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2018

April 5, 2018 - Prague Malta Map Society members Joseph Schiro and Bernadine Scicluna have been invited by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, PhDr. Ilja Smid,for the ceremonial handover of the certificates of Memory of the World International Register confirming the inscription of Giovanni Francesco Camocio’s maps of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 to the prestigious Memory of the World Register for the preservation of this exceptional documentary heritage. The nomination of the Camocio maps was prepared as a transnational nomination from Malta and the Czech Republic through the cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta and Charles University in Prague. The ceremony will be held at 11.30am at the Nosticky Palace. Both parties will be delivering speeches during the ceremony.



April 5, 2018 - Stanford The spring meeting of the California Map Society will have a lecture, featuring Imre Demhardt, to be held at the David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the student essay competition. Professor Demhardt’s topic at the Rumsey Center is Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. Schedule; Doors open 3.15 pm; 3.30 pm: Student Essay Competition Speaker; 4.30 pm: Professor Imre Demhardt; 5.45 pm: Center Closes. The talks are free, but require advance registration.



April 6, 2018 - La Jolla, California Professor Imre Demhardt of the University of Texas, Arlington will speak at 7 pm at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 7825 Fay Ave. He will discuss Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. There is no charge for the lecture, but reservations are required.



April 7, 2018 - Altadena, California Professor Demhardt will speak at 11 AM at the Monte Cedro Auditorium, 2212 El Molino Ave, under the auspices of the California Map Society. He will talk about the centuries-long search for a NW and NE passage around North America. In Search for the NW and NE Passages: Assumptions, Surprises and Discoveries in the Arctic is a timely topic that will certainly capture our attention and imagination.



April 9, 2018 - Golden, Colorado Christopher J.J. Thiry, Map & GIS Librarian, Colorado School of Mines will speak about Historic Mining Maps in the Arthur Lakes Library at 4-5 PM at Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines,1400 Illinois.



April 12-13, 2018 – Cambridge The International Map Collectors' Society will visit Cambridge where we will visit Emmanuel College, Cambridge University Library, Scott Polar Institute Museum, and Whipple Museum. The Museums will be visited in the afternoon of 12th April, and the College and Library on Friday 13th April. In addition, Dr Sarah Bendall will give a lecture at Emmanuel College entitled Oxford and Cambridge Colleges as map-makers and map-users c. 1550-1850. The Collectors’ Meeting will be held in the early evening of 12th April at the Hilton Hotel, Cambridge City Centre. The cost of the visits and the Collectors’ Evening together will be £35 per head. To register please download the form, complete the form and send it to Peter Walker (Financial Secretary, address on the form), or contact IMCoS Financial Secretariat (financialsecretariat(at)imcos.org). Attendance at the Collectors’ Meeting only will cost £15 per head. Participants should arrange their own accommodation (but see note concerning the Hilton below). The timetable is available on-line. The Hilton Hotel has offered IMCoS 10 bedrooms with breakfast at a special price for the night of 12th April, first come, first served. 5 of these rooms are singles. Click on the link on the IMCoS/Events/Cambridge web page to access the Hilton’s offer: Cambridge Hilton offer. Alternatively we suggest the Ibis Hotel. This is a recommended 3 star hotel next to the station. (2 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2GA. Tel 01233 320960).



April 12, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Mark Monmonier will discuss Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Map historians have paid little attention to patents even though over 300 patents for devices intended to promote the use of maps and map information were issued by the U.S. Patent Office from the mid-19th century through early 20th century. This talk will review the principal areas of invention and highlight one emblematic entrepreneur, John Byron Plato (1876-1966), whose 1915 patent for a method that assigned rural residences a unique address led to the Index Map Company. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.



April 19, 2018 - Bruges Jan De Graeve will speak about The Meridian of Struve at 20:00 at Cultuurbibliotheek, Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30. The degree measurement of Struve is a remarkable example of collaboration between scientists from different countries and between different heads of state. It is named after the German-born Russian astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793-1864). On his recommendation between 1816 and 1855 triangles were measured between 265 measurement and observation points, which could be tens of kilometers apart, stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to Stara Newrasovska at the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km. The chain was established and used to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. At that time, the chain passed merely through two countries: Union of Sweden-Norway and the Russian Empire. The Arc's first point is located in Tartu Observatory in Estonia, where Struve conducted much of his research. These points were indicated by markings in rocks, iron crosses, stones and obelisks. 34 of these still exist today and have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a tangible memory of this enormous project known as the Geodetic Arch of Struve.



April 19, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carme Montaner will speak about The Maps of the Peruvian Amazon made by the Franciscans in the Second Half of the 18th Century and Their Contribution to the Later Printed Maps of South America. Carmé Montaner’s talk will address the first detailed maps of the hydrographic network of the Amazon River made by the Franciscans of the Ocopa College in Peru. Dr. Montaner will also discuss the implementation of the hydrographic network in the general maps of South America that were published at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.



April 19-22, 2018 - Dresden The 13th Atlastage [Atlas Days] will be held. Additional information from Jürgen Espenhorst (panverlag(at)t-online.de).



April 19, 2018 - Vienna The Austrian Society for the History of Science will sponsor a talk by Dr. Stefaan Missinne at 18:00 at University of Vienna, Postgasse 9. Dr Missinne will speak about America's cartographic "birth certificate" and the globe of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) from the year 1504: the newest scientific findings.



April 20, 2018 - Glasgow The next Scottish Maps Forum day seminar will be at the National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow: Constructing the paper landscape: Recent research in historical maps of Scotland. This day seminar brings together a set of nine speakers who have all been engaged on new research or projects relating to historical maps of Scotland. In the morning, the focus will be on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, looking particularly at surveyors and the practicalities of their work. How did they earn a living, where did they work, what were the main drivers behind their mapping, and which sources survive today which can shed light on their work? In the afternoon, the focus will shift partly to broader and more general themes, as well as on later nineteenth and twentieth century map-making. These papers will consider the central value of maps in researching urban history and river boundaries, recent doctoral research on Bartholomew and their mapping of Edinburgh, and a look at current web-mapping and geographic technologies in Historic Environment Scotland. Programme and booking form are available on-line.



April 20, 2016 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00pm at our usual place in Williamsburg Landing. Jack Spain, native of North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1960; Harvard Law School, 1963, Retired Partner at Hunton & Williams, Attorneys, Richmond, Va, (now Hunton, Andrews & Kurth); collects Chinese artifacts and books and maps about Virginia, Richmond, King and Queen County and travel to China, including Marco Polo’s travels. Traveled to China in 1983, 1985 and 2010. He will talk about Marco Polo and the Catalan Atlas of 1375:
1. The Catalan Atlas of 1375: what it is, where and how it was created.
2. The Atlas’s use of Marco Polo’s Book
3. The Atlas’s Place in the World of Mapmaking and Exploration.
Additional information from Ted Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>



April 24, 2018 - London The IHR Digital History seminar is pleased to present from 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm GMT, online and in the John S Cohen Room (N203), second floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street: Bram Vannieuwenhuyze – The ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ of early modern urban maps and bird’s-eye views. In this presentation, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze will first explain the basic assumptions and methodological principles of the ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ more profoundly. Afterwards, he will show some concrete examples and results, based on his research and the work of his students on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century urban maps and bird’s-eye views of the Low Countries. Finally, he will demonstrate how the method can also be used for unlocking and making the content of old maps accessible to the general public. Livestream video link: https://youtu.be/tgJLmHhcYFs



April 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 12.45 pm for a 1:00 pm seminar Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium. Huge ice sheets cover Antarctica and Greenland. Glaciers and snowpack act as frozen reservoirs providing water for surrounding communities. We hear about ice when glaciers recede or ice sheets break off, but what are the processes governing these changes? What role does ice play in the behavior, evolution and stability of the earth system? Three Stanford faculty will address these topics focusing on their cutting edge research in the geology, geophysics, and modeling of ice. Join Rob Dunbar, Dustin Schroeder, and Jenny Suckale as they explain what is known about how ice works. This afternoon symposium is in honor of James B. Case, a glacial surveyor and expert in photogrammetry, who donated his glacier map collection to Stanford Libraries in 2017. The talks are free, but require advance registration.



April 25-28, 2018 - Quito, Ecuador The 7th Iberoamerican Symposium on the History of Cartography Cartography and itineraries: Maps, images and memories based on the route will be at the San Francisco University of Quito. Continuing with the tradition of previous symposium, the official languages of the event will be Portuguese and Spanish. Additional information from Sabrina Guerra Moscoso at 7siahc(at)usfq.edu.ec.



April 26, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Professor Dr Ferdinand Opll (formerly Director, Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv; now Honorary Professor of Medieval History and Historical Auxiliary Sciences, University of Vienna) will speak about Early Modern Town Plans and Views of Vienna and Their Importance in an International Context. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.



April 26, 2018 - Mardela Springs, Maryland A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut in Mardela Springs on April 26. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History. The first talk, Early Maps of Delmarva and What They Reveal About Early Settlers, will be delivered by Mike Hitch, well known for his local research on early families and groundbreaking research on mapping all the early patents of the lower eastern shore of Md and Delaware with his colleague John Lyon. Some of the earliest maps include a wide variety of information valuable to family historians, genealogists, and historians, but often are overlooked by researchers. Following the talk, members of the audience are invited to ask questions, make comments, and join in a discussion of the topic. Lecture will be will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church, 110 Main Street, at 2:30.



April 26, 2018 - Milwaukee The 29th Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture will be held at 6pm, with a reception starting at 5:30pm, in the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Third Floor, East Wing, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. The speaker will be Carme Montaner and the title of the lecture will be 18th Century Missional Maps in the Amazon Basin: The Case of the Ocopa Monastery in Peru. Additional information from Marcy M Bidney <bidney(at)uwm.edu>.



April 28, 2018 - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet in the Longwood Gardens Visitor Center at 10 AM (note time change for event--not 10:30 as previously listed) and purchase a garden ticket which provides all day access to the conservatory, restaurant and grounds. David Sleasman, Director, Library and Information Services will escort us from the Visitor Center to the non-public library building attached to the conservatory. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for this ten minute walk. David will present maps from their Rare Books (likely to include European garden designs and plans), early maps of the property (circa 1916 or so), and mapping of the plant collection will be discussed in depth by the Plant Records Manager. We plan lunch in the cafe at 12:15 PM and feel free to tour the always sensational conservatory and grounds in the afternoon. Friends, colleagues and family are welcome and please include them in your RSVP count to Barbara Drebing Kauffman at philamapsociety(at)gmail.com.



April 28, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) at 2 PM. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, specializing in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems, will speak on Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.



April 28, 2018 - Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society asks that you save this date for the 15th Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography which will take place at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. Additional details to be announced.



May 1, 2018 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Eric Wolever (University of York) will speak about The cardinal points and the structure of geographical knowledge in the early twelfth century. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.



May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society’s Annual Map Month: “Maps and War” – May 2018 features a series of lectures at 5:30 PM in Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2. These programs are free and open to the community. The Denver Public Library’s Western History Department will have an exhibit on the fifth floor, featuring maps of war including its artifacts from the Tenth Mountain Division.
May 1: Chris Lane, owner of the Philadelphia Print Shop West, Denver – Mapping the French and Indian War
May 8: Susan Schulten, Professor of the History Department at University of Denver – The Civil War through Maps
May 15: Greg Miller, Science and Technology Journalist – Cold War Cartography
May 22: David Little, Secretary of the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation – Tenth Mountain Division mapping during World War II



May 4, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society annual dinner will be held at Maggiano’s at Tyson’s Galleria. The dinner will be scheduled from 6:00 to 9:00 pm; drinks at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. Max Edelson will speak after dinner on his recent book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence. This talk will describe how Great Britain attempted to take command of North America and the West Indies in the generation before the American Revolution. Edelson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he teaches the history of cartography, early America, and the Atlantic world, and co-director of the UVA Early American Seminar at Monticello. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.



May 5, 2018 - Essex, Connecticut The Connecticut Map Society will have a field trip at 2 pm to the Connecticut River Museum in historic Essex, Connecticut. At this museum, on the banks of the Connecticut River, we’ll view an extraordinary collection of Connecticut nautical charts with the museum’s curator. Interested in a 90 minute boat tour of the lower CT River? We can provide that for you after the presentation, complete with a guide to describe the River’s ecosystem, wildlife, and human history. Essex is a beautiful town: arrive early to explore and dine. It’s a perfect spring Saturday outing! We’ll provide details closer to the date. Additional information from Connie Brown ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com.



May 5, 2018 - New York New York Map Society member Leslie Trager will present Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps at 2 pm. This free and open-to-the-public event will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). RSVP to MapSocietyNY(at)gmail.com. Leslie's book relates, for the first time, Cree and Inuit history as they encountered Hudson during his exploration of Hudson Bay, based upon information given to a pilot who flew many trips into the Hudson Bay area when he was transporting material to radar sites set up in Northern Canada during the late '50's and '60's. The author learned this information from the pilot because both had an interest in Hudson and were members of the Explorers Club. The book describes how the Cree witnessed the mutiny and rescued Hudson and his remaining men. The book also shows that knowledge of the Hudson Bay area existed before Hudson arrived there in 1610 based on maps existing years before that date showing Hudson Bay. It also examines the Champlain Map of 1632 and demonstrates that the part showing the eastern portion of Hudson Bay shows the land as it looked thousands of years before Hudson got to Hudson Bay. The author estimates that the map on which the Champlain map is based was surveyed at least 3000 years earlier. The book also shows that Hudson most likely had some of these early maps in his possession when he went to Hudson Bay. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.



May 10, 2018 – Belfast The Oxford Seminars In Cartography will have a field trip. Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast) will discuss Behind the Lines: frontline geographies, spatial technologies and mapping First World War landscapes. Booking essential - for further details, please contact: nick.millea@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or 01865 287119.



May 10-13, 2018 – Kalamazoo, Michigan The fifty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies meets on the campus of Western Michigan University. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past two years of this ICMS at Kalamazoo, and you are invited you to join them. Currently they seek paper, panel discussion, and roundtable proposals that concur with one of our accepted ICMS “Mappings” rubrics: 1) “Mappa Memoriae: Medieval Maps and Memory”; 2) “Text and Image and/on Medieval Maps”; and 3) “Shaping the Medieval World.” Proposals are due by September 8, 2017. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.



May 10, 2018 - Stanford Organized by Dan Tuzzeo and with generous support from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, and the Stanford Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and Religious Studies the Center will host the Geballe Research Workshop series entitled: Asian Representations and Constructions of Space (ARCS). Throughout the academic year ARCS will invite a total of nine scholars from various disciplines to share works in progress concerning geographical, cosmological, and ritual space in historical Asian contexts from ancient and early modern India, China, Japan, and the Himalayas. Speakers will introduce participants to art, architecture, maps, manuscripts, gazetteers, and digital tools that formulate and depict a broad scope of spatial realms. Richard Pegg will talk about Asian maps from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.



May 15, 2018 - Vienna The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Austrian National Library, Reading Room of the Map Department, Josefsplatz 1.



May 17, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. How Do I Know My Map is Real? We are delighted to have CMS (founding) member and longtime map dealer George Ritzlin speak to us on the topic of map buying. In this first installment of a two-part presentation, George will focus on the timely question, How can we determine whether a map is real? He will explain that in order to ascertain whether an antique map is an original or a later copy that it is important to understand how early maps were made. Accordingly, he will walk us through printing processes, paper production, and atlas production methods. He will then address other important matters, such as the coloring of maps, how to train your eye, and sources—that is, questions such as: Where the map is coming from?, Where can we go to get advice?, and What references may we consult? Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.



May 17, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). 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 Susan Schulten (Department of History, University of Denver, USA) will speak about Map Drawing in Nineteenth-Century Education. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.



May 17, 2018 - Mardela Springs, Maryland
A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut this spring in Mardela Springs. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History. Today Dr. Ray Thompson will speak about Boundary Disputes: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware examining Delmarva’s changing face through those disputes. Lecture will be will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church, 110 Main Street, at 2:30.



May 18, 2018 - Aberystwyth, Wales
Tickets are now available for Carto-Cymru - The Welsh Map Symposium 2018 being held at the National Library of Wales. Tickets cost £20 (including buffet lunch and morning & afternoon refreshments). For tickets phone: 01970 632 548 or visit website. The theme this year is: Charting the seas and coasts of the World – how maps depict the sea and coastline and how such mapping is used to widen our understanding of these environments. The programme includes talks by Megan Barford (NMM), Gwilym Tawy (NLW), Deanna Groom (RCAHMW) & Hywel Griffiths (Aberystwyth University) as well as speakers from the CHERISH Project and others. Additional details from Huw Thomas <huw.thomas(at)LLGC.ORG.UK>.



May 19, 2018 – Baltimore The Washington Map Society will make a field trip to Baltimore at 1 PM to visit the Robert Gensler collection of Early Exploration of the Americas. We will view nearly 100 maps framed and hung in his home. His collection has two main foci: Age of Discovery and Early Colonial Americana. The former includes maps of the world and continents by Schedel, Waldseemuller, Fries, Ruscelli, Ortelius, Munster, Blaeu, and Braun and Hogenberg. His Early Colonial Americana includes maps of Virginia, Maryland, and DC, including those by Jansson, Speed, and Fry-Jefferson. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Details forthcoming. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.



May 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with R.J. Andrews titled Data Storytelling with Thematic Maps: The Design Genius of Charles Joseph Minard. Doors open: 3.15; view selected maps and browse the Center's Exhibit: 3.30 - 4.00 pm; talk by R.J. Andrews: 4.00 pm. Data storyteller R.J. Andrews gives a design critique to the thematic maps of French mapping pioneer Charles Joseph Minard. Minard is most famous for his Napoleonic Russian campaign map, but his catalog is deep. Elements and flourishes will be highlighted across Minard's work that are still relevant to how we understand our world today. Along the way, we will get a better sense of who Minard was, and how he became the master of the flow map. R.J. Andrews is a data storyteller and creator of Info We Trust. His bold style – often described as creative arts meets data science – is a striking lesson in how to use design and science to humanize complexity. There is no charge for attending, but registration is required.



May 26-27, 2018 - Arlon, Belgium and Luxembourg, Luxembourg - The Brussels Map Circle will have an excursion to Arlon and Luxembourg to learn about 1839: when Luxembourg was last cut to pieces. This is your chance to learn why Belgium has a province called Luxembourg, just like the Grand Duchy, and why the border between both territories runs where it runs. A particular focus will be on the last partition in 1839, as a consequence of the 1830 Belgian rebellion. Under the academic guidance of:
Jean-Claude Muller, linguist, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement at the Ministère d'État, président of the Association de Généalogie et d'Héraldique, président of the Institut archéologique du Luxembourg, former head of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg;
Michel Trigalet, historian, head of department at the State Archives of Belgium in Arlon;
Philippe Nilles, head of the Section moderne at the Archives nationales de Luxembourg;
François Reinert, historien, Conservateur délégué à la direction at the Musée Dräi Eechelen, Conservateur at the Cabinet des médailles et estampes of the Musée national d'histoire et d'art.
Additional details are available on the website.



June 2, 2018 – Media, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 11 AM at Delaware County Institute of Science, 11 Veterans Square. Dr. Kathy Hornberger will present an overview of the collection. We will view Lewis Evans' 1755 "A General Map of the Middle British Colonies, in America" original mounted on cloth; Thomas Leiper's 1809 original draft of Leiper Railway showing route from stone sawmill and quarries on Crum Creek to his landing on Ridley Creek; John Hills' 1810 map of Delaware County with townships; and Joshua W. Ash, M.D.'s 1847 and 1848 maps of Delaware County with original farm surveys. Lunch will follow nearby in Media. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.



June 7-8, 2018 - Lisbon The 2nd international workshop: On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts will be held at the Instituto Hidrográfico (Portuguese Hydrographic Institute), as part of the European Research Council Project MEDEA-CHART, hosted by the Faculty of Science – University of Lisbon. Registration is free but you need to fill in the form to secure your place. More information and updates about the programme and the scientific committee will the announced at the website.



June 8, 2018 - Donnington, Nr Newbury, Berks, England The Defence Surveyors’ Association 13th annual Maps & Surveys Seminar on historical & current hydrographic and military surveying, charting and mapping will take place at the Arlington Arts Centre.



June 8, 2018 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner and Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard. Our speaker will be Alan Ereira, filmmaker and author of “The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, Britain's Master Map Maker and His Secrets.”



June 9, 2018 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Time to be announced.



June 9-10, 2018 – London The London Map Fair will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm; Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.



June 14, 2018 – Oxford The 25th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm. Nigel Clifford (Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey) will speak about The future of Ordnance Survey – heritage or holograms, rambling or robots? Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



June 21, 2018 – Green Oaks, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will have its Annual Field Trip to the Barry MacLean Collection. Richard Pegg will discuss The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th & 19th Centuries. Richard Pegg, curator of Asian art for the MacLean Collection, will give an exhibition talk and lead us on a tour of maps that showcase the beauty of Japanese printmaking. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.



June 21-23, 2018 – Portland, Maine The International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) symposium and annual general meeting will take place at the Osher Map Library. Any questions, please email ishm2018(at)maine.edu.



July 2-5, 2018 - Leeds The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress meets at the University of Leeds. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past seven years of this IMC at Leeds, and you are invited you to join them. They plan panel and roundtable discussions that concur with the IMC theme of “Memory.” Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.



July 15-20, 2018 - Warsaw The 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers will take place at University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. Papers will be presented on any aspect of historical geography, including focused empirical, theoretical, and historiographical contributions to historical geography and related fields including history of cartography, history of science, and environmental history. The conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips in Warsaw and different parts of Poland. Additional information from ichg2018(at)ihpan.edu.pl.



September 13-15, 2018 – Oxford The 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography, co-hosted by the ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography and Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Library, will be held at the Weston Library. The title of the symposium is Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. The organizers encourage contributions investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today. In addition to conference presentations, technical visits and social tours in Oxford are planned as well as a post-symposium excursion. Additional information from Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (demhardt(at)uta.edu).



September 20-23, 2018 – Golden, Colorado The 2018 Society for the History of Discoveries meeting will be provided in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society, and will be held at the Colorado School of Mines. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, will take place on Thursday, before the traditional opening reception of the SHD conference that evening, followed by SHD’s program, Great Mountains of the American West, on Friday and Saturday. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of rocks as well as maps of the West will be exhibited in the Geology Museum. Following the conference, on Sunday September 23rd, will be a guided tour of original gold-rush towns in the mountains near Golden, a ride on the famous Georgetown Loop steam engine train, an expert tour of an underground gold mine, and then a tour of impressive dinosaur and geological wonders nearby.



September 21-23, 2018 - San Francisco The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in "the Lodge" at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St. The lecture series portion of the Map Fair will be sponsored by the California Map Society. It will consist of three 40 minute lectures followed by a 10 minute Q & A period.



October 4-6, 2018 – Arlington, Texas The 11th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Theme: TBD. The Texas Map Society Fall Meeting will follow at the same location on October 6.



October 10-13, 2018 – Gotha The 19th Kartographiehistorische Colloquium will be held at the Gotha Perthes Collection, University and Research Library Erfurt/Gotha. Additional information from Petra Weigel (petra.weigel(at)uni-erfurt.de) or Markus Heinz (kartographiegeschichte(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de).



October 13-21, 2018 - Manila and Hong Kong The Philippine Map Collectors Society and Jonathan Wattis (Wattis Fine Art) invite you to attend the Thirty-Sixth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium to be held in Manila and Hong Kong. The symposium will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on October 19-20. Additional details for Manila can be found here and details for Hong Kong can be found here. Contact Rudolf Lietz (gallery(at)gop.com.ph) or Jonathan Wattis (info(at)wattis.com.hk) for additional information.



December 1, 2018 – Antwerp Mark this date in your diary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brussels Map Circle at the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp (Belgium). The 400 years old house of the famous family of printers is Unesco world heritage and will be ours for the whole evening. You may expect guided tours, special pieces from their collection and ... good catering. Partners welcome!


2019

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.



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.



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 15-20, 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.


2020

September 7-9, 2020 - Sydney There will be an Historic Cartography meeting 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.


2021

July 4-9, 2021 – Bucharest The 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held. Additional details to come.


Last Updated on April 22, 2018 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>