the outstanding quality of Mora’s artistic efforts. From pictorial maps, book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, printmaking and writing, Mora’s artistic talents were boundless. After growing up on the east coast, Mora ventured west to explore what he considered to be the changing west of the cowboys and Indians he was so fascinated with as a child. It was at this time that he passed through Chicago and would later make connections, the evidence from which remain in Chicago, and will come to light during this presentation. Jo’s later life centered around the history of California, his family and his abounding creative abilities that enabled him to provide food, clothing and shelter for them. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
January 11, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Christian J. Koot will present A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman's Chesapeake. “Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited” is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial British America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman, the map pictures the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. Christian Koot's talk follows the map from the waterways of the Chesapeake to the workshops of London and offers new insights into the creation of empire in North America. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
January 13, 2018 - New York The New York Map Society will meet 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Aves.). For the first time since March 12, 2016 -- Members Show & Tell. While presenters are limited to current-paid-members-only, anyone can attend. Current "Sustaining" and Board members get priority, but any current-paid (2017-18 program year) member can request time -- 6 - 10 minutes to present a map -- which can be antique or contemporary, an original or a reproduction -- and its story. Email requests to Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.
January 16, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Vincent Szilagyi: will speak about The Scramble for Africa: Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork. In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by World War I, 90% percent of the continent was controlled by European Powers. This rapid expansion of Colonial power was unprecedented; it was tremendously important for Africans, Europeans and the world as a whole. The history of the Scramble is a fascinating tale, and one best explored through maps. The maps of Africa from this time period are renowned for their accuracy, utility and beauty, all of which are self-evident when you see them yourself. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
January 17, 2018 – Floriana, Malta The next meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Headquarters of the Malta Historical Society, 41 Lion Street, starting 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com>.
January 18, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Dennis McClendon will speak about Beyond Google Maps: Map Usage in the 21st Century. Google Maps is not the only way to navigate the modern world—even on your phone. Cartographer Dennis McClendon will present a variety of other online resources—some worldwide reference maps, some on specialized themes—to make us informed travelers and hometown explorers. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
January 18, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “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), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, 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. Giles Darkes (Cartographic Editor, British Historic Towns Atlas) will speak about Maps, and Miasma: Henry Acland’s maps of Cholera in Oxford in the 1850s. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
January 19, 2018 - Wabern, Switzerland The map collection of Swisstopo includes much more than the three known National map works. In addition to the more than 50,000 map sheets, there are some treasures and even unexpected ones. At this colloquium we will show you a selection of these treasures that have been treasured or rediscovered over the years. You will learn the background of the objects and have the opportunity to view a selection of these original maps. Colloquium will be 10:00 to 11:30 in Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Seftigenstrasse 264.
January 20, 2018 – Milan The VI Milano Map Fair,organized by Associazione Culturale Civitellarte with the collaboration of Associazione Roberto Amalgià - Museo della Cartograpfia Lombarda will be held at Hotel Michelangelo Milano, Piazza Duca d'Aosta from 10.00 – 17.00. Free entry.
January 22, 2018 - New York Katie Losey and Connie Brown created a pro bono stewardship map about African elephants; sold as archival prints and posters, 100% net profits benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Losey and Brown will speak at 6:30 pm at New York Public Library's Mid-Manhattan Library, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), how the maps came to be, detailing the themes, cartographic sources, the design traditions which inspired them, and more. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.
January 24, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida More than 500 years before GPS, cartographers and geographers would painstakingly, by hand, chart roads, rivers and oceans that few had ever traveled. 100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States can be seen Cotilla Gallery, second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. Neal Asbury will present, The Discovery of the Americas and The Founding of the United States, at 6 p.m. at the Nova Southeastern University library on the main campus in Davie. There will be a reception and exhibit viewing from 6 – 7 p.m., followed by Asbury’s colorful commentary.
January 28, 2018 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will have its annual social event which is one of the best attended events of our calendar. Last year we changed our format somewhat, and because the event was received so well, we decided to continue with the new venue. The social will be held at the Two Rivers Country Club in Governors Land where we will be enjoying Sunday brunch, a bit of socializing and the sharing of a few maps that are special favorites of our members. The details are: Two Rivers Country Club, Cypress Room, 12:00 – 2:30 pm. The menu for the buffet brunch includes a wide selection of breakfast goodies such as bacon, sausages, eggs, fruit, French toast, etc., and the price is $24.00 per person including tax and gratuity. The capacity of the venue is somewhat limited, so we recommend that you reserve your place now. To do so, please send a check in the name of Williamsburg Map Circle to Mr. Dan Paterson. Contact Ted Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com> for Dan's mailing address.
January 29, 2018 – Boston Historians of cartography occasionally refer to cartographers’ horror vacui: their fear or hesitancy to leave spaces blank on maps that might be filled with decorations. Some scholars have denied that this impulse was a factor in the design of maps, but the question has never been examined carefully. In this illuminating talk, With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps”: On Cartographers’ Fears of Blank Spaces, cartographic historian Chet Van Duzer will undertake such an examination, arguing that horror vacui was indeed an important factor in the design of maps, at least for some cartographers, from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. 5:30 pm Refreshments on the Boston Map Society’s tab at the Newsfeed Café on the first floor of the Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Talk in the Commonwealth Salon. The Leventhal Map Center gallery will remain open until 8:00 pm. RSVP: info(at)leventhalmap.org or 617.859.2387. This event is presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society.
January 30, 2018 – Friborg Marino Maggetti will talk about The canton of Friborg on historic maps at 18:00 at he Library of the University of Fribourg, Joseph-Piller 2.
February 3-4, 2018 - Miami The 25th Annual Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler Street. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps, globes, atlases and rare antiquarian books. Speakers this year are Chet Van Duzer and Neal Asbury on Saturday; and Neil Safier on Sunday. Visitors are invited to bring in a map of their own for expert opinions and attend educational presentations by map experts. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Map Fair Manager at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.
February 7, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) from 6:30-7:30 pm. Book talk/signing by best-selling author Colin Harrison: "You Belong to Me". Author and map collector Colin Harrison's latest novel, "You Belong to Me," features a protagonist who is a devoted collector of the maps of New York City.
February 10, 2018 - Gent The Brussels Map Circle will visit the exhibition Under time's spell - In de ban van de tijd with Jan De Graeve. No registration, we meet at 13.45, Sint-Pietersabdij, Sint-Pietersplein 9; Entry 7,50 euro.
February 13, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Joseph Kerski: will discuss The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography. What would you include in this list? Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore his list, revealing how critical Geography is in the 21st Century. Some discoveries were historical moments with a significant impact on our understanding of our world, including specific maps, technologies, and explorers of ancient times. Others led to the founding of organizations such as U.S.G.S, and for the exploration of new frontiers in digital mapping, surveying, remote sensing, crowdsourcing, and the Internet of Things. Some of the items in the list may be expected; others might surprise you. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
February 14, 2018 - Bern You are invited to the book launch Ptolemaios: Handbuch der Geographie, der älteste Kartenatlas Faksimile-Ausgabe des Codex Seragliensis GI 57 [Ptolemy: Handbook of Geography, the oldest map atlas / Facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57] at 16:15 until about 17:30 in Room F 021 in Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36 (Länggasse), 3012 Bern. In November 2017, after many years of preparation, the facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57 was published by the Boyut publishing house in Istanbul. The Codex Seragliensis GI 57 dates from the 13th century and is now kept in the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. Next to his sister manuscript in Rome, this is the most important Greek manuscript of Ptolemaic geography.
February 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carl Kupfer will speak about Land Surveying and Mapmaking Transformed. The science and art of land surveying, which started with rudimentary instruments, techniques, and hand-drawn paper plats and maps, has evolved into a realm and creation of highly accurate and virtually automated data platforms that rely on satellites for three-dimensional spatial positioning, interact with geographical information systems (GIS), generate digital data and mapping products, and alas, can spit out paper maps and charts on demand. Mr Kupfer will review the fascinating history of surveying from earliest times to the present, presenting examples of unusual surveys, instruments, techniques, and methods used to produce the end-product documents. He will then discuss surveying and mapping in the twenty-first century, and explain how the science of geographical information management in the digital age has transformed the fields of land surveying and classic cartography. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
February 15, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “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), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, 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 Emma Perkins (Affiliate Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) will speak about Early English Globe Making: A Social Study of a Terrestrial Globe by Morden, Berry and Lea, c.1685. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
February 15, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Leslie Trager will present Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps. The talk will be largely based on Trager's online book of the same title which deals with evidence that Hudson had maps from surveys made about 5000 years ago, or around 3000 BC. It will also deal with the Cree interaction with Hudson, as conveyed in their oral history. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
February 15, 2018 - Whitchurch-on-Thames A talk on historic maps of Oxfordshire will be given by John Leighfield immediately after Whitchurch and Goring Heath History Society’s annual meeting at the village hall at 8pm.
February 15, 2018 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00 at our usual place in Williamsburg Landing. Ralph Ehrenberg, who some of us know from our trips to the Library of Congress Map Vault, is coming to Williamsburg. He will discuss “Follow your Flight”: Souvenir Airline Passenger Maps from the Golden Era of Flight. One of the least known categories of popular pictorial cartography is the complimentary airline route map that was designed to inform and entertain air travelers before the emergence of in-flight radios, movies, and iPhones. Dating from the beginning of commercial aviation following World War I, these maps evoke a time and place when air travel was novel and exciting, and commercial aviation catered to their customers. Welcome aboard as we fly with American Airlines, Air France, BOAC, Imperial Airways, UAL, and other pioneer airlines on Ford Tri-Motors, Lockheed Constellations, and Boeing 707s exploring the world of early airline route maps. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
February 21, 2018 - Manila The Philippine Map Collectors
Society will have our first 2018 General Membership Meeting in Arya
Residences, Terrace Level Function Room, McKinley Pkwy, Taguig, 1634
at 6:00 PM. Presentations:
1. Illusions, Confusion and Delusion: The Mythical Island of St. John by Marga Binamira
2. An Introduction to Enrique Abella y Casariego’s Mapping of Panay by Popo Lotilla
We will also have a "Show-and-Tell” session where Peter Geldart will show “Two manuscript U.S. Army Maps of campaigns during the Moro Rebellion in 1903”. Additional information from Rudolf J. H. Lietz at email@example.com.
February 23, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 3pm and will have on display the original 430 year old Urbano Monte 1587 map long with its 10 feet by 10 feet facsimile and its virtual derivatives at the Center. This will be followed by a talk at 3.30 pm by Chet van Duzer, History of Cartography scholar and recent David and Abby Rumsey Fellow at the David Rumsey Map Center and the John Carter Brown Library in Boston. Chet will be presenting on his research conducted over the course of 3 months on the Urbano Monte 1587 map. The talk is entitled: Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587. Urbano Monte's map of 1587 is a spectacular creation, designed to be assembled into an image of the world 10.5 feet in diameter, on an unusual projection, intended to be rotated about its center, and elaborately decorated with images of sovereigns, sea monsters, and animals. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will present new research how Urbano Monte went about making the map: the events and works that inspired him, the sources from which he borrowed, and his own statements about the map. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.
February 25, 2018 - Wiscasset, Maine Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine and director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin, will speak on Mapping the Coast of Colonial Maine: Local Colonists vs. Imperial Agents,” with special attention to George Sproule’s 1772 map “From Kennebec River to Round Pond.”" Lecture will be at 1:00 PM in the Wiscasset Communications Building (911 Center) behind the County Court House on Route 1.
February 27, 2018 - Arlington, Massachusetts For the next of the Arlington Historical Society’s evening lecture series, learn about maps from Adam Kurowski, director of geographic information system for the town of Arlington. The lecture, History and Modern History of Map Making, will take place 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. Attendees will take a journey through time to learn how maps changed perceptions of the world, saved lives, built empires and improved operations in the town of Arlington. Attendees can also participate in a real-time mapping exercise using the town’s mobile mapping software, get hands-on with historic maps, and see a GPS unit capable of pinpointing locations on earth to an accuracy of 2 centimeters. The event is free for members of the Arlington Historical Society and $5 for nonmembers.
February 27, 2018 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Paul Laxton (formerly University of Liverpool) will speak about Michael Alexander Gage and the mapping of Liverpool, 1828–1836. 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.
February 27-28, 2018 - San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain The Atlantic is a space that has two coasts and one of them is that of the new continent discovered: America. But before 1492? How was it represented and defined the Atlantic before 1492? How was that "Liquid space" before the Age of Discovery? Is it possible to trace the series of elements that made up the knowledge and the perception of the Atlantic before the discovery of America? This is the general theme of reflection that we propose as the basis for the research seminar Edad Media, Atlántico e insularidad atlántica: nuevas perspectivas [Middle Ages, Atlantic and Atlantic Insularity: new insights] to be held at the Instituto de Estudios Canarios, Calle Juan de Vera, 4.
March 6, 2018 - Aberdeen - Calling all map lovers in the north east... A free talk: From Gordon to Google - Four Centuries of Mapping Aberdeen at 6pm, Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct. Join us for Scottish Local History Week as Christopher Fleet, Map curator at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), will look at the main maps of Aberdeen over the last 400 years, from James Gordon’s stunning map of the 1661 to today’s digital mapping. Over the centuries, maps were made for very different purposes, by different people and, by looking at who made these maps and why, we can reach a greater understanding of them. The talk will conclude with a brief demonstration of the National Library of Scotland’s maps website, where most of these maps can be viewed. Free event. Booking essential. To book, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents(at)aberdeencity.gov.uk
March 8, 2018 – Boulder, Colorado Rocky Mountain Map Society Director Chris Lane will be giving a presentation titled A Century of View of Colorado, 1820-1920. The lecture will take place at Benson Earth Sciences Building, Room 180, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., on the CU-Boulder campus. There will be a reception prior to the presentation. The building is located at 2200 Colorado Avenue.
March 8, 2018 - Derry The Friends of the Derry Walls - History and Heritage talk takes place at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry’s city centre. In her talk, Mapping the Plantation, Dr Annaleigh Margey, author and lecturer in history at Dundalk Institute of Technology will discuss the place of the Walls in landscape and in perception, with a particular focus on the livery company maps of the ‘Londonderry Plantation.’ Near the end of 1618, Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the official Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland, was appointed to survey the progress of the Ulster Plantation and specifically, the Works and Plantation performed by the City of London in the City and County of ‘London-Derry’. The event is free, you you are asked to book your place.
March 8, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. John Hessler will give a talk on Mapping Indigenous Spaces: The Rare Codex Quetzalecatzin Comes to the Library of Congress. The Codex Quetzalecatzin, is an extremely rare, colored Mesoamerican map and one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of the Americas to become available in recent history. As is typical for an Aztec, or Nahuatl, codex of this early date (circa 1570-95), it relates the extent of land ownership and properties of a family line. Acquired by the Library Congress in 2017, this important piece has now been made available to the public digitally, for the first time in more than one hundred years. The lecture will explain the acquisition by the Library of the Codex, its history, and new research on its origins and use. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
March 14, 2018 - Edmonton The next meeting of the Edmonton Map Society will be in the Lounge at Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Visitors Lot, to the west of the building. Please remember to sign in on the logbook (between the elevators). The recently installed intercom system does not connect to the lounge. Please phone 780 224-1860 from the entrance and David Jones will let you in. We have two speakers: Charlene Nielsen who will talk about her dissertation research on the geography of 'being born too small" and Sophie Norris will talk about her recent publication and map - Glacial landforms of northwest Saskatchewan. Contact David Jones at djones(at)ualberta.ca for additional information.
March 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Towner Fellows’ Lounge in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Don & Tanya Smith will speak about Treasures from the Archives of Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith. Established in 1854 by Samuel Greeley, Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith (GHNS) is the oldest land surveying business in the Chicago metropolitan area. Located in Flossmoor, Ill., the firm’s surveyors have walked virtually every block in Chicago and a good number of suburban properties as well. And, in its over one-hundred-sixty years in business, GHNS has accumulated an extensive archive that includes 250,000 plats of surveys, over 10,000 copies of plats of recorded subdivisions, and thousands of pages of other survey-related documents and maps. In fact, GHNS has survey plats of Chicagoland from before the Great Chicago Fire, including a number of plats and maps connected to the legal work of an Illinois attorney by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Please join us as the firm’s owners take us on a tour of what is likely the most complete archive of the Chicago metropolitan area in existence today. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
March 15, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “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), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, 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 Thomas Horst (Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), Lisbon) will speak about Putting Saxton into Context: State Surveys in Early Modern Europe with Particular Reference to Palatinate-Neuburg (Bavaria), Saxony and England. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
March 15, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 4.15 pm for a 4.30 pm talk by Dr. Len Rothman, Exemplars of cartography through maps of the Holy Lands from The Leonard and Juliet Rothman Holy Lands Map Collection. The Rothmans have been collecting maps of the Holy Lands for 40 years. Their collection spans from the late 15th to the mid 20th century and encompasses 956 maps of which 456 are individual sheets while the rest are in atlases and books of the Holy Lands. These maps are the product of humankind's quest for visual identification of locations and events noted in the Bible. Holy Lands maps are categorized into World, Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Arctic/Antarctic, Holy Lands, and Celestial sub-categories. The maps are noted for their multiple printing techniques, artistry and variation in size, orientation and coloration. They provide an observational window of the broad field of historical cartography. Dr. Len Rothman is the former President of the California Map society, member of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, the International Map Collectors Society and the Washington D.C. Map Society. Dr Rothman is also a Founding Friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. He also collects map globes and maps on neckties. His collection was scanned and is available at Stanford University's catalog, SearchWorks. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.
March 17, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The Malta Map Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 10.30 am at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon at galleon(at)onvol.net.
March 19 and 21, 2018 - Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, and Glasgow
Barbara Bond will speak about MI9’S Escape & Evasion
Maps Of WWII. She describes the historical background and purpose
of MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme –
the maps they produced, the covert help they were given by a famous
Scottish map publisher, how maps were smuggled into the prisoner of
war camps and how they were instrumental in some remarkable escapes,
particularly that of Airey Neave from Colditz. The presentation will
March 19 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Kirkcaldy – School of Midwifery, University of Dundee Fife Campus, 5 Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5YS. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM in George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9LX. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3EW. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 20, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Catherine Olkin will present The Mapping of Pluto and Its Moons. Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system, specifically planetary atmospheres and surfaces. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
March 24, 2018 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle Annual General Meeting open only for Brussels Map Circle active members will be held 10.00 – 11.45 at Royal Library of Belgium, Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg. The 2018 Map Afternoon will follow the meeting. Members and non-members are invited to bring an antique map, a contemporary map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument, or an interesting book on cartography and present it at the Map Afternoon. The details of your item and your presentation, if any, should reach Henri Godts <henri.godts(at)godts.com> or Jean-Christophe Staelens <jcs(at)staelens.biz> by 1 March 2018. You are expected at 12.00 for a convivial drink and sandwich lunch. The Royal Library closes at 17.00 sharp. Prior registration on our website is requested here.
March 24, 2018 - New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will kick off spring and our 2018 season with a must-see event at the Beinecke Library : a tour of Yale University’s renowned cartographic treasures, including the 1489 Marcellus Map (an important early world map showing the New World); the Codex Reese (a mid-16th century map of Mexico City with a great backstory); and William Clark’s 1810 Lewis and Clark Expedition Map (the original!). Join us for the rare opportunity to view these maps and many others. Beyond that, we’ll learn how to engage the Yale map collection online or in the Beinecke Library reading room. Our hosts for the event will be George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana; and Michael Morand, Beinecke Public Relations & Communications Officer. We will meet at 2 pm, at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. We suggest that you allow 20 minutes for parking: plan to arrive in New Haven at 1:30 for time to park and arrive at the Beinecke by 1:50. Connie, Maryann, and Brian will be in the lobby to greet you and sign you in. Space is limited to 40 guests: first come, first served. RSVP to ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com or call Connie: 860 575 4640. First priority is given to the Connecticut Map Society, then to members of our sister organization, The New York Map Society.
March 24, 2018 – Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society announces it's next workshop - John Smith's Map of Virginia and It's Many Derivatives - at 10:00-11:30 am at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. We hope you will plan to join us. Captain John Smith published a map of Virginia in 1612 to accompany a booklet entitled “Map of Virginia.” As engravers made changes to the copperplate from which the map was printed, several states of the map entered into circulation. It became the “mother” map of Virginia, influencing European mapmakers as they printed maps of the colony for inclusion in atlases. As a result, multiple derivatives entered the book market. Cassandra Britt Farrell, the Library’s senior map archivist will explore the differences between the states of Smith’s map of Virginia and its many derivatives, including the fascinating images displayed on these pictorial maps. Please register in advance.
March 27, 2018 - Zurich An evening tour Around the Globe will take place at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, from 18:15 to 19:30.
April 5, 2018 - Prague Malta Map Society members Joseph Schiro and Bernadine Scicluna have been invited by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, PhDr. Ilja Smid,for the ceremonial handover of the certificates of Memory of the World International Register confirming the inscription of Giovanni Francesco Camocio’s maps of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 to the prestigious Memory of the World Register for the preservation of this exceptional documentary heritage. The nomination of the Camocio maps was prepared as a transnational nomination from Malta and the Czech Republic through the cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta and Charles University in Prague. The ceremony will be held at 11.30am at the Nosticky Palace. Both parties will be delivering speeches during the ceremony.
April 5, 2018 - Stanford The spring meeting of the California Map Society will have a lecture, featuring Imre Demhardt, to be held at the David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the student essay competition. Professor Demhardt’s topic at the Rumsey Center is Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. Schedule; Doors open 3.15 pm; 3.30 pm: Student Essay Competition Speaker; 4.30 pm: Professor Imre Demhardt; 5.45 pm: Center Closes. The talks are free, but require advance registration.
April 6, 2018 - La Jolla, California Professor Imre Demhardt of the University of Texas, Arlington will speak at 7 pm at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 7825 Fay Ave. He will discuss Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. There is no charge for the lecture, but reservations are required.
April 7, 2018 - Altadena, California Professor Demhardt will speak at 11 AM at the Monte Cedro Auditorium, 2212 El Molino Ave, under the auspices of the California Map Society. He will talk about the centuries-long search for a NW and NE passage around North America. In Search for the NW and NE Passages: Assumptions, Surprises and Discoveries in the Arctic is a timely topic that will certainly capture our attention and imagination.
April 9, 2018 - Golden, Colorado Christopher J.J. Thiry, Map & GIS Librarian, Colorado School of Mines will speak about Historic Mining Maps in the Arthur Lakes Library at 4-5 PM at Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines,1400 Illinois.
April 12-13, 2018 – Cambridge The International Map Collectors' Society will visit Cambridge where we will visit Emmanuel College, Cambridge University Library, Scott Polar Institute Museum, and Whipple Museum. The Museums will be visited in the afternoon of 12th April, and the College and Library on Friday 13th April. In addition, Dr Sarah Bendall will give a lecture at Emmanuel College entitled Oxford and Cambridge Colleges as map-makers and map-users c. 1550-1850. The Collectors’ Meeting will be held in the early evening of 12th April at the Hilton Hotel, Cambridge City Centre. The cost of the visits and the Collectors’ Evening together will be £35 per head. To register please download the form, complete the form and send it to Peter Walker (Financial Secretary, address on the form), or contact IMCoS Financial Secretariat (financialsecretariat(at)imcos.org). Attendance at the Collectors’ Meeting only will cost £15 per head. Participants should arrange their own accommodation (but see note concerning the Hilton below). The timetable is available on-line. The Hilton Hotel has offered IMCoS 10 bedrooms with breakfast at a special price for the night of 12th April, first come, first served. 5 of these rooms are singles. Click on the link on the IMCoS/Events/Cambridge web page to access the Hilton’s offer: Cambridge Hilton offer. Alternatively we suggest the Ibis Hotel. This is a recommended 3 star hotel next to the station. (2 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2GA. Tel 01233 320960).
April 12, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Mark Monmonier will discuss Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Map historians have paid little attention to patents even though over 300 patents for devices intended to promote the use of maps and map information were issued by the U.S. Patent Office from the mid-19th century through early 20th century. This talk will review the principal areas of invention and highlight one emblematic entrepreneur, John Byron Plato (1876-1966), whose 1915 patent for a method that assigned rural residences a unique address led to the Index Map Company. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
April 19, 2018 - Bruges Jan De Graeve will speak about The Meridian of Struve at 20:00 at Cultuurbibliotheek, Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30. The degree measurement of Struve is a remarkable example of collaboration between scientists from different countries and between different heads of state. It is named after the German-born Russian astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793-1864). On his recommendation between 1816 and 1855 triangles were measured between 265 measurement and observation points, which could be tens of kilometers apart, stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to Stara Newrasovska at the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km. The chain was established and used to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. At that time, the chain passed merely through two countries: Union of Sweden-Norway and the Russian Empire. The Arc's first point is located in Tartu Observatory in Estonia, where Struve conducted much of his research. These points were indicated by markings in rocks, iron crosses, stones and obelisks. 34 of these still exist today and have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a tangible memory of this enormous project known as the Geodetic Arch of Struve.
April 19, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carme Montaner will speak about The Maps of the Peruvian Amazon made by the Franciscans in the Second Half of the 18th Century and Their Contribution to the Later Printed Maps of South America. Carmé Montaner’s talk will address the first detailed maps of the hydrographic network of the Amazon River made by the Franciscans of the Ocopa College in Peru. Dr. Montaner will also discuss the implementation of the hydrographic network in the general maps of South America that were published at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
April 19-22, 2018 - Dresden The 13th Atlastage [Atlas Days] will be held. Additional information from Jürgen Espenhorst (panverlag(at)t-online.de).
April 19, 2018 - Vienna The Austrian Society for the History of Science will sponsor a talk by Dr. Stefaan Missinne at 18:00 at University of Vienna, Postgasse 9. Dr Missinne will speak about America's cartographic "birth certificate" and the globe of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) from the year 1504: the newest scientific findings.
April 20, 2018 - Glasgow The next Scottish Maps Forum day seminar will be at the National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow: Constructing the paper landscape: Recent research in historical maps of Scotland. This day seminar brings together a set of nine speakers who have all been engaged on new research or projects relating to historical maps of Scotland. In the morning, the focus will be on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, looking particularly at surveyors and the practicalities of their work. How did they earn a living, where did they work, what were the main drivers behind their mapping, and which sources survive today which can shed light on their work? In the afternoon, the focus will shift partly to broader and more general themes, as well as on later nineteenth and twentieth century map-making. These papers will consider the central value of maps in researching urban history and river boundaries, recent doctoral research on Bartholomew and their mapping of Edinburgh, and a look at current web-mapping and geographic technologies in Historic Environment Scotland. Programme and booking form are available on-line.
April 20, 2016 – Williamsburg The
Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00pm at our usual place in
Williamsburg Landing. Jack Spain, native of North Carolina,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1960; Harvard Law
School, 1963, Retired Partner at Hunton & Williams, Attorneys,
Richmond, Va, (now Hunton, Andrews & Kurth); collects Chinese
artifacts and books and maps about Virginia, Richmond, King and Queen
County and travel to China, including Marco Polo’s travels.
Traveled to China in 1983, 1985 and 2010. He will talk about Marco
Polo and the Catalan Atlas of 1375:
1. The Catalan Atlas of 1375: what it is, where and how it was created.
2. The Atlas’s use of Marco Polo’s Book
3. The Atlas’s Place in the World of Mapmaking and Exploration.
Additional information from Ted Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>
April 24, 2018 - London The IHR Digital History seminar is pleased to present from 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm GMT, online and in the John S Cohen Room (N203), second floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street: Bram Vannieuwenhuyze – The ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ of early modern urban maps and bird’s-eye views. In this presentation, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze will first explain the basic assumptions and methodological principles of the ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ more profoundly. Afterwards, he will show some concrete examples and results, based on his research and the work of his students on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century urban maps and bird’s-eye views of the Low Countries. Finally, he will demonstrate how the method can also be used for unlocking and making the content of old maps accessible to the general public. Livestream video link: https://youtu.be/tgJLmHhcYFs
April 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 12.45 pm for a 1:00 pm seminar Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium. Huge ice sheets cover Antarctica and Greenland. Glaciers and snowpack act as frozen reservoirs providing water for surrounding communities. We hear about ice when glaciers recede or ice sheets break off, but what are the processes governing these changes? What role does ice play in the behavior, evolution and stability of the earth system? Three Stanford faculty will address these topics focusing on their cutting edge research in the geology, geophysics, and modeling of ice. Join Rob Dunbar, Dustin Schroeder, and Jenny Suckale as they explain what is known about how ice works. This afternoon symposium is in honor of James B. Case, a glacial surveyor and expert in photogrammetry, who donated his glacier map collection to Stanford Libraries in 2017. The talks are free, but require advance registration.
April 25-28, 2018 - Quito, Ecuador The 7th Iberoamerican Symposium on the History of Cartography Cartography and itineraries: Maps, images and memories based on the route will be at the San Francisco University of Quito. Continuing with the tradition of previous symposium, the official languages of the event will be Portuguese and Spanish. Additional information from Sabrina Guerra Moscoso at 7siahc(at)usfq.edu.ec.
April 26, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “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), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, 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 Dr Ferdinand Opll (formerly Director, Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv; now Honorary Professor of Medieval History and Historical Auxiliary Sciences, University of Vienna) will speak about Early Modern Town Plans and Views of Vienna and Their Importance in an International Context. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
April 26, 2018 - Mardela Springs, Maryland A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut in Mardela Springs on April 26. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History. The first talk, Early Maps of Delmarva and What They Reveal About Early Settlers, will be delivered by Mike Hitch, well known for his local research on early families and groundbreaking research on mapping all the early patents of the lower eastern shore of Md and Delaware with his colleague John Lyon. Some of the earliest maps include a wide variety of information valuable to family historians, genealogists, and historians, but often are overlooked by researchers. Following the talk, members of the audience are invited to ask questions, make comments, and join in a discussion of the topic. Lecture will be will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church, 110 Main Street, at 2:30.
April 26, 2018 - Milwaukee The 29th Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture will be held at 6pm, with a reception starting at 5:30pm, in the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Third Floor, East Wing, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. The speaker will be Carme Montaner and the title of the lecture will be 18th Century Missional Maps in the Amazon Basin: The Case of the Ocopa Monastery in Peru. Additional information from Marcy M Bidney <bidney(at)uwm.edu>.
April 28, 2018 - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet in the Longwood Gardens Visitor Center at 10 AM (note time change for event--not 10:30 as previously listed) and purchase a garden ticket which provides all day access to the conservatory, restaurant and grounds. David Sleasman, Director, Library and Information Services will escort us from the Visitor Center to the non-public library building attached to the conservatory. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for this ten minute walk. David will present maps from their Rare Books (likely to include European garden designs and plans), early maps of the property (circa 1916 or so), and mapping of the plant collection will be discussed in depth by the Plant Records Manager. We plan lunch in the cafe at 12:15 PM and feel free to tour the always sensational conservatory and grounds in the afternoon. Friends, colleagues and family are welcome and please include them in your RSVP count to Barbara Drebing Kauffman at philamapsociety(at)gmail.com.
April 28, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) at 2 PM. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, specializing in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems, will speak on Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.
April 28, 2018 - Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society asks that you save this date for the 15th Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography which will take place at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street.
May 1, 2018 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Eric Wolever (University of York) will speak about The cardinal points and the structure of geographical knowledge in the early twelfth century. 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.
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018 – Denver The
Rocky Mountain Map Society’s Annual Map Month: “Maps
and War” – May 2018 features a series of lectures at 5:30
PM in Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2. These programs are
free and open to the community. The Denver Public Library’s
Western History Department will have an exhibit on the fifth floor,
featuring maps of war including its artifacts from the Tenth Mountain
May 1: Chris Lane, owner of the Philadelphia Print Shop West, Denver – Mapping the French and Indian War
May 8: Susan Schulten, Professor of the History Department at University of Denver – The Civil War through Maps
May 15: Greg Miller, Science and Technology Journalist – Cold War Cartography
May 22: David Little, Secretary of the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation – Tenth Mountain Division mapping during World War II
May 1, 2018 - Malden, Massachusetts Malden’s History Through Maps will be presented 7-9 pm at Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St. The Malden Historical Society has invited the community to its Annual Meeting in the Ryder Gallery, where, after a brief business meeting, Board member Frank Russell will explore changes in Malden over time through its maps. Maps of the town and city of Malden — from Peter Tufts’ 1794 plan of country roads and taverns through street maps of the mid-19th century, the early 20th century and beyond — provide a window into how Malden has changed through the centuries. Through these maps, the audience will gain new insight into the evolution of Malden’s boundaries, topography, place names and neighborhoods. Russell’s talk will include some never-before-seen maps, many from the collection of the Malden Historical Society. A collation will follow the presentation.
May 4, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society annual dinner will be held at Maggiano’s at Tyson’s Galleria. The dinner will be scheduled from 6:00 to 9:00 pm; drinks at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. Max Edelson will speak after dinner on his recent book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence. This talk will describe how Great Britain attempted to take command of North America and the West Indies in the generation before the American Revolution. Edelson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he teaches the history of cartography, early America, and the Atlantic world, and co-director of the UVA Early American Seminar at Monticello. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
May 5, 2018 - Essex, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will have a field trip at 2 pm to the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street. At this museum, on the banks of the Connecticut River, we’ll view an extraordinary collection of Connecticut nautical charts with Amy Trout, the museum’s curator. Interested in a 90 minute boat tour of the lower CT River? We can provide that for you after the presentation, complete with a guide to describe the River’s ecosystem, wildlife, and human history. Essex is a beautiful town: arrive early to explore and dine. It’s a perfect spring Saturday outing! Space is limited: first come, first served. RSVP to ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com or connie(at)redstonestudios.com. Act now--we will close RSVP's on Wednesday, May 2nd.
May 5, 2018 - New York New York Map Society member Leslie Trager will present Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps at 2 pm. This free and open-to-the-public event will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com. Leslie's book relates, for the first time, Cree and Inuit history as they encountered Hudson during his exploration of Hudson Bay, based upon information given to a pilot who flew many trips into the Hudson Bay area when he was transporting material to radar sites set up in Northern Canada during the late '50's and '60's. The author learned this information from the pilot because both had an interest in Hudson and were members of the Explorers Club. The book describes how the Cree witnessed the mutiny and rescued Hudson and his remaining men. The book also shows that knowledge of the Hudson Bay area existed before Hudson arrived there in 1610 based on maps existing years before that date showing Hudson Bay. It also examines the Champlain Map of 1632 and demonstrates that the part showing the eastern portion of Hudson Bay shows the land as it looked thousands of years before Hudson got to Hudson Bay. The author estimates that the map on which the Champlain map is based was surveyed at least 3000 years earlier. The book also shows that Hudson most likely had some of these early maps in his possession when he went to Hudson Bay. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.
May 7, 2018 - Edmonton The spring meeting of the Edmonton Map Society will be held at 7:00 pm at Claridge House, 11027 87 Ave, NW. Dan Duda, Map Librarian at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland, will speak about Maps of Newfoundland: A National Topic. One of the messages in J. B. Harley's 1989 article "Deconstructing the Map" is that all maps have an underlying political, or power, message. These four key maps of NFLD will be discussed in this light: Mason (1620), Cook (1775), Cormack (1832) , and Hawley (1907). Parking is available in the Visitor Lot, to the west of the building - please remember to sign in on the log-book between the 2 elevators. For door access please call 780 224-1860. Additional information from David L. Jones <djones(at)ualberta.ca>.
May 9, 2018 – Sydney The Sydney Map Group will meet at 6 PM in the State Library of New South Wales. Ralph Ehrenberg, retired Chief Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will speak about “Presented with our compliments” / Souvenir Airline Maps from the Golden Age of Commercial Aviation. Welcome aboard and enjoy the flight on Empire Flying Boats, de Havilland biplanes, Douglas DC-3s and similar vintage aircraft as we explore the world of souvenir maps issued by Ansett, Australian National, BOAC, Empire, Qantas, and other popular airlines. These complimentary route maps, created during the golden age of commercial aviation when air travel was novel, exciting, and not just another form of mass transit, instructed and entertained passengers during long flights before inflight audio programming and movies competed for their attention and wide-bodied airliners reduced the number of available window seats.
May 10, 2018 – Belfast The Oxford Seminars In Cartography will have a field trip. Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast) will discuss Behind the Lines: frontline geographies, spatial technologies and mapping First World War landscapes. Booking essential - for further details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 287119.
May 10-13, 2018 – Kalamazoo, Michigan The fifty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies meets on the campus of Western Michigan University. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past two years of this ICMS at Kalamazoo, and you are invited you to join them. Currently they seek paper, panel discussion, and roundtable proposals that concur with one of our accepted ICMS “Mappings” rubrics: 1) “Mappa Memoriae: Medieval Maps and Memory”; 2) “Text and Image and/on Medieval Maps”; and 3) “Shaping the Medieval World.” Proposals are due by September 8, 2017. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.
May 10, 2018 - Stanford Organized by Dan Tuzzeo and with generous support from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, and the Stanford Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and Religious Studies; the Center will host the Geballe Research Workshop series entitled: Asian Representations and Constructions of Space (ARCS). Throughout the academic year ARCS will invite a total of nine scholars from various disciplines to share works in progress concerning geographical, cosmological, and ritual space in historical Asian contexts from ancient and early modern India, China, Japan, and the Himalayas. Speakers will introduce participants to art, architecture, maps, manuscripts, gazetteers, and digital tools that formulate and depict a broad scope of spatial realms. Richard Pegg will talk at the David Rumsey Map Center about Maps and Ships: Maritime Trade in the China Seas form the 16th to 18th Centuries from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration in requested.
May 15, 2018 - Vienna The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Austrian National Library, Reading Room of the Map Department, Josefsplatz 1.
May 17, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. How Do I Know My Map is Real? We are delighted to have CMS (founding) member and longtime map dealer George Ritzlin speak to us on the topic of map buying. In this first installment of a two-part presentation, George will focus on the timely question, How can we determine whether a map is real? He will explain that in order to ascertain whether an antique map is an original or a later copy that it is important to understand how early maps were made. Accordingly, he will walk us through printing processes, paper production, and atlas production methods. He will then address other important matters, such as the coloring of maps, how to train your eye, and sources—that is, questions such as: Where the map is coming from?, Where can we go to get advice?, and What references may we consult? Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
May 17, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “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), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). This meeting will be held at the University of London's Senate House, Malet Street, at 5.30 pm. Note the change in venue and time for this talk. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Professor Susan Schulten (Department of History, University of Denver, USA) will speak about Map Drawing in Nineteenth-Century Education. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
May 17, 2018 - Mardela Springs, Maryland
A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut this spring in Mardela Springs. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History. Today Dr. Ray Thompson will speak about Boundary Disputes: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware examining Delmarva’s changing face through those disputes. Lecture will be will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church, 110 Main Street, at 2:30.
May 18, 2018 - Aberystwyth, Wales
Tickets are now available for Carto-Cymru - The Welsh Map Symposium 2018 being held at the National Library of Wales. Tickets cost £20 (including buffet lunch and morning & afternoon refreshments). For tickets phone: 01970 632 548 or visit website. The theme this year is: Charting the seas and coasts of the World – how maps depict the sea and coastline and how such mapping is used to widen our understanding of these environments. The programme includes talks by Megan Barford (NMM), Gwilym Tawy (NLW), Deanna Groom (RCAHMW) & Hywel Griffiths (Aberystwyth University) as well as speakers from the CHERISH Project and others. Additional details from Huw Thomas <huw.thomas(at)LLGC.ORG.UK>.
May 18, 2018 - Williamsburg The next Williamsburg Map Circle program will be at 5 pm, Jamestown-Yorktown room at Williamsburg Landing. Dan Malone will present Mapping the Allied Invasion of Sicily, 1943. Additional details from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
May 23, 2018 – Floriana, Malta The 51st meeting of the executive committee of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6pm at the Malta Historical Society, 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <28triqsikka(at)gmail.com>.
May 23, 2018 - Manila An international conference on Cartography in Philippine History will be held at Casa Azul, Intramuros. The 1734 map “Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de las Yslas Filipinas” by Murillo Velarde (1734) will be displayed and discussed.
May 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with Molly Roy titled “But don’t we know where everything is?”: How to Map the Rest of It. Talk will be from 9:00-10:00 AM. The talk is free but requires advance registration.
May 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with R.J. Andrews titled Data Storytelling with Thematic Maps: The Design Genius of Charles Joseph Minard. Doors open: 3.15; view selected maps and browse the Center's Exhibit: 3.30 - 4.00 pm; talk by R.J. Andrews: 4.00 pm. Data storyteller R.J. Andrews gives a design critique to the thematic maps of French mapping pioneer Charles Joseph Minard. Minard is most famous for his Napoleonic Russian campaign map, but his catalog is deep. Elements and flourishes will be highlighted across Minard's work that are still relevant to how we understand our world today. Along the way, we will get a better sense of who Minard was, and how he became the master of the flow map. R.J. Andrews is a data storyteller and creator of Info We Trust. His bold style – often described as creative arts meets data science – is a striking lesson in how to use design and science to humanize complexity. There is no charge for attending, but registration is required.
May 26-27, 2018 - Arlon, Belgium and Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- The Brussels Map Circle will have an excursion to Arlon and
Luxembourg to learn about 1839: when Luxembourg was last cut to
pieces. This is your chance to learn why Belgium has a province
called Luxembourg, just like the Grand Duchy, and why the border
between both territories runs where it runs. A particular focus will
be on the last partition in 1839, as a consequence of the 1830
Belgian rebellion. Under the academic guidance of:
Jean-Claude Muller, linguist, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement at the Ministère d'État, président of the Association de Généalogie et d'Héraldique, président of the Institut archéologique du Luxembourg, former head of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg;
Michel Trigalet, historian, head of department at the State Archives of Belgium in Arlon;
Philippe Nilles, head of the Section moderne at the Archives nationales de Luxembourg;
François Reinert, historien, Conservateur délégué à la direction at the Musée Dräi Eechelen, Conservateur at the Cabinet des médailles et estampes of the Musée national d'histoire et d'art.
Additional details are available on the website.
May 30, 2018 – Manila The
next Philippine Map Collectors Society General Membership Meeting for
2018 will be at 6:00 PM in Arya Residences, BGC, Tower 1 Function
Room, Terrace Level (TL). The two presentations during the membership
meeting will be the following:
British Naval Actions and Surveys in the Philippines during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars by Peter Geldart, Tom Colvin, and Christian Perez.
Earthquakes and Calamities through Old Colonial Books and Maps (1645-1830) by Jorge Mojarro - with reference to calamities in the Philippines.
Additional information from gallery(at)gop.com.ph.
June 2, 2018 – Media, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 11 AM at Delaware County Institute of Science, 11 Veterans Square. Dr. Kathy Hornberger will present an overview of the collection. We will view Lewis Evans' 1755 "A General Map of the Middle British Colonies, in America" original mounted on cloth; Thomas Leiper's 1809 original draft of Leiper Railway showing route from stone sawmill and quarries on Crum Creek to his landing on Ridley Creek; John Hills' 1810 map of Delaware County with townships; and Joshua W. Ash, M.D.'s 1847 and 1848 maps of Delaware County with original farm surveys. Lunch will follow nearby in Media. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
June 7-8, 2018 - Lisbon The 2nd international workshop: On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts will be held at the Instituto Hidrográfico (Portuguese Hydrographic Institute), as part of the European Research Council Project MEDEA-CHART, hosted by the Faculty of Science – University of Lisbon. Registration is free but you need to fill in the form to secure your place. More information and updates about the programme and the scientific committee will the announced at the website.
June 8, 2018 - Donnington, Nr Newbury, Berks, England The Defence Surveyors’ Association 13th annual Maps & Surveys Seminar on historical & current hydrographic and military surveying, charting and mapping will take place at the Arlington Arts Centre.
June 8, 2018 – 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. Our speaker will be Alan Ereira, filmmaker and author of “The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, Britain's Master Map Maker and His Secrets.”
June 9, 2018 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Time to be announced.
June 9-10, 2018 – London The London Map Fair will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm; Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
June 14, 2018 – Oxford The 25th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. John Kedar (Director of International Engagement, Ordnance Survey) will speak about The future of Ordnance Survey – heritage or holograms, rambling or robots? Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
June 21, 2018 – Green Oaks, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will have its Annual Field Trip to the Barry MacLean Collection. Richard Pegg will discuss The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th & 19th Centuries. Richard Pegg, curator of Asian art for the MacLean Collection, will give an exhibition talk and lead us on a tour of maps that showcase the beauty of Japanese printmaking. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
June 21-23, 2018 – Portland, Maine The International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) symposium and annual general meeting will take place at the Osher Map Library. Any questions, please email ishm2018(at)maine.edu or check web page.
June 30, 2018 - Charlbury, England The annual Charlbury Beer Fest will have a cartographic lecture in the Cultural Club tent. At approximately 2:00 pm, Professor Dan Terkla, Illinois Wesleyan University, in conversation with Nick Millea, Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library will talk about Slap mappy: the trials and fibrillations of bookmaking and medieval maps.
July 2-5, 2018 - Leeds The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress meets at the University of Leeds. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past seven years of this IMC at Leeds, and you are invited you to join them. They plan panel and roundtable discussions that concur with the IMC theme of “Memory.” Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.
July 4, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society committee meeting will be at 6pm at the MHS headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
July 4, 2018 - Romsey, England Professor Roger Leech will talk about Archaeology on the maps of the Ordnance Survey. He will discuss the history portraying of the portrayal of archaeological sites or 'antiquities' on the maps of the Ordnance Survey. Roger is former head of the Ordnance Survey Archaeological office set up by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England at Green Lane, Maybush in 1984. Lecture is at 10:30am to 11:15am in King John's House, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT. For additional information contact deputymanagerkjh(at)aol.com or 01794 512200.
July 5, 2018 - Kew This Summer Lecture Series welcomes a range of leading academic speakers whose research explores the theme 'Mapping movement: people, place and power'. The lectures are underpinned by the rich collections held at The Nationals Archives. The series is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society. Today, from 18:30 – 20:30, using cartographic and textual evidence held at The National Archives, including witness statements from legal disputes, Andy Wood (Durham University) will explore how in 16 and 17 century England, ordinary people fought back against rent increases and land enclosures to preserve their connection to the land they lived and worked on. Registration is required.
July 9, 2018 – London GB1900 is a new historical gazetteer of Great Britain created through a large crowd-sourcing project extracting all the textual information on the Ordnance Survey second edition County Series six-inch maps covering all of Great Britain, published between 1888 and 1913. About 2.6 million place names and other strings of text have been transcribed, each with a coordinate accurate to a few metres. The result is arguably the largest historical gazetteer of Britain ever created, identifying every farm, most woods and roughly half of all street names. The project has been a collaboration between the GB Historical GIS team at the University of Portsmouth, the National Libraries of Scotland and of Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Advanced Centre for Welsh and Celtic Studies, People’s Network Wales— and over 1,000 online volunteers, making this maybe the largest-ever crowd-sourcing project specifically focused on historical maps. We are organising an event, from 1.30 to 5, in the Wolfson Room I at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London WC1 which will be both a big thank-you to the volunteers and a launch event for the final gazetteer, including demonstrations of how to search and download it. This is an open invitation to come to this celebration. Places are limited, so please register via our Eventbrite page. The event is free to attend, and we will provide refreshments and a chance to chat to people involved in the project. Please note that these registrations are provisional. We will be sending out more details including how to get to the venue on the 25th June and you must reply to that email to confirm your attendance. This means we may be able to make some additional places available at that point.
July 11, 2018 - New York Ian Fowler, Geospatial Librarian and Map Curator, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, will talk about European Vacation: the Birth of the Grand Tour at 6:30 pm. In the 17th century, rising middle classes in Europe began taking to the road for vacations in unprecedented numbers. The Grand Tour—a trip through France and Italy in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization—lasted for centuries as a societal rite of passage. Alongside the rise of these early holidaymakers were the maps and books to guide their travels. Fowler shares highlights from the Library’s Maps Division of the road maps, tourist guides, and other innovations that supported the Grand Tour circuit. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time.
July 15-20, 2018 - Warsaw The 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers will take place at University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. Papers will be presented on any aspect of historical geography, including focused empirical, theoretical, and historiographical contributions to historical geography and related fields including history of cartography, history of science, and environmental history. The conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips in Warsaw and different parts of Poland. Additional information from ichg2018(at)ihpan.edu.pl.
August 16, 2018 - Kew This Summer Lecture Series welcomes a range of leading academic speakers whose research explores the theme 'Mapping movement: people, place and power'. The lectures are underpinned by the rich collections held at The Nationals Archives. The series is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society. When a map was first opened by the conservation team at The National Archives, out fell endless fragments of paper and began an investigation back to 1725. Today, from 18:30 – 20:30, Sonja Schwoll (The National Archives) and Susan Littledale take you behind the scenes of how conservation scientists rescued a map that lay at the heart of a seventy-year dispute and reveal more about the figure central to the court case, a Mr Samuel Travers. Registration is required.
August 30, 2018 - Kew This Summer Lecture Series welcomes a range of leading academic speakers whose research explores the theme 'Mapping movement: people, place and power'. The lectures are underpinned by the rich collections held at The Nationals Archives. The series is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society. How did a prisoner of war make their escape through Occupied territory? In 1939, MI9, a newly-established intelligence branch of the War Office, was charged with organising the escape and evasion of British military personnel. Maps were identified as the basic need for any successful escaper and so began a huge map production programme, mostly printed on silk or rayon. Today, from 18:30 – 20:30, Dr Barbara Bond will draw on The National Archives’ collection of WWII escape and evasion maps previously held by the Ministry of Defence, revealing the methods used to get maps to prisoners, the human stories behind these maps and the significance of this collection on historical military mapping. Registration is required.
September 12, 2018 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Prof. Dr. Ken Steif will discuss his founding of Urban Spatial, a firm which "combines spatial analysis, econometrics and predictive analytics to help government, business and the non-profit sector more efficiently allocate their resources across space." Ken may shed light on his mapping analysis of heat islands and the impact of city street trees, among other current projects. Dinner will follow at a nearby restaurant where we hope Ken will be our guest. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
September 13-15, 2018 – Oxford The 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography, co-hosted by the ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography and Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Library, will be held at the Weston Library. The title of the symposium is Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. The organizers encourage contributions investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today. In addition to conference presentations, technical visits and social tours in Oxford are planned as well as a post-symposium excursion. Additional information from Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (demhardt(at)uta.edu).
September 19, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society committee meeting will be at 6pm at the MHS headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
September 20, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets in Rettinger Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM with a social half-hour. Anton Thomas will talk about The North American Continent: A Pictorial Map. In 2014, Anton Thomas began drawing a pictorial map of North America by hand and, four years on, he is finally at the finish line. With many thousands of features, including 600 individualized cityscapes, it has been an odyssey of sheer labor and dedication. Inspired by the majesty of Earth’s third-largest continent, this color pencil map attempts to merge art with informative cartography. By utilizing the strengths of either discipline, his hope is to tell a geographic story that engages a wide audience. In this presentation, he will unpack the story and concepts behind it, while taking the audience on a tour across this pictorial map of epic proportions: The North American Continent.
September 20-23, 2018 – Golden, Colorado The 2018 Society for the History of Discoveries meeting will be provided in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society, and will be held at the Colorado School of Mines. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, will take place on Thursday, before the traditional opening reception of the SHD conference that evening, followed by SHD’s program, Great Mountains of the American West, on Friday and Saturday. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of rocks as well as maps of the West will be exhibited in the Geology Museum. Following the conference, on Sunday September 23rd, will be a guided tour of original gold-rush towns in the mountains near Golden, a ride on the famous Georgetown Loop steam engine train, an expert tour of an underground gold mine, and then a tour of impressive dinosaur and geological wonders nearby.
September 20, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Charles (Chas) Langelan will speak about The Lost Original Survey Maps of Georgetown. Tiny colonial Georgetown was first laid out not by a surveyor, but by its town clerk in 1752. His many errors weren't solved for six years. Then between 1770 and 1825, Georgetown expanded ten times in size through nearly a dozen “additions.” These were private real-estate developments added to the town, mapped out by various people, skilled and unskilled. Some of those drawings made it into public records; others never did. At least half of Georgetown's original maps were lost for 150 years or more, and some were never found. They have long constituted one of the biggest gaps in our knowledge of DC. Thus while Washington City's famous maps are carefully preserved, much of Georgetown's remained a mystery. Retired land surveyor Chas Langelan spent much of 2017 digging deep into original-source archives, unearthing a considerable amount of information unseen for decades or centuries…including many (but not all) of The Lost Original Survey Maps of Georgetown. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.
September 21, 2018 - Mystic, Connecticut Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, will host a symposium on the latest research and scholarship concerning the controversial Vinland Map in the Thompson Building. Entitled The Vinland Map Rediscovered: New Research on the Forgery and its Historical Context, the symposium will present an international group of scholars who are expected to discuss various aspects of the map’s story, including results of new scientific testing, its role in history and scholarship, medieval Norse sagas and the archaeology of the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America. The symposium is slated to begin at 9:45 a.m. with remarks by Nicholas Bell, the museum’s senior vice president for curatorial affairs and Raymond Clemens, curator of early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University. There will be morning and afternoon sessions and the program will be live-streamed on YouTube Live. The symposium is free for museum members and free with museum admission for nonmembers. Preregistration is recommended by calling (860) 572-5331, as space is limited.
September 21-23, 2018 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in "the Lodge" at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St. The lecture series portion of the Map Fair will be sponsored by the California Map Society. It will consist of three 40 minute lectures followed by a 10 minute Q & A period.
September 26, 2018 - Paris The National Library of France, Richelieu site (Émilie du Châtelet room) 58, rue de Richelieu, will have a round table devoted to the geographer Jean-Baptiste d'Anville, on the occasion of the publication of the book: “A career as a geographer in the Age of Enlightenment, Jean -Baptist d'Anville.” Will be present: Catherine Hofmann and Lucile Haguet, book directors, curators at the BnF and the library of Le Havre, with the participation of several contributors to the book, Jean-Charles Ducène, director of studies at the School high-level studies and Nicolas Verdier, director of research at CNRS. The meeting will be moderated by Jean-Marc Besse, research director at the CNRS. Free admission on reservation required at +33 1 53 79 49 49 or visites(at)bnf.fr.
September 27, 2018 - New Haven Matthew Edney, Professor of Geography; Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at University of Southern Maine will speak about The Limits to Mapping. Lecture at 4:00pm, Yale University, WHC Auditorium, 53 Wall Street. What is “mapping”? Literally, it is the act of making maps, of turning the world to paper (or digital screen). Figuratively, it is bringing something to paper (or digital screen) as if it were the world being mapped; if the methodology is sufficiently structured and systematic then, pace Alfred Korzybski or Stephen Toulmin, the map is a theory and mapping is science. The metaphor works because we all know what maps are and therefore what mapping is. Or do we? Our understanding of “the map” is determined by a network of preconceptions and convictions that are deeply rooted in modern culture, a network that has cohered only since 1800. The network constitutes “cartography.” It is a simulacrum that imagines a thing that never existed such that it does not conceal a truth so much as conceal that there is none. No singular and universal endeavor of cartography exists; what humans actually do is follow a myriad of mapping processes to produce, circulate, and consume maps. This lecture therefore reconsiders the nature and limits of mapping as the creation of spatial meaning, or of meaning construed spatially. It uses a variety of case examples, including Mark Twain’s burlesque map of Paris (1870) and a mural from Neolithic Çatalhöyük (ca. 8000 BP), first to explain why “mapping” as a necessarily social and semiotic process and then to delineate markedly different mapping strategies that are always creative and never algorithmic.
September 29-30, 2018 – Rome The second Rome Map Fair will be taking place at 80 Piazza Santi Apostoli, with 30 International map dealers from Italy, Europe and America.
October 2, 2018 - Williamsburg Chet Van Duzer will speak 5:00-6:30 pm in William and Mary College, Blow Memorial Hall, Room 331, 262 Richmond Rd. Chet will present a heavily-illustrated talk about Depictions of Asia in Early European Cartography. This talk traces the history of Asia in European maps from the earliest times to the late seventeenth century. The focus will be less on advances in knowledge of the physical contours of Asia—though that is certainly part of the survey—than on the maps as reflections of European cultural attitudes towards Asia and Asian identity.
October 3-4, 2018 - Aix-en-Provence, France The The Laboratory of Medieval and Modern Archeology in the Mediterranean, University of Aix-Marseille, will have a two day symposium Journée d’études: 'Émergences de la géographie, France / Italie, XIVe -XVIIe siècles'. Organized by Christine Gadrat-Ouerfelli (LA3M) in partnership with CIELAM and UFR ALLSH (Aix-Marseille University). The purpose of this study is to highlight the way in which geography tends to gain importance in the late middle ages and modern times and to gradually become a discipline. Several talks are about cartography.
October 3, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The next Malta Map Society committee meeting will be at 6pm at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
October 4-6, 2018 – Arlington, Texas The 11th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Theme: Paths to Highways: Routes of Exploration, Settlement and Commerce. The Texas Map Society Fall Meeting will follow at the same location on October 6. This is a joint meeting with the Philip Lee Phillips Society. Please register in advance on-line.
October 4, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society will meet 6:30 pm at The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St (between Park and Madison Avenues). Cartographer Anton Thomas will present, in a free and open-to-the-public talk, The North American Continent: A Pictorial Map. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <email@example.com>.
October 6, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society will meet 2:00 pm at The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St (between Park and Madison Avenues). Noted cartographer and author Mark Monmonier will speak on his book Patents and Cartographic Inventions: A New Perspective for Map History in a free and open-to-the-public talk. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
October 8, 2018 - London Charlotta Forss (Bodleian Library, Oxford) will present The map as medium and message: a 17th–century Swedish geographer and the discovery of Atlantis at 5.15pm in Institute of Historical Research, Past and Present Room, N202, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street.
October 9, 2018 - Providence Chet Van Duzer (David Rumsey Map Center-John Carter Brown Library Fellow) will speak at at 2:00pm in Digital Studio, Brown University’s Rockefeller Library. This talk gives an account of a new book about a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities 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 had 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, one of the treasures of the Library of Congress, 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 most 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 the results, and situate the Martellus map in late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century cartography.
October 10-13, 2018 – Gotha The 19th Kartographiehistorische Colloquium will be held at the Gotha Perthes Collection, University and Research Library Erfurt/Gotha. Additional information from Petra Weigel (petra.weigel(at)uni-erfurt.de) or Markus Heinz (kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de).
October 10, 2018 – St. Michaels, Maryland The "2018 Fall Speaker Series" at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be about "Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay." Lecture will be 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Van Lennep Auditorium at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 North Talbot St. Today's lecture will be about John Smith on the Chesapeake Bay: Old Maps, New Science, and a Historical Controversy. In an attempt to discover the true route of Captain John Smith on his voyage up the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, Dr. Michael Scott and his team of geographers at Salisbury University accidentally stumbled into a major historical controversy. This presentation will discuss the processes John Smith used to map the Bay in the early 17th century, the methods used by modern geographers to unravel the true nature behind historical maps, and how the links between the two can help history come alive for modern-day explorers of the Chesapeake. Register on-line.
October 13, 2018 – Cambridge Karen Rann – artist and map enthusiast – will be talking about The Great Lines Project: Schiehallion and Charles Hutton’s contribution to the invention of contours. She will share her enthusiasm for contour lines and her work both tracing their history and engaging members of the public in her research and art. Contouring was first used in Britain, in the late 18th century, by Charles Hutton following his investigations on the Scottish peak of Schiehallion. The talk will start at 11am Milstein Seminar Room, Cambridge University Library, West Road. The talk will be accompanied by a display of Ordnance Survey maps and Karen Rann’s fascinating contour model. Contact Anne Taylor, 01223-333041 <aemt2(at)cam.ac.uk> if you have any questions. There is no need to book though I would be interested to know if you plan to come so that I know how many chairs to get out! The talk is being organised by the Charles Close Society with the support of Cambridge University Library.
October 13-21, 2018 - Manila and Hong Kong The Philippine Map Collectors Society and Jonathan Wattis (Wattis Fine Art) invite you to attend the Thirty-Sixth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium to be held in Manila and Hong Kong. The symposium will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on October 19-20. Additional details for Manila can be found here and details for Hong Kong can be found here. Contact Rudolf Lietz (gallery(at)gop.com.ph) or Jonathan Wattis (info(at)wattis.com.hk) for additional information.
October 17, 2018 – St. Michaels, Maryland The "2018 Fall Speaker Series" at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be about "Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay." Lecture will be 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Van Lennep Auditorium at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 North Talbot St. Today's lecture will be about Where is Watkins Point?: Mapping Maryland’s Southern Boundary. Delve into the controversy surrounding Maryland’s southern boundary with Edward Papenfuse, retired Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents. Drawing on research from the depositions from the Smith Islanders who liked to spin a great tale, historic maps and land surveys, and even Thomas Jefferson’s interpretation of the Southern Boundary, Papenfuse will explore how this story has unfolded over time, from the Oyster Wars to the Supreme Court. Register on-line.
October 18, 2018 - Cambridge From his soon to be published new book, 'North Pole', Dr Michael Bravo explains the mystique behind Polar Maps and how we view the Earth from above. Join him at 7:30 pm at the Polar Museum, Lensfield Rd, as he discusses how the cosmographers of the renaissance produced new ways of visualising the poles and the world. Book here.
October 18, 2018 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk by Professor Marcin Wodziński from 3-5 pm. Wodziński is a professor of Jewish studies at the University of Wrocław in Poland. His many books include "Hasidism: A New History" (Princeton) and "Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815–1864." He will discuss Historical Atlas of Hasidism. This reference book is visually stunning and easy to use, a magnificent resource for anyone seeking to understand Hasidism's spatial and spiritual dimensions, or indeed anybody interested in geographies of religious movements past and present. Doors open 2.30 pm. Please register on-line for this lecture.
October 18, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets in Rettinger Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM with a social half-hour. Sascha Trubetskoy will speak about Sasha’s Inferno: The Nine Circles of Viral Internet Maps. Ever since his “snow map” spread across the web in 2014, Sasha Trubetskoy has been well-versed in the world of viral internet maps. In his presentation, Sasha will tell the story of his initial and subsequent viral map hits, and take the audience on a journey deeper and deeper into the darkest pits of amateur internet mapmaking, where “real” cartographers seldom venture. The presentation will bring to light some aspects of mapmaking overlooked by the mainstream cartographic community, and highlight the importance of reaching out to a new, broader audience.
October 19, 2018 - Thousand Oaks, California Ernst F. Tonsing, the California Lutheran professor emeritus, will speak about Facts, Frauds and Fictions: Mapping the Top of the World at 4 p.m. in Room 212 of the William Rolland Art Center. The art center is just west of the stadium. Dr. Ernst Tonsing will speak about his collection of maps. He will show how early map-makers, relying upon the reports of travelers and sailors, sometimes got their maps right, sometimes wrong, and sometimes very wrong, putting in rivers, mountains, fjords, borders, and islands where they ought to be, all populated with curly-tailed sea creatures, bull-human land creatures, and even dreaded cannibals, perhaps to scare off those who would sail off to remote Scandinavia.
October 20, 2018 - Litchfield, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will meet at1 pm in the Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South Street. Litchfield is one of Connecticut’s most beautiful and historical towns, and there is no better time to visit than mid-autumn. Kate Zullo, Curator of Education at the Litchfield Historical Society, will show us treasures from the society’s map collection, which includes student maps from the early 19th century, town maps and surveys throughout Litchfield’s history, garden maps, and a Western Reserve map of New Connecticut. Leave time to visit all of the facilities which comprise the historical society: The Litchfield History Museum, the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School, and the Tapping Reeve Meadow. There will be a modest fee (TBA) for the map tour, but the museums are free of charge. Because space for the map tour is limited, you’ll need to RSVP to our Connecticut Map Society email: ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.
October 20, 2018 - Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 11 AM at Laurel Hill Cemetery: 2nd annual walk featuring mapmakers' graves with Rich Boardman. Rich has researched new stops on our 2nd annual tour which will be a shorter path than last year. We will note achievements of those who helped make Philadelphia a map making center, starting with surveyor, astronomer and scientific instrument inventor David Rittenhouse (1732-1796) who on his lawn on June 3, 1796 with Benjamin Franklin viewed the transit of Venus from which he calculated the distance of the earth to the sun to be 93 million miles. Rich will be our guest at lunch following the walk. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
October 21, 2018 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium The Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49, has an exhibition De Republiek boetseert de Wereld [The Dutch color the World] which is curated by Stanislas De Peuter. De Peuter will lead a tour of the exhibition at 14.30. Participants pay the entrance fee and enjoy afterwards coffee and pastries offered by museum sponsors Patisserie Jan Reed and Delicatessen Van Poeck.
October 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with Australian Cartographer Anton Thomas, titled Drawing a Continent by Hand: a Pictorial Map of North America. In 2014, artist cartographer Anton Thomas began hand-drawing a large pictorial map of North America. Four years on, it is finally at the finish line. With thousands of features from Alaska to Panama, including 600 individualized cityscapes, it has been an odyssey of sheer labor and dedication. Inspired by the majesty of a continent, this color pencil map attempts to merge art with informative cartography. By utilizing the strengths of both disciplines, the hope is to tell a geographic story that engages a wide audience. A New Zealander based in Australia, Anton is in the US this Fall to present his work and will be displaying a full-size print at all events. In the presentation, he will unpack the origin and story behind the project, while taking the audience on an extensive tour across this pictorial map of epic proportions: The North American Continent. Doors open at 2.30 pm and talk 3:00 - 4.00 pm. The talk is free but requires advance registration.
October 25-26, 2018 - Cambridge, Massachusetts The Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, will host a one and a half day symposium reflecting on the past and future of cartographic collections. We hope everyone from map-lovers to newcomers interested in how maps might help their research and teaching will come away inspired to use maps and geospatial data in their lives and work!
October 25, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Evelyn Edson, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Piedmont Community College, will speak about Sailing the Aegean Sea: A Renaissance Journey in Maps. In the early 15th century, Cristoforo Buondelmonti left his home town of Florence to visit the island of Crete. His purpose was to collect Greek manuscripts for the collection of his patron, Niccolo Niccoli, but he became smitten with the atmosphere, the mythological past, and the historical present of the islands, and never returned home. After writing an extensive account of the island of Crete, he went on the create the first isolario, or atlas of islands, describing 79 Greek locales and including a detailed map of each one. His work (pre-Gutenberg) was hand copied many times and survives in some 70 copies. He was followed by a number of imitators, and the isolario became a popular genre for several centuries; it retains its fascination for modern viewers. Dr. Edson will discuss the origin of his book and Buondelmoni’s life exploring the Greek isles. She is the editor of the recently published Description of the Aegean and Other Islands, a recreation of Buondelmonti’s masterpiece. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.
October 25, 2018 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle meets 5:00 pm in the Yorktown/Jamestown Room at Williamsburg Landing. Our Map Circle member, John Milliman will discuss using old maps and charts in coastal research on the Pearl River, China. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
October 29, 2018 - Oxford Oxford Architectural History Seminar will be at 5pm in Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College. Anthony Gerbino (University of Manchester) will discuss Geometrical survey in sixteenth-century France: fortification plans, topographical maps, and architectural drawings. All enquiries to karl.kinsella(at)lincoln.ox.ac.uk.
October 31, 2018 - London The Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica will meet 18:00 – 20:30 at The Gallery, Alan Baxter Ltd, 75 Cowcross Street. Joanne Wishart will talk about James Robertson: The Shetlander who Mapped Jamaica. Little known surveyor and mapmaker James Robertson (1753-1829) went from the Shetland island of Yell to the Caribbean to seek his fortune. He produced an incredibly detailed and impressive map of Jamaica during the sugar boom which was highly praised at the time for its accuracy. This talk will explore all aspects of Robertson's life and career in the Caribbean, and will consider why he could not replicate similar success after he returned to Britain. Tickets are available.