Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events

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May 2, 9, 16, 23, and June 6, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society’s 2016 Map Month features a series of lectures about Illusions, Delusions & Confusions. Maps are often filled with inaccuracies—rivers running on a wrong course, cities placed incorrectly, existing geographic locations missing entirely—and these mistakes are one of the things which makes old maps interesting to us. One group of errors, however, are particularly captivating, those which are called ‘map myths.’ These are features which appear on maps, but not on earth: creatures which never were, cities where none were built, islands where there are but waves, lakes and rivers where there is but dry land, and kingdoms of non-existent kings. All lectures will be held in Conference Room B2 at the main branch of the Denver Public Library, starting at 5:30 pm.
  Joseph Nigg – May 2nd - Sea Monster of Olaus Magnus: Lore and Legacy of the 1539 Carta Marina
  John Gilbert – May 9th - The Edges of the Earth in Herodotus’ Histories
  P.J. Mode – May 16th - Mapmaking and Mythmaking: Persuasive Cartography at Work
  Don McGuirk – May 23rd - Sea of the West: The Imagined Sea in the Heart of North America
  Wes Brown – May 23rd - The Enormous Mythical San Luis Lake of Colorado
  Christopher W. Lane – June 6th - Cartographic myths of the American West
Additional information is available on-line or from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)

May 3, 2016 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Dr Douglas Lockhart (formerly University of Keele) will speak about Alexander Ogg (1811-65): surveyor, farmer and gold prospector, Aberdeenshire and New Zealand. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at) at tel. 01223 330476.

May 3, 2016 – Cos Cob (Greenwich), Connecticut At 7 p.m., Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen, coauthors of "Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783," will visit the Greenwich Historical Society, 31 Strickland Rd., to talk about Coastal Maps and Views from the American Revolutionary Era. They will explain how the rare maps serve as documentation of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In line with the society’s current exhibition “Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History... "

May 3, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society and and the Grolier Club will sponsor a presentation by PJ Mode - Persuasive Maps. The meeting will be 6:30-7:45 pm at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street (Between Park & Madison). PJ Mode will describe his collection of Persuasive Cartography, maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send a message - rather than to communicate objective geographic information. He will show examples published over five centuries concerning a number of subjects, including religion, empire, finance, advertising and promotion, politics, war and peace. This is a free and open-to-the-public presentation, and refreshments will be served. To facilitate getting an estimated headcount, Grolier has asked that RSVPs be sent to Maev Brennan, at mbrennan(at) Additional information from Connie Brown: connie(at)

May 3, 2016 - Valletta, Malta The Malta Map Society will meet at 6:30 PM at the famous Casino Maltese. The Map Society will be holding an official book launch event to mark the publication of their new study The Earliest Maps of Malta from Ptolemy and the 2nd Century AD to 1564. The work is based on laborious research by 92 year old President Dr. Albert Ganado and MMS Secretary and expert Joseph Schiro. Additional information from Rod Lyon (galleon(at)

May 4-8, 2016 - Rome The Brussels Map Circle has organised a rather exceptional ‘excursion’ for 2016: Roma! All details are not finalized, but this message is rather aimed at allowing you to note the date in your agenda and start booking airplanes and hotels. It will be a workshop-cum-visits on the theme of Lafreri: in the morning workshop and in the afternoon visits to collections and places connected to maps. Speakers will be Birte Rubach (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Karen De Coene (UGent), Vladimiro Valerio (IUAV), Francis Herbert (Royal Geographical Society), Emilio Moreschi (Associazione Almagià), Stefano Bifolco (Antiquarius) and Wouter Bracke (Academia Belgica). Four visits to cartographical artifacts are planned (also provisional information): the Vatican, Galleria delle carte geografiche en Terza loggia; Biblioteca centrale di Roma; Biblioteca Casanatense; Palazzo Farnese. The workshop will be held in the Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8, 00197 Rome. This is a joint-venture with our sister organisation in Italy, the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica, ‘Roberto Almagià’. Don’t miss this unique occasion and go to this link to manifest your interest (without any further obligation yet).

May 6, 2016 - London Transforming Topography is a collaborative conference organised by The British Library and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art which aims to shed new light and fresh insights on the field of topography and the British Library’s collection. The conference will be held 09:30 - 17:00 at Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road. Topography is an emerging and dynamic field in cultural and art historical scholarship. The British Library holds an extensive and extremely fine collection of place-related material including topographical views, travel diaries and antiquarian texts, amassed by distinguished collectors such as Charles I and II, Hans Sloane, and not least George III. The Transforming Topography conference is one element of an on-going research project which aims to explore the British Library's topographic collections in the light of current research. George III's topographical collection, estimated at 40,000 maps and views, is currently being catalogued and digitised with a new web space on topography due in 2017. Delivered by both established and emerging scholars, the day will end with a chaired panel discussion, addressing the matter of ‘topography now’ in art history, cultural geography and other disciplines.

May 6, 2016 - Oxford Dr Radu Leca, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will speak about The Role of Mapping in the Emergence of Japan as a Sea Power in the Late-nineteenth-century. Lecture is at 17:00 to 18:30 in the Pavilion Room, 4th Floor, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College.

May 11, 2016 - Edmonton The Edmonton Map Society’s Spring meeting will be at 7:00 pm. at Claridge House, 11027 87 Ave. Our speakers will be: Lesley Cormack: The whole earth, a present for a Prince: Molyneux’s Globes and the creation of a global vision in Renaissance England and Adrian Christ: Representations of Hungary by Dutch Cartographers, 1585-1685: Ottomans within or without Europe. The recently installed intercom system does not connect to the lounge. Please call David Jones at 780 224-1860 from the foyer and he will let you in. Additional information from David Jones (djones(at)

May 12-15, 2016 - Kalamazoo, Michigan The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place at Western Michigan University. There will be a panel about Defining Otherness on Medieval Maps. Additional information from the panel organizers Laura Whatley or Chet Van Duzer. There will be three additional panels about Roman Heritage of Medieval Maps, Mapping Space and Time, and Medieval Maps, their Makers, and Uses. Information about these panels can be obtained from panel organizers Felicitas Schmieder (Felicitas.Schmieder(at) or Dan Terkla (terkla(at)

May 12, 2016 -Friedrichsruh, Germany Dr. Christel Happach-Kasan will discuss The Duchy of Lauenburg on historical maps - Mercator to Prussian land survey at 19:30 at Otto von Bismarck Foundation, auditorium, Am Bahnhof 2.

May 12, 2016 – London The Twenty-Fifth Series '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), 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. Jonathan Potter (Jonathan Potter Ltd) will discuss Paid to do a Hobby: A Map Dealer's Reflections on the Last Forty-five Years. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and The International Map Collectors' Society. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell (tony(at)

May 13, 2016 – Washington The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society, the Friends Group of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, will be hosting a lecture. Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, a Cuban architect and urban planner, professor and author of the books “Inside Cuba” and “Inside Havana”; will discuss the history of Cuba through cartography at the Library of Congress. Islands in the Stream: Cuban Maps from the Past to the Future will start at noon in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public. Perez Hernandez will offer a rich visual presentation—combining maps, old engravings and plans—to narrate the history of Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, and its relationship with the rest of America since colonial times. The lecture will begin with the 1500 Juan de la Cosa Map of Cuba, the first one to demonstrate that Cuba was an island, and will conclude with Perez Hernandez’s own “Master Plan for XXI Century Havana.” Additional information please contact Ryan Moore, Cartographic Specialist (rymo(at) at 202-707-7779.

May 13, 2016 - Washington Please join the Washington Map Society on the beautiful campus of Gallaudet University for our 37th Annual WMS Dinner from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We will meet at the Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Avenue NE. The speaker for the evening will be Bert Johnson, Past President, WMS. He will talk about The Wind Rose - Flower of Antiquity or Mythical Black Orchid? The terms “Wind Rose” and “Compass Rose” are sometimes used interchangeably. But are they really synonyms? Compasses didn’t appear in the west until just after the first millennium. For untold centuries earlier, generations of intrepid mariners stood out to sea in small wooden craft - braving storm, peril and mystery. Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Egyptians and countless others all successfully navigated the oceans of their known ancient world without compasses. How did they track principal directions? From the 32 points of wind . . . depicted on maps of antiquity as heavenly figures blowing with puffy cheeks. This talk explores those early days when the winds themselves were used as points of mapping reference. You may register for dinner on line. Additional information about diner reservations from Peter J. Porrazzo (PJPorrazzo(at)

May 18, 2016 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 5:45 PM at the Philadelphia Police Department Mapping and Analysis Unit, 750 Race St. Michael Urciuoli will speak on their latest mapping technology. We will gather outside at the main door and call his cell so he can come down and let us in. A long-table dinner will follow at Lee How Fook in Chinatown at 219 N. 11th St. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman (philamapsociety(at)

May 18, 2016 - Taguig City, Philippines The Philippine Map Collectors Society will meet at 6 PM in Arya Residences Tower II Function Room, Bonifacio Global City.

May 19, 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. Amanda Murphyao will speak about Peoples of the Edge”: Map Cartoons of Newfoundland, 1948-1949.

May 19, 2016 – Oxford The 23rd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in the School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY. Nick Millea (Bodleian Libraries) will speak about The Sheldon Tapestry Map of Worcestershire: from Weston House to the Weston Library. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

May 21, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society will hold its Program-Year-End Field Trip beginning 2:00 pm at Fraunces Tavern Museum, followed by a Social Hour or two at Fraunces Tavern: 54 Pearl Street, New York, 10004. 212-968 -1776. Join your fellow members to see as many of the seven concurrent exhibits as you please. Afterwards, we'll repair to their Colonial American Tavern, operating since 1762, for craft beers and hors d'oeuvres on the society, anything else, including full delicious meals, on your dime. RSVP to Andrew Kapochunas (kapochunas(at) to attend.

May 22, 2016 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina Mark Chilton will discuss Mapping Orange County: Land Grants, Early Travel Routes, and the Native Trading Path at 3 PM in the Chapel Hill Historical Society, 100 Library Drive. Mark Chilton's work on mapping the original land grants of Orange County will show where important early figures in county history lived, how people traveled by road, ferry, ford, and bridge, and where the great Native Trading Path was. Starting with the work of Allen Markham of some fifty years ago, Chilton has broadened Markham's perspective on the Orange County historical record.

May 25, 2016 - Williamsburg Join the Williamsburg Map Circle for a private tour of the exhibition: We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence at 5:00. The exhibition is located at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 325 W. Francis Street. After the exhibit tour, enjoy wine and refreshments at the home of Margaret Pritchard, Colonial Williamsburg’s Curator of Maps & Prints. Directions to her home will be distributed at the Museum. Map Circle members who are Williamsburg/James City County residents should bring their Good Neighbors passes, members who live out of town should contact Trish Balderson (pbalderson(at) prior to May 25. Additional information from Ted Edwards (williamsburgmapcircle(at)

May 27, 2016 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural Wales Map Syposium at the National Library of Wales. Shaping the Nation will examine the role of maps in both depicting and creating the nation both as an entity on the ground and also as a perception in the minds of people. The symposium will be from 10.00-4.30 and is hosted by the National Library of Wales in association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Presentations:
Mapping the Marches: Marginal Places and Spaces of Cartographic Innovation, Keith Lilley, Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University Belfast
Shapes of Scotland: Maps, history and national identity, Chris Fleet, Map Curator, National Library of Scotland
The Military Map Collection of George III: a cartographic record of European wars, empires won and empires lost, Yolande Hodson, Map historian; cataloguer of King George III's Military Maps in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle
Ail-ddychmygu daearyddiaethau’r iaith Gymraeg/Re-imagining geographies of Welshness, Rhys Jones, Head of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
Humphrey Llwyd and the map of Wales, Huw Thomas, Map Curator, National Library of Wales
Maps and mapping at the Royal Commission; putting the past in its place, Tom Pert, On-line Development Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Tickets available for free, morning and afternoon refreshments provided. For tickets phone: 01970 632 548 or visit:

June 3-4, 2016 – Lisbon The third ISHMap Symposium, Encounters and Translations: Mapping and Writing the Waters of the World, is organized by Trustee Dr. Thomas Horst in cooperation with the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology. It will be held at the National Library of Portugal, Campo Grande 83. The Annual General Meeting of ISHMap will take place on Friday, 3rd June 2016 after the papers of the first day. Additional details will be posted on the website.

June 3, 2016 – London The International Map Collectors' Society annual dinner will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HU starting at 6.20pm. The nearest tube stations are Embankment or Charing Cross. The new IMCoS President, Peter Barber will be delivering the 2016 Malcolm Young lecture: Mapping Dangerous Spaces. Due to the rules of the Civil Service Club we do need you to register for this event. Please email either our Secretary, David Dare (david.dare1(at) or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby (valerie.newby(at) in advance.

June 4, 2016 – London The International Map Collectors' Society annual general meeting will be held at 10am in the Lowther Room, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.

June 4-5, 2016 - London The annual London Map Fair will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore.

June 4, 2016 – San Francisco The Spring Meeting of the California Map Society will take place 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street. Registration is available on line.

June 6-7, 2016 – Lisbon The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon announces the first international workshop On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts. Its aim is to bring together the researchers interested in the subject in order to access the current state of knowledge and possibilities for future research. The workshop is organized by Joaquim Alves Gaspar (alvesgaspar(at) (University of Lisbon), Tony Campbell (formerly British Library), and Evangelos Livieratos (International Cartographic Association). The event will be free of charges and is to be held in the Navy Museum.

June 11, 2016 - Northridge, California The California Map Society invites you to join librarian Christoper Salvano at Cal. State Northridge Department of Geography’s Map Library to view the largest collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases followed by a no-host casual lunch at a local restaurant. The Geography Map Library has one of the largest Sanborn collections in the Western USA, with over 4,100 individual volumes covering more than 1,630 cities and towns in North America. Most of us have seen individual sheets from Sanborn atlases, but how many of us have been surrounded by a room full of these 40 pound beasts? Originally produced in the 1860’s and updated through the 1970’s, Sanborn atlases provide building-level information on American cities in the West, painting the most detailed cartographic portrait we have of urban life in America during the first half of the 20th century. Meeting is 10:30 - 12:00 at Sierra Hall, Room. 171, CSU Northridge.

June 13, 2016 - Berlin The Freundeskreises für Cartographica will have an excursion to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 33; followed by the general meeting. Additional information from Dr. Markus Heinz (markus.heinz(at), Tel.: 030 / 266-435500, Fax: 030 / 266-335401.

June 16, 2016 – Green Oaks, Illinois The Chicago Map Society will meet at the MacLean Collection. Joe Deo will speak about Surveys of the Upper Peninsula.

June 17-18, 2016 – Lisbon Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration is the theme of a meeting in the National Library of Portugal. Cooperation partners of this conference will be the „Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte“ and the „Cusanus-Hochschule“ (both: Bernkastel-Kues, Germany). Additional information from Thomas Horst at thomashorst(at)

June 24-26, 2016 – Portland, Maine Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is pleased to announce a three-day Manuscript Map Workshop with Connie Brown, of Redstone Studios. The workshop will be held in the Sam E. Cohen Center, OML’s classroom on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Registration fee is $650, which includes all the materials and tools needed for the project. Also included in your fee is continental breakfast and lunch daily.

June 28-30, 2016 - Norwich and London The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture invites you to an exciting workshop, Isles of Gold Revisited: New Approaches to the Study of Early Modern Maps, in celebration of Sir Hugh Cortazzi's collection of historical maps of Japan. Attendance is free of charge, but please register in advance - the details will soon be available on the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture website.
28th June 14:00 Opening Remarks: Sir Hugh Cortazzi, Akira Hirano and Radu Leca
  14:30 Panel 1: The Conflation of World Views on Japanese Maps.
  Max Moerman: The Actuality of Buddhist Maps of the World in the Early Modern Period.
  Angelo Cattaneo: Maps of Japan in the Nanban Century.
  Elke Papelitzky: The 1671 ‘Map of Myriad Countries’
29th June 10:00 Panel 2: Regional and Urban Perspectives.
  Uesugi Kazuhiro: The Strategy of the Map Makers – Historical Geography of the Kyoto Maps in the Early Modern Era.
  Radu Leca: Maps of Kyushu on Ceramic Dishes in the Nineteenth Century.
  Richard Pegg: Mapping Edo in the mid-Nineteenth Century.
29th June 13:30 Panel 3: The Variety of Images of Japan
  Miyoshi Tadayoshi: The Overseas Adventures of Ryūsen’s Map of Japan.
  Marcia Yonemoto: One ‘Country’ or Many? Pre-national Nomenclature in Tokugawa Japanese Maps.
  Jason Hubbard: Crossfertilization: Japanese and Western Interrelationship in the Early Mapping of Japan.
30th June 14:00 Viewing of a selection of Japanese maps, Map Room, British Library.
Additional information from Radu Leca (lecaradu(at)

July 4-7, 2016 – Leeds The Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, will again have an International Medieval Congresses. Its special thematic strand is “Food, Feast & Famine.” There will be a component about “Mappings.” Contact the organizers Felicitas Schmieder (Felicitas.Schmieder(at) or Dan Terkla (terkla(at) for additional information.

July 23, 2016 - Westminster, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society’s big summer social event for members and their guests will be Cartifacts IV – a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. We’ll have a make your-own-sandwich bar, drinks, a swap meet, a “show & tell,” and all sorts of unique, map related objects collected and treasured by our members. So, please bring along your road map place mats, coffee mugs, books, map ties and t-shirts, astrolabes, unusual maps, and any other interesting cartographic artifacts that you’d like to share with your fellow RMMS members. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at) for program details.

August 31-September 2, 2016 - Prague Central Europe On Old And Historical Maps is one of the themes of the meeting of Central European Conference of Historical Geographers which will take place in the main building of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Albertov 6, 128 43.

September 6-8, 2016 - Cheltenham The 2016 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers joint conference, will take place at Cheltenham Park Hotel. Come and join with mapmakers, map users and other enthusiasts at the BCS – SoC Conference 2016, where delegates from commercial, academic and government organisations share a common interest in using and promoting maps as a valuable means of communication.

September 7-9, 2016 - Wollongong, New South Wales The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held in Wollongong, the administrative centre for the Illawarra region, an area which reflects the common history of many coastal cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand. Encircled by sea, Australia and New Zealand share a common history of exploration and settlement along the coastal fringes. The 2016 conference will explore the European discovery and gradual mapping and settlement of Australia and New Zealand and the significant role explorers, surveyors and cartographers have played in shaping and documenting the changing coastal landscape over more than 200 years. The conference program also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in his vessel the Eendracht off the coast of Shark Bay, on 25 October 1616.

September 8, 2016 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Cheryl LaRoche will speak about Mapping the Underground Railroad. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)

September 13, 2016 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina The William P. Cumming Map Society will meet this evening. Independent scholar and author, Stewart Dunaway will discuss The North Carolina town plans of Claude Joseph Sauthier. Stay tuned for details. Additional information from Jay Lester at ncmaps(at)

September 14-17, 2016 – Vienna The 18th Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at the University of Vienna. Additional information from Petra Svatek (petra.svatek(at) or Markus Heinz (kartographiegeschichte(at)

September 15, 2016 - Edinburgh The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop. The workshop theme will be Big is beautiful: managing large maps and large collections. Additional information from Ann Sutherland, Convener, Map Curators’ Group (ann.m.sutherland(at) or Paula Williams, Curator, Map, Mountaineering and Polar Collections, National Library of Scotland (p.williams(at)

September 17, 2016 - San Antonio, Texas The 7th Annual Save Texas History Symposium: The Alamo, Keystone of Texas History: Past, Present and Future. Speakers will be presenting on the history of the Alamo, as well as work that is happening today and what is planned for the future. Meeting will be held at the historic Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza. Reception to follow at Alamo Hall.

September 20, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Lee Whitely will present a program titled Trails to Interstate: Transportation systems along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Lee and his wife Jane are the authors of five books on early transportation systems of the West. The program is free and open to the public. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at) for additional details.

September 20, 2016 – New York The New York Map Society will meet 6:30 - 7:45 pm at Auditorium, Schwarzman (Main) Building, New York Public Library, 5th Ave. & 42nd St. John Roman, author of "The Art of Illustrated Maps," will discuss his book. While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, "The Art of Illustrated Maps" is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps. Additional information from Connie Brown: connie(at)

September 2016 - Baku, Azerbaijan Caspian From Past to Future, an International Caspian Sea Congress, organized by the Caspian Strategy Institute/Turkey (HASEN) in conjunction with the Institute of History, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The working language of the congress is English, but there will be simultaneous translation into Azerbaijani, Turkish and Russian. The themes include 'Toponomy of Port Cities in the Caspian Sea Region' and 'Historical Maps of the Caspian Sea'.

September 22-25, 2016 – Newport, Rhode Island The fall 2016 annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries will meet in Newport, Rhode Island. Our theme: The Mariner's Life: At Home, Abroad, and At Sea. A featured part of the conference will be the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and its work locating British ships, including Cook's bark Endeavour, lost off the Rhode Island coast during the Revolutionary War.

October 6-7, 2016 – Washington Washington Facts or Fictions: Debating the Mysteries of Early Modern Science and Cartography – A Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Waldseemüller's 1516 Carta Marina will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, and will consist of two days of talks, the morning of the first focusing on some of the most mysterious scientific questions of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, including maps like the Vinland and the Rossi Map with Ship, with the afternoon looking at new scholarship on the Carta Marina and its broad cultural context. The Schoner Sammelband, which contained both Waldseemuller’s 1507 and 1516 Map as well as globe gores by Johannes Schoner and the earliest printed star-chart by Albrecht Durer was recently donated to the Library by Madison Council member Jay Kislak, who purchased the Carta Marina and Sammelband after the LoC removed the 1507 World map from the Schoner portfolio. The Library, late in 2015, completed the acquisition, from the Prince of Wolfegg, of the final missing piece which was the Durer chart, thus bringing back together in the Library’s collections the entire contents of the Sammelband as it was bound together by Johannes Schoner in Nuremburg circa 1517. The second day will feature an amazing multi-media presentation put together by the Galileo Museum in Florence on all aspects of Waldseemuller’s life, his context and the cartography he and his associates produced. The conference will also feature an evening keynote lecture. This is the 2016 Annual Jay I. Kislak Lecture on the History of the Early Americas and will be delivered this year by best-selling author and historian of science Dava Sobel (of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter fame). Her lecture will focus on the early history of celestial cartography, which is also the subject of her new book which will be released the week of the lecture. In the past this annual lecture has featured many best-selling authors and intellectuals like Charles Mann, Jarod Diamond, Michael Coe and MacArthur Fellow David Stuart. The conference itself combines both the Kislak Lecture and a celebration of the acquisition project that led to the Waldseemuller/Schoner materials all being brought back together and is meant to be multi-disciplinary and will not only include cartographic historians but also historians of early science, philosophy and literature, all of whom will be giving talks and contextualizing some of the most profound cartographic mysteries of the early modern period. The sponsorship for the conference is coming from the Jay I. Kislak Family Foundation and the Gray Family Memorial Fund. Speakers will include world renowned historians Kirsten Seaver on the Vinland Map, Ben Olshin of the Rossi Map with Ship and Marc Polo, Chet van Duzer and Don McGurck on the Carta Marina, and Joaquim Alves Gaspar on Portolan Charts, Stephanie Wood on the Puebla-Tlaxcala contrived maps and manuscripts, as well a special presentation by the Library of Congress’ Conservation Division on the science behind the preservation and encasement of the Waldseemuller maps. Contact John Hessler, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, at jhes(at)

October 13-14, 2016 - Dubrovnik, Croatia The subject of the 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography will be The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge: Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation. Three International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commissions (History of Cartography; Map Production & Geoinformation Management; Use, User & Usability Issues) and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia) invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters for a joint conference in Dubrovnik, the medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symposium and planned optional excursions are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography. The Call for Papers can be found at the conference website, including information on registration, programme, transportation and accommodation. Questions regarding the conference and call for papers can be send to: Dr. Mirela Altic at mirela.altic(at)

October 13, 2016 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Kimball Brace will speak about Mapping in an Election. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)

October 14-15, 2016 – St. Louis The Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies is the longest running annual conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. It is organized by Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections. This years conference will have a session Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps. This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions.

October 17-18, 2016 - Albi, France À l’échelle du monde. La carte, objet culturel, social et politique, de l'Antiquité à nos jours [On the scale of the world. Maps: a cultural, social and political object from Antiquity to the present day] is a symposium organized around the Mappa Mundi Albi (eighth century), and will be held at Centre Universitaire Jean-François Champollion - Place de Verdun. This symposium will compare the views of historians and geographers on the cultural practices, political and social mapping at the world scale. The first day will be devoted to the uses and meaning of representations of the world (world maps, world maps, globes, atlases) in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second day will focus on modern and contemporary mapping and relevance across the world at the age of globalization. Additional information from Sandrine Victor (colloquemappamundi(at)

October 24-26, 2016 – Chicago The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Map Society and the Chicago International Map Fair cordially invite you to the Thirty-fourth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, commemorating and the fiftieth anniversary of the lectures series. These events will be followed by the Fourth Chicago International Map Fair. The theme for the IMCoS symposium will be Private Map Collecting and Public Map Collections in the United States. Early arrivals are invited to a welcome reception at the Newberry Library on Monday evening (24 October). Information about registration and accommodations can be found on-line.

October 26-28, 2016 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil 3er Simposio Brasilero de Cartografía Historica will be held at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 June 2016.

October 27-29, 2016 – Chicago The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library cordially invites you to the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the lectures series. The program is titled Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective. To commemorate this anniversary, the nineteenth series of the Nebenzahl Lectures returns to its first theme: the relationship between map collecting and the historical study of cartography.

October 28-30, 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Fair will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington Street, just off Michigan Avenue, across the street from the iconic Cloud Gate, or Bean statue in Millenium Park.

November 3, 2016 – Oxford The 24th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 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. John Peaty (Defence Geographic Centre Joint Forces Intelligence Group) will speak about Mapping and the Falklands Conflict, 1982: how mapping helped British Forces retake the Islands against the odds. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

November 10-12, 2016 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. The theme is Profiles in Cartography: Selected Mapmakers and Their Maps of the Southwestern Borderlands. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society. Additional information from Ben Huseman (huseman(at)

November 15, 2016 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room. Chet Van Duzer will speak about New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral imaging and Early Cartography. Mr. Van Duzer will explain why he felt that the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for multispectral images, show some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus map in late 15th and early 16th century cartography. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)

November 17, 2016 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. PJ Mode will talk about Persuasive Cartography. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)

December 8, 2016 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Shelley Mastran will speak about Cartography of Northern Virginia. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)

December 10, 2016 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle will meet at 9.30 at the Royal Library of Belgium, Meeting Centre, Mout des Arts/Kunstberg, Boulevard de l'Empereur 2 / Keizerslaan 2. The conference will be about Instruments and Globes. Registration for the conference is requested on the website.


February 3-5, 2017 - Miami The 24th 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. 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), Map Fair Manager at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618. 2017 Map Fair Presenters include Elisabeth Burdon (Map dealer,; Ronald E. Grim (Curator of Maps, The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library); Dr. Stephen Hornsby (Author and Trustee Professor, University of Maine System); Nick Kanas, MD (Author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco); and Dr. James Utley (National speaker, map collector and VP of Medical Affairs at Coventry Health Care). Presentation subjects: Panel discussion on 20th Century pictorial maps, little known provenance of unique maps from the Boston Public Library and Celestial maps.

May 25, 2017 – Oxford The 24th Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 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. Edward P F Rose (Royal Holloway, University of London) willspeak about The Geological Section, Inter-Service Topographical Department: contributions by Oxford geologists, the Bodleian Library and thematic mapping to Allied military intelligence during the Second World War. Additional information from Nick Millea (nick.millea(at), Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.

July 2-7, 2017 – Washington The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Additional information from Lynn Usery (info(at), Conference Director.

July 8, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil Pre-conference meetings will be held;
09.30 – 15.30: Meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM)
16.00 – 18.00: Annual General Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap)

July 9-14, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil The 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be organized by the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and will be coordinated by Professor Junia Furtado. Conference theme will be The Cartographic Challenge of the New. The proceedings will be in English. This is the first time that the conference, founded in 1964, will take place outside Europe and North America. Belo Horizonte is the capital city of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil, and the country's third largest urban conglomerate after Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Its selection underlines the growing importance of the history of cartography in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking Latin America. The conference opens on Sunday in Minas Tenis Clube Cultural Center, 2244 Rua da Bahia, on the 5th floor. From 10.00 in the morning you can pop in to register. 
From 14.30 you are welcome to take a seat for the Opening Ceremony which will start at 15.00 sharp. There will be a post conference tour, on 15th July, to Ouro Preto, one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites. Further details contact ICHC-2017 (infoichc2017(at), Rua Antônio de Albuquerque, 1032 apt. 41, Belo Horizonte | Minas Gerais, Brazil CEP 30.112-011; phone (5531) 3227-7616.

September 15-16, 2017 – Leiden, The Netherlands An International Symposium on the History of Cartography on Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West will be held to celebrate the opening of the Asian Library as well as ‘Asia Year’ at Leiden University. The International Symposium at Leiden University Library, Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden, The Netherlands is to be jointly hosted by the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography and Leiden University. Until detailed information becomes available, questions regarding the symposium can be send to: Martijn Storms, Curator of Maps & Atlases at Leiden University Libraries, m.storms(at)

October 8-11, 2017 – Hamburg The Thirty-fifth International Map Collectors' Society Symposium will be held. The closing dinner will be on Wednesday 11 October. There will be a post-symposium tour 12-15 October. Additional details to come.


February 2-4, 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. 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), Map Fair Manager at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.


July 1-5, 2019 - Tokyo The 29th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

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 in Amsterdam.

Last Updated on May 23, 2016 by John W. Docktor (jdocktor(at)