January 13, 2009 - London Mike Heffernan will speak at the Lunchtime Seminar of The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, Room G22, 43 Gordon Square, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. He will speak about Visualizing the South: The American Geographical Society and the Map of Hispanic America, 1920-1946. This is the story of a map; though no ordinary map. When finally completed after World War Two, following 25 years of unstinting effort by a team of cartographers based in the New York headquarters of the American Geographical Society, the 1:1 Million 'Map of Hispanic America' was celebrated as 'the greatest map ever produced of any one area', an unsurpassed technical achievement and a major work of art. The origins of the map, its painstaking compilation through the 1920s and 1930s, and the use to which it was put before and after World War Two provide telling commentaries on the development of a new, more expansive US geopolitical imagination after World War One; on the creation, within this ideological perspective, of a distinctive visual image of Latin America as a singular world region linked to, and dependent upon, its all-powerful northern neighbour; and on the role science played in the early 20th century projection of US cultural, intellectual and political authority. And yet the character of the Hispanic Map was also shaped by the personal motives and dialogues of the many characters and agencies involved in its construction, in the USA and throughout Latin America. Mike Heffernan is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham. His current research projects include: Geography, citizenship and national identity in Europe and North America, 1870-1945; Landscape, war and memory, 1914-1940. He is the author of The European Geographical Imagination (2007), among several articles.
January 15, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street. "A noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die" Those words, following closely on the heels of his more famous utterance "Make no little plans," certainly apply to Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago. The "noble diagrams" that Burnham, Edward Bennett, and their associates prepared one hundred years ago are among the most important maps ever made of Chicago. Though never realized fully, the dazzling vision and inspirational power of the "Burnham Plan" influenced our city's development throughout the twentieth century, and will continue to do so in the twenty-first. On the centenary of the Plan, longtime Plan of Chicago scholar, urban cartographer, and former Map Society president Dennis McClendon will talk about the maps and diagrams used in the document and subsequent promotional efforts, and about how the Plan reshaped the city.
January 15, 2009 - 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. Anthony P. Mullen, of the Library of Congress, will present Jouhan de la Guilbaudiere, his "Buccaneer's Atlas", and the Beginning of French Commerce along the Pacific Coast of South America ca. 1700. This presentation concerns a ca. 1696 manuscript atlas of sailing directions including bays, harbors, inlets, significant coastal features, and towns along the Pacific Coast from Tierra del Fuego to California. The atlas text was written by Guilbaudiere, a freebooter, or a type of pirate, who was involved in raids along the Pacific Coast possibly as early as the 1680s. The atlas text is accompanied by 35 striking watercolor plans and maps that were drafted by an engineer named Hanche [Hanicle?]. It is likely that the atlas was prepared for Danycan de l'Épine, the most prominent ship owner and outfitter in Saint-Malo (France). In 1698, Danycan partially sponsored an expedition to Tierra del Fuego, and the coast of Chile and Peru, with the aim of establishing a French outpost in Tierra del Fuego and examining the prospects for trade along the Pacific coast. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
January 21, 2009 - Pocomoke City, Maryland At a Discovery Center lecture Mapping Delmarva's Past, Dr. Ray Thompson will explore the history of the Eastern Shore through a collection of unique maps which span from the 16th through 20th century. These maps reflect the region's diverse natural and cultural history. He will lead discussion on early map makers, explorers to the area and the excellent historic resource collections of the Nabb Center in Salisbury, of which he is a co-founder. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 2 Market St. Call 410-957-9933.
January 22, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Dr Benjamin Olshin (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, History, and History of Science, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia) Speculations and Discoveries: Brazil and the Other Side of the Globe at the end of the 15th Century - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
January 27, 2009 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30pm in the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor Gates Room, 13th Ave & Broadway. Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian and Hoke Perkins, Associate Librarian, of the University of Virginia Library will discuss the map collections in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, including the pledged bequest of the Seymour I. Schwartz Collection.
January 28, 2009 - London Gresham College, founded by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1597, is an independently funded educational institution based in Barnard's Inn, Holborn, in the centre of London. It provides free public lectures and holds other events. The college does not award degrees or teach courses. Today at 6pm in Barnard's Inn Hall, Anthony Payne will discuss Richard Hakluyt: London's role in Navigation and History. Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616) is famous for his Principal Navigations, intended both to record past maritime achievement and to inspire new endeavours. Hakluyt was supported by the Clothworkers' Company and by his cousin (also Richard), a Middle Temple lawyer connected to City overseas trading interests. This lecture will explore Hakluyt's enterprise in the context of these London associations.
January 29, 2009 - Toronto The Upper Canada Map Society will be meeting at 6.pm at University of Toronto Robarts Library, Room 4049, 130 St. George Street. Our speaker is Military Historian Richard Feltoe speaking on:The Mystery of the Rotating Map-An Incident from the War of 1812. We will be having a very brief discussion prior to the talk (which will start at 6.15) to set membership dues, to discuss the IMCoS planning committee and the election of officers for the 2009 season. For further information, contact Megan Webster.
January 29-31, 2009 - Zurich Herrschaft verorten. Politische Kartographie des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit is an international conference to be held at University of Zurich. Additional information from the organizers PD Dr. Martina Stercken, Universität Zürich, Nationaler Forschungsschwerpunkt, Rämistr. 69, CH-8006 Zürich; or Prof. Dr. Ingrid Baumgärtner, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Fachbereich 05 - Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Universität Kassel, Nora-Platiel-Str. 1, D-34127 Kassel.
February 2, 2009 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography 16th Annual Series Field Trip 2009 will see Treasures of the Christ Church Library at 5pm. Numbers limited - if you wish to attend, please contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; tel: 01865 287119, fax: 01865 277139.
February 7-8, 2009 - Miami The Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps. Visitors are invited to bring in maps of their own for expert opinions and attend educational programs. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information and registration materials, contact Marcia Kanner, Map Fair Coordinator, at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida using the above address or by telephone at (305) 375-1492; facsimile: (305) 375-1609.
February 10-13, 2009 - Hyderabad, India Map World Forum will simply aim to "Converge Ideas and Expand Horizons for Sustainable Planet Earth". It will aim beyond speeches and discussions to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. Its mission, therefore, will be to encourage the geospatial family and the society at large to function in ways that protect the Earth's natural environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of present and future generations. Forum to be held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre. For additional information contact Ms. Annu Negi, Tel: +91-120-4612500, Fax: +91-120-4612555,4612666.
February 10, 2009 - London Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Senate House Library, the E.G.R.Taylor Collection of Historic Printed Maps was catalogued in 2008. The Collection contains over 900 map sheets, representing 96 individual and series titles dating between 1700 and 1900, and was presented to Senate House Library by Birkbeck College, where E G R Taylor was Chair of the Department of Geography from 1930 until 1944. April Carlucci, Angela Craft, and Alexandra Bruce will make a presentation on the cataloguing and preservation of the E G R Taylor Collection of Historic Printed Maps at 5.00pm, Seng T. Lee Centre, Senate House Library, University of London. Attendance free. All welcome with prior registration: Senate House Library Office, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8432.
February 11, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street. Daniel Block, Chicago State University, will speak about Mapping Food, Supermarkets, and Community in Chicago. Access to quality groceries is a major issue in many Chicago communities. In many areas supermarkets are few and far in between, and available stores often have limited variety, especially of fresh fruits and vegetables. A recent study supported by the Chicago Community Trust mapped patterns of food availability in Chicago and the suburbs. Consumers, local activists, and store owners and managers in a variety of Chicago communities were also interviewed. The findings show that patterns of food access often mirror racial and ethnic patterns in the city and suburbs and that relationships between store owners and the communities around them vary greatly between different areas of the city. These patterns are expressed both in maps and stories and paint a picture of a starkly differentiated city, but one full of community-based entrepreneurs working towards solutions.
February 11-13, 2009 - Hyderabad, India Location Summit 2.0, the first Global Summit on Positioning and Navigation with the theme "Towards Collaborative Model", brings together the pioneers, industry leaders and developers who are setting the direction for the future of location technologies and markets, guiding the development of new applications and shaping the way to meet the challenge of making location enabled services ubiquitous. Conference is at Hyderabad International Convention Centre. For additional information contact Ms. Anamika Das, Tel: +91-120-4612500, Fax: +91-120-4612555,4612666.
February 12, 2009 - Luzern Xaver Imfeld (1853-1909) im Dialog mit Vermessern und Reliefbauern aus drei Jahrhunderten at 18:30, Gletschergarten.
February 15-17, 2009 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to a Symposium on Cartography for Central and Eastern Europe. This region has a long and outstanding tradition in cartography. We aim to bring together cartographers, GI scientists and those working in related disciplines from Central and Eastern Europe with the goal of offering a platform of discussion and exchange and stimulation of joined projects. The symposium will be held at Vienna University of Technology, Main Building, 1st floor, »Boecklsaal«, Karlsplatz 13. For additional information contact Georg Gartner, Research Group Cartography, Institute for Geoinformation and Cartography, Vienna University of Technology, Erzherzog-Johann-Platz 1/127-2, 1040 Vienna, Austria; Phone: +43-1-58801-12601, Fax: +43-1-58801-12699.
February 16, 2009 - Grafenort Xaver Imfeld - Der Meister der Alpentopgrafie. Porträt eines genialen Obwaldners mit szenischen Einschüben at 19.15, Herrenhaus Grafenort (OW) (Türkollekte).
February 17, 2009 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminar in the History of Cartography 2008-2009 meets at 5.30 pm in the Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Dr Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) will speak about Diagram to Portrait and Back Again: Styling the Map to Fit the Reader. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at 01223 330476.
February 17, 2009 - London The International Map Collectors' Society popular collectors' evening, when members bring along maps to show to others and sometimes get help with identification, will be held at 6pm at Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court. The evening will be chaired by Francis Herbert and the theme is Scandinavia - especially Denmark and Norway - taking into account two major conferences be held in 2009: the 27th IMCoS International Symposium in Oslo in September and the 23rd International Conference on the History of Cartography being held in Copenhagen in July. Further details from Caroline Batchelor on 01372 272755. Refreshments provided.
February 19, 2009 - Washington Dan Bailey of the UMBC Imaging Research Center will discuss the Center's Video of Washington DC, at the Washington Map Society meeting at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. This is the video featured at last year's Walters Gallery MAPS exhibit and in the Washington Post Magazine. A film company preparing an upcoming documentary approached Dan Bailey in 2005 to recreate virtually the area around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as it would have appeared in 1812. Bailey is the Director of the Imaging Research Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County, which develops new technologies in the digital arts in order to effectively communicate specialist content to diverse audiences. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
February 21, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 11 AM at The Art Institute of Chicago (Michigan and Adams) - Fullerton Hall. This lecture is co-organized by The Chicago Map Society and The Art Institute of Chicago. Ruth Watson will speak about Brave New Worlds. For over twenty years, Dr. Ruth Watson has worked with cartographic ideas and imagery as a major basis for her artwork. From emerging artist projects such as Planetarium at Artspace (Auckland, 1989) to Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (Asia Society Museum, New York, 2003) her work has consistently engaged with these concerns, particularly the image of the world. Watson seeks to present alternative worldviews, often via little known map projections, by engaging with the structures of mapping itself. This talk will cover most aspects of her work for a new audience. She will focus on recent work that has involved a mapping the universe project and ongoing concerns with the histories and specificities of map projections.
February 21, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. New York Map Society member Les Trager will speak about The Hudson River, Prior to Hudson. He will speak about some early 17th-century maps that show Hudson Bay was explored and mapped prior to Henry Hudson "discovering" it. He will also demonstrate through the use of satellite contour lines, that Champlain's Hudson Bay maps of 1616 and 1632 are consistent only with surveys done about three to four thousand years earlier, when the shape of Hudson Bay was quite different from that of Hudson's time of 1610.
February 25, 2009 - Washington John W. Hessler will be giving the lecture In the Footsteps of Caesar: Searching for the Physical and Epigraphical Remains of Roman Centuriation and Surveying in Tunisia The lecture is sponsored by the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and is part of our regular "Map Talk" Series. It will be given in the Reading Room, Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue at 12:00pm. The lecture will provide a brief introduction to the cartography and surveying techniques employed by the Romans in North Africa, a description of the Corpus Agrimensorum, which the sixth century surveying manuscript that Hessler has been working on for the last two years, and a bit of a travel log describing his search for the physical remains of Roman surveying practices in Tunisia and Southern France.
February 25, 2009 - Worcester, United Kingdom People can enjoy a preview of a newly-digitised historical map at a talk provided by the Heritage Lottery-funded Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project later this month, backed by Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council. Ancient & Modern: The Historic Maps of Northwick, Bevere & North Claines is free to attend and takes place at 7.30pm at St Stephen's Church Hall. The Northwick, Bevere and Claines areas are charted on ancient maps including the Tithe Plan of 1840 and the John Doharty map, completed in 1753. The fragile Doharty map is to be repaired and conserved as part of the Project. A digital version has now been created, which will help preserve the original and this will soon be available online. Attendees will be among the first to see the digital version of the colourful map and its accompanying information, which includes details of landowners and field-names. Maggi Noke, an expert at digitising historical documents, will present the talk alongside local history researcher David Guyatt, a tithe map specialist.
February 26, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Sarah Tyacke (Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London) Understanding Robert Dudley's Arcano del Mare, 1646-8 - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 4-6, 2009 - London The Cosmography of Paradise / The Other World from Ancient Mesopotamia to Medieval Europe consists of a lecture the evening of March 4 at University College London, and a Colloquium March 5-6 at the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square. Organised by Alessandro Scafi (The Warburg Institute) with the cooperation of Mark Geller (Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL) and the support of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the Institute of Jewish Studies and the School of Advanced Study. This conference will examine the theme of Paradise from various comparative perspectives, focussing especially on how in different ages and traditions, but especially from the ancient Near East to the European Middle Ages, theories about the structure of the physical cosmos have shaped ideas about the nature of "the other world". For additional information contact Alessandro Scafi.
March 5, 2009 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have Surekha Davies (Warburg Institute / Birkbeck College, London) discuss Maps and the Construction of the Brazilian Cannibal in the Sixteenth Century: Martin Waldseemüller, Pierre Desceliers and Jean de Léry. Seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm in the Board Room, University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment.
March 6-7, 2009 - Rosslyn, Virginia The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Holiday Inn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive. Rare books, maps, prints, autographs and more will be presented by 75 distinguished dealers. Open Friday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
March 7, 2009 - Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle has 3 sequential events today at House of the Belgium Union of Expert-Surveyors, Rue du Nord 76 / Noordstraat 76; Metro: Madou or Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet. The 48th meeting of the Executive Committee is at 14.00.
The 11th Annual General Meeting is at 16.00 All current (paid-up) members are invited to participate. However, according to the Statutes adopted in 2005, only Active Members have a vote. A personal invitation to this meeting with the agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail. In order to reinforce our Team, we invite those of our ordinary members interested in taking an active role in the life of the BIMCC to contact President Eric Leenders. The AGM would be very pleased to welcome new supporters in the group currently comprising 22 Active Members, of whom 11 serve on the Executive Committee. Active Members interested in joining the Executive Committee should write to the President.
The AGM will be followed by the Map Evening at 17.30 . Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps - members as well as non-members - for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle. Wine and snacks will be served; participants are asked to pay EUR 10.00 at the door for expenses. Please register with the Vice-President/Secretary.
March 11, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street. Rina Ghose, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will speak about Public Participation GIS in the Context of Inner-City Revitalization. The goal of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) is to erase the GIS digital divide by providing access to geographic information technologies among traditionally marginalized citizens, in order to enable better participation in planning and policy tasks. Over the last decade, PPGIS initiatives have been undertaken across the world. Within the United States, PPGIS initiatives have enabled inner-city community organizations to use GIS in their organizing and planning tasks. In this lecture, Dr. Ghose will explore the often complex and contradictory process of participation and spatial knowledge production among inner-city community organizations in Milwaukee.
March 12, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Stéphane Blond (Department of History, University of Evry-Val d'Essonne) The Trudaine Road Maps, a Masterpiece in French Enlightenment Cartography - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 14, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. Guest speaker Miklos Pinther, former Chief Cartographer at the United Nations, will speak about maps on stamps. If you love maps you will find cartophilately fascinating. Postage stamps present a special challenge to produce a meaningful map in a confined, space. You will learn about stamps that pay homage to the art and science of cartography, commemorate special events, and support territorial claims. You will find out about the only stamp that was printed on the back of maps and officially used. These and other aspects will be detailed by a PowerPoint presentation and a 16-page exhibit.
March 16-17, 2009 - Oxford The interdisciplinary conference Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West, at University College, explores the role of the imagination in the production and use of medieval maps and views of Jerusalem. Papers will discuss the representation of the city and its buildings in manuscripts and early printed books from the Jewish and Christian traditions, with an emphasis on city maps and ground plans of the Temple and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The speakers are: Anthony Bale, Kathryne Beebe, Mary Carruthers, Catherine Delano-Smith, Evelyn Edson, Katrin Kogman-Appel, Bianca Kühnel, Thomas O'Loughlin, Kathryn Rudy, Lesley Smith, Hanna Vorholt, and Andrea Worm. The conference is accompanied by a display of manuscripts and printed books from the collections of the Bodleian Library, which will be on public view in the Library's Exhibition Room from 23 February to 21 March. Pre-registration is required. For additional information contact Lucy Donkin, University College, Oxford, OX1 4BH.
March 19, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street. Sam Truett, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico will speak on Beyond the Nation's Edge: Mapping the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Sam Truett will examine parallel efforts by nations and corporations to transform and control the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at the turn of the century through maps. Focusing on the western borderlands of Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, he will discuss how U.S. interests learned to see beyond the nation's edge, and why their cartographic vision often failed them.
March 20, 2009 - Bucharest The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle Symposium on the history of cartography, sponsored by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, will comprise a visit to the National Museum of Maps and Old Books and two sessions of lectures respectively on Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The event will be at the National Museum of Maps and Old Books, Str. Londra nr. 39. English and French for presentations. Programme under development. The organisation of the symposium is coordinated by BIMCC members Anton Comanescu and Jean-Louis Renteux.
March 21, 2009 - Morrow, Georgia Steven Scurry will speak on pre-Revolutionary origins of the war and post war studies of both the Creek Nation and Georgia. The media presentation, Origins and Consequences; Borderland Warfare and the Future of the State, will use both historic maps, one presented publicly for the first time, and modern transpositions to present the land struggle from a ground level. A map fold out with an event chronology will be provided to Society members. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. The talk will be at 10:00 AM at National Archives Southeast Region, 5780 Jonesboro Road.
March 21, 2009 - Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, will host the Fifth Annual Alan M. and Natalie P. Voorhees Lecture series. Speakers Marianne McKee and Luke Vavra will discuss the creation and correction of the first official state map of Virginia (1827/1859) and its use during the Civil War. The titles of their talks are: From Contracts to Copperplates: The Making of the 1827 State Map of Virginia, the Corrections in 1859, and the Copperplate Printing Project of 2004 and Filling the Void: The Boye and Boye-Bucholtz Maps During the Civil War. Many maps from the Library's collections will be on display from 11AM till 1PM and from 3PM to 4PM, including the Library's 1827 state map of Virginia and its original copperplates. The lectures will take place from 1-3. This lecture is free and open to the public with support from the Fry-Jefferson Map Society at the Library of Virginia. For more information phone 804-692-3900. A box lunch is available. Details will be provided/reservations taken when calling this phone number.
March 22-27, 2009 - Las Vegas Join 8,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists for the latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience during the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.
March 26, 2009 - Edinburgh The Ordnance Survey six-inch Country Series mapping of Edinburgh (first surveyed in 1852) shows the natural landscape and built environment with great accuracy and in fascinating detail. The OS map was recently published as a facsimile City Map by Cassini Publishing Ltd. Graeme Cruickshank, local historian and author of the detailed notes on the map, takes us on a tour of its main features and content in the presentation Mapping Mid-19th century Edinburgh. Lecture is at 7pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. To book your free place(s), please phone 0131 623 4675 or e-mail.
March 26, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Dr Hanna Vorholt (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, The Warburg Institute) Provenance and Dissemination of Medieval Maps of Jerusalem: Constructing and Deconstructing a Stemma - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
March 26, 2009 - 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. Meeting will be a Members Night to "show and tell". This has been a favorite event and is back by popular request.
March 31, 2009 - Charlottesville Joel Kovarsky, M.D., M.S., owner and operator of The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps and Books in Crozet, Virginia, will discuss his project on The Geographic and Cartographic Imaginations of Thomas Jefferson. This project will focus on four main areas: developing an expanded list of individual maps owned and/or drawn by Jefferson, conducting a detailed evaluation of the books Jefferson considered to be geographical in nature, reviewing Jefferson's personal communications with individuals tied to the history of cartography and western expansion (Melish, Morse, Astor, King, Ledyard, Stockdale, etc.), and obtaining high resolution images of copies of individual maps owned by Jefferson. The talk begins at 4 p.m. at Monticello's Jefferson Library. The event is free, but space is limited. Please e-mail to register.
April 3-5, 2009 - San Antonio The Texas Map Society will have their spring meeting, co-sponsored by the University of Texas at San Antonio. The three days will include presentations by a group of exceptional scholars focusing on Spanish Colonial Mapping and their Map Makers, and an outstanding lineup of tours, dinners and events in and around one of Texas' most famous tourist destinations. Presenters include Richard Kagan, of John Hopkins University, our Keynote Speaker, as well as John Hébert of the Library of Congress, David Buisseret, formerly at the University of Texas at Arlington, Ricardo Padrón, at the University of Virginia, John Miller Morris of the University of Texas at San Antonio, John Wheat of the Center for American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Bruce Winders, Curator and Historian of the Alamo. Tours include the Project Urban Segment of the San Antonio River (60 million dollar improvement project), P2 Energy Solutions for digital mapping, and the Nelson Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. For further information contact Kit Goodwin, TMS Secretary-Treasurer.
April 4, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. New York Map Society member Jim Sykes will offer a discursive presentation on the incidence of Globes in Works of Art. His illustrated talk will touch on a number of different works, several of which date back to antiquity. The Renaissance, which of course encompasses the great Age of Discovery, is particularly rich in works of art that include depictions of globes.
April 6-7, 2009 - Venice The International Cartographic Association Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage is organizing the IV International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. This Workshop is addressed to scholars, researchers, map-curators, mapcollectors, administrators, digital industry / market operators, and students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds (humanistic, scientific and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affined to cartographic heritage. The Workshop will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how the digital revolution and modern information and communication technologies in general can or could be used and contribute to cartographic heritage in terms of acquisition, processing visualization and communication of relevant digital data. The Workshop will take place at the "Aula Magna" of the Università IUAV di Venezia, Tolentini, Santa Croce 191. The presentations will be given in English.
April 7, 2009 - Denver Susan Schulten, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Denver, will be the guest lecturer at the meeting of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Meeting is at 5:30pm in the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor Gates Room, 13th Ave & Broadway. She will speak on the growth of thematic cartography in the late nineteenth century, beginning with some path breaking maps of the distribution of the slave population made by the Coast Survey in 1861, and culminating perhaps with Walker's 1874 Statistical Atlas.
April 8, 2009 - Washington John Hessler, Senior Reference Librarian, Geography and Map Division, at 12:00 noon, will give a lecture Building, Dwelling, Thinking: A Study of the Cartographic Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau in the Library of Congress. The lecture will detail his research into Thoreau's mapmaking activities and present new research based on Thoreau's book borrowing records from the Harvard Library and Hessler's recently established attribution to Thoreau of several maps in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. Lecture is in Geography and Map Division Reading Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. For more information contact John Hessler 202-707-7223.
April 14-16, 2009 - Dubai The Middle East region is increasingly navigating a path for development and economic growth. The region being quite receptive to developmental setup provides adequate infrastructure and investments that holds a promising future for geospatial technologies and their applications. To meet the requirements of the geospatial community in the region, every year Map Middle East provides a platform to realize, recognize, and share the stages of dissemination of Geospatial Information. Founded in the year 2005, Map Middle East has evolved and emerged as the single regional forum for geospatial community over the last couple of years. Map Middle East 2009 will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Additional information from Mr. Prashant Joshi, Tel: +971 4 2045350 / 2045351, Fax: +971 4 2045352.
April 14-17, 2009 - Sevilla The Escuela De Estudios Hispano-Americanos and Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas are sponsoring an international symposium entitled Poblar la inmensidad: sociedades, conflictos y representaciones en los márgenes del Imperio Hispánico (XV-XIX). One of the themes will be the history of cartography in the Spanish Empire. Additional information from the website.
April 18, 2009 - Enschede, The Netherlands The meeting of Studiekring Historische Cartografie will be at 10.00 at Odd Fellowhuis, Nic. Beetstraat 44. Dr. Peter van der Krogt will give a lecture about Blaeu's atlas Major.
April 21, April 28, and May 5, 2009 - Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library will present a
series of three lectures, A New England Tradition of Map Collecting - Cartographic Treasures from the Boston Public Library,
featuring highlights from the Library's collections of atlases and maps. Lectures will focus on Ptolemaic atlases, portolan atlases, and
presidential map collections. Lectures start at 5:30 pm in Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Abbey Room, McKim Building.
Specifics for the three lectures are:
April 21: Editing the World: Ptolemaic Atlases and Renaissance Geography - James Akerman, Directory of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library, Chicago.
April 28: Portolan Charts and Atlases: A Milestone in the Mapping of the Mediterranean Sea - Richard Pfledere, private collector, Williamsburg, Virginia.
May 5: Presidential Map Collections: A Geographical Survey of the John Adams Library - Ronald Grim, Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.
The lecture series, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Boston Rare Maps, the Boston Map Society, Cohen and Taliaferro, Barry L. Ruderman Antique Maps, and the Philadelphia Print Shop. Please RSVP to Christine Murphy at (617) 859-2387. Additional information from Ronald E. Grim, Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116; T 617-859-2375; F 617-424-8617.
April 23, 2009 - Bruges The Cultuurbibliotheek is organizing a small exhibition and a conference by J. L. Meulemeester (Stedelijk Archeologisch Museum Oudenburg) on the Tabula Peutingeriana. Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30, 8200 Bruges. Starts at 20.00. Dutch speaking. Admission free.
April 23-24, 2009 - Liverpool Map Cataloguing for the Terrified is a course given at University of Liverpool (UK). The course will run from 13.00 Thursday until 13.00 Friday. Arrangements for supper on the Thursday will be available at delegates' expense. A block of rooms at a convenient hotel is being held for delegates. Course tutors include April Carlucci (Kings College London, and formerly Cataloguing Manager, British Library Map Collections), Debbie Hall (Map Cataloguer, Bodleian Library, Oxford University), Rose Mitchell (Map Archivist, The National Archives) and Paula Williams (Map Cataloguer, National Library of Scotland Map Library). Reservation forms and programmes will be available on the BCS website, at which time we will make a further announcement with a direct link. Or, contact one of the organisers listed below for these documents. The deadline for booking the course and for the special hotel rate is 31 March 2009. Places are limited, so please book early! Organisers: Anne Taylor, Head of Map Department, Cambridge University Library, Debbie Hall, Map Cataloguer, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, and April Carlucci, Kings College London.
April 23, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Eva Stamoulou (Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester) Portraying the Mediterranean: Sixteenth-century Books of Islands (Isolarii) and the Venetian Maritime Empire - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
April 23, 2009 - 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. Chas Langelan, WMS director, will tell the amazing story of how Mason & Dixon's Line was run, and the profound role it came to play in American history. Charles Mason was a world-class astronomer and geodesist, Jeremiah Dixon a superb English surveyor. Together they made up the British Royal Observatory's top "overseas assignment" team --- accomplished experts who sailed the globe for England and science. In 1763 they answered a troubled plea, from two of His Majesty's far-off American colonies, Pennsylvania and Maryland, seeking skilled help in laying out their vast, complex wilderness boundary. The job was estimated to take 18 months. Six years later Mason & Dixon completed it --- one of the most remarkable boundary surveys ever conducted on earth. But unbeknownst to them, or anyone else at the time, they were also carving out the magic legendary line that would make slaves free. How this all took place is our topic on April 23. Some WMS members may recall the impromptu talk Chas gave on this during our field trip to Baltimore in May '08. Chas Langelan is a professional land surveyor who practiced 40 years in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He holds DC surveyor's registration number 1. In 2002 he organized a joint conference of six professional societies, who together replaced a missing Mason-Dixon crownstone, in a memorable historic ceremony near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This presentation will immediately follow the annual WMS Business Meeting. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
April 24-25, 2009 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Descriptio Transylvaniae is the title for the International Conference on History of Cartography and Historical Geography at Faculty of Geography, 5-7, str. Clinicilor. Conference language is English. Proposed Themes are Map Collections in Transylvania, Transylvania represented on Maps, Changes of the Landscapes, Changes in the Perception of the World, The Language of the Maps, and The Linguistic Maps. During the meeting there will be exhibitions of maps from the private map collection of Tamás Sándor (Târgu Secuiesc), and maps from Cholnoky Jeno Map Collection (Cluj-Napoca). There is a post-conference tour to Teleki Library, Târgu Mures Additional information from Dr Zsombor Bartos-Elekes.
April 24-26, 2009 - Darmstadt The 4th International Atlas Days with the principal theme "lithography" will take place at the University and State Library.
April 24-26, 2009 - Paris Mrs Loeb-Larocque has agreed to receive the International Map Collectors' Society group in her private premises to show us some outstanding cartographic examples of The Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and other maps of international interest. We shall visit Mrs Loeb-Larocque on Friday afternoon 24 04 09 around 15:00. The group may have to be split into two depending on the number of members present. The visit to the French national library will take place on Saturday morning, 25 04 09, at the rue Richelieu premises, while atlases and the huge Coronelli globes will be on display in the afternoon at the Francois-Mitterrand site. We will organise a sight seeing tour of Paris or an excursion to a nice place in the neighbourhood on Sunday 25 04 09. Further details will be circulated in due course. Please note that like on previous similar occasions, hotel accommodation and restaurant reservations will be the responsibility of individuals participating.
April 25, 2009 - Deerfield, Massachusetts Antique maps provide a window on the progression of geographical knowledge over time, while also reflecting contemporary views of the world. The convergence of art, history, and geography found in early maps makes them a desirable collectible. This one-day forum at Historic Deerfield, Cartographic Connections: Investigating and Collecting Antique Maps, offers an examination of the "look and feel" of early maps, and strategies for evaluating and collecting them. Click here to view and download a flyer and registration form. For more information or registration please call 413 775-7179.
April 28, 2009 - Milwaukee The twentieth annual "Maps and America" lecture, sponsored by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer, 6:00 pm in the American Geographical Society Library. University of Wisconsin System Professor John Schroeder will speak on the charting activities of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, a man better known for his diplomatic overtures with Japan. For more information please phone (414) 229-6282.
May 2-7, 2009 - Washington A series of events titled Alexander von Humboldt - Remapping Global Perspectives will commemorate
the 150th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt's death. These events will take place in venues throughout Washington, DC during
the first week of May 2009. A man ahead of his time, Alexander von Humboldt (September 14, 1769 - May 6, 1859) is known
throughout the world as a result of his five-year research expedition to the New Continent. In addition to his work as a research
explorer, naturalist, and scientist, he is also remembered as an early advocator for human rights and a pioneer in the field of ecology.
See web pages below for more details.
May 2 - Research Explorer Alexander von Humboldt: A New Vision of the World at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 4645 Reservoir Road NW; 10 am - 2 pm.
May 4 - Alexander von Humboldt - A Man for the 21st Century at German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 6 pm.
May 5 - The World Conciousness of Alexander von Humboldt at Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street NW; 6:30 pm.
May 6 - Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009 at Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Building, Room 119; 3 pm.
May 7 - Humboldt's Influence on 19th-Century American Artists at The German Embassy's Carl Schurz Auditorium, 4645 Reservoir Road NW; 7 pm.
May 6, 2009 - Washington As a prelude to the upcoming International Symposium, Exploring Waldseemüller's World, to be held on May 14th and 15th at the Library of Congress, John Hessler, Senior Reference Librarian in the Geography and Map Division, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, will discuss one of Waldseemüller's other cartographic creations, the 1513 Map of the Upper Rhine Valley. Although it has been thought for well over a century that Waldseemüller himself surveyed the region portrayed in the map, recent research by Hessler has cast doubts on this accepted notion. By showing that Waldseemüller actually copied several texts on surveying from 13th century sources and then claimed authorship for them, Hessler calls into question many of Waldseemuller's claims regarding his large scale map of the Rhine Valley. The lecture will also discuss the creation Waldseemüller's 1513 edition of Ptolemy's Geographia, in which the Rhine Map is found, and the origin of the medieval manuscript fragments found in the binding of the Geography and Map Division's copy. The lecture entitled Surveying the Renaissance: Martin Waldseemuller's 1513 Map of the Upper Rhine Valley is part of the Geography and Map Division's regular 'Map Talk' series and will be held at Noon in the Geography and Map Division Reading Room.
May 7-10, 2009 - Kalamazoo, Michigan The 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place at the University of
Western Michigan. The Congress is an annual gathering of over 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features over 600
sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There is one session on maps. It is session #485,
Globalizing the Middle Ages: Mapping the Medieval World, sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of
Minnesota. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Room209, Bernhard Hall. The papers are:
Mapping Prester John as African (1350-1600): The Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Perspectives, Andrew Kurt, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
The Sea of Many Names: The Caspian Sea Between Gulf and Lake, Evelyn Edson, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Mapping Asia: Perspectives from East and West, Marguerite Ragnow, James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota.
May 9, 2009 - Golden, Colorado The Rock Mountain Map Society will have a special meeting at American Alpine Club's American Mountaineering Museum. Wes Brown's map loans to the museum form the core of a special exhibit On High: Cartography of Topography. Wes will give a presentation about the exhibit starting at about 12:15pm. After the meeting (approximately 2:00pm) we will gather for lunch (you pay) on the terrace at the Golden Hotel (a short walk).
May 9, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th Street) at 2.30 pm. Vice President and Library Director Jean Ashton will show us some of the rare maps and atlases in the New-York Historical Society's collection. Examples from the Revolutionary War and later will be displayed. Ms. Ashton will be assisted by Reference Librarian Joseph Ditta. The New-York Historical Society requires a list of attendees and space is limited, so if you'd like to attend the meeting please RSVP NY Map Society Secretary Heather Kinsinger, phone 1-914-498-9797.
May 13, 2009 - Washington The Washington Map Society at 6:30 pm will have its annual meeting at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue NW. The presentation for this year's annual dinner is Cartographic Myths of North America. Mismappings by Misunderstandings, Misinterpretations, and Misrepresentations; but not by Mistakes. Our presenter will be Dr. Don McGuirk from Denver, Colorado; whose cartographic interests include this topic. He will briefly discuss four cartographic myths, two well known (Sea of Verrazanno and California as an Island) and two less well known (Sea of the West, aka Mer de L'Ouest, and a mystery cartographic myth). His presentation will include not only images of these four myths, but also a discussion of how they each came into being and why they disappeared. This presentation was part of the program, "New World Cartography," given at the American Museum in England, Claverton Manor, Bath, England, in November, 2007. Out-of-town Society members please note: On the following two days, May 14 and 15, the Library of Congress will host an international symposium, Exploring Waldseemüller's World. Several out-of-town members who are coming to the symposium are adding this annual dinner to their Washington travel plans, and we hope that many of you will do so. Reservations are requested by April 30. For further information, contact Pete Porazzo.
May 14, 2009 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Dr Alastair Pearson (Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth) "The greatest map ever published": The American Geographical Society and the Map of Hispanic America at 1:1 Million Scale, 1922-1945 - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
May 14-15, 2009 - Washington Exploring Waldseemüller's World is an International Symposium to be held at the Library of
Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building. The title Exploring Waldseemüller's World has been chosen by the
conference organizers to focus attention not only on Waldseemüller's cartographic vision, but also on the some of the intellectual and
philosophical themes and controversies of the time in which he lived. The conference brings together a cross-disciplinary group of
speakers from a variety of fields including, history, cartography, the classics, and the history of science to discuss the cultural context
of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 map of the world. By engaging in a dialogue with scholars of disparate interests and points of view,
the conference, for the first time since the map's rediscovery in 1901, will explore the complex historical and philosophical questions
raised by the publication of the 1507 map. At the same time, the conference is also a celebratory event marking the Library of
Congress's acquisition of this extraordinary artifact whose mysteries have yet to be fully comprehended. Over the two days, starting
each day at 9:30, many scholars such as Richard Kagan (Johns Hopkins), Owen Gingerich (Harvard), Christine Johnson (Washington
University), Richardo Padron (University of Virginia), Nicolas Wey-Gomez (Brown), Rita Costa-Gomes (Towson University) and
John Hessler (Library of Congress) will speak on a wide range of topics and historical problematics from the history of exploration and
German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th century cartography. The contributions of all invited
speakers will be published together in a hardcover "Proceedings" following the conference.
Thursday evening (6:30 PM, Mumford Room, James Madison Building) will feature Books and Beyond, an evening of book signings and discussions with three authors of recent books about Waldseemüller and exploration. John Hessler, Naming of America: Waldseemüller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio (Library of Congress 2008); Nicolas Wey-Gomez, The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies (MIT Press, 2008); and Christine Johnson, The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous (University of Virginia Press, 2008).
The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Registrants will need to register for the conference days and for the Books and Beyond Event separately. Be explicit when you register as to which days (May 14th, 15th, or both) you would like to attend and if you will be attending the Books and Beyond event on Thursday evening. If you are registering for more than one person you will need to include the name of that person in your registration. To register simply send an e-mail with the subject line 'Waldseemuller Symposium' detailing the days and events you will attend to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is April 15th, 2009. For more information contact John Hessler, 202-707-7223.
May 19, 2009 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminar in the History of Cartography 2008-2009 meets at 5.30 pm in the Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Brian Campbell (Queen's, Belfast) will discuss 'Beautiful maps and attractive fields': a surveyor's view of ancient Italy. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at 01223 330476.
May 19, 2009 - Lyons, New York The next meeting of the Wayne County Map Club will be at 7 p.m. in the Wayne County Historical Society, Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street. The program will be Macedon & Palmyra Maps. All are welcome. Please call 315-946-4943 for more information.
May 21, 2009 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have Nick Baron (University of Nottingham) discuss Maps, Modernity and the New Soviet Man: Cartographic Culture in the USSR, 1917-1953. Seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm in the Board Room, University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment.
May 21, 2009 - Saxtons River, Vermont The public is invited to a discussion on the topic of old maps at 7 p.m. at Christ's Church. David Allen, whose company Old Maps republishes historical maps from around New England, will review historic Vermont maps, from early maps that identify private lots to 19th- and 20th-century commercial maps. The event is sponsored by the Saxtons River Historical Society and is free and open to members of the public, who are encouraged to bring their own historic maps. For information, call 869-2566.
May 22-24, 2009 - Flagstaff Zunis have always had maps; maps on rocks, maps in songs, and maps on pottery and textiles. But, for the past 500 years those maps were replaced with ones that had foreign names, and in many cases, completely overlooked Zuni presence on the land. In 2006, several Zuni artists and cultural advisors came together to create new maps that are painted renderings of Zuni cultural landscapes. At Mapping with Zuni Sensibilities: Creating a New Generation of Maps without Lines, the staff of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Zuni map artists will talk about the process of making map art and sharing their art with the Zuni community. This is part of the 19th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture to be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd..
May 25-29, 2009 - Moscow The International Conference on Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre in the XXI-th Century will be held at Moscow State University for Geodesy and Cartography, Moscow Center, Gorokhovsky per. 4. For additional information contact Kalugin Vladimir V, fax (495) 267-25-18.
May 27, 2009 - Boston Executive Director J. Charles Swift. will be presenting a lecture on Boston History as seen Through Maps at 5:30 PM, at the Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay. Numerous historic maps of Boston will also be on display. Please reserve a spot by calling 617-267-6338. The lecture is $10 and space is limited.
May 28-30, 2009 - Los Angeles "Mapping Medieval Geographies:" Cartography and Geographical Thought in the Latin West and Beyond: 300-1600 is the topic for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ahmanson Conference at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California. Geography as it was understood and practiced in the Middle Ages, within both eastern and western traditions, and as represented both graphically and textually, is a subject of renewed interest and importance among historians, philologists and geographers. This conference aims to promote an exchange between those of different disciplines working on geographical ideas and thinking from late Antiquity to the Renaissance on the themes of 'Translation, transmission, transculturation', and 'Mapping, imagining, placing'. Key speakers are: Daniel Birkholz (Univ. Texas at Austin), Veronica della Dora (Univ. Bristol), Kathy Lavezzo (Univ. Iowa), Natalia Lozovsky (UC Berkeley), Andrew Merrills (Univ. Leicester), Meg Roland (Marylhurst Univ.), Emilie Savage-Smith (Univ. Oxford), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute, London). Additional information from Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Box 951485, 302 Royce Hall, Los Angeles CA 90095-1485; 310-825-1880.
May 29-31, 2009 - Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Italy The fourth meeting of the Collezionisti Italiani di Cartografia Antica [Italian Map
Collectors Society] will be held in Sant'Anatolia di Narco in province of Perugia. The theme of the meeting will be Cartografia Storica
e Collezionismo in Italia [Ancient Cartography and Map Collecting in Italy]. There will be two exhibitions:
a) Strade canali, confini, rotte. I simboli lineari nella cartografia antica [Roads, canals, boundaries, courses. Linear symbols in maps], organized by Vladimiro Valerio
b) La tabula Peutingeriana, la più antica carta itineraria romana [Peutinger table. The oldest roman road map], organized by Francesco Prontera.
For additional information contact Anna Napoleoni - Tel. 0743.613149 - Fax 0743.613148.
June 1, 2009 - London Mapping Dangerous Spaces is a one day interdisciplinary symposium for postgraduate students and new researchers to be held at the British Library Conference Centre. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at The University of Kent and The British Library invite postgraduate students and new researchers to present their work and generate new debate about 'dangerous' spaces and the way in which crime and danger are mapped. We would like to offer researchers the opportunity to challenge collectively orthodox understandings about the mapping of 'danger' and to draw together interdisciplinary work about how changing perceptions of danger are represented and imagined. The day will be of interest to criminologists and cultural criminologists, sociologists, urban geographers, psycho-geographers, socio-historians, critical theorists and cultural sociologists as well as those with an interest phenomenology, perception and representation across the disciplines. The conference will take place at The British Library and will include an introduction to some unusual maps of 'danger' that are specific to the collections. An interdisciplinary panel of academics will be invited to speak at the end of the day. For additional information contact conference organisers Laura Hanson or Dr. Sarah Evans.
June 5, 2009 - London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner will be held at the East India Club, 16 James Square, at 7.45 pm. The Dinner will be preceded by the Malcolm Young lecture at 7.00 pm. Zsolt Torok will speak about Francesco Rosselli and early map printing.
June 6, 2009 - London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, at 10.00 am.
June 6-7, 2009 - London The London Map Fair is held at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. It will be open on Saturday June 6th from 12.00-19.00 and on Sunday June 7th from 10.00-17.00. Still the only specialist map fair in the UK and the largest in Europe, with 40 international exhibitors offering maps, charts, town plans, atlases, globes, views and reference books of all periods and to suit all pockets. Tickets for the map fair can be printed off at the Map Fair web page. There will be lectures at 14.30 daily in the Ondaatje Theatre. Our guest speaker this year will be Francis Herbert, former Curator of Maps at the Royal Geographical Society, who will speak on Back to the drawing board: 120 years of map-making in the RGS. Using original material from the Map Drawing Office and the Society's Collections, some of which will be on public display for the first time, Francis will explore the process of map-making from start to finish, showing how original manuscript surveys made in remote corners of the world were transformed by draughtsmen (and women) at the RGS into printed maps. This year there will also be guided tours of the Royal Geographical Society, a rare opportunity for the public to see inside this historic building. All are welcome.
June 9, 2009 - Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm at Boston Public Library - Conference Rooms 5-6 (Johnson Building), 700 Boylston Street. Anne K. Knowles, Associate Professor of Geography and Middlebury College, will give a lecture Placing History: How GIS is Changing the Practice of Historical Scholarship. Using three case studies from her own research, Dr. Knowles will show how the modern technology of GIS can be used to shed light on a variety of interesting historical questions. Additional information from Jeremy Pool.
June 9, 2009 - Westminster, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets at 5:30pm at Clubhouse NorthPark East. NorthPark East is near the intersection of 104th and Federal at 9996 Grove Street. RMMS members are invited to bring cartographic curiosities and oddities for show & tell. Do you have an umbrella with an antique map printed on it? How about Christopher Columbus's sextant? Perhaps map placemats? Mugs? An original Indian map painted on a buffalo hide? This is your chance to show us your treasured cartographic curiosities. Light refreshments.
June 9-12, 2009 - Wolfville, Nova Scotia Geomatics Atlantic 2009 is the premiere professional meeting for the geomatics sector in Atlantic Canada. This year will be an especially wonderful and invigorating time as professionals from three groups will join under the Geomatics Atlantic banner - The Canadian Cartographic Association, the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives and the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia. This is the first time that three groups have sought to join together and use the Geomatics Atlantic as an opportunity to meet and share experiences, concerns and get to know new people or renew old friendships. Under the theme Geomatics: The World for Everyone, we will see speakers covering new developments in Web based mapping, areas of privacy concern online, cartographic problems and possibilities in the online mapping world, and simply put, how do people view making their own "worlds" online using whatever it is we call it (GIS, Web maps, cartography). The perspectives, diverse but overlapping, of the various professions related to geomatics will be sure to make this a most memorable and key event to participate in.
June 17-19, 2009 - Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium. Under the banner of Mapping at Work, this event is designed to include sessions for those new to mapping through to the professional mapmaker. For more information contact email@example.com.
June 17, 2009 - Portland, Oregon Bob Hamm, a native Oregonian and schoolteacher for 16 years, will discuss "The Charming Inexactitude of Historic Cartography" at the Crossroads Lecture at 3:30 p.m at the Washington County Museum, 17677 NW Springville Road. Hamm's lecture, Mapping the West: Cartography from the 16th Century to the 19th Century, will cover map-making with a fresh perspective and gentle humor. As the U.S. expanded west of the Mississippi River, cartographers were busy making sense of the world by drawing maps showing rivers, mountains, and Native settlements. While this helped educate people about the unknown west, many of the features on the maps were inaccurate or completely fictitious. The mythical "River of the West" never existed but appeared on maps for decades. Whole mountain ranges were invented in some cases.
June 19, 2009 - Topsfield, Massachusetts The Topsfield Historical Society presents Kevin O'Oonnor, Early Maps of New England at 7:30 p.m. at the Gould Barn, Howlett Street. O'Connor's interest in maps started on family trips when, he was a child. Today he owns 40 antique maps of New England including a 3-foot-by-4-foot wall map of Massachusetts made in 1802. His talk will include the history behind the maps and "fun little stories" that accompany the history. O'Connor as shown his maps at the Historical Societies of Littleton, Boxford and Westford. The talk is free and open to the public, Refreshments will be served. Additional information from Vince Guerra 978-887-3412.
June 20, 2009 - Newbury The Defence Surveyors' Association will be holding the next seminar in its series 'Maps and Surveys' at Hermitage. Following on the success of its Seminars in 2007 and 2008, the DSA is arranging another, similar, seminar on historical military and hydrographic surveying, mapping and charting to be held at the Royal School of Military Survey, Hermitage, Newbury. The seminar will run from 1025 to 1700hrs during which seven 35-minute presentations will be given. Additional information from M.A. Nolan, Tall Trees, Broad Layings, Woolton Hill, Newbury, RG20 9TS; Telephone - (01635) 253167.
June 20, 2009 - San Francisco The Californian Map Society will have a joint meeting with the California Historical Society at their headquarters, 678 Mission Street. See website for additional information.
June 22-26, 2009 - Charlottesville The University of Virginia's Rare Book School will be offering a map course - Introduction to the History, Collection, Description and Use of Maps, with principal instructor Alice Hudson. Alice Hudson is Chief of The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division of The Humanities and Social Sciences Library of The New York Public Library. This course will also include a short presentation on map cataloging and cartobibliography by Joel Kovarsky of The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps & Books (Crozet,VA).This course provides a general overview of maps as social, cultural, intellectual tools and their place in the library and the academy. It is intended for rare book curators, generalists, conservators, map librarians, and antiquarian dealers and collectors who seek to focus on the particular nature of the cartographic materials that impact their work or interests. Applications are available online.
June 24, 2009 - Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm at Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Harvard Yard. Joseph Garver, Reference Librarian at the Harvard Map Collection, will give a tour of the exhibit Gleams of a Remoter World: Mapping the European Alps. The exhibit explores how European cartographers over the centuries have responded to the challenge of mapping the Alps. It surveys the range of techniques employed to represent mountains in graphic form: from the stylized hill profiles of Renaissance maps to recent topographic maps that combine contours, hill shading, rock drawing, and landscape tints to create a naturalistic, three-dimensional impression of the terrain. The exhibit looks at a variety of cartographic genres, including maps celebrating military conquest, panoramic views for tourists, guides for hikers and skiers, national surveys, and transportation maps. Additional information from Jeremy Pool.
June 24-26, 2009 - Ljubljana, Slovenia The Urban Data Management Society symposia will have a session Georeferencing of historical maps of Ljubljana and their applications and another Three-dimensional reconstruction for Ravenna historical centre model on June 25.
July 2-5, 2009 - Burlington, Vermont As part of the Quadricentennial of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of Lake Champlain, Champlain College will host an international academic symposium. Scholars from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are invited to participate in this event. The theme of the celebration, When the French Were Here, invites the broadest possible consideration of Samuel de Champlain's achievements, his life, and of his world as a cultural, social and ideological context. Paper topics may include the following, while not limited to these few: Life and achievements of Samuel de Champlain, France at the time of Samuel de Champlain, Exploration of the New World - background, Navigation history, Military history, Social history, Maps and mapmaking, Contact of civilizations, Previous centennial celebrations, "New France" and "New England," and History, geology and culture of Lake Champlain. Please direct all questions about papers to Professor Willard Sterne Randall or Professor Nancy Nahra at Champlain College, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402. The deadline for abstracts will be October 1, 2008.
July 4, 2009 - Makati City, Philippines The Philippine Map Collectors' Society will meet 3.30 pm- 5:00 pm at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues. Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia will speak about Early maps of the Philippines.
July 8, 2009 - New York Join Dr. Eric Sanderson, author, and Markley Boyer, illustrator, of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009) to hear the inside story of the science and visualization of Manhattan Island 400 years ago. Lecture is at 6:30 pm at Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue. Learn how historical maps, geographic ecology, habitat networks, and 3-D visualization were linked together to provide an unprecedented look at Mannahatta, the island of many hills, in comparison to the city that never sleeps. Presented in conjunction with Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City. Reservations required. Order tickets online or call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395. Members of the International Map Collector's Society may call and request reservations at the Museum member price.
July 11, 2009 - Mason, Texas The Mason Square Museum, 103 Fort MacKavitt, will present a new exhibit of Rare Maps of America and the lands that are now Texas. Today at 1 PM, as a special Roundup event, museum curator John L. Davis will discuss the origin of the name "Texas" and the changing shape of Texas' boundaries over three hundred years - as shown on maps and in the dreams of kings and governors.
July 11, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society Third Annual Summer Social will again be an informal round-robin discussion in which each member is invited to be one of our speakers. Tell us about your specific interests, share your suggestions for interesting meeting topics, and any other ideas that would help to improve our Society. Meeting will be at the New York Public Library Auditorium, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, starting at 2:30 pm. Board members will report on the recent Waldseemüller meeting at the Library of Congress, on our programs for the Fall/Spring season, and on the Society's web site. And then, we hope members and guests will join us at the Oyster Bar in nearby Grand Central Station for more socializing - drinks, snacks, dinner - your choice, depending on your taste and budget.
July 12-17, 2009 - Copenhagen Due to the difficulties of navigating the Far North, the early cartography of the region has been
characterized by a blurring of the boundaries between fact and fiction, and a strong interplay between textual sources and cartography.
These traits will be the subject of Maps, Myths and Narratives: Cartography of the Far North - the focus of the 23rd International
Conference on the History of Cartography. Conference venue is the new 'Black Diamond' building of the Royal Library. Two optional
pre-conference meetings have been scheduled for Saturday, July 11:
(1) The biennial meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) between 9 and 12:30 in the Black Diamond Building of the Royal Library. Contact Bob Karrow if you plan to attend.
(2) A session organised by the International Cartographic Association (ICA).
An optional post-conference tour has been arranged to ruins of Tycho Brahe's observatory Uranienborg on the Island of Hven on Saturday, July 18.
Pre-registration is available online or from Henrik Dupont, Research Librarian, Department of Maps, The Royal Library, Slotsholmen, POB 2149, DK-1016 Copenhagen K.
July 13, 2009 - Blue Mountain Lake, New York The Adirondack Museum Library, Rt. 28N & 30, owns the largest collection of historical Adirondack maps in the Adirondack Park. Among the library's collection are rare examples of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century published and manuscript maps. Join us for a rare behind the scenes tour of this unique collection and an exploration into Adirondack history. Brown Bag Lunch - Mapping in the Adirondacks from 12:00 to1:30 p.m. For reservations please call 518-352-7311 ext. 181.
July 20-24, 2009 - London The Institute of English Studies in the University of London will run the London Rare Books School, a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke are the principle lecturers for a course History of Maps and Mapping. Additional lecturers are Peter Barber, Professor Roger Kain, and Laurence Worms The course is suitable for historians, art historians, geographers, students of literature, librarians, archivists, map dealers. Each class will be restricted to a maximum of twelve students and registration forms are available online.
July 22, 2009 - North Truro, Massachusetts The Highland House Museum, 27 Highland Road, at 7:30 p.m. will feature a presentation by Susan Kurtzman and Chet Lay on The Rare Maps of Truro.
July 24, 2009 - Tokyo In conjunction with the exhibit Maps of the World and Japan that are on display at Thematic Exhibition Room, Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, there will be a Gallery Talk Japan and the World: Maps from the Edo period. The talk (in Japanese) by Tarashima Satoshi, Curator of Japanese History, will be in the Thematic Exhibition Room, Heiseikan at 18:30.
July 26, 2009 - London A celebration of Thomas Harriot's achievements in astronomy will be held at Syon House in west London. It is 400 years since he observed the Moon using a telescope at Syon. His work most likely predates that of Galileo, and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 gives us the long overdue opportunity to recognise his work. The celebration will include an exhibition of copies of Harriot's moon maps and drawings of sunspots as well the work of other astronomers. The day will include the opportunity for Solar viewing (weather permitting) and family activities.
July 27-31, 2009 - London The Institute of English Studies in the University of London will run the London Rare Books School, a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke are the principle lecturers for the course Maps and Mapping in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Society, Nation, Empire, War. Additional lecturers are Dr Christopher Board, Dr Peter Collier, Professor Roger Kain, Dr Alastair Pearson, and Professor Charles W J Withers. The course is of relevance to all historians and map historians, geographers, students of literature, librarians, archivists, map dealers, and suitable also for those interested in modern mapping and associated historical studies. Each class will be restricted to a maximum of twelve students and registration forms are available online.
July 28-August 2, 2009 - Budapest. XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology. takes place at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The conference includes a number of papers on the history of cartography, e.g.: 28 July, 'Ideas and Instruments in the Iberian World in Early Modern Times (15th to 17th Century)'; 29 July, 'Geographical Knowledge and Nautical Application'; 31 July, 'Visual Representations in Science and Pseudo-Science in Pre-Modern and Non-Western Cultures'; 1 August, 'Geography in the Contemporary Period (1800-)'.
July 29, 2009 - Washington As part of the Geography and Map Division's regular 'Map Talk' Series, John Hessler will present the lecture, The Determination of Things Difficult: Mercator's Projection and the Discovery of the Complex Loxodromic Curve. Simply put it is one of the most important mathematical and formal innovations in the history of cartography. Its adoption by cartographers after its invention changed forever the way we visually perceive our world and yet even if pressed only a few historians of cartography could explain in any detail what it actually is and how it was accomplished. We are talking here about Mercator's projection. The reason for this lack of knowledge is that story of its invention, how it worked, and the derivation of its mathematical machinery is not either historically, or mathematically straightforward. It was on his famous1569 World Map, whose textual apparatus will discussed in this paper, that Mercator put new and complex mathematical machinery to work, explaining his methodology and the reasons that his new projection was necessary. The lecture will provide an overview of the conceptual and mathematical material necessary to understand Mercators projection and a translation and commentary on his methods based on Hessler's forthcoming published translation of the 1569 Latin commentary. The lecture will also discuss Edward Wrights later discover of the projections mathematical underpinnings and the first solution of the integral of the secant function. The lecture will take place from 12-1 in the Geography and Map Division, James Madison Building, Library of Congress.
July 30-31, 2009 - Swansea This interdisciplinary colloquium, held at Swansea University to mark the completion of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project Mapping Medieval Chester, will launch the digital materials produced by the project and provide a forum for wider discussion of place and identity in the medieval city, as well as concepts of 'mapping' in the Middle Ages and today. The colloquium will feature papers on medieval Chester, but we are also seeking inter-disciplinary contributions relating to the medieval city more generally. The 'Mapping Medieval Chester' project has brought together scholars working in the disciplines of literary studies, geography, archaeology and history to explore how material and imagined urban landscapes construct and convey a sense of place-identity. The focus of the research project itself is the city of Chester and the identities that its inhabitants formed between c.1200 and 1500. A key aspect of the project is to integrate geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city using cartographic and textual sources and using these to understand more how urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were interpreted and navigated by local inhabitants. We hope the colloquium will use our research on Chester as the basis for broader discussions centering on the project's themes, methods and theoretical preoccupations. Additional information from Mark Faulkner.
August 8, 2009 - Loveland, Colorado Quest; Trail Maps of the American West is a Rocky Mountain Map Society co-sponsored
map exhibit held at the Loveland Museum/Gallery and made up entirely of maps loaned by Rocky Mountain Map Society members.
The exhibit focuses on the history of the development of the American West as portrayed in the trails followed by explorers,
immigrants, gold seekers, the railroads, etc.
4-6pm -- Rocky Mountain Map Society dinner meeting at the Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave. Costs shared. $10 per person. Please RSVP to Jim Hensinger (303 680-3534)
6-8pm -- Exhibit and opening reception at the Museum.
August 15, 2009 - Singapore Singapore Maps 101 Talk: Maps and Charts of Singapore from the Archives of Continental Europe will be presented by A/P Peter Borschberg, History lecturer at the National University of Singapore. Retrace the steps of Singapore's past via the historical cartography of Singapore and Malaya, painstakingly put together from libraries and archival centers, in a talk that will change your view of Singapore's history. Lecture at 2pm. The Pod, 16/F, National Library Building, 100 Victoria St., 6332-3255. Register online or at e-Kiosks at all NLB libraries.
August 18-20, 2009 - Singapore The Asian region is forging a path of development and economic growth as a function of establishment of infrastructural capital. The region demands and offers scope for application of the various Geographic Information technologies like GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing and Imaging To meet the requirements of the Geo-informatics community in the Asian region, every year Map Asia raises a platform for the Asian Geo-informatics community to realize, recognize, and reveal the stages of dissemination of Geospatial Information. Map Asia leverages an international initiative aimed to provide an apt platform for the convergence, sharing and use of Geospatial technologies. Map Asia 2009 will be held at Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Additional information from Mr. Niraj, Tel: +603 - 21447635, Fax: +603 - 21447636.
August 19, 2009 - Salisbury, Vermont Ancient Roads and Old Maps in Vermont will be the subject of a one hour talk 6:00 pm at the Old Town Hall. The event is free to the public and sponsored by the Salisbury Historical Society. David Allen of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, who has reproduced many old Vermont maps, will discuss how to use old maps for research into ancient roads and house sites. Allen's talk will review the entire range of historic maps of Vermont, from the earliest Colonial lotting plans through the detailed homeowner name maps of the mid 19th century.
August 23, 2009 - Hopkinton, New Hampshire Donia Conn, Northeast Document Conservation Center, will speak about the recently-completed conservation of the Hopkinton Historical Society's 1811 Wilson Globe; and learn how you can help preserve your family's papers, photos, and memorabilia. The lecture will be at 2:00 pm at the Hopkinton Historical Society, 300 Main Street.
August 23-27, 2009 - Kyoto The 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers will be held at Kyoto University. Among the several conference themes are "Digital humanities and historical GIS," and "Mapping, surveying and geographical knowledge." See the web page for additional information.
August 26-28, 2009 - Manchester The Royal Geographical Society-with IBG Annual International Conference 2009 will be held at City Departments of MMU and UoM. The 3-day event is the perfect opportunity to find out about the latest research and network with more than 1,000 geographers from around the world. The theme is "Geography, Knowledge and Society," and the chair is Stuart Lane, Durham University, Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41818; Fax: +44 (0)191 33 41801. A session entitled "Cartographies of Inclusion and Exclusion" is organized by Dr Heather Winlow, Bath Spa University. The session will focus on the relationships between state mappings and identity construction across various geographical locations.
September 3, 2009 - Zurich The Central Swiss engineer topographer Xaver Imfeld (1853-1909) was the most important Swiss panorama draftsman, relief artist, cartographer and planners of Bergbahnen of his era. In commemoration of the 100th year of his death, there will be a conference Geometric with tradition and future - Xaver Imfeld and his time, surveying and cartography today from 09:00 - 17:30 at ETH Hönggerberg HPH G2. Contact Susanna Naldi at 044 633 24 85.
September 6-9, 2009 - Oslo The theme of the 27th international symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society - and the
first ever in Norway - is The Mapping and Exploration of Norway and the North. Following the format of several successful IMCoS
symposia, an opening reception on Sunday, September 6, will be followed by three days of programs, which will conclude with a gala
dinner. Half of each day will be devoted to a formal speaker session, with a social/cultural program in the other half. The venue for
Monday and Wednesday mornings is the National Library, where the talks will focus on earlier exploration and mapping. We are
fortunate that an exhibit on "Travel Routes to the North," with manuscript and printed maps, will be on display at the National Library
at this time. Tuesday, we shall travel to the State Mapping Authority in Hønefoss, about 50 kilometers outside Oslo, where we will
learn about the practical aspects of map making, particularly as it applies to Norway. In addition to seeing some of the rare,
hand-drawn material that is the basis of the modern mapping of Norway, guides will take us through the Authority's museum of old
surveying and cartographic instruments. The afternoon visits include the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Fram
Museum. The last houses the Fram, the ship that was built for Fridtjof Nansen for his journey to the North Pole that sailed from
Norway in 1893. Seventeen years later, the same ship headed for Antarctica under the leadership of Roald Amundsen. Our gala
dinner will take place on the deck of the Fram! We will also visit the Munch Museum. Although we have struggled to find a
cartographic connection, we believe that no trip to Oslo would be complete without seeing the masterpieces of Norway's most
The official Symposium hotel is The Grand Hotel, located centrally on Karl Johan, the main walking street of Oslo, that runs between the Parliament and the Palace. The Grand Hotel is rich in tradition, having opened in 1874 and successful since the days of Henrik Ibsen, who was a regular in its Grand Café. Today, the hotel is "home" for winners of the Nobel Peace Price. In addition to the Grand Hotel, the Symposium will offer other choices of accommodation.
The optional post-Symposium tour takes participants to the north of Norway, where they will have the opportunity to see and experience some of Norway's unique beauty. The group will fly on Thursday, September 10, to Tromsø, which lies north of the Arctic Circle. After visiting the University Library and the Polar Museum, guests will board "Hurtigruten," the coastal steamer, for a journey to Trondheim. The trip along Norway's beautiful west coast, known for its fjords, has made the Hurtigrute one of Norway's best known and most popular attractions - to visitors and Norwegians alike! The tour ends with a sightseeing tour of Trondheim on Sunday, September 13, and a return to Oslo.
Additional information from Pål Sagen, P.O.Box 3893, Ullevål Stadion, NO-0805 Oslo, Norway; phone: +47 2233 3650, fax: +47 2233 3651.
September 7-9, 2009 - Southampton The University of Southampton is the venue for the 45th Annual Summer School of the Society of Cartographers. The programme will be of interest for all involved in all aspects of the subject, with its well-established mix of lectures, workshops, visits and social gatherings. Themes for the conference are: Symbolization; Routing; 3D mapping; Crowdsourcing data; Transport mapping; Emergency mapping; and Mapping for Wikispaces. Workshop themes are: Google maps mashups; OS OpenSpace API; Openlayers. If you wish to present a paper, offer a workshop or suggest some content could you please contact the programme coordinator Steve Chilton, phone 0208 411 5355. For further conference information please contact Alex Kent.
September 9-12, 2009 - Edinburgh The Map Curators Group of the British Cartographic Society will meet 9-10 September at the
Map Library, National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building, Salisbury Place. This year's theme is From Paper to Screen:
Putting Maps on the Web, and we have three days of interesting and useful talks and demonstrations, visits, and other cartographical
delights planned for you.
*Wednesday 9 September: join us for six talks about making your map collection accessible to the world on the internet and about the possibilities for putting index maps on the web. Our speakers are from Britain and Europe, and include people doing cutting edge work in these areas: Rod Adkins (OLDUKMaps.com); John Davies (member of the Charles Close Society and Soviet mapping specialist); Bruce Gittings (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh); Peter Levi (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam); Petr Pridal (technical manager of OldMapsOnline.org, Moravian Library, Brno, Czech Republic); and Benjamin Pucknus (Map Curator, RCAHMS, The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives and University of Würzburg, Germany). Following the talks we will hold the MCG's annual Business Meeting, and then delegates are invited to a wine reception and private viewing of an exhibition of the Bartholomew Archive, now housed at the National Library of Scotland.
*Thursday 10 September: Chris Fleet (National Library of Scotland) and Petr Pridal will host a morning demonstration on putting maps on the web. In the afternoon there is a choice of visits to The Aerial Reconnaissance Archive (TARA) at the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) or the British Geological Survey's Edinburgh office, followed by a guided walking tour of Edinburgh's historic map and book printing sites. Join us in the evening for a meal and some collegial networking at a local Italian restaurant.
*Friday 11 September: a coach will take us to Perth, where the Royal Scottish Geographical Society will be our hosts. We'll have a presentation and tours of their new headquarters and the Fair Maid's House, future home of the RSGS collection and exhibitions. There will be a lunch break and time for walkabout in town.
*And for those who can't get enough about maps, The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps is planning an Edinburgh programme for Saturday 12 September.
Please see our brochure with full details and our booking form or direct online booking. There is a specially priced offer for those wishing to attend the entire MCG event, and a la carte options as well. Early bird booking closes on 31 July and all booking closes on 21 August, so reserve your place now! Additional information from Ann Sutherland, Convener, BCS Map Curators' Group.
September 12, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will make a field trip to the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue. We will be treated to a guided tour of the highlights of the Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson exhibit. The cost of the guided tour is $15.00 and you must RSVP to Heather Kensinger at 914-498-9797 by Saturday, August 29th. The fee includes admission to all of the Museum's galleries. Members should also take the opportunity to view the Mannahatta/ Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City exhibit and other current exhibits. We will meet at the 5th Ave. entrance by the Admissions desk. Please try to be there by 2:15 pm for the start of the 2:30 tour.
September 17, 2009 - Columbus, Georgia In conjunction with the exhibit X Marks the Spot: Our Region in Five Centuries of Maps, guest speaker Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Associate Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Alabama, will speak about the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and its map collection. Lecture will be at 6 PM at The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road.
September 22-24, 2009 - Karlsruhe The German Society for Cartography will hold its annual Deutscher Kartographentag [German Cartographic Conference] in Karlsruhe.
September 24, 2009 - South Berwick, Maine This month's meeting of the Old Berwick Historical Society will be at 7.30 pm at the Berwick Academy, 31 Academy Street. Matthew Edney of the Osher Map Library will speak about The Colonial Definitions of the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire Boundaries.
September 24, 2009 - 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. Edward Papenfuse, Archivist of the State of Maryland and Stuart Raphael, of the law firm Hunton & Williams will discuss the Maryland-Virginia boundary issues and the Supreme Court Case: Virginia v. Maryland (US 2003). Stuart represented Virginia and Ed still believes that the Supreme Court was wrong in its verdict! Learn how the Dennis Griffith and Fry-Jefferson and other maps were used in arguments of this case. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
September 26, 2009 - Oslo The Future of Maps is the title of a symposium to be held at National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, starting at 1 PM. Eric Bulson (Yale University) will speak about Library Mapping and the Art of Getting Lost. He specializes in Modernist literature and culture, with interests in critical theories of space, cartography and literature, and the world novel. Lunn Rosentrater (University of Oslo) will discuss Is Google Good for Geography? - the wikification of GIS. She participates in an ongoing project investigating the potentials of adaptation, as well as the limits to adaptation as a response to climate change. Her interests includes physical geography with an emphasis on GIS and cartographic techniques.
September 26, 2009 - Washington A conference Contact and Exchange: China and the West will be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE. One of the morning sessions will be devoted to "Ethnography, Travel Writing, and Cartography." See the web page for more information.
October 1-4, 2009 - Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France The 20th International Festival of the cartography of Saint Dié will be about Géographie des mers. Chet Van Duzer will be giving one of the lectures. His lecture titled Les monstres marins sur les cartes déodatiennes de Waldseemüller [The Sea-Monsters on the Saint-Dié Maps made by Waldeeemüller] will be given on Friday, October 2, from 10:15am to 11:15am in the Salle Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Maison de la Solidarité Robert-Bernard.
October 3, 2009 - Arlington The Texas Map Society will meet at Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Contact Kit Goodwin for additional information.
October 11-13, 2009 - Raleigh, North Carolina The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its 50th annual meeting immediately follow the October 9-10 seminar John Lawson: a Carolinian's Life & Times commemorating the 300th anniversary of the publication of John Lawson's "A New Voyage to Carolina." Both meetings will be in the same venue, the North Carolina Museum of History.
October 13-14, 2009 - London The International Academic Projects Ltd is an international educational charity whose aims are to help promote education, training and research into conservation, archaeology, anthropology and other related fields. Professional development courses are offered throughout the year. The courses, led by international experts, often address very particular types of knowledge or skills. One course is Globes : History, Technology and Conservation offered at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Tutor: Sylvia Sumira and Paul Cook. This 2 day course in association with the National Maritime Museum covers the history and technology, deterioration and methods of preservation and conservation of terrestrial and celestial globes from England and other parts of Europe. There will be lectures, discussions, and practical sessions with access to the important collection of globes housed at the National Maritime Museum. Course is limited to 12 people, and registration is required. Contact International Academic Projects, 6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5HJ; Tel: Int +44 207 380 0800 Fax: Int +44 207 380 0500.
October 15, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, Towner Fellows' Hall. The Library is located at 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets. Bob Karrow (Newberry Library) will speak about Pioneering Figures in the History of Map Collecting at the Newberry.
October 15, 2009 - London This years annual EGR Taylor lecture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) will have Susanna Fisher speak about Captain Joseph Huddart (1741-1816). Lecture is at 18.30, and is a joint event with Hakluyt Society, RIN and SNR. Capt. Joseph Huddart was a hydrographical surveyor; some of whose charts and/or sailing directions are held in several collections worldwide. Susanna Fisher, formerly of The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (London) and dealer in charts and pilots books, has also been a practicing boat enthusiast. The lecture is free to attend. Supper following the lecture costs £25. Contact the events office at +44 (0)20 7591 3100 to book supper.
October 15, 2009 - Nassau The Bahamas Historical Society presents Dr Ronald V. Shaklee who will speak on In Search of San Salvador: A Cartographic Odyssey at 6pm at the museum. Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World on October 12, 1492. Columbus affixed the name of San Salvador to the island that served as the site of his first landfall. Columbus left the island behind in search of the gold and riches of the Indies and never returned. The island of San Salvador, quite literally, fell off of the face of the earth following its role as the landfall of Columbus. The controversy over where Columbus first landed continues to this day.
October 15-16, 2009 - Pessac, France Représenter la ville [Representing the City] is the title of a conference to be held at Institut Ausonius, salle de conférences de la Maison de l'Archéologie, Domaine universitaire. The first day will focus on cartographic representations of port cities in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era. The second day will focus on the current modes of mapping the historic city.
October 15-18, 2009 - Portland, Maine The reopening of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, at
the University of Southern Maine, features the following events:
1) opening on October 15 of the exhibition, American Treasures
2) a public lecture and reception on the evening of October 16. John W. Hessler (Senior Cartographic Librarian, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress) will speak about Thoreau's Cartographic Explorations: Imaging Nature through Maps in the Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, at 7pm. Henry David Thoreau is famous as the author of "Walden" (1854), "The Maine Woods" (1864), and other classics of American transcendental literature. Less well known is his work as a land surveyor in Concord, Mass., work that allowed him to examine nature at length and in detail. Still unexamined is his interest in the early European maps of North America. Thoreau gave a brief history of the mapping of New England in his "Cape Cod" (1865). He also carefully redrew to scale maps by Champlain, Wytfliet, Ortelius, and other early writers on the New World for his unpublished "Canadian" and "Indian" notebooks. Mr. Hessler's recent identification of two copies of Champlain's maps as being Thoreau's handiwork has led him to investigate this hitherto unappreciated aspect of Thoreau's life and works, and to locate other map copies by Thoreau now missing from the notebooks. These cartographic explorations, especially with respect to the recording of indigenous toponyms, informed Thoreau's notions of the American wilderness and his environmental imagination. This lecture is the first public presentation of this exciting, new research.
3) a conference, New Directions in the Study of Early American Cartographies, on October 17 with presentations by four scholars who pursue new and exciting directions in the study of mapping of early America (pre-1840). Jean-François Palomino (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec) co-author of La mesure d'un continent / Mapping a Continent (Sillery, Québec, 2007). William Gustav Gartner (Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison) author of Mapmaking in the Central Andes in The History of Cartography vol. 2.3 (Chicago, 1998). Max Edelson (Department of History, University of Virginia) author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina (Harvard, 2006). Lina Del Castillo (Department of History, Iowa State University) author of The Science of Nation Building: A History of Geographic Sciences in Colombia, 1821-1921" (University of Miami, 2007).
4) a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, with guided tours, on the afternoon of October 18.
For more information contact Matthew Edney, Osher Chair. Conference registration is available online.
October 17, 2009 - Knokke-Heist, Belgium This year's excursion of the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will take us to the Sincfala - Museum van de Zwinstreek's collection of coastal maps of Belgium. F. Theerens the curator will introduce us to coastal maps that changed so often during the religious wars of the 16th century. He will demonstrate how the Zwin region changed as a result of polder formation and urbanisation during the 19th-20th century. After lunch a visit can be organised of the remaining Retranchement forts. The visit will be limited to 20 participants, and preference will be given to paid-up BIMCC members. Non-members may be admitted if places remain available. Additional information from Eric Leenders.
October 17-18, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd
Street on 17 September. September 2009 marks 400 years since Henry Hudson sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson
River, almost to what is now Albany, performing detailed reconnaissance of the Hudson Valley region. The New York Public
Library's exhibit Mapping New York's Shoreline, 1609-2009 celebrates the Dutch accomplishments in the New York City region. Matt
Knutzen, Interim Chief of the Map Division, will speak about the exhibit and give a guided tour.
On September 18 a group tour to the South Street Seaport Museum, 207 Front Street, is being planned to view the exhibit New Amsterdam: The Island at the Center of the World.
Also in the planning stage is a dinner Saturday night. Members of the Boston Map Society and Washington Map Society are invited to attend this meeting. Additional information from Heather Kensinger at 914-498-9797.
October 17, 2009 - Winston Salem, North Carolina The Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 600 South Main, Saturday Seminar this week will focus on Mapping the Early South. Speakers will include Margaret Pritchard of Colonial Williamsburg and Henry Taliaferro of Cohen & Taliaferro, LLC. They co-authored a superb book on the topic of colonial cartography, "Degrees of Latitude." Participation is limited. Pre-registration is required to ensure a place. To register or receive a brochure, contact Martha Ashley at 336-721-7360.
October 20, 2009 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Society will meet at 5:30pm in the Gates Room, Fifth floor, Main Branch of Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Hear about the expeditions of Alexander Mackenzie, Zebulon Pike, Lewis and Clark, John Wesley Powell and others. Dr. Bruce C. Paton will use photographs, maps and aerial views of the expedition routes to illustrate his talk. Dr. Paton is a retired surgeon at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He is the author of "Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness" and "Adventuring with Boldness: The Triumph of the Explorers" and has contributed to 16 medical textbooks.
October 20, 2009 - Raleigh The North Carolina State Archives will sponsor a presentation, North Carolina Maps: From the 16th to the 21st Century at the State Archives and Library Building, Room 308, 3rd Floor, 109 East Jones Street from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Staff from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the State Archives will discuss and demonstrate two online maps projects: NC Maps, an online collection of historic and rare maps from three of the state's largest map collections - the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC, Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo; and the GeoMAPP project, which preserves geospatial data for legal, fiscal, analytical, and historic purposes. Witness the way these two projects complement each other and discover the changing landscape of North Carolina.
October 22, 2009 - Columbus, Georgia In conjunction with the exhibit X Marks the Spot: Our Region in Five Centuries of Maps, guest speaker Dwight D. Lanier, Gainesville State College, will discuss Modern and Historical Cartographic Techniques and Perspectives. Enabled by recent advances in computing technologies, cartographers are finding that the traditional limitations and hindrances of the field are rapidly and steadily fading away. Computer-assisted cartography reduces project and reproduction times; facilitates an ease of data manipulation and visualization; and creates a setting where the cartographer can more easily move his ideas to digital form. This talk will examine these modern cartographic techniques and methods; how they relate to their historical counterparts; and also how they have given rise to new limitations of their own. A portion of this talk will also be devoted to how humans have used, interacted with and interpreted maps in times both past and present.. Lecture will be at 6 PM at The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road.
October 22, 2009 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM. Due to construction at the Library of Congress, the meeting will be held in the Griswold Room off of the lobby in the offices of Jones Day at 51 Louisiana Ave., NW (or 300 New Jersey Ave. NW - same place but the rear entrance). Joel Kovarsky will speak about Foreshadowing Manifest Destiny: The Cartographic and Geographic Vision of Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson has been called an American Sphinx, American Synecdoche, architect, archaeologist, geologist, climatologist, ethnographer, linguist, philosopher and more. On a few occasions he has been called a geographer, and is only known to have published one book and a single map. This vastly understates his involvement with geography and maps: Jefferson was a student of and study in geography. Geography and cartography were necessary elements of his political career, and foundational elements of many of his intellectual pursuits. He had one of the finest libraries and working collections of American geography in the world. His geographic vision, and the maps that helped foster that vision, was as expansive as almost anyone at the time. His architectural drawings and manuscript land surveys are further evidence of his cartographic talents. He was an integral player in the early plans for the city of Washington, D.C., and was involved at the inceptions of the Public Land Survey and U.S. Coast Survey. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
October 25, 2009 - San Bernardino The California Map Society will visit a collection of Ottoman-era maps from the great Ottoman Turkish cartographers of the 16th and 17th centuries -- Admiral Pîrî Reis and scholar Kâtip Çelebi. This exhibit, The Ottomans' Worldview: from Pîrî Reis to Kâtip Çelebi, is at Anthropology Museum in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, SB-307, California State University, San Bernardino. Contact for additional information CMS' Southern California Vice President Juan Ceva.
October 27, 2009 - Edinburgh Our next Scottish Maps Forum Seminar, to be held in the National Library of Scotland, will be on the theme of Mapping and Antiquities in Scotland. This seminar brings together several themes concerned with the portrayal of antiquities on maps. Maps are key tools in representing and understanding ancient structures, and over time, the same antiquities have been represented in quite different ways.The morning sessions will examine particular map-makers at different points in time. Matthew Shelley describes the value of early maps, especially by Pont and Blaeu in understanding crannogs and island dwellings in Scotland. Steve Boyle looks at estate mapping of Lochtayside in the latter 18th century and its value for archaeological purposes today. Yolande Hodson draws on her unrivaled knowledge of William Roy, to examine his mapping of Roman antiquities in Scotland in the latter 18th century. In the afternoon, the focus will be on a very broad range of themes connected to the Antonine Wall, awarded World Heritage Status last year. Lawrence Keppie will review the range of early mapmakers of the Antonine Wall, whilst John Poulter will look at the arly Roman surveying of the Wall. Peter McKeague and Rebecca Jones will look at 20th century surveys, fieldwork and mapping debates connected to the Antonine Wall coming through to the present day. Booking forms and further information are available from the Map Library, National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SL; tel 0131 623 3970, fax 0131 623 3971.
October 28, 2009 - West Barnstable, Massachusetts Joseph Garver, one of New England's leading historical map experts, and Robert Finch, well-known nature writer, will join forces for a special evening to celebrate the launch of a new book, "The 1858 Map of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, & Nantucket" at 7 p.m., followed by a reception, at Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road. Garver and Finch are featured essay contributors to the limited-edition 1858 map-book project to benefit the W.B. Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives Renovation and Expansion Campaign under way at the college.
October 28, 2009 - Zurich Prof. Dr. M. Rothacher at 17:15 will give a talk GPS / Galileo - More than Navigation: the Monitoring of the Earth System from Space at ETH Hauptgebäude, Auditorium Maximum
November 5, 2009 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Professor Richard Talbert (Department of History, University of North Carolina). The Artemidorus Papyrus and Its (ancient ?) map of ... where... ?- at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
November 5, 2009 - Washington In 1507 Martin Waldseemüller created a map that depicted what was then known as "the fourth part of the world"-the other three parts being Asia, Europe and Africa. One thousand copies were printed but only one remains, discovered by accident in the library of a German castle in 1901. One hundred two years later, the Library of Congress purchased it for $10 million. When Toby Lester heard about the map, he set out on a journey to tell the story of how the map was created and eventually came to the Library of Congress. The result is his book "The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name." Lester will discuss his work at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For additional information contact Center for the Book (202) 707-5221.
November 7, 2009 - Paris The 8th Paris Map-fair at Hotel Ambassador, 16, Bd Haussmann. opening hours 11.00 - 18.00. More than 30 international dealers offering old maps, atlases, views and globes. This year we have again on Friday 6 November a Champagne Cocktail and dinner party, which is open for visitors and participating dealers but a reservation is needed. The cocktail will start at 7.30PM in the library Bar at Millennium Hotel Paris Opera, 12 Boulevard Haussmann. Price for cocktail and dinner is 85 euros per person, including champagne and wine. Make a dinner reservation now.
November 10, 2009- Exeter Devon County Council's Westcountry Studies Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Ordnance Survey one-inch mapping in Devon with a Devon Maps day. The free event, which will be held from 10am until 4pm, includes a fascinating exhibition of 18th century to post-war maps, from the collection held at the library, and demonstrations of mapping from national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey and partners Latitude Mapping. The main attraction will be a lunchtime talk by Richard Oliver, Honorary Research Fellow in the History of Cartography at Exeter University School of Geography. The talk, which will be at Exeter Central Library's music room between 12.45pm and 1.30pm, discusses the early mapping of Devon and the pre and post war maps of Exeter. The event will also launch the Westcountry Studies Library as an agent for Ordnance Survey mapping in Exeter. Representatives from Ordnance Survey and Latitude Mapping will be on hand to show people what services are available via the Library - such as bespoke mapping with a wide range of customised modern folded plans and data options, historical mapping, administrative boundaries and postcode mapping. For more information, contact the Westcountry Studies Library on (01392) 384216.
November 12, 2009 - Boston The Boston Map Society meets at 5:30pm in Boston Public Library, Mezzanine Conference Room, Johnson Building (Boylston Street entrance). Richard and Penelope Betz, authors of "The Mapping of Africa: A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700," will give a presentation, The Mapping of Africa, covering the development of maps of the African continent, from the earliest Ptolemaic maps onwards.
November 12, 2009 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 17th Annual Series, will have a TOSCA Field Trip - Richard Davis of Lewknor: from county surveyor to country squire. Space limited - for further details, please contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; phone 01865 287119. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment.
November 13-14, 2009 - Vancouver The Committee for Medieval Studies at the University of British Columbia will hold the 38th Annual UBC Medieval Workshop in the verdant environs of Green College on the beautiful UBC campus. Additional information from Robert Rouse.
November 14, 2009 - New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 pm at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. These meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. Our usual meeting place is either Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center, or in the lower-level auditorium, accessible via stairway and elevator adjacent to the classroom area. Peter Dickson will discuss The Magellan Myth: Reflections on Columbus, Vespucci and the Waldseemüller Map of 1507.
November 14-15, 2009 - Oxford The Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University, will offer a course Maps for Archaeologists. Maps can act as invaluable sources of information for archaeologists, revealing to the trained eye the way that the landscape has changed. Using maps as a resource helps us to understand the way that maps are made. This introductory course explains some of the fundamental concepts of mapping, and provides an exploration of what maps can offer archaeologists. As well as an overview of British map history, the programme will include practical exercises in map scales and map interpretation, a look at GIS and archaeology, and an escorted visit to the Bodleian's Map Room. Places are strictly limited to 20, so early booking is advised.
November 14, 2009 - Stirling, Scotland Where would we be without maps? For centuries, maps have been used to guide travellers, define borders and aid conquests. The Maps for All Reasons symposium at University of Stirling brings together some of Scotland's leading experts on maps. They will present recent research and discuss modern applications for maps, ranging from 3D technologies and virtual reality to new historical perspectives and biodiversity, focusing on the Forth Valley. The annual journal of the Forth Naturalist and Historian will be launched, and there will be poster displays from a number of organisations involved in the appreciation and conservation of central Scotland's landscape and wildlife.
November 15, 2009 - Minneapolis The golden age of Dutch art coincided with one of the most exciting periods in the history of cartography. At this time, when the Dutch were leading the world in mapmaking, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer included numerous examples of cartography in his interior scenes. Vermeer's "Mania for Maps" by James Welu, director of the Worcester Art Museum, will explore the range of maps and globes in Vermeer's paintings, discuss their symbolic content, and show what they reveal about the artist and Dutch cartography. Lecture is 2-3 pm at Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South. Admission: $15; $10 for MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online.
November 15-21, 2009 - Santiago, Chile The mission of the International Cartographic Association is to promote the discipline and profession of cartography in an international context. The 24th International Cartography Conference will address The World's Geo-Spatial Solutions. The meeting will be held at Escuela Militar del Libertador Bernardo O`Higgins (Liberator Bernado O'Higgins Military School). For additional information email or phone 56 - 2 -4109369 or 56 - 2 - 4109422.
November 17, 2009 - New York The New York Public Library Mercator Society cordially invites you to an evening with Toby Lester, author of the forthcoming book: "The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name." There will be a reception at 6:00 pm, program at 6:30 pm, and book signing at 7:15 pm. Location is Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Room 227, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (please use the 42nd Street entrance). Please RSVP to Miranda Shutte at (212) 930-0934.
November 18, 2009 - Hamilton, Ontario Ben Slot is an historian and author of numerous books and articles on Gulf history, the history of the Mediterranean and Balkan countries. His lecture, The Evolution of the Cartography of the Gulf Region between the 2nd and 19th Centuries, at McMaster University in conjunction with "The Gulf in Historic Maps (15th - 19th centuries)" exhibit at the McMaster Museum of Art will discuss the evolution of cartography in the Gulf region between the 2nd and 19th centuries. Lecture will be at 2 pm Convocation Hall, University Hall, 2nd Floor, McMaster University.
November 19, 2009 - Chicago In 1507 Martin Waldseemüller created a map that depicted what was then known as "the fourth part of the world"-the other three parts being Asia, Europe and Africa. One thousand copies were printed but only one remains, discovered by accident in the library of a German castle in 1901. One hundred two years later, the Library of Congress purchased it for $10 million. When Toby Lester heard about the map, he set out on a journey to tell the story of how the map was created and eventually came to the Library of Congress. The result is his book "The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name." Lester will discuss his work at a meeting of the Chicago Map Society. Meeting is in Ruggles Lounge, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street at 5.30 pm.
November 19, 2009 - 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. Earl McElfresh will present a study of the mapping of the Gettysburg Campaign that brings into sharp relief one of the seldom remarked yet critical features of the Civil War. The legendary élan of the Confederate armies and commanders, particularly the cavalry, depended to a great extent on their working environment. They were operating on their own turf. The population was friendly and the ground was familiar. The Union forces faced a hostile population and unknown terrain and had to rely entirely on hastily prepared maps. The Confederate incursion into Maryland and Pennsylvania reversed the scenario. The Union army now had the "home front" advantage. The Confederates had to rely on hastily prepared maps. The effect of this change and the insights it provides into the overall conduct of the war, as revealed by a study of the Gettysburg campaign, is the subject of this presentation. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
November 19, 2009 - Zurich The Tabula Peutingeriana is the subject of a conference to be held at the Zurich Central Library, Reading Room of the Manuscripts Department, Zähringerplatz 6 starting at 18:15. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Martin Steinmann, Prof. Dr. Chrisoph Eggenberger, and Jost Schmid.
November 20, 2009 - Milwaukee A symposium Korean maps in the 19th Century: the Korean National Treasure /Daedong Yeojido/
will be held at the American Geographical Society Library at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. "/Daedong yeojido/" will be on
display along with other Korean maps and photographs. Speakers for the day's events include:
Professor Gari Ledyard, Sejong Professor of Korean History Emeritus at Columbia University.
Professor Kihuk Kim, Department of Geography Education in PusanNational University. Current president of the Association of Old Korean Map Studies in Korea.
Mr. Gibong Lee, National Library of Korea, Rare Book Section.
This event is jointly sponsored by the UWM School of Information Studies (SOIS), UWM Libraries, Korean American University Professors Association (KAUPA), the Map Society of Wisconsin, the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Additional information from Angie Cope.
November 20, 2009 - Riverside, California The University of California Humanities Research Institute, UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside English Department will sponsor a conference The Oceanic Turn in the Long Eighteenth Century: Beyond Disciplinary Territories at 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; reception, 6:00-7:00 p.m.; in the University of California, Riverside | Alumni Center, 3701 Canyon Crest Drive. This conference addresses how the maritime worlds and discourses of the long eighteenth century can help us rethink the divisions of knowledge emerging in this era. Engaging scholars working on maritime history, literature, history of science, cartography, geography, museum studies and cultural studies, the conference maps two current debates (the "oceanic turn," and the fate of the disciplines) onto a particular time and space (eighteenth-century maritime worlds) that played a central role in shaping modern disciplinarity. Additional information from Laura Lozon, Center for Ideas and Society.
November 24, 2009 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminar in the History of Cartography 2009-2010 meets at 5.30 pm in the Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Dr Frances Willmoth (Jesus College, Cambridge) will speak about Fens Maps and Moore's Mapp. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall, Emmanuel College, Cambridge CB2 3AP; Tel. +44-1223-330476, Fax +44-1223-762793.
November 24, 2009 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 17th Annual Series, will have Pietro Corsi (Professor of the History of Science in the University of Oxford) speak about The Map of the Kingdom: The Italian Geological Survey, 1860-2000. The seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment.
November 26, 2009 -Dundee As part of the National Library of Scotland Roadshow, Chris Fleet will give a Talk on Maps - the resourses held in the National Library of Scotland. This talk is at Central Library, The Wellgate, at 11.00 am, and is free and open to all.
November 27, 2009 - Rome The Italian Geographical Society will sponsor a seminar Geography and cartography in the Papyrus of Artemidorus at Aula "Giuseppe Dalla Vedova," Palazzetto Mattei in Villa Celimontana, Via della Navicella, 12. For additional information contact Valeria Mencucci at 06 7008279, or Gianfranco Adornato at 050 509666.
November 27, 2009 -Wabern A colloquium from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Swiss Federal Office of Topography is titled Napoleons Karten der Schweiz - Das Bureau topographique français en Helvétie. For more details, especially for registration, will you please refer to pages http://www.kartengeschichte.ch/sgk/d-main.html.
December 2, 2009 - Cambridge, England Maps and mapping have long been specialist disciplines that have played critical roles in exploration and scholarship for centuries if not millennia. However, recent years have seen the growth and proliferation of readily accessible digital tools such as Google Earth and Virtual Earth and, perhaps more so now than ever before, the power and usefulness of maps and mapping is being recognised by researchers in all disciplines. Traditionally mapping and geospatial representation have been 2- dimensional exercises, but today we can move into 3- or even 4-dimensions as change through time, on an hourly, annual or even millennial scale are modelled. This one day workshop, Mapping History, People and Ideas: Geospatial Modelling in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will highlight cutting edge approaches to geospatial modelling that are currently being used by researchers in the arts and humanities. It will be relevant to those interested in visualising and interpreting data, describing ongoing work in both Cambridge and beyond. The aim is to show early career researchers the potential of a geospatial approach, displaying, modelling and interpreting information which varies through space and time. Workshop will be at Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, 17 Mill Lane. Registration can be done online.
December 3, 2009 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Dr Carla Lois (Universidad de Buenos Aires; Universidad Nacional de La Plata) Toponymic Landscapes: Ways of Seeing Patagonia in Early Argentinean Maps - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.
December 3, 2009 - Vienna The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 5.00 pm at the Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9.
December 4, 2009 - Paris The history of cartography commission of the Comité français de cartographie (CFC) is planning a one-day colloquium on the following theme: Cartography and Urban Society (from the19th century to the present). The colloquium will take place at the University of Paris XII (Créteil-Université subway), and contain a dozen presentations. The morning will be devoted to historical work, and the afternoon to investigate the current representations of the city. As is customary CFC contributors are teachers and researchers, but all students or professionals producing maps and/or Geographic Information System products. The purpose of this seminar is to examine selected aspects of the methods and objectives of mapping in terms of spatial and social structures of the city. Additional information from the coordinators Gilles-Antoine Langlois, lecturer, University of Paris XII, Department of Geography or Marianne Guérois, assistant professor, University of Paris XII, Department of Geography.
December 5, 2009 - Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle Conference: Exploratory Cartography, Heaven and Earth. After an introduction by Caroline and Paul De Candt we will take you with A.H. van Gent through the celestial map world by Cellarius. The morning might end with an imaginary cartographic exploration. During the afternoon Imre Demhardt (U.S.A.) will enlighten you over the travels of Alexander von Humboldt in the 18th century. Wulf Bodenstein will accompany through the white spots on the map of black Africa (19th century). Asia will not be forgotten. Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Small auditorium, on level 2, Boulevard de l'Empereur / Kaizerlaan 2, Brussels. Admission is free for BIMCC Members. Non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance. This includes the traditional apéritif. Lunch: places are reserved at the restaurant of the Musical Instruments Museum (100 metres from the KBR). Price between EUR 25.00 - 30.00. Registration before 25 November 2009 by sending an email to the President stating how many participants and how many lunches. You will receive a confirmation.
December 9, 2009 - Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society meets at 5:30pm [tentative] at Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Harvard Yard. A guided tour will be given of a new exhibit, An Exhibition of Celestial Charts from the Mendillo Collection, at the Harvard Map Collection. This is an exhibit of celestial charts and maps from the Mendillo Collection.
December 10, 2009 - 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. Gary North will present Marie Tharp: The Lady Who Showed Us the Ocean Floors. Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University are best known for creating the first maps of the ocean floors. Bruce sailed the oceans collecting the data and oversaw the projects, but the person who turned the Precision Depth Recordings and other geoscience data into the two-dimensional views of the bottoms, was Marie. Meticulously she sketched the features that comprise the ocean floors, aligned the data according to the orientations of the fracture zones, and identified volcanoes, earthquake zones, faults and sea mounts. Marie's discovery of the trench in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and her linkage of the major crustal plates for 40,000 miles around the Earth, showed us, and thus confirmed, the concept of plate tectonics and crustal movement. For the "non-drifters" of the time, this was a somewhat revolutionary concept which eventually erupted in conflicts, suspensions, and academic rivalry within Columbia. How Marie came to her place in history, what she was like and how her life unfolded are the subjects of this talk. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
December 15, 2009 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Society will meet at 5:30pm in the Gates Room, Fifth floor, Main Branch of Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Paul Mathias will talk about A Remarkable Early Spanish Manuscript Map of the Southern Plains. Contact James Speed Hensinger for additional information.
December 17, 2009 - Amsterdam A presentation of and introduction to The Image of Europe / Visualizing Europe in Cartography and Iconography throughout the Ages will be given by the author Michael Wintle in the Special Collections Library, Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam UvA. A panel discussion will follow. For further details please contact Jan Werner, Conservator Kaarten & Atlassen, Kaartenzaal, Curator Maps & Atlases, Map Room, Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam UvA - Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam; T +31(0)20 5252354, F +31 (0)20 5257301.
December 17, 2009 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, Towner Fellows' Hall. The Library is located at 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets. Harry Stern (University of Washington) will speak about Peary and Me.