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February 6, 2020 – Oxford There will be a lunchtime talk 1:00-1:45pm in conjunction with the exhibition Talking Maps. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street. Elizabeth Baigent will discuss ‘This land is your land; this land is my land’: how maps shape our collective allegiance to territory and help us stake claims to individual ownership of it. Click here to book a free place. Additional information from Nick Millea at nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk
February 11, 2020 - Boston Boston by Map by Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., offers an introduction into the history of Boston, using maps from the Boston Public Library's cartographic collections. In this class you will explore how to use Atlascope, a new tool for exploring historical urban atlases of Boston. This workshop, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, is located in the instructional computer lab on the mezzanine level of the Johnson Building at the Central Library in Copley Square. Registration is required.
February 13, 2020 – Nicosia The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the Association of Cypriot Archaeologists are hosting a lecture by Maria Iacovou, Professor of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. On the occasion of the lecture, which is entitled, An unintentional colonial gift: Herbert Horatio Kitchener and the antiquity of the toponymic history of Cyprus, the Cultural Foundation will put on display a set of relevant maps from the Foundation’s Map Collection.
February 14, 2020 - Le Quesnoy, France Among the cartographic treasures preserved in the defense archives at the Château de Vincennes is a very large handwritten color map (160 x 143 cm approximately). This map signed "Naudin, engineer order of the king" was drawn up at the time of the battle of Malplaquet (September 11, 1709). It is the first map which shows on a large scale (1: 28800) the heart of the county of Hainaut (Valenciennes region, Mons, Landrecies, Avesnes), a good part of which has just been conquered by France. Jean-Louis Renteux will discuss Jean-Baptiste Naudin's “very special Hainaut” map (circa 1709-1728) from 18.30 - 20.00 at Centre Cernay, Place Leclerc.
February 18, 2020 - Brussels Colin Dupont (Maps and plans KBR) presents his book Cartographie et pouvoir au XVIe siècle: l'atlas de Jacques de Deventer. You are welcome for this presentation at 17.30 in KBR - section des Cartes et Plans, Mont des Arts 28, you only have to register.
February 18, 2020 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM in Gates Room, 5th Floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Dr. Brian Hynek will present Mapping Mars through Time: From Fantasy to Scientific Understanding. Additional information from Naomi E Heiser <Naomi.Heiser(at)Colorado.edu>.
February 18, 2020 - Vienna The Society of the Friends of the Austrian Academy of Sciences will have Professor Stefaan Missinne present a lecture hosted by the Medical University of Vienna Library covering his ground-breaking work on the discovery of the Leonardo da Vinci Globe from 1504. Lecture is at 7pm in Gesellschaft der Ärzte in Wien, Billrothhaus, Große Bibliothek, Frankgasse 8. Registration requested by email to andrea.traxler(at)oeaw.ac.at.
February 19, 2020 - Leonia, New Jersey Billy Neumann, historian and photographer, will be presenting a program at 7pm about Robert Erskine: Mapmaker for the Revolutionary War. Erskine was mapmaker to George Washington. The program is at the Leonia United Methodist Church, 396, Broad Avenue, and is sponsored by the Englewood Historical Society and historical groups from Leonia, Fairview, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, and West New York.
February 20, 2020 – Bruges Prof. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze will discuss Jacob van Deventer, a man with a plan at 20:00h in Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30. As usual, there is also a small exhibition with sources (maps, atlases, books, etc.) from our collection and we end the evening with a drink.
February 20, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Jim Akerman will discuss Time, Travel, and Mapping the Landscapes of War.
February 20, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth 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. Philip Curtis (Director, The Map House, London) will discuss When Maps Go to War: Pictorial Conflict Maps, 1900-1950. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).
February 20, 2020 - Williamsburg Williamsburg Map Circle meets 5:00pm in Williamsburg Landing, APA Auditorium. Our member Joseph Catanzaro is a volunteer at Special Collections at the College of William and Mary’s Swem Library. He recently assisted with the research on the John Womack Wright Collection of Maps, a collection of 80 large-scale maps of regions of France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Spain drawn by French cartographers and published in the early to mid-18th Century. Joe’s presentation, The Mapping of France, the Emergence of Scientific Cartography, will explore the beginning of the widespread use of science and the most modern instrumentation as adopted by the French Royal Academy of Sciences. He will describe the effort led by the Academy to produce the first large-scale, topographic map of France. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
February 21, 2020 - Milwaukee The Map Society of Wisconsin meets at 3:00 PM in the American Geographical Society Library, 3rd floor, East Wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. This event is being co-sponsored by the AGS Library as part of its "Academic Adventurers" lecture series. John Janssen (UWM School of Fresehwater Sciences), Kimberly Beckmann (UWM Peck School of the Arts) and Brennan Dow (Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources) will discuss Milwaukee Harbor: Mapping Unseen Underwater Habitats and Highways. As usual, there will be light refreshments and a display of maps relating to the talk.
February 25, 2020 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. John Davies (Independent scholar) and Alex Kent (Canterbury Christ Church University) will speak about Secret Soviet maps of Cambridge and the world. 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. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.
February 25, 2020 - Washington Washington Map Society board member Harold Meinheit, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM, in Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First Street SE will present Boundaries and Brigands: James McCarthy and the Mapping of Siam. For more information contact Harold Meinheit at meinheit(at)hotmail.com.
February 29, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2 PM in Avenues HQ, 16th Floor, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Andrew Kapochunas: will present New York's Newtown Creek: Death and Resurrection -- A Chronicle in Maps and Photographs. RSVPs to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com are requested, but not required.
March 2, 2020 - Sydney The State Library of New South Wales hosts Chet Van Duzer to give a talk Frames that Speak: An Introduction to Cartographic Cartouches, at 6-7 pm in Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building. The decorative frames on maps called cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. In this talk Chet will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain their symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail.
March 3, 2020 - Maldon Maldon District Council has hosted a series of five free heritage winter talks each year since 2002. The fifth and last lecture in this year's series will be at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House in Butt Lane. It will feature an in-depth discussion by special guest John Smith; Maldon on the Map: sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. This talk demonstrates how manuscript and printed maps can be used to investigate and illustrate Maldon's history and topography.
March 4, 2020 - Melbourne The Digital Studio of the University of Melbourne hosts Chet Van Duzer to give a talk Multispectral Imaging for the Study of Early Renaissance Cartography from 1pm - 2pm. In this seminar Chet Van Duzer will give an account of a recent 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.
March 5, 2020 - Canberra The National Library of Australia hosts Chet Van Duzer to give a talk Dreams of a Great Southern Land: The Southern Ring Continent, from 6-7 pm. Join Chet Van Duzer, Cartographic Historian and Board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, as he explores the early modern belief that there had to be a substantial landmass in the south to counterbalance the continents in the north. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested if you wish to attend.
March 7, 2020 – Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, will hold a Map Genealogy Workshop / More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Maps and Research at the Library of Virginia from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM. Senior map archivist Cassandra Farrell will discuss the different types of maps that are helpful in genealogical research. Genealogists and those researching their family history will learn about the different symbols used and how to read a map (Who is the author? Where was it published? What is the prime meridian?). Registration is required. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey(at)lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.
March 11, 2020 - Edmonton The Edmonton Map Society winter meeting will be in Lounge, Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue at 7:00 P.M. Our topic will be Alex McPhee's Province of Alberta. How a project of personally traveling to every Alberta county sparked the desire to create the most detailed provincial reference map of all time. Included are a great many features never before printed on a single map: every Hutterite colony, every abandoned railway right-of-way, every campground, every Indian reserve surrender, forest fire burn scars to 2019. Choice details and the map's historical background will be explained, before a copy is unrolled on the table for public inspection. Additional information from David L. Jones <djones(at)ualberta.ca>.
March 14, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 2 pm in UConn Hartford, 10 Prospect Street, room HTB 209. Maps and directions available. Ken Foote will discuss Maps and Stories in a world of Digital Media: Learning from Graphic Novels & Comics to Create better Storymaps. The popularity of storymaps underscores the power of maps as a powerful means of communication and an exceptional medium for telling stories about space and place. But creating effective storymaps isn't just a matter of putting more words on maps. Using maps to tell stories involves questioning assumptions underlying the visual conventions of maps and engaging with recent theories of narrative and data design. This brief presentation and discussion focuses on how the storytelling potential of maps might be improved by learning from the storytelling conventions of graphic novels and comics.
March 14-15, 2020 - Miami The 27th Annual Miami
International Map Fair will be held at HistoryMiami,
101 West Flagler Street. There will be a private VIP Preview and Sale
on March 13. Speakers include:
Todd T. Turrell Historical and Modern Mapmaking in the Bahamas
Dr. Ronald E. Grim Mapping of the Nation in the 19th Century
Paul “P.J.” Mode Deconstructing Persuasive Cartography
Contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Phone 305.375.1618.
March 14, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2 PM in Avenues HQ, 16th Floor, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Eric Sanderson will discuss The Mannahatta Project. RSVPs to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com are requested, but not required.
March 19, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. George Ritzlin will explain How to Buy a Map: Everything Else You Need to Know. George Ritzlin, a founding member of the Chicago Map Society, will return with the second half of his two-part presentation on map collecting. In his first presentation, George explained how to determine the authenticity of an antique map and explored the process of paper production, printing, coloring and atlas assembly. In part two, George will help members build on their map-collecting expertise by providing insights on focusing collecting interests, sharing details on how the map market works (and where to buy maps), and best practices for storage, organization and cataloging a collection.
March 19, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth 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 Ronald Grim (formerly Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center, Boston Public Library, USA) will discuss Annotated Atlases: Unravelling Stories of Personal Provenance. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).
March 22, 2020 - Milwaukee The Map Society of Wisconsin meets at 2:00 PM in the American Geographical Society Library, 3rd floor, East Wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Amanda Murphyao will present 'A Previously unknown and unexplored land mass:' Looking for (and laughing at) the Midwest. As usual, there will be light refreshments and a display of maps relating to the talk.
March 24, 2020 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM in Gates Room, 5th Floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Max Peeters will speak about the Golden Age of mapmaking in Amsterdam. Additional information from Naomi E Heiser <Naomi.Heiser(at)Colorado.edu>.
March 25, 2020 - Floriana, Malta The annual general meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Malta Historical Society’s headquarters at 41 Lion Street. The meeting will start at 6.30pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
March 26-29, 2020 - Strasbourg, France The 15th Atlastage [Atlas Days], Mapping Europe in the Nineteenth Century, will be held in partnership with the Protestant Academy, Haus Villigst, Schwerte. It is the first time that the event has taken place outside Germany. There are opportunities to display, share and trade. The French location is an opportunity to explore the influence of French cartography on the mapping of nineteenth century Germany. Additional information from Jurgen Spanhorst: <pan(at)schwerte.de> or Francis Fischer <francis.fischer90(at)sfr.fr>.
March 26, 2020 – Washington The Washington Map Society will meet at 7 PM in Washington Naval Lodge; 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia, will discuss Vacationing in Virginia, 19th Century Style: Plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs with Proposed Building Lots. Earlier this year, the Library of Virginia acquired this manuscript plan of White Sulphur Springs. Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at the Library of Virginia, will discuss her research in regards to White Sulphur Springs and the surveyors involved in the plat's creation.
March 28, 2020 - Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 11 AM in Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd. We will examine maps in the Votes for Women Exhibition. Dr. Amanda Burdan, Curator of the Votes for Women exhibition, will share insights on the extensive use of maps in the suffrage campaign and we will have a private tour of the entire exhibition. Lunch may follow at Millstone Cafe in the museum. $16 for admission and exhibition private tour. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
March 31, 2020 – Stanford Peter Hiller, the Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator, has been enamored with the art of Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon Mora’s cartes (maps) in the mid 1990's - to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo published in October 2019 by the Book Club of California. He will talk about Jo Mora: Pictorial Maps and Beyond in the David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University, 557 Escondido Mall. 2:45 pm: Center Opens; 3.00-3.30: Pop Up Exhibit of Jo Mora maps; 3:30-4:30 pm: Talk by Peter Hiller. The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration.
April 3-4, 2020 - Naples The fourth edition of the Naples Map, Atlas & Travel Book Fair will be taking place at Grand Hotel Oriente, Via Armando Diaz, 44.
April 5, 2020 - Canterbury Dr Catherine Delano-Smith will speak at the Medieval Canterbury Weekend. She will talk about What’s in a Map? The Uniqueness of the Medieval Gough Map of Britain (c.1400) from 14:00 to 15:00 at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University. For the last 250 years, since a worn and damaged parchment bearing a map of Britain came to light in a private library in the eighteenth century, the Gough Map has challenged all who have attempted to study it. Recognising it as the earliest surviving map to show the island with a recognisable outline and in considerable detail, the antiquary Richard Gough purchased it in 1774. However, it is still not known who made the map, why, for whom or when. Only now is light beginning to dawn through the collaborative researches of a group of historians and scientists, led by Catherine Delano-Smith, who will share some of the key discoveries that are leading to a total reassessment of what really has to be called a ‘unique’ document from the Middle Ages. Tickets are required.
April 6-10, 2020 - Denver Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome. The five-day conference will host more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around many subfields, special tracks, and featured themes.
April 14–18, 2020 - Granby, Colorado The International Cartographic Association is holding its 12th Mountain Cartography Workshop at Snow Mountain Ranch. The goal is to bring together cartographers, geographers, and others in a relaxed and beautiful setting to share new developments in cartography, design, and spatial analysis related to mountain environments. The theme of the workshop is People, Maps, and Mountains. Typically, about 50 people from multiple nations attend and it is a great opportunity for students, faculty, and mapping professionals to present their research.
April 16, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Jasper van Putten will present Networked Nation: Mapping German Cities in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. Please join us for a special joint presentation between the Chicago Map Society and The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry. The Newberry Library owns a copy of the 1550 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. This book is a groundbreaking description of the world that was published in Basel from 1544 to 1628 by Münster’s stepson Heinrich Petri and his sons. The 1550 printing is the first to include an important series of large woodcut city views that were contributed by local city governments and scholars throughout the German Holy Roman Empire. Prof. van Putten will present the main argument of his book, “Networked Nation: Mapping German Cities in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia” (Brill: 2017). He argues that Münster’s network of makers and contributors of city views—from German princes and artists to Swiss woodcutters, draftsmen, and printers—expressed their local and national cultural identities in their city views. Hence, the Cosmographia, and the city books it inspired, offer insights into the development of German and Swiss identity from 1550 to Switzerland’s independence from the empire in 1648.
April 18, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2 PM in Avenues HQ, 16th Floor, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Lars Grava: will present At the Edge of Empires -Maps of the Baltic States. RSVPs to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com are requested, but not required.
April 21-24, 2020 - Barcelona The 8th Iberoamerican Symposium of History of Cartography will be held at Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. The topic will be The Map as a Cultural Connection between America and Europe. Additional information from siahc(at)icgc.cat.
April 21-23, 2020 – Istanbul The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will jointly host the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists. The venue will be the Library of the DAI, located in the heart of Istanbul, next to Taksim Square. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography. The symposium will focus on two main themes: “Cartography of the Ottoman Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa” and “Mapping Archaeological Sites, Landscapes and Excavations in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” Thirty eight presentations on both themes have been accepted and are listed on the conference website. Online registration through the conference website is now open.
April 25, 2020 - Richmond The 2020 Alan
M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of
Cartography will be held at the Library
of Virginia, 800 E Broad St. from 10AM to 4PM. Dr. Larry Tise and
Andrew Lawler will be our speakers. Dr. Tise's presentation, The
First American Coloring books: Theodore de Bry's Grand Voyages,
1590-1602 focuses on Theodore de Bry's engravings. His talk will
be based on his 2019 book “Theodore de Bry America: The
Complete Plates 1590-1602” that was edited by Michiel Van
Groesen and published by Taschen. Impressed by John White's images of
North American Indians and Thomas Hariot's amazingly accurate maps of
the barrier islands of the Carolina Coast, de Bry conceived the idea
of publishing a series of exploration narratives lavishly illustrated
with his own copper plate engravings beginning with Thomas Harriot's
book on the Indians and lands of Virginia. De Bry's iconic engravings
instantly became the classic images of how we still conceive native
Americans. His folio-sized books also became our first American
coloring books - inviting Europe's artists to use their imaginations
in applying colors.
Andrew Lawler will present Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched --And Nearly Sank--English Colonization of the New World. In the late sixteenth century, England lagged far behind other European powers such as Spain and Portugal in known what was where in the New World. The scramble to fill this gap played a central role in how, where, and why the English launched their first attempt to settle the New World--with fateful consequences for both the settlers and for the development of what became the United States. Box lunches are offered for advanced purchase only. Registration is required to attend the lectures. Additional information from Dawn Greggs <dawn.gregs(at)lva..virginia.gov> at 804-692-3813.
April 25, 2020 - San Francisco The California Map Society, Northern California Spring Conference will be held in San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. Meeting is from 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM.
April 30, 2020 - London The Twenty-Ninth 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 Jacob Gestman Geradts (Early Modern History, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) will discuss Cornelis de Hooghe (1541–1583): Emperor’s Son and Cartographer. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith).
April 30, 2020 - Milwaukee The annual 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. Tom Patterson (US National Park Service Cartographer) will speak about Mapping Grand Canyon National Park. Four recently published maps of Grand Canyon National Park that owe their design inspiration to renowned mapmakers of the twentieth century will be explored.
April 30, 2020 – Washington The Washington Map Society will meet at 7 PM in Washington Naval Lodge; 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. Andrew Rhodes, winner of the 2019 Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize will discuss Thinking in Space: The Case of Franklin D Roosevelt. Andrew Rhodes will present his Ristow Prize essay, "The Geographic President: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Used Maps to Make and Communicate Strategy." He will summarize the key points of his paper, illustrated with historical maps and photographs, and discuss some of the other cartographic history of the FDR administration. Andrew will also discuss how the FDR example relates to other research, including his recent article in Texas National Security Review, "Thinking in Space: The Role of Geography in National Security Decision-Making." Prior to this talk, the WMS will hold its annual Business Meeting.
May 5, 2020 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) will speak on the Polar maps and their histories: reflections on the changing fortunes of cosmography. 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. The seminar is kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge.
May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020 – Denver The Rocky
Mountain Map Society will celebrate its annual “Map Month”
with a series of four lectures about “Western Exploration”
in Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2, 10 West Fourteenth
Ave., on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Additional information
from information from Naomi E Heiser
May 5 - J.C. McElveen: From Lewis and Clark to Custer’s Last Stand
May 12 - Dr. Elizabeth Fenn: Sacagawea's journeys
May 19 - Ralph Ehrenberg: J.C. Fremont
May 26 - Steven Baker: The Juan Rivera expeditions in Colorado
May 6-7, 2020 - London The Geological Map of England and Wales by George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855), also known as ‘the Geological Society’s map’, was published on 1 May 1820. George Bellas Greenough Map Bicentenary Meeting will celebrate the bicentenary of this important map. Greenough was also instrumental in the founding of University College London, both as a subscriber (shareholder) in the original College alongside a number of other prominent early Geological Society members involved in its set up in 1826, and in its early governance. On 6 May meet in Department of Earth Sciences at University College London (UCL) for oral presentations and posters. An evening bicentenary celebration dinner in the Jeremy Bentham Room at UCL, with UCL Vice-Provost, Professor David Price (a geologist) in attendance. On 7 May there will be viewing and discussion of original Greenough specimens and materials at Burlington House. This will be a unique opportunity to view maps Greenough used to collate geological information, as well as his annotated drafts of the 1820 map and subsequent maps. Material will be drawn from the archives of the Geological Society as well as that held at UCL, the British Geological Survey and the National Museum of Wales. This will be the first time these materials have been gathered together in at least 150 years. Registration for the conference will open in January 2020. Additional information from Duncan Hawley <duncan.hawley.hogg(at)gmail.com>.
May 7, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. The Society will welcome Prof. Matthew Edney and Dr. Mary Pedley in a celebration and discussion of their new book, “Cartography in the European Enlightenment,” which is volume four in the award-winning History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin.
May 7-10, 2020 - Kalamazoo, Michigan Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 2,750 scholars interested in medieval studies. The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies will have 'Mappings' sessions on Charting a Global Middle Ages, Challenging the Pre-Modern/Modern Dichotomy, organised by Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> and Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu>.
May 9, 2020 – Queens, New York The New York Map Society will have a Field Trip to see The Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System. Meeting will be at 2 pm in Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, phone: (718) 592-9700. (15-min. walk from Mets/Willets Point stop on the #7 subway. Parking available) For the 1939 World’s Fair, city agencies were invited to produce exhibits for the New York City Pavilion, now the Queens Museum. To educate New Yorkers about the water supply system, the Department of Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, created the relief map now displayed at the Queens Museum.
May 12-14, 2020 – Leith, Scotland The International Map Collectors' Society will visit Edinburgh's port town. A three day event will include visits to Trinity House of Leith, the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh, Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum, Drumlanrig Castle and the Great Polish map of Scotland. Booking can be made online.
May 15, 2020 – Perth Our next Scottish Maps Forum seminar, Maps and 'The Three Rs': Rescue, Revelation and Research relating to early maps of Scotland, will be held in the AK Bell Library, and features a packed day of talks on many recent projects and research relating to early maps of Scotland. The first part of the day will focus on various community mapping projects from Beauly, Glenlivet, and Dumfries and Galloway, describing scanning initiatives and related research that has been encouraged. The discovery and rescue of local maps, and work to allow their wider availability is also covered. The afternoon includes a recent map restoration project, describing the intricacies and practicalities of conserving an early map of Stornoway, as well as a couple of current university research projects. Booking is essential.
May 15, 2020 – Tysons, Virginia The Washington Map Society annual dinner meeting will be held in Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at Tysons II Galleria starting at 6PM. Our speaker, Dr. Larry Tise, co-author of “Theodore de Bry—America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602,” will share his insights on the writing of the book and the many colorful images of early maps and native American populations depicted therein.
May 21, 2020 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 pm in Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St. Amanda Murphyao will discuss Carto-Caricatures of the Midwest. The Midwest is a region that’s difficult to define, especially to those that reside outside of America’s heartland. What states are included? Does the idea of the Midwest change over time? What does it mean to be Midwestern? Fellow CMS member Amanda Murphyao explores possible definitions of the region in her presentation on carto-caricatures of the Midwest. Using cartographic examples from atlases, popular culture and political cartoons, Amanda will address various approaches for defining the Midwest as a distinct region; separate from the East, Central, and Southern states. Note: This meeting will be our annual Business Meeting.
May 22, 2020 - Aberystwyth, Wales The Wales Map Symposium 2020, held by the National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales in association with the Historic Towns Trust, will focus on how towns and cities have been mapped through time and how this can help us to understand the history and processes of urban growth. Symposium is from 9:30am – 4:30pm at The National Library of Wales. Speakers to include Professor Keith Lilley, Mr John Moore and Professor Helen Fulton. To coincide with the symposium there will also be a display of specially selected items. Admission by ticket: £20 (including morning & afternoon refreshments and buffet lunch).
May 28, 2020 – Hartford The Connecticut Map Society will have a field trip to New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue. We will meet at 6:30 pm with librarian Ed Surato. We’ll view a selection of New Haven and Connecticut maps from New Haven Museum's enormous collection.
May 28, 2020 – Oxford The 27th 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. Katherine Parker (Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. / Hakluyt Society) will speak about Maps in Books, maps and books: cartography and narrative in British voyage literature 1748-2008. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
May 29-30, 2020 - Houston The Texas Map Society 2020 Spring Meeting Exploring Space: Discovering Texas and Beyond will be held at the Fondren Library at Rice University, Houston. For details contact James.Harkins(at)glo.texas.
June 4-5, 2020- Lisbon The international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart will take place at the Hydrographic Institute. This will be the third Lisbon meeting dedicated to the History of Nautical Cartography. The first and second were held in 2016 and 2018, and were focused on the history of the medieval portolan chart. This time, the scope has been enlarged as to also include other periods and cartographic models. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar <alvesgasparj(at)gmail.com>.
June 4-7, 2020 - London Joy Slappnig is organising a panel called Colonial map collections: new approaches and methodologies for the RAI/RGS conference “Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past Present and Future.” The aim of the panel is to bring together presenters from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds working with map collections assembled during the European colonial era. We will discuss ways of studying, curating, displaying, improving access to and ultimately decolonising these collections. Additional information from <Joy.Slappnig.2016(at)LIVE.RHUL.AC.UK> .
June 5, 2020 – London The International Map Collectors' Society 40th Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Army & Navy Club in Pall Mall. Our president Peter Barber OBE will deliver the annual Malcolm Young Lecture.
June 6-7, 2020 - London The London Map Fair will be held at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore.
June 11-13, 2020 - São Paulo, Brazil The Trustees of the International Society for the History of the Map invite you to the ISHMap biennial symposium. Additional information from Dr. Carla Lois, at ishmap.secretary(at)gmail.com.
June 13, 2020 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2 PM in Avenues HQ, 16th Floor, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Bring Photo ID for entry. Dr. Larry Tise will speak about his recent co-authored book Theodore de Bry -- America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602. Dr. Tise will discuss his research in writing the book and will show many of the beautiful maps and native Americans depicted. RSVPs to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com are requested, but not required.
June 18, 2020 – Lake Forest, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will take our annual field trip to the MacLean Collection at 5:30 pm. The MacLean Collection is one of the premier map destinations in the United States, with close to 40,000 individual items, and we’re grateful for their generosity in sharing their collection. This meeting is intended to be a hands-on learning experience for CMS members, as we will solicit information from attendees to focus on a number of county atlases with our resident expert, Michael Conzen. These atlases provide a window of insight into a county’s history, demographics and development, and we look forward to our members learning more about their hometown, county of residence, and family history at the meeting. Michael Conzen is Professor of Geography at the University of Chicago and the co-author (with Diane Dillon) of “Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West,” published by the Newberry Library; he is co-editor (with Peter Larkham) of “Shapers of Urban Form: Explorations in Morphological Agency,” published by Routledge, and a contributor to the recently published book, “Teaching Urban Morphology.”
July 6-9, 2020 - Leeds The 7th International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds will have 'Mappings' sessions on the theme of Borders (or any aspect of medieval mappings) organised by Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> and Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu>.
July 16-17, 2020 - London A two-day interdisciplinary conference Mapping Space | Mapping Time | Mapping Texts, hosted by the AHRC Funded Chronotopic Cartographies project in partnership with The British Library, will be held at The Knowledge Centre, The British Library. The conference will examine primary research into the digital visualisation of space and time for fictional works that have no real-world correspondence. Chronotopic Cartographies develops digital methods and tools that enable the mapping of literary works by generating graphs as “maps” directly out of the coded text.
September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney The International Map Collectors' Society and the Society for the History of Discoveries will co-sponsor a joint annual symposium at the State Library of New South Wales in honor of the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. The conference starts with a reception on the evening of Sunday 6 September at the State Library. We will have a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection on 9 September. On Friday 11 September we will visit the Australian National Museum to see the exhibition on James Cook. Additional information from Maggie Patton (maggie.patton(at)sl.nsw.gov.au), Senior Curator.
September 9-12, 2020 - Basel The 20. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Kollegiengebäude der Universität.
September 11-12, 2020 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S Main St, will be hosting a two day conference Mapping and Migration. From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution to further exploration through westward expansion, join us as we delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. Margaret Pritchard is helping organize this event and she has an impressive list of speakers signed up. Registration opens for members of the Frank L. Horton Society on February 4th and for the general public on February 11th.
September 25-27, 2020 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map & Print Fair will take place in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. The Fair is sponsored by the History in Your Hands Foundation a non-profit organization with a mission to provide classrooms with authentic, historical objects in an effort to help foster a more enriched learning experience. The lecture series portion of the San Francisco 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.
October 1-3, 2020 - Arlington, Texas The second regional symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures, and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held at the University of Texas Arlington. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections and the accompanying exhibit will feature recent acquisitions.
November 5-6, 2020 - Hamburg In the framework of our innovative interdisciplinary research project “Coloured Maps” we are organizing a workshop with a cross-cultural approach to discuss the material nature and meaning of colours on maps. In the workshop Maps and Colours we will discuss methods and discourses, dyes and analytical approaches. We will focus on European and Asian maps between 15th and 19th century. More detailed information will follow in January 2020. So, please save the date! – If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Diana Lange (Asian maps) <diana.lange(at)hu-berlin.de>, Benjamin van der Linde (European maps; general information) <Benjamin.vanderLinde(at)hk24.de>, or Peter Zietlow (natural science) <peter.zietlow(at)uni-hamburg.de>.
November 13-15, 2020 - New Orleans Join us in the Celebration of our 60th Anniversary at Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting in 2020! The 2020 SHD Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Williams Research Center, which is part of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Consisting of the museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. As usual, the SHD meeting is planned as a three-day event, consisting of conference program on Friday and Saturday and one day trip (optional) on Sunday.
July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held at Aula Magna of the Central University Library “Carol I”. The main conference theme will be War and Post-War Cartographies. In accordance with the fragmented history of this corner of Europe, the purpose of this theme is to investigate the intricate links between military conflicts, politics and mapping, and the significance of these links for the history of cartography. Additional information from Christina Toma at <ichc2021(at)gmail.com> or <office(at)muzeulhartilor.ro>
Autumn, 2021 – Brussels The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held in conjunction with the Royal Library.
Autumn, 2022 – Texas The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.
Autumn, 2023 – Helsinki The International Map Collectors' Society annual symposium will be held. Details to be announced.