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February 1-3, 2019 - Miami The Twenty-sixth Annual Miami International Map Fair will be held at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street. Contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Phone 305.375.1618.
February 6, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:30 pm in Avenues: The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Scott Max Edelson will speak about his book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence. After the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, British America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the West Indies. To better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map its new territories with unprecedented rigor and precision. Edelson’s "The New Map of Empire" pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain’s imperial ambitions in the generation before the American Revolution.
February 11, 2019 - Boston Afriterra and the Boston Map Society invite you a talk by Gerald J. Rizzo MD (Afriterra Foundation) and Robert A. Bellinger (Suffolk University) about Riverine Geography and the Trans-Atlantic Horizon from 5:00-8:00 at 400 Commonwealth Avenue. Learn about the first documented Africans to arrive in the English-speaking colony of Jamestown in 1619.
February 12, 2019 - Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, will present Boston By Map from 6-7pm. Interested in Boston history? Like old maps of the city? Our Boston by Map will show you how to use historic maps to illustrate Boston’s history. It will include a brief survey of historic maps of Boston, where to find them online, and how to compare them by overlaying digital images. We’ll also take a short look at the georeferencing and map set tools on the Leventhal Map Center’s digital collections.
February 13, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, will host a talk with Chet Van Duzer about his research on Urbano Monte's World Map from 1587. Chet Van Duzer is an independent American historian of cartography specializing in medieval and Renaissance maps -- mappaemundi, nautical charts, and the maps in Ptolemy's Geography -- with an emphasis on determining the sources cartographers used for the texts, images, and geographical features on maps. He is also a board member of the Lazarus Project that focuses on multispectral imaging of cultural heritage objects. In 2018, he completed a three-month research fellowship at the David Rumsey Map Center and the John Carter Brown Library focused on the Urbano Monte planisphere. The fellowship was made possible by a donation from David and Abby Rumsey. The talk will cover the context for Urbano Monte's interest in cartography generally, Japan specifically, and examine possible sources of Monte's place names in Japan. Doors open: 2.30 pm, Event: 3.00 - 4.00 pm. The talk is free but requires advance registration.
February 14-15, 2019 - Stanford A conference on Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900 will be held at the David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall. Maps have long been used to bring imaginary places to life, from Thomas More's Utopia to JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. But the role of the imagination in mapping extends well beyond the depiction of fantasy realms. Some cartographers have conjured places that were only rumored to exist but that they hoped could one day be charted. Others have drawn on their creative faculties to map sites that were only hazily known. Not a few cartographers have intentionally imposed illusory elements on their maps, whether in jest or in earnest (to mislead enemies, to foil would be plagiarists, or to score political or philosophical points). In the broadest sense, all maps are works of the imagination: at the moment of creation, the mapmaker translates a mental image into a visual and textual medium that can be shared. The various contexts that shape this process, the forms chosen for sharing spatial visions, and the nature of the resulting maps’ relationship to perceived reality all form important aspects of the study of cartography. This conference, co-organized by the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick and the History Department of Stanford University—is designed to showcase research and facilitate conversation about the role of the imagination in the cartographic enterprise writ large. Attendance is free and open to the public and includes a reception at Green Library on Thursday, February 14th, 2019. but pre-registration is required.
February 14, 2019 – 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. Kass Kassebaum will tell us about Washington’s Mapmaker: Colonel Robert Erskine, First Surveyor General. Robert Erskine (1735–1780) was a Scottish inventor and engineer who came to the colonies in 1771 to run the ironworks at Ringwood, New Jersey and later became sympathetic to the movement for independence. General George Washington appointed him as Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army at the rank of colonel; Erskine drew more than 275 maps, mostly of the Northeast region. His untimely death as the war was ending is largely responsible for his relative anonymity among the heroes of the Revolution. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.
February 15, 2019 - Floriana, Malta The 55th meeting of the executive committee of the Malta Map Society will be at 6pm at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. An important subject for discussion is the 10th anniversary of the M M S. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
February 19, 2019 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Dr. Thomas J. Noel will speak about Colorado: A Historical Atlas, and Color-Oddities. Don't miss Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel's presentation on his book “Colorado: A Historical Atlas.” His book maps 90 chapters of Colorado history from Mesa Verde to the present. Tom will also share with us “Color-Oddities: Strangest Things about the Highest State.” Tom is a professor of history at CU-Denver. He has authored or contributed to 53 books, and is a former longtime Sunday columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. He appears regularly as Dr. Colorado on Channel 9's Colorado & Company. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net>.
February 21, 2019 – 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. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of Emily Talen’s book Neighborhood, which is a critical evaluation of the idea of neighborhood. Through the exploration of cross-cultural and cross-temporal commonalities of the ways in which neighborhood articulation exposes conflicting purposes, and the varying levels of realization of neighborhood design, this book assesses the historical record and current relevance of neighborhood.
February 21, 2019 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Sylvain Piron (EHESS, Paris) will speak about Le monde dans un panier d'osier. Les superpositions cartographiques d'Opicinus de Canistris at 18:30 in Salle du Conseil FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1.
February 23, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 2 pm at Kline Biology Tower, Yale, University, 219 Prospect Street, just beneath the first floor. Metered parking is available in the area. From Prospect Street, you’ll see the Tower—it’s the tallest building in the area. Directions here. There’s a map renaissance afoot, and it’s called GIS. You can’t be a bona fide map aficionado without knowing about this incredible cartographic development and its commendable, heroic consequences. Yale’s digital exhibit shows just one of our Connecticut universities various uses of GIS technology. Join us!
February 26, 2019 - Boston The Boston Map Society will meet Holland & Knight, 10 St James Avenue, 11th floor. The program begins with a reception from 5 to 6 pm, and then a talk by Chet Van Duzer titled An Introduction to the Wonders of Cartographic Cartouches.
February 26, 2019 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Steph Mastoris (National Museum Wales) will discuss The Welbeck Atlas of 1629 to 1640 –William Senior’s last commission from the Cavendish family. 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 27, 2019 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. University of Pennsylvania Prof. Dr. Amy Hillier of the Cartographic Modeling Lab will share the multi-year development of an exemplary online research tool The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward. Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in 1896 was hired by the University of Pennsylvania at the behest of Susan P. Wharton to study residents of the Seventh Ward where the African American population was then focused, between Spruce and South Street, from Sixth to Twenty-Third. He conducted door-to-door interviews, preparing hand-drawn maps noting economic status and identifying the small portion of criminal class, in contrast to what he felt were city founders' biases that city crime arose in the Seventh Ward. Amy's team correlated Dr. Du Bois' maps with census and other data to provide detailed profiles of residents. Please review maps and analysis in W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899, 1996) prior to this talk. Amy will join us for dinner nearby. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
February 28, 2019 - London The Twenty-Eighth 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 Elizabeth Haines (Department of History, University of Bristol) will speak about Labour Recruitment, Taxation and Location: Mapping (and Failing to Map) Mobile Populations in Early Twentieth Century Southern Africa. 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 The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
February 28 – March 1, 2019 - Tempe, Arizona 2019 marks 100 years of Grand Canyon National Park and 150 years since John Wesley Powell’s famous expedition marked the first significant geo-scientific survey of the Grand Canyon. Arizona State University will sponsor The Mapping Grand Canyon Conference which explores the art, science, and practice of Grand Canyon cartography. Join this celebration and critical examination of the cartographic history of a global landscape icon. Free and open to all, the conference promises a full two-day program of map-based story-telling, transdisciplinary analysis, state-of-the-art geospatial and cartographic demonstrations, engaging hands-on activities, and open community dialogue. There is no cost to attend the Conference. However, space is limited, so be sure to register to reserve your spot!
March 4, 2019 - Stanford In honor of the “Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad,” the David Rumsey Map Center will host a pop-up exhibit of the Judah Map and talks by Richard White and Hilton Obenzinger. Created by Theodore D. Judah in 1861, this manuscript map titled: “Central Pacific Railroad Proposed Alignment Map” (aka the Judah Map) measures 2.5 feet wide by 66 feet long. The map is on loan from the California State Archives for digitization at Stanford Libraries. We will begin the event with a pop-up exhibit of the actual map and the digital companion image. The map is composed of four maps in one continuous roll titled Barmore Station to Clipper Gap, Rattlesnake Bluffs to the summit of the Sierra Nevada; from the summit to the Truckee River; and Dutch Flat to Rattlesnake Bluffs respectively. Each map includes a table of alignments and Judah's proposed route, part of which were not built on this alignment. The pop-up exhibit will be followed by talks with Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford and author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America and followed by a talk with Hilton Oberzinger, Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford. Tentative Schedule: Doors open: 2 pm, Pop Up Exhibit: 2 pm to 3 pm, Richard White Talk: 3.15 pm, Hilton Obenzinger Talk: 4 pm, Center Closes: 4.45 pm. Please note that the exhibit of the map will be limited to the beginning of the event. The event is free but requires advance registration.
March 6, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, will host a talk with Betsy Mason about All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey. Betsy Mason is an award-winning science journalist who writes about everything from animal behavior to particle physics. She also writes about maps and has co-written a cartography blog at Wired and National Geographic with Greg Miller for five years. Mason and Miller’s new book “All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey” (National Geographic) is a gorgeously illustrated collection of intriguing stories about maps, mapmakers, and cartography. It features more than 200 maps from all over the globe and throughout history, including the original plans for Washington D.C., 19th-century maps of neural circuits, and the elusive schematics for the Death Star. Betsy will share the stories behind several of her favorite maps in the book, including some from the David Rumsey Map Center. Doors open: 2.30 pm, Event: 3.00 - 4.00 pm. The talk is free but requires advance registration.
March 10, 2019 - Stratford, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will meet at 2pm at Stratford Library, Lovell Room, 2203 Main Street. Are you intrigued by old maps, and perhaps collect them too? Are you confused and tongue-tied by jargon such as “foxing” or “neat line”, or simply not sure where to start or how to develop your collection? Come join us as Brian Tims of the Connecticut Map Society enlightens us about collecting (and, most importantly, enjoying) antique and vintage maps of all types. His presentation, Antique Map Collecting 101: Foxing, soiling, and worm holes, oh my!, will walk you through the land of collecting, including how to define your collection, where to search for and acquire maps, evaluating them, negotiating, and preserving your collection. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend, or two!
March 11, 2019 - Edmonton The
next meeting of the Edmonton
Map Society will be at our usual location, Claridge House, 11027
87th Avenue at 7:00 pm. Our speakers will be:
John Horrigan will give a review of his recent trip to London and Majorca. The Naval Museum is currently presenting a 'Tudor and Stuart Explorers' exhibit. The Molyneux Globes are on limited display at the Middle Temple Library and a Palma museum has five portolan charts. In addition, he visited several London map dealers and noticed there are a lot of sundials in Majorca.
Michael Fisher will present on Deville & Laussedat: France's Contribution to photographic surveying in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 1885-1924. Additional information from David L. Jones <djones(at)ualberta.ca>.
March 13-14, 2019 - Regensburg, Germany Southeast and East European History of the University of Regensburg invites you to the workshop Maps in Libraries 2019. The advancing digitization of library holdings allows easier access to resources that were previously poorly represented by the traditional catalogue. This also includes map collections: In digital environments, they are searchable beyond verbal indexing. Crucial for this is adding geographical coordinates as new values to the map metadata (via georeferencing). With the help of coordinates not only the retrieval of cartographic documents can be improved by visual geosearch systems, they can also be linked to other information – outside of the catalogue. The workshop Maps in Libraries provides a forum to discuss the results and perspectives of these developments. How is the response to new access points to map content? How are the data used - and do we even know about it? How are map documents found in a diversified landscape of portals and digital libraries? Who belongs to the target group of these new services - and is there one at all?
March 16, 2019 - Floriana, Malta The annual general meting of the Malta Map Society will be at 6pm at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. An important subject for discussion is the 10th anniversary of the M M S. Additional information from Rod Lyon <galleon(at)onvol.net>.
March 19, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:30 pm in New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main] Building, 5th Ave. at 42nd St. Christina Dando will speak on History of Women in Cartography. Christina E. Dando is Professor of Geography at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She received her B.A. in Geography and English from the University of North Dakota and her M.S. and Ph.D.s in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is interested in gender and geography: how landscape and environment have long been gendered, as well as how gender impacts human experience and interaction with the environment. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers and of the Society of Woman Geographers.
March 20, 2019 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at our usual place at 5:00 pm -- The Jamestown-Yorktown room at Williamsburg Landing. Paul Mapp is a faculty member at William and Mary also involved with the Omohundro Institute which specializes in early history of North and South America. He will discuss The Elusive West. Mapp will reconstruct French, Spanish, British, and American Indian ideas about unknown regions in the West, especially the elusive Northwest Passage. He will show that a Pacific focus is crucial to understanding the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years' War. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
March 21, 2019 – 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. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of Susan Schulten’s book, A History of America in 100 Maps.
March 21, 2019 - London The Twenty-Eighth 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 Martin Brueckner (English Department and Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware, USA) will speak about The Rise of Monumental Maps in America: Aesthetics, Technology, and Material Culture. 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 The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
March 21, 2019 – 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. Matthew Edney, Univ of Southern Maine; Osher Map Library; Director, History of Cartography Project, will speak about The History of Cartography Project: Its Past, Future, and Lasting Importance. In 1977, David Woodward and J. B. Harley conceived of The History of Cartography to encourage connoisseurs of maps, devotees of map history, and specialists dedicated to identifying and describing early maps to also consider how and why people have made and used maps - from mere documents to cultural artifacts. The effort exploded beyond their wildest expectations, expanding from a four book series to six broadly inclusive and increasingly large volumes, some with multiple books. It also fostered an unprecedented sense of community among map scholars around the world. For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.
March 23, 2019 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle 2019 Map Afternoon will be held 12.00 - 16.30 at Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg. As usual, the Afternoon will be organised in close cooperation with the Maps and Plans Department of the Royal Library who will show some very interesting items from their collection. On the other hand, every participant is invited to bring along a map, object, book or anything else of cartographic interest of his own to be presented and discussed by the present fellow members. Always an excellent occasion to learn more in a convival atmosphere. If you have the intention to show an item of your collection, please let it know to the organising team with an e-mail at mapaf(at)bimcc.org. You are kindly invited at 12.00 to start the afternoon with a reception and sandwich lunch plus dessert. Please register for this exclusive event via our website.
April 3, 2019 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. Dr. Larry E. Tise, Historian, East Carolina University, will present How Maps Made America. Larry has researched both manuscript and printed maps generated by explorers, surveyors, and real estate promoters ranging from the earliest European ventures to North America to the locations of river dams and transportation systems in the twentieth century. He will share with us some of his unusual discoveries, including the origins of hand-colored engraved maps beginning in the 16th century. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
April 3-7, 2019 - Washington Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The AAG Annual 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.
April 6, 2019 – New York On the heels of Brian Tims’ “Collecting 101” workshop in March, the Connecticut Map Society travels to the fabled Argosy Bookstore, one of Manhattan’s treasures. At 2 pm, we’ll gather on the 2nd floor’s Rare Maps & Prints Gallery, 116 E 59th St, (between Park & Lexington Aves) presided over by Laura Ten Eyck, who is also Antique Road Show’s map expert. Laura is a delightful host, knowledgeable, amusing, and easy-going—she’ll give a presentation and answer questions. If you are itching to buy, the inventory comprises a huge range of prices, from double digits up. But you don’t have to be a collector—or potential collector—to savor the Argosy’s map collection. And because cartophiles tend to be bibliophiles, you’ll want to leave time to visit Argosy’s new, used, and rare books. As a courtesy to Laura, we ask that you RSVP to ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.
April 9, 2019 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Dr. Thomas J. Michael Buehler, owner of Boston Rare Maps, will speak on The Role of the Modern Map Dealer. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry <lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net>.
April 11, 2019 – 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. Ronald Grim, formerly Curator of Maps, Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, will speak about In the Footsteps of the Crime (Recovering a Map Masterpiece stolen by E. Forbes Smiley). For additional information contact Bert Johnson at mandraki(at)verizon.net.
April 18, 2019 – 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. Kevin Lewis will talk about Illinois Counties.
April 25, 2018 - Milwaukee The 30th 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. Chet van Duzer will speak about Depicting and concealing unknown regions at the northern limits of North America on early maps and Lauren Beck will speak on Indigenous and European visualizations of the North West Passage. Additional information from Marcy M Bidney <bidney(at)uwm.edu>.
April 27, 2019 - Richmond The 2019 Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St. We are pleased to announce that Stephen J. Hornsby has accepted our invitation to speak on pictorial maps. Dr. Hornsby’s latest book, Picturing America: The Golden of Age of Pictorial Maps, was published in 2017. As in previous years, the lecture will be complemented by an exhibition of pictorial maps from the Library’s collections.
May 2, 2019 - London The Twenty-Eighth 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. Jeremy Brown (PhD student, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the British Library) will speak about Democratising the Grand Tour: Self-reliant Travel and the First Italian Road Atlases in the 1770s. 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 The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
May 2, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 6:30 pm in New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main] Building, 5th Ave. at 42nd St. Matthew Edney will speak on The History of Cartography Project. Edney is a professor of geography and (since 2007) the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, with responsibility for courses in map history. He is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Portland, Maine. Since 2005 he has directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
May 3-5, 2019 - Chicago The 5th Chicago International Map Fair will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The Chicago Map Fair is sponsored by the History in Your Hands Foundation (HIYHF), 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 Chicago Map Fair will be sponsored by the Chicago Map Society.
May 7, 2019 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Natasha Pairaudeau (Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge) & Marie de Rugy (Wolfson College Cambridge) will discuss Burmese cloth maps and itineraries in Cambridge University collections. 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 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019 - Denver
The Rocky Mountain Map Society
will celebrate its annual “Map Month” with a series of
four lectures in Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2, 10 West
Fourteenth Ave., on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Additional
information from Lorraine Sherry
May 7: Christopher W. Lane. Images of Colorado: A century of printed views, 1822-1922.
May 14: Wesley Brown. The Cartographic Roots of Colorado: 1540 to 1861.
May 21: Tom Overton. The Mapping of Colorado: 1861 to WWI.
May 28: Christopher W. Lane. The first comprehensive survey of Colorado: F.V. Hayden 1869 to 1876.
May 8-10, 2019 - Thessaloniki, Greece The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 14th Conference: Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage in partnership with the AUTH - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported by the MAGIC - Map & Geoinformation Curators Group. The Conference is kindly hosted by the AUTH Library & Information Centre and by the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki.
May 9-12, 2019 – Kalamazoo, Michigan The fifty-forth 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 three 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) “Pictura et Scriptura on/and Medieval Maps; 2) “Skin and Ink: The Materiality of Medieval Maps and Their Codicological Analogs”; 3) “‘Build it and they [hopefully won’t] come’: Placement and Displacement on Medieval Maps” and 4) “Seeing What’s no Longer There: New Imaging Technologies and Medieval Maps.” Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.
Another session has been organized by Giovanna Montenegro. Papers are sought for “Re-Mapping/Re-Reading Pre-Modern Travel Narratives and Maps.” This panel seeks papers that explore ways through which pre-modern travel narratives can be read geographically; also it seeks ways to read maps that were influenced by literature, i.e. literary cartographies. In what ways are late Medieval and early Renaissance maps shaped by literature? Inversely, how are travel narratives and chronicles shaped by the cartographic tradition. Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Additional information from Giovanna Montenegro <gmontene(at)binghamton.edu>.
May 10, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, will sponsor our annual lecture series co-sponsored by the California Map Society. It will feature Dr. Stephen Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center and Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the historical geography of northeastern North America and the Atlantic world, and on the history of cartography. He has written and co-edited several prize-winning books, including “Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J.F.W. Des Barres, and the Making of the Atlantic Neptune” (2011), “Historical Atlas of Maine” (2015), and “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps” (2017). Among his current research projects and the subject of his talk is the impact of the hippie counter-culture on popular cartography. This topic should appeal to those interested in the history of American cartography and who lived through and experienced the hippie movement in the Bay area. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Graduate Student Essay Competition. Doors open 2.30 pm, 3.00 pm: TBD: Student Essay Competition Winner, 4.00 pm: Professor Stephen Hornsby. The talks are free but require advanced registration.
May 16, 2019 – 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. Michael Conzen will discuss Chicago Diagrammed: Frank Glossop and the Mapping of Business Before and After the Fire. As befits any great metropolis, Chicago lays claim to a rich history of being mapped as a city, despite its relatively short history. (We are still nearly two decades shy of the city’s bicentennial). The pantheon of Chicago’s well-known cartographers, however, lacks one figure who should be in the line-up. The name of Frank Glossop (1838-1889) does not easily roll off the tongues of Chicago’s map historians, but it should. This talk will review his life story and assess the role that his unusual mapping ultimately played in his restless search for a stable living and for respect as a Chicago booster.
May 17, 2019 - Mclean, Virginia The Washington Map Society annual dinner and lecture will be at Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Dr, in Tyson Galleria II. Cocktails at 6 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM. After dinner, J. C. McElveen will speak about A Romp Through 19th Century Westward Expansion: From Lewis & Clark to Custer's Last Stand. In the 73 years between the Louisiana Purchase and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the United States expanded from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and, in the West, from essentially the 32nd parallel of north latitude to the 49th parallel. This expansion encompassed the enormous Louisiana Territory, Texas, the Oregon Country and the Spanish Southwest. At the beginning of the 19th century, this land was essentially unexplored by Americans, with inhabited areas occupied by Native Americans. J. C. will examine, with laser-like precision, barely allowing you to finish your dessert, how and why this expansion occurred, and what happened to the Native American population of the West as a result. Additional information and ability to make dinner reservations can be found online.
May 18, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society meets at 2pm at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street. Panel discussion: The Art of the Illustrated Map, moderated by renowned artist/cartographer and author John Roman. If you’re a CT cartographer who creates illustrated maps, we invite you to apply for a spot on our panel (we’ll feature 4-5 cartographers)--contact us at ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com. We will also feature the works of artist/mapmakers; if you qualify, bring one piece to the event for a pop-up exhibit in the library’s lecture room.
May 20-22, 2019 - Mulhouse, France The conference, Cross-border and Intercultural Representations from Ancient History to Today, aims to reflect on and debate the cartography of transboundary and intercultural phenomena. Through an international lens, and drawing from multiple disciplines, it ought to contribute to the conceptualisation of maps independent of political borders by inviting us to think about them across three axes: time (How compatible have intercultural phenomena and cartographic enterprises been throughout history?), space (what are the possible approaches when mapping intercultural or cross-border phenomena depending on the area of study, of creation and of diffusion of maps?), and method (how/why can making maps show such phenomena?). Conference will be held at Campus Fonderie – Université de Haute-Alsace, 16 rue de la Fonderie. Additional information from Benjamin Furst <benjamin.furst(at)uha.fr>.
May 23, 2019 – Oxford The 26th 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. Yossi Rapaport (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak about Before the portolan charts: lost maps of the sea in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities. 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 1, 2019 – New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will have The Start of a Map Society Tradition from 2-4 pm. We can’t help noticing that you like to socialize. We saw that at our very first brainstorming party in 2016, and we saw it again at our two successive Show & Tell parties. So we’d like to institute a tradition: an end-of-season wine & cheese party where we chat freely/brainstorm about cartography and our map society. We welcome your thoughts, and delight in your interests! For comfort and venue variety, we’ll hold the party at a map-filled New Haven abode; to protect the owner, we won’t tell you where until you RSVP yes. To RSVP, email us at ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.
June 6, 2019 – Oxford The 26th 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. Charlotta Forss (Bodleian Libraries and Stockholms University) will speak about Rivers and ice: Early Modern maps of the far North. 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 7, 2019 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner & Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at a time and place to be announced.
June 8, 2019 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.
June 8-9, 2019 – London The London Map Fair, the largest antique map fair in Europe, established 1980, brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. Map Fair is held in Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.
June 8, 2019 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2 pm at the World School, headquarters, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Members- Only Show and Tell, followed by an end-of-program year Social Hour at a TBD nearby bar. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com> .
June 20, 2019 – Lake Forest, Illinois The Chicago Map Society meets at the MacLean Collection at 5:30 PM. Peter Nekola will address What Does it Mean to Map a Forest? Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Lake Superior Country in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Many of us have almost instinctively come to think of maps as representing locations; where things are as opposed to how they work. But mapping a forest as a simple location may tell us very little about the forest itself. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the thickly forested "Northwoods" of the Lake Superior Country provided the world with vast amounts of timber, while the rocks beneath them offered some of the world's largest deposits of iron and copper. Both endeavors relied on extensive mapping initiatives to locate and extract these resources, in the process changing the landscape drastically. It is no coincidence that these forests were also the site of several of the world's first published ecological surveys. Locating, assessing, extracting, and, eventually, managing, conserving and preserving the Northwoods demanded sophisticated reasoning, which was made possible by developing increasingly complex maps that represented not just objects but patterns, conditions, and relations. In the end such maps would allow future generations to "see the forest for the trees." This talk will offer a brief history of these maps and an explanation of how they worked. It will be accompanied by an exhibition including many of the original maps from the MacLean Collection that will appear in Professor Nekola's forthcoming book “Mapping the Northwoods: Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Lake Superior Country, from Industry to Conservation.”
July 1-4, 2019 - Leeds The twenty-fifth 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 eight 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 'Materialities.' Proposals are due by September 21, 2018. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.
July 12, 2019 - Utrecht It is a tradition that the International Cartographic Association Commission on the History of Cartography and the International Conference on the History of Cartography jointly organize a pre-ICHC event. For the 28th ICHC we have teamed up with the Map Collection of Utrecht University and will together host a workshop entitled Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts. Besides presentations the day will involve a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (University of Amsterdam) and a special map exhibit. Additional information from Imre Demhardt, Chair of ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: demhardt(at)uta.edu or Marco van Egmond, Curator of Maps, Atlases and Printed Works at Utrecht University Library: m.vanegmond(at)uu.nl.
July 13, 2019 – Leiden The International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) will be held. Details to be announced. Contact Ed Dahl at ed.dahl(at)sympatico.ca for additional information.
July 14-19, 2019 – Amsterdam The Board of Imago Mundi Ltd and the Explokart Research Group of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam have great pleasure in announcing that the 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held at the Koninklijk Instituut voor Tropen, Mauritskade 63. The theme of the conference will be Old Maps, New Perspectives / Studying the History of Cartography in the 21st Century. For additional information contact Prof. Dr. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze / Marleen Smit MA at Special Collections – University of Amsterdam, ICHC2019, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands; info(at)ichc2019.amsterdam
July 15, 2019 – Tokyo In conjunction with the 29th International Cartographic Conference, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international preconference workshop: Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other. The workshop will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. For additional information please check the website or contact Mirela Altic, Vice-Chair of ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: mirela.altic(at)gmail.com or Alexander Kent, Chair ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping: alexander.kent(at)canterbury.ac.uk.
July 15-20, 2019 - Tokyo The 29th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and Tokyo International Exchange Center. The theme will be Mapping everything for everyone.
September 2-7, 2019 - Bucharest The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies will examine Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South-East Europe. One of the conference panels, organized by Robert Born (Leipzig) and Marian Coman (Bucharest), is dedicated to the cartographic history of south-eastern Europe.
September 6-7, 2019 – Oxford The International Map Collectors' Society is planning a visit to the exhibition Talking Maps at the Bodleian Library. Nick Milleau, who is curating the exhibition with Jerry Brotton, will be showing us around. Following this we will be holding the annual Collectors’ Meeting at Wadham College. We plan to arrange a group dinner for one evening, a visit to another map collection in Oxford and time to browse, and maybe buy, at the map shop Sanders of Oxford. Additional details will be posted on the website.
October 2-5, 2019 - Zurich and St. Gallen, Switzerland The XIVth International Symposium for the Study of Globes will be held by the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes in cooperation with the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum), the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (library of the abbey of St Gallen) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Central Library – the cantonal, city and university library of Zurich). Additional information from Jan Mokre <vincenzo(at)coronelli.org>.
October 10-12, 2019 - Philadelphia The American Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth Street, will have a conference investigating the Power of Maps and the Politics of Drawing Borders. This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, “Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic,” which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities. Additional information from Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink(at)amphilsoc.org.
October 10-12, 2019 - Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center is excited to announce the second “Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography” to be held at the Center. The Conference will investigate the theme of gender and cartography. Please Save the Date and watch for details!
October 14-16, 2019 – Strasbourg, France Symposium Faire connaître les mondes en découverte [Make the world in discovery known] is sponsored by Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire, University of Strasbourg and University of Paris VII-Diderot. The symposium addresses the process by which the worlds in discovery are brought to the knowledge of a more or less wide audience. Innovative explorations have long been the subject of media, with filters that have given some place to fiction, to fantasy and to the actors' strategies. Media have changed dramatically over time: oral narratives or writings, maps, images of all kinds and more recently photographs, films, reports, television, the Internet... Today, discovery is not limited to the terrestrial space. It spreads into the sidereal universe, but also into spaces of fiction that, through myths, art, literature and philosophical tales, have never been absent from the worlds in discovery. These newly explored or invented universes are also "worlds in discovery", which help to popularize the media and which the symposium will take into account. The conference will focus on the process of discovery in its social context, the links between discoverers and media, the mechanisms of transmission by the media, the societal effects of media coverage of discoveries. The contributions can be of various disciplines, geography, history, sociology, literature, political science, etc. Reflection is not limited to any specific period of history or place of discovery. Symposium will be held in auditorium of the BNUS and working languages are French, English, and German.
November 7-9, 2019 – Chicago The 20th Kenneth Nebenzahl Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Watch for further details.
November 14-17, 2019 - Gainesville The 2019 Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Florida. The theme is The Caribbean: A Cultural Encounter.
September 6-9, 2020 - Sydney The annual International Map Collectors' Society meeting will be 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. It is probable that we will have a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia, and its wonderful collection. Additional information from Maggie Patton (maggie.patton(at)sl.nsw.gov.au), Senior Curator.
July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held. Additional details to come.