March 6, 2018 - Aberdeen - Calling all map lovers in the north east... A free talk: From Gordon to Google - Four Centuries of Mapping Aberdeen at 6pm, Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct. Join us for Scottish Local History Week as Christopher Fleet, Map curator at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), will look at the main maps of Aberdeen over the last 400 years, from James Gordon’s stunning map of the 1661 to today’s digital mapping. Over the centuries, maps were made for very different purposes, by different people and, by looking at who made these maps and why, we can reach a greater understanding of them. The talk will conclude with a brief demonstration of the National Library of Scotland’s maps website, where most of these maps can be viewed. Free event. Booking essential. To book, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents(at)aberdeencity.gov.uk
March 8, 2018 – Boulder, Colorado Rocky Mountain Map Society Director Chris Lane will be giving a presentation titled A Century of View of Colorado, 1820-1920. The lecture will take place at Benson Earth Sciences Building, Room 180, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., on the CU-Boulder campus. There will be a reception prior to the presentation. The building is located at 2200 Colorado Avenue.
March 8, 2018 - Derry The Friends of the Derry Walls - History and Heritage talk takes place at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry’s city centre. In her talk, Mapping the Plantation, Dr Annaleigh Margey, author and lecturer in history at Dundalk Institute of Technology will discuss the place of the Walls in landscape and in perception, with a particular focus on the livery company maps of the ‘Londonderry Plantation.’ Near the end of 1618, Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the official Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland, was appointed to survey the progress of the Ulster Plantation and specifically, the Works and Plantation performed by the City of London in the City and County of ‘London-Derry’. The event is free, you you are asked to book your place.
March 8, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. John Hessler will give a talk on Mapping Indigenous Spaces: The Rare Codex Quetzalecatzin Comes to the Library of Congress. The Codex Quetzalecatzin, is an extremely rare, colored Mesoamerican map and one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of the Americas to become available in recent history. As is typical for an Aztec, or Nahuatl, codex of this early date (circa 1570-95), it relates the extent of land ownership and properties of a family line. Acquired by the Library Congress in 2017, this important piece has now been made available to the public digitally, for the first time in more than one hundred years. The lecture will explain the acquisition by the Library of the Codex, its history, and new research on its origins and use. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
March 14, 2018 - Edmonton The next meeting of the Edmonton Map Society will be in the Lounge at Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Visitors Lot, to the west of the building. Please remember to sign in on the logbook (between the elevators). The recently installed intercom system does not connect to the lounge. Please phone 780 224-1860 from the entrance and David Jones will let you in. We have two speakers: Charlene Nielsen who will talk about her dissertation research on the geography of 'being born too small" and Sophie Norris will talk about her recent publication and map - Glacial landforms of northwest Saskatchewan. Contact David Jones at djones(at)ualberta.ca for additional information.
March 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Towner Fellows’ Lounge in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Don & Tanya Smith will speak about Treasures from the Archives of Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith. Established in 1854 by Samuel Greeley, Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith (GHNS) is the oldest land surveying business in the Chicago metropolitan area. Located in Flossmoor, Ill., the firm’s surveyors have walked virtually every block in Chicago and a good number of suburban properties as well. And, in its over one-hundred-sixty years in business, GHNS has accumulated an extensive archive that includes 250,000 plats of surveys, over 10,000 copies of plats of recorded subdivisions, and thousands of pages of other survey-related documents and maps. In fact, GHNS has survey plats of Chicagoland from before the Great Chicago Fire, including a number of plats and maps connected to the legal work of an Illinois attorney by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Please join us as the firm’s owners take us on a tour of what is likely the most complete archive of the Chicago metropolitan area in existence today. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
March 15, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Thomas Horst (Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), Lisbon) will speak about Putting Saxton into Context: State Surveys in Early Modern Europe with Particular Reference to Palatinate-Neuburg (Bavaria), Saxony and England. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.
March 15, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 4.15 pm for a 4.30 pm talk by Dr. Len Rothman, Exemplars of cartography through maps of the Holy Lands from The Leonard and Juliet Rothman Holy Lands Map Collection. The Rothmans have been collecting maps of the Holy Lands for 40 years. Their collection spans from the late 15th to the mid 20th century and encompasses 956 maps of which 456 are individual sheets while the rest are in atlases and books of the Holy Lands. These maps are the product of humankind's quest for visual identification of locations and events noted in the Bible. Holy Lands maps are categorized into World, Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Arctic/Antarctic, Holy Lands, and Celestial sub-categories. The maps are noted for their multiple printing techniques, artistry and variation in size, orientation and coloration. They provide an observational window of the broad field of historical cartography. Dr. Len Rothman is the former President of the California Map society, member of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, the International Map Collectors Society and the Washington D.C. Map Society. Dr Rothman is also a Founding Friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. He also collects map globes and maps on neckties. His collection was scanned and is available at Stanford University's catalog, SearchWorks. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.
March 17, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The Malta Map Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 10.30 am at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon at galleon(at)onvol.net.
March 19 and 21, 2018 - Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, and Glasgow
Barbara Bond will speak about MI9’S Escape & Evasion
Maps Of WWII. She describes the historical background and purpose
of MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme –
the maps they produced, the covert help they were given by a famous
Scottish map publisher, how maps were smuggled into the prisoner of
war camps and how they were instrumental in some remarkable escapes,
particularly that of Airey Neave from Colditz. The presentation will
March 19 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Kirkcaldy – School of Midwifery, University of Dundee Fife Campus, 5 Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5YS. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM in George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9LX. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3EW. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 20, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Catherine Olkin will present The Mapping of Pluto and Its Moons. Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system, specifically planetary atmospheres and surfaces. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
March 24, 2018 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle Annual General Meeting open only for Brussels Map Circle active members will be held 10.00 – 11.45 at Royal Library of Belgium, Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg. The 2018 Map Afternoon will follow the meeting. Members and non-members are invited to bring an antique map, a contemporary map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument, or an interesting book on cartography and present it at the Map Afternoon. The details of your item and your presentation, if any, should reach Henri Godts <henri.godts(at)godts.com> or Jean-Christophe Staelens <jcs(at)staelens.biz> by 1 March 2018. You are expected at 12.00 for a convivial drink and sandwich lunch. The Royal Library closes at 17.00 sharp. Prior registration on our website is requested here.
March 24, 2018 - New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will kick off spring and our 2018 season with a must-see event at the Beinecke Library : a tour of Yale University’s renowned cartographic treasures, including the 1489 Marcellus Map (an important early world map showing the New World); the Codex Reese (a mid-16th century map of Mexico City with a great backstory); and William Clark’s 1810 Lewis and Clark Expedition Map (the original!). Join us for the rare opportunity to view these maps and many others. Beyond that, we’ll learn how to engage the Yale map collection online or in the Beinecke Library reading room. Our hosts for the event will be George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana; and Michael Morand, Beinecke Public Relations & Communications Officer. We will meet at 2 pm, at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. We suggest that you allow 20 minutes for parking: plan to arrive in New Haven at 1:30 for time to park and arrive at the Beinecke by 1:50. Connie, Maryann, and Brian will be in the lobby to greet you and sign you in. Space is limited to 40 guests: first come, first served. RSVP to ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com or call Connie: 860 575 4640. First priority is given to the Connecticut Map Society, then to members of our sister organization, The New York Map Society.
March 24, 2018 – Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society announces it's next workshop - John Smith's Map of Virginia and It's Many Derivatives - at 10:00-11:30 am at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. We hope you will plan to join us. Captain John Smith published a map of Virginia in 1612 to accompany a booklet entitled “Map of Virginia.” As engravers made changes to the copperplate from which the map was printed, several states of the map entered into circulation. It became the “mother” map of Virginia, influencing European mapmakers as they printed maps of the colony for inclusion in atlases. As a result, multiple derivatives entered the book market. Cassandra Britt Farrell, the Library’s senior map archivist will explore the differences between the states of Smith’s map of Virginia and its many derivatives, including the fascinating images displayed on these pictorial maps. Please register in advance.
March 27, 2018 - Zurich An evening tour Around the Globe will take place at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, from 18:15 to 19:30.
April 5, 2018 - 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 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 24, 2018 - Stanford, California 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 - Milwaukee The 29th Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture will be held at 6pm, 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 Franciscan Cartography of the Peruvian Amazon in the second half of the Eighteenth Century. Additional information from Marcy M Bidney <bidney(at)uwm.edu>.
April 28, 2018 - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 10:30 AM in the Longwood Gardens Library & Archive: Judy Stevenson, Archivist, who describes her archive as "back-of-house" and secluded from the public, will talk about select maps. Since many of their more interesting maps have been off-site undergoing a large-scale conservation project that will continue through 2017, we appreciate securing our spot on the busy Longwood calendar for 2018. Contact Barbara Drebing Kauffman at philamapsociety(at)gmail.com for additional information.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 287119.
May 10-13, 2018 – Kalamazoo, Michigan The fifty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies meets on the campus of Western Michigan University. As many of you know, Felicitas Schmieder and Dan Terkla have organized “Mappings” sessions at the past two years of this ICMS at Kalamazoo, and you are invited you to join them. Currently they seek paper, panel discussion, and roundtable proposals that concur with one of our accepted ICMS “Mappings” rubrics: 1) “Mappa Memoriae: Medieval Maps and Memory”; 2) “Text and Image and/on Medieval Maps”; and 3) “Shaping the Medieval World.” Proposals are due by September 8, 2017. Contact Felicitas Schmieder <felicitas.schmieder(at)fernuni-hagen.de> or Dan Terkla <terkla(at)iwu.edu> for additional information.
May 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 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, California 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
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.
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.
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.