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2018

February 3-4, 2018 - Miami The 25th Annual Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler Street. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps, globes, atlases and rare antiquarian books. Speakers this year are Chet Van Duzer and Neal Asbury on Saturday; and Neil Safier on Sunday. Visitors are invited to bring in a map of their own for expert opinions and attend educational presentations by map experts. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Map Fair Manager at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.



February 7, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) from 6:30-7:30 pm. Book talk/signing by best-selling author Colin Harrison: "You Belong to Me". Author and map collector Colin Harrison's latest novel, "You Belong to Me," features a protagonist who is a devoted collector of the maps of New York City.



February 10, 2018 - Gent The Brussels Map Circle will visit the exhibition Under time's spell - In de ban van de tijd with Jan De Graeve. No registration, we meet at 13.45, Sint-Pietersabdij, Sint-Pietersplein 9; Entry 7,50 euro.



February 13, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Joseph Kerski: will discuss The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography. What would you include in this list? Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore his list, revealing how critical Geography is in the 21st Century. Some discoveries were historical moments with a significant impact on our understanding of our world, including specific maps, technologies, and explorers of ancient times. Others led to the founding of organizations such as U.S.G.S, and for the exploration of new frontiers in digital mapping, surveying, remote sensing, crowdsourcing, and the Internet of Things. Some of the items in the list may be expected; others might surprise you. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.



February 14, 2018 - Bern You are invited to the book launch Ptolemaios: Handbuch der Geographie, der älteste Kartenatlas Faksimile-Ausgabe des Codex Seragliensis GI 57 [Ptolemy: Handbook of Geography, the oldest map atlas / Facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57] at 16:15 until about 17:30 in Room F 021 in Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36 (Länggasse), 3012 Bern. In November 2017, after many years of preparation, the facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57 was published by the Boyut publishing house in Istanbul. The Codex Seragliensis GI 57 dates from the 13th century and is now kept in the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. Next to his sister manuscript in Rome, this is the most important Greek manuscript of Ptolemaic geography.



February 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carl Kupfer will speak about Land Surveying and Mapmaking Transformed. The science and art of land surveying, which started with rudimentary instruments, techniques, and hand-drawn paper plats and maps, has evolved into a realm and creation of highly accurate and virtually automated data platforms that rely on satellites for three-dimensional spatial positioning, interact with geographical information systems (GIS), generate digital data and mapping products, and alas, can spit out paper maps and charts on demand. Mr Kupfer will review the fascinating history of surveying from earliest times to the present, presenting examples of unusual surveys, instruments, techniques, and methods used to produce the end-product documents. He will then discuss surveying and mapping in the twenty-first century, and explain how the science of geographical information management in the digital age has transformed the fields of land surveying and classic cartography. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.



February 15, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Dr Emma Perkins (Affiliate Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) will speak about Early English Globe Making: A Social Study of a Terrestrial Globe by Morden, Berry and Lea, c.1685. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.



February 15, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Leslie Trager will present Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps. The talk will be largely based on Trager's online book of the same title which deals with evidence that Hudson had maps from surveys made about 5000 years ago, or around 3000 BC. It will also deal with the Cree interaction with Hudson, as conveyed in their oral history. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.



February 15, 2018 - Whitchurch-on-Thames A talk on historic maps of Oxfordshire will be given by John Leighfield immediately after Whitchurch and Goring Heath History Society’s annual meeting at the village hall at 8pm.



February 15, 2018 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00 at our usual place in Williamsburg Landing. Ralph Ehrenberg, who some of us know from our trips to the Library of Congress Map Vault, is coming to Williamsburg. He will discuss Follow your Flight”: Souvenir Airline Passenger Maps from the Golden Era of Flight. One of the least known categories of popular pictorial cartography is the complimentary airline route map that was designed to inform and entertain air travelers before the emergence of in-flight radios, movies, and iPhones. Dating from the beginning of commercial aviation following World War I, these maps evoke a time and place when air travel was novel and exciting, and commercial aviation catered to their customers. Welcome aboard as we fly with American Airlines, Air France, BOAC, Imperial Airways, UAL, and other pioneer airlines on Ford Tri-Motors, Lockheed Constellations, and Boeing 707s exploring the world of early airline route maps. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.



February 21, 2018 - Manila The Philippine Map Collectors Society will have our first 2018 General Membership Meeting in Arya Residences, Terrace Level Function Room, McKinley Pkwy, Taguig, 1634 at 6:00 PM. Presentations:
1. Illusions, Confusion and Delusion: The Mythical Island of St. John by Marga Binamira
2. An Introduction to Enrique Abella y Casariego’s Mapping of Panay by Popo Lotilla
We will also have a "Show-and-Tell” session where Peter Geldart will show “Two manuscript U.S. Army Maps of campaigns during the Moro Rebellion in 1903”. Additional information from Rudolf J. H. Lietz at gallery@gop.com.ph.



February 23, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 3pm and will have on display the original 430 year old Urbano Monte 1587 map long with its 10 feet by 10 feet facsimile and its virtual derivatives at the Center. This will be followed by a talk at 3.30 pm by Chet van Duzer, History of Cartography scholar and recent David and Abby Rumsey Fellow at the David Rumsey Map Center and the John Carter Brown Library in Boston. Chet will be presenting on his research conducted over the course of 3 months on the Urbano Monte 1587 map. The talk is entitled: Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587. Urbano Monte's map of 1587 is a spectacular creation, designed to be assembled into an image of the world 10.5 feet in diameter, on an unusual projection, intended to be rotated about its center, and elaborately decorated with images of sovereigns, sea monsters, and animals. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will present new research how Urbano Monte went about making the map: the events and works that inspired him, the sources from which he borrowed, and his own statements about the map. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.



February 25, 2018 - Wiscasset, Maine Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine and director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin, will speak on Mapping the Coast of Colonial Maine: Local Colonists vs. Imperial Agents,” with special attention to George Sproule’s 1772 map “From Kennebec River to Round Pond.”" Lecture will be at 1:00 PM in the Wiscasset Communications Building (911 Center) behind the County Court House on Route 1.



February 27, 2018 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Paul Laxton (formerly University of Liverpool) will speak about Michael Alexander Gage and the mapping of Liverpool, 1828–1836. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.



March 7, 2018 - New York Priyamvada Natarajan, professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, and author of "Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos," will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and show how maps literally track our ever-evolving cosmic view, tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution. This free and open-to-the-public New York Map Society event will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues). Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.



March 8, 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. Charles Withers (University of Edinburgh) will speak about Maps and map makers on trial: moments in the social history of cartography in nineteenth-century Britain. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.



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 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. 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.



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 – 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 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.



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 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 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. 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 – 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 their two cities. The symposium will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on October 19. Additional details to be announced. Contact Rudolf Lietz (gallery(at)gop.com.ph) or Jonathan Wattis (info(at)wattis.com.hk) for additional information.


2019

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.


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