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January 6, 2010 - Aberystwyth, Wales The National Library of Wales Lunchtime Presentation, at 1.15 PM, is entitled Secrets & Lies - do maps always tell the truth?. Huw Thomas, the head of the Library's Non-text Materials Section, provides a glimpse into the Library's collection of over one million maps and shows that things may not always be what they seem. Free admission by ticket which is available from the Library Shop or online.
January 9, 2010 - Yonkers, New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip to Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue. We will meet at 2:30 pm and view the exhibit Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture. On display are a rich array of paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, decorative arts, maps and ephemera from the Museum and other collections. Major lenders include the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and Yale University Art Gallery. If you have not been to the Hudson River Museum now is a great opportunity to explore a lesser known jewel of a museum. The Museum has a permanent collection, curated exhibits, a planetarium and book store. Plan to arrive early to see their other holdings before joining us in the main reception area by the front entrance for the group tour at 2:30. Admission cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and no charge for museum members. For those arriving by Metro North train, please get off at the Glenwood stop in Yonkers. From there, walk southeast to Warburton Ave. Head left to the Museum. The walk should take you about a minute. Email Heather Kinsinger with any questions.
January 14, 2010 - Boston The Boston Map Society meets at 5:30pm in Boston Public Library, Abbey Room (McKim Building). The Boston Map Society and the Boston Public Library's Author Series will jointly sponsor a lecture by Toby Lester, who will discuss his new 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," which tells the story of the creation of the 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemuller, the first map to contain the placename "America". The only known surviving copy of the map was acquired by the Library of Congress several years ago.
January 14, 2010 - 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. Scott Berg, Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University, will discuss The City Plan as Work of Art -- Intended and Unintended Meanings in L'Enfant's 1791 Manuscript Plan of Washington, DC. From its creation in 1791 until today, Pierre Charles L'Enfant's plan for Washington, D.C., has been subject to a wide range of "readings," some useful, some wishful, and some downright perplexing. Berg's talk will consider the difficulties and opportunities involved when looking at a city plan as a created object, open-ended and endlessly interpretable. Scott is the author of "Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C." The book tells the riveting story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant and the creation of Washington D.C.--from the seeds of his inspiration to the fulfillment of his extraordinary vision. L'Enfant's story is one of consuming passion, high emotion, artistic genius, and human frailty. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
January 17, 2009 - Santa Rosa, California You may recall that in 2004 the California Map Society had a northern meeting in the Sonoma County Museum where Henry Wendt (of Quivira Winery, also in Sonoma County) displayed some of his map collection. "......The Museum exhibited another collection of maps belonging to the Wendts in 2004 in the exhibition Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark. That exhibition focused on the exploits of explorers......" Now there is a different exhibition of some of his other maps. This exhibit is Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700. The exhibition delves into the journey to understanding the world, its true size and shape, as well as its place in the system of heavenly bodies. At the core of this exhibition are thirty maps that originated in the major centers of post-Renaissance Europe and are now in the private collection of Henry and Holly Wendt. Envisioning the World focuses on an adventure of the mind. It takes the viewer from simple "T and O" maps that fused medieval Christian thought with sources dating back to the ancient Greeks, all the way to highly complex charts that display an advanced understanding of the world and the motions of the heavenly bodies. Following the intellectual thread of western culture, it is a story that touches on ancient Greek scholars, famous astronomers such as Copernicus, the navigators of the great age of exploration and the interplay between the growth of scientific thought and the power of the church. The maps themselves are also great works of art, reflecting rapid improvement in printing and engraving techniques. The northern California BAM group is meeting there at noon and going out as a group to eat afterwards. All CMS members who might want to join us are welcome. For any further particulars please contact Len Rothman.
January 20, 2010 - Manila The Philippine Map Collectors' Society will meet at 6:30 PM at Tower Club, Philamlife Tower, Paseo de Roxas Avenue, Makati City Metro Manila. The agenda of the meeting comprises the reports of the various committees, the introduction of new members and farewell to members leaving the Philippines, as well as the presentation of The Mapping of Philippine Provinces by one of our members. Additional information from Rudolf J H Lietz.
January 21, 2010 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Speaker and topic to be announced.
January 21, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Alexander Johnson (Department of History, University of Exeter). Board of Trade and Its Cartographic Agenda in British North America, 1748-1782 - 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 28, 2010 - London UK GEOforum is pleased to announce its forthcoming UK GEOforum 2010. Lecture featuring guest speaker Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey. Title: The Future of Mapping. Lecture will be at 18.00 - 19.00, Lecture Hall, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square. This lecture is free of charge and open to all. There is no requirement to reserve a place in advance. The RICS bar will be open after the lecture. Please arrive from 17.30 and ensure that you are seated promptly.
January 30, 2010 - Los Angeles The California Map Society will have its Winter meeting from 9:00 AM through about 4:00 PM at Cal State Long Beach. Southern California Vice President Juan Ceva has lined up an interesting and varied program. Guests are always welcome, the cost of registration is always nominal. We hope to see you there. For more information contact CMS' Southern California Vice President Juan Ceva.
January 30-31, 2010 - 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. 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, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: (305) 375-1492; facsimile: (305) 375-1609.
February 5, 2010 - La Jonquera The History of Cartography Study Group (Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia - GEHC) is organising a session about Maps and mapmakers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) at Museo Memorial de l'Exili - in the border between France and Spain. For further information about the conference, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13, 2010 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. John Hessler, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will speak about the In the Footsteps of Caesar: Searching for the Physical, Epigraphical and Manuscript Remains of Roman Cartography. For the last few years John Hessler has been combining fieldwork with historical and epigraphic evidence, along with the latest GIS technology, to produce the first complete survey of physical remains of Roman mapping. His presentation provides a look at some of his computer and image analysis methods, along with an introduction to the 5th century Corpus Agrimensorum manuscript which details Roman cartographic methodologies. Hessler's work shows that although little in the way of Roman maps actually survive, other physical evidence can be used to show that the Romans mapped extensive areas of territory and that their complex methodologies laid the foundations for medieval and early modern cartography. Email Heather Kinsinger with any questions.
February 16, 2010 - London The International Map Collectors' Society will have its annual Collectors' Evening at the Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, starting at 6 PM. Chairman Francis Herbert. Theme will be "Town or City Plans, in guide books, on hydrographic charts, or stand alone" but members are welcome to bring maps or charts of any kind if they prefer. Maps for identification also welcome.
February 16, 2010 – London The next meeting of the Christian Missions in Global History seminar will be at 5.30 pm in the Pollard Room, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Dr Guy Thomas, Head of Archives and Library, mission 21, Basel, Switzerland, Lecturer in African History University of Basel will present a paper entitled From Missionary Sketch Maps to Persuasive Map Images: Religious and Spatial Transformation in Colonial Cameroon.
February 18, 2010 - 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. Alex Papadopoulos (DePaul University) will discuss Exploring Byzantine Cartographies.
February 18, 2010 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 17th Annual Series, will have Marc St-Onge (Geological Survey of Canada) speak about Hot prospects in the cold: the new international geological map of the Arctic. 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.
February 18, 2010 - Washington The Washington Map Society will visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE, at 7:00 PM to view its map collection with WMS member Dr. Erin C. Blake, the Library's Curator of Art & Special Collections. In an evening titled Early Modern Maps at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dr. Blake will provide a personal look at selected maps and atlases from the Folger's collection of early modern European material. Highlights include a hand-colored 1513 edition of Ptolemy's Geography, one of only two surviving copies of Wenceslaus Hollar's Bird's-eye plan of the west central district of London, ca. 1660, and a collection of highly-detailed 18th-century English county maps. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
February 20, 2010 - Bethel, Maine The Bethel Inn Conference Center will become a cartophile’s Terra Nova. On display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be a spread of antique maps, some more than 300 years old, as well as early globes and surveying equipment. The display includes exotics - for example, a 1789 map depicting a bird’s-eye view of the earth as seen from above the South Pole. Also included are maps for the one-half land grant that makes up Woodstock, and a recently unknown and “very rare” map of the Stoneham, Albany and Waterford area. There is also a manuscript map of North Yarmouth dating from 1687. Surprisingly, when it comes to the distinction of “oldest in show,” even that 323-year-old document is a half century too young. The honor falls instead to a circa 1635 map of New Belgium and New England, “Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova”, by German cartographer (of the heavens as well as the earth) W.J. Blaeu. Afternoon talks: At 2 p.m. forester and surveyor Barry M. Allen will speak on the early mapping of Maine and New England. Allen’s talk will be preceded, at 1:15, by a gallery walk by Frances L. Pollitt, who will point out and discuss highlights among the historic items on display.
February 22-24, 2010 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage is organizing its 5th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage in association and with the support of the Technical University of Vienna, Research Group Cartography.
February 23, 2010 - 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. Laurence Worms (Ash Rare Books) will speak about Seller, Pepys and the Seventeenth-century London map trade. 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.
February 24, 2010 - Ambler, Pennsylvania The American Revolution Round Table will meet at Broad Axe Tavern, 901 Butler Pike. Torben Jenk, Historian and Builder, will present How the British Army defended Philadelphia during their occupation from September 1777 to June 1778. An illustrated presentation of rare manuscript maps and the accounts of their designer, the Chief Engineer in America, Captain John Montresor (1736-1799).
February 25-26, 2010 - Liverpool Mapping, Memory and the City is an International Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool, School of Architecture / School of Politics and Communication Studies. This conference invites a re-evaluation of the role of maps and mapping practices in cultural explorations of urban space and memory. For enquiries and further details contact Dr Les Roberts or Dr Ryan Shand.
February 25, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Captain Michael Barritt, RN (Vice-President, Hakluyt Society). "Practical Men of Science": Operational Surveys in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the Emergence of RN Hydrographic Specialisation - 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 2, 2010 - 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. Dr. Steve Hoffenberg will discuss The Lewis Evans British Middle Colonies -- A Collector's Perspective. The British Middle Colonies by Lewis Evans 1755 is a topographical masterpiece and arguably the most important map of the French and Indian War period. It was accompanied by a provocative political essay, the "Analysis", which landed Evans in prison. The map itself provides fascinating detail of the Pennsylvania fur trade in the Ohio Valley and a wealth of Indian information not to be found elsewhere. Finally the map makes an argument for a vast Iroquois empire under British protection and influence. This talk is designed to present the British Middle Colonies in its cartographic context and as an expression of the British and French struggle over the Ohio Valley. It is the story of a western fur trade and of Indian relationships in the trans-Appalachian west from the perspective of a map collector. Contact James Speed Hensinger for additional information.
March 5-6, 2010 - Rosslyn, Virginia The 35th Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair will have 10 map dealers. Additionally there will be more maps offered by book dealers. Friday March 5, 5:00-9:00pm. Saturday Mar 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Admission fee. Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, in Arlington, one block north of Rosslyn METRO (Blue & Orange Lines). Contact 301-654-2626.
March 6, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The first ever Malta Map Society will be held at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Pardo Hall, Merchants Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon, Casa Galleon, 57 Triq Ta Mlit, Mosta MST02, Malta GC.
March 9, 2010 - Boston The next meeting of the Boston Map Society will be at 5:30 pm at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. Larry Caldwell, a map collector and member of the Boston Map Society, will give a talk titled Picturing a Networked Nation - Abraham Bradley's Landmark U.S. Postal Maps. He will speak about Abraham Bradley Jr., who published his first of three large-scale postal maps of the United States in 1796, a time when America was still establishing its cultural, economic, and governmental foundations. The succeeding maps came in 1804 and ca. 1825 - each larger than its predecessor. Bradley's maps were among the very first truly American maps, and they were original works not copied from other contemporary maps. They show the geography of the country according to the most recent knowledge, but they also show every postal route in the country and the mileages between major post offices. The maps were operating tools of the Post Office. Perhaps more importantly for historians, they portray the evolution of American settlement, the shifting movement of population, and the growing regional disparity of population densities in ways not pictured on other maps. The maps were issued in thousands of copies. They rarely appear on the market now. Additional information from Jeremy Pool.
March 13, 2010 - New York The New York Map Society will have a Field Trip to Columbia University Library, 420 West 118th Street. We will meet at 2:30 pm. GIS/Map Librarian Jeremiah Trinidad-Christiensen will give us a rare glimpse into the University's current GIS and cartography related projects. Space for this event is limited to 25 people. Please RSVP to New York Map Society secretary, Heather Kinsinger as soon as possible.
March 13, 2010 - San Francisco The Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, will have a lecture/ presentation on antique maps of the provinces of France by Dr. Joseph Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal's lecture title is Around The World With 80 Antique Maps with special emphasis on the history and geography of the maps as they relate to exploration and discovery as processes in time and space. His presentations are erudite, yet animated and interactive,with interspersed slices of attempted humor and greatly enhanced by the actual display of his antique maps and by his spirited delivery of anecdotal vignettes...some true.
March 16, 2010 – London The
first seminar of the weekday series will take place between 5 and 7
pm in Room 102 Senate House (1st Floor), Malet Street, London WC1E
7HU. Maps and Games
Catherine Delano-Smith, 'Maps as Visual Communication--but with whom?'
Sarah Tyacke, 'Maps as Visual Explanation; Mapping Scientific Data'
Adrian Seville, 'Maps with a message: aspects of cartographic board games'
The seminars are organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
March 18, 2010 – Charlottesville, Virginia Laura Dassow Walls will present Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America at 10:00 AM at the University of Virginia, Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections, University of Virginia Central Grounds. She will discuss the enormous role of von Humboldt, scientist and explorer, in the mapping of the early 19th century world. This is part of Virginia Festival of the Book. Phone (434)924-6040 for additional details.
March 18, 2010 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library. The Library is located at 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets. Martin Brueckner (University of Delaware, author of "The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy and National Identity") will speak about The Spectacle of Maps in America, 1750-1800.
March 18-20, 2010- Chicago The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Spring Workshop will be about Cartography and Spatial Analysis in American Indian Studies. This interdisciplinary workshop, at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., engages this central issue in American Indian Studies by confronting head-on one of the key instruments employed in the colonization of indigenous homelands: maps. While acknowledging that maps embody the values and goals of their makers, the workshop aims nevertheless to assess their potential, and the potential of spatiallyoriented inquiry more generally, for pushing the field of American Indian Studies in new and interesting directions. What can maps tell us about the historical experience of American Indian nations? How do maps function in a colonial context? Can the study of historical maps improve our awareness of the use of space (not just its occupancy) by American Indians? How have American Indian people understood, employed, and/or resisted cartography? For additional information, contact Jon Parmenter, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
March 18, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Dr Alexander Kent (Department of Geography, University of Southampton). Landscape or Blandscape? Exploring Cartographic Style in European Topographic Maps of the 20th 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.
March 20, 2010 – Ghent The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle 12th Annual General Meeting and Map Evening starts at 16:00 at Aquaterra N.V., IJzerweglaan 48. 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.
March 21, 2010 - Greenwich, Connecticut The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, will have a presentation by Jack Somer, map scholar and collector. He will talk at 3 p.m. about Writing the Earth: 2000 Years of Geography and Mapmaking. Reservations recommended. Call (203) 869-0376.
March 25, 2010 - 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. The Society will hold a Member's Map Evening and conduct its Annual Business Meeting. This is a "show and tell" of the favorite map(s) of our members. There will also be a brief Annual WMS Business Meeting, including elections of Officers and Directors. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
March 28, 2010 – Sydney Before adventurers and scientists explored the Seven Seas, myths were created to explain what lay beyond the edge of the known world. Early maps not only described geographic elements, but elements in the natural and what was thought to be supernatural world. Maps were encyclodpedias of knowledge with elements of real and imagined phenomena drawn on them. Throughout history maps have been responsible for creating and busting some of the biggest myths believed by mankind, such as the ability to sail over the north pole and Terra Australis Incognita (the great unknown land to the south). Join map collector Prof Robert Clancy for an enlightening talk about the mystery, miscalculation and myth in cartography. Maps, Myths and Monsters will be presented at he Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm. Bookings are essential. Cost: Members $15.00, general $20.00. Includes Coral Sea wines and cheese. To book call 02 9298 3644 or email.
April 2, 2010 – Towson, Maryland John W. Hessler will give a talk at Towson University's Geography Department as part of their "Geography Matters" Lecture Series, at 3:00pm in Lithicum Hall. His talk is titled In the Footsteps of Caesar: Searching for the Physical, Manuscript and Epigraphic Remains of Roman Surveying and Mapping. For the last few years, Hessler has been combining fieldwork with historic and epigraphic evidence, along with the latest GIS technology, to produce the first complete survey of the physical remains of Roman mapping. This presentation provides a look at some of the complex computer and image analysis methods he is using to discover new sites and remains, along with an introduction to the 6th century manuscript, the Corpus Agrimensorum, which details Roman cartographic methodologies.
April 7-9, 2010 - Adelaide The Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) 38th Annual Conference will be held at the State Library of South Australia. ANZMapS was formed in March this year through the amalgamation of the respective Australian and New Zealand Map societies. ANZMapS draws together people working with, or having a particular interest in, maps and cartography. Membership includes curators, librarians, geographers, historical researchers, cartographers, surveyors, scientists and map collectors. The 2010 conference theme is Mapping Climate: an Environment for Change. Analyses and explanations of climate and climate-change routinely employ mapping. Both individuals and organisations use and display data and analyses as to the climate's effect on the environment, resources and species (both human and other) by using geographical and spatial science tools. The conference theme also acknowledges South Australia's groundbreaking work in this field, going back to Surveyor-General George Goyder. Further information contact Conference Committee Members Greg Wood 02-62873706; Dr Martin Woods, Map Curator, National Library of Australia 02-62621280; or Denis Shepherd.
April 7, 2010 – Valetta, Malta The newly formed Malta Map Society will hold its second meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts, South Street, which presently houses the Albert Ganado Malta Map Collection. Contact Rod Lyon for additional information.
April 9-11, 2010 - Austin The Spring 2010 Meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held this year in Austin. Co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Geography, the event will include tours of cartographic treasures at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on Friday, April 9th, as well as a series of lectures at the Doubletree Guest Suites Austin under the theme People, Power and Maps on Saturday, April 10th. A Collector's Forum Breakfast on the morning of Sunday, April 11th will conclude the meeting. More information and updates will soon be forthcoming at the Texas Map Society's website. Reservations can be made now by contacting the Doubletree Hotel by calling 800-222-8733. Mention and/or type in the group/convention code MAP in order to get the discounted rate. Additional information from Ben Huseman, Secretary, Texas Map Society, c/o Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Box 19497, 902 Planetarium Place, Arlington, Texas 76019.
April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2010 - Charlottesville The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations will be taught on six consecutive Friday mornings, 9:30-11:00 AM, by Joel Kovarsky under the auspices of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia. Two of the six segments will be held at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library of the University of Virginia. The remaining four sessions will be held in the Jefferson Library at Monticello. Specific registration details are will be posted to the website later in the fall. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
April 10, 2010 – New York The
New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm in the auditorium at
the New York Public Library: Breaking
Borders: The New Map Scene and what it means to Education.
Connie Brown: “Mining Maps”
Mapmaker and owner of Redstone Studios, Ms. Brown will discuss the convergence of satellite mapping and the internet, and how the rise of cultural cartography creates a map explosion providing resources, creative inspiration, and tools for critical thinking. She will present new ways to read maps, explore the exuberant proliferation of serious and playful maps on the internet, the use of map imagery in fine arts, and the redemptive value of making maps by hand.
Roger Panetta: “Panoramic Maps and Reading the Landscape”
Fordham University Visiting Professor of History, Dr. Panetta will discuss the ways in which Wade & Croome's 1846 Hudson River Panorama provided an engaging way to view the Hudson River landscape and became a rich tool for classroom instruction. For about one dollar—a bit more for a colored version—mid-nineteenth century Hudson River steamboat passengers could buy this small fold-out map to guide them along their river journey.
April 10, 2010 - Richmond The 2010 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lectures on the History of Cartography will be held at Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street. Ralph Ehrenberg will be our guest lecturer. He is an author and former chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. He will speak on Mapping the Geology of Virginia, 1740s–1890s. This free event will run from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 804-692-3900. Maps from the Library's collections will be on display from 11 AM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 4 PM. Box lunches will be available. The lecture and exhibition are free, but box lunches must be reserved. For more information or to make a reservation please call 804-692-3813.
April 13, 2010 – Washington Historian Jonathan D. Spence, one of the foremost experts on modern China, will deliver the fourth Jay I. Kislak lecture titled Mapping the Way: The Chinese Quests of Matteo Ricci at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge auditorium on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St., S.E. Sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center, the Hispanic Division and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, the lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. In his lecture, Spence will explain the place Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit, made for himself in China and how he encouraged the Chinese to think about knowledge. The map of the world made by Ricci in 1602 is currently on display in the Library's "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition, courtesy of the James Ford Bell Trust, before it makes its final home at the University of Minnesota.
April 14-18, 2010 - Washington The Association of American Geographers will hold its Annual Meeting. Registration is available on line.
April 15, 2010 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library. The Library is located at 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets. Speaker to be announced.
April 15, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Dr Adam Mosley (Department of History and Classics, University of Swansea). Cosmography and Cartography: Their Relationship Revisited - 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 15, 2010 - Washington The Washington Map Society, at 8:00 pm will meet in a joint session with the Association of American Geographers at their Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Chief John Hébert will speak about the Division, its resources, and its direction in a quickly changing world of geospatial information. He will speak of acquisitions efforts (successes), about digital conversion efforts (now up to 25,000 images on line), about revealing hidden collections (nautical charts, African set maps), G&M's direct Congressional support efforts, and other priorities. Meeting will be at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Lincoln Room 3, exhibition level, 2660 Woodley Road NW. For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
April 17, 2010 - Enschede Peter van der Krogt (Utrecht University) for the third time will present a lecture to Historical Cartography Research Society. He will discuss From Ptolemy to the Ordnance Survey: Mapping of the Netherlands at 10.00 - 12.00 in Zaal Café Gerritsen, Voortsweg 109.
April 20, 2010 - 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. Ralph Ehrenberg will discuss Thomas Jefferson: the Louisiana Purchase and the first maps of the Rockies. Ralph Ehrenberg is an internationally recognized authority on the history of cartography. During his distinguished federal career, he directed two of the most important map collections in the world -- the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the Cartographic Records Division of the U. S. National Archives -- and served on the prestigious United States Board on Geographic Names. The members will have dinner at Maggiano's following Mr. Ehrenberg's presentation (approximately 7 p.m.) ($50 at the door). Contact Lorraine Sherry for additional information.
April 21-25, 2010 - Berlin Every year experts and collectors meet to exchange information regarding atlases published in German-speaking Europe since 1800. These atlas conferences are directed toward professionals as well as collectors. Both the cartographic and the bibliographic aspects of the subject are of equal interest. This years International Atlas Conference 2010 will be held at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The conference will consist of two parts. A workshop the first three days, and a weekend conference the last two days. The workshop will give participants a chance to examine the maps and atlases in the collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. During the weekend conference, participants will have an opportunity to share an interest in atlases produced over the past 200 years and to take advantage of a book fair in which they can sell items from their collections or add new items to them. The dominant theme for the year 2010 will be the continuation of work on the planned atlas database. Additional information from Jürgen Espenhorst, Villigster Str. 32, D-58239 Schwerte; tel: +49-2304/72284, fax: +49-2304/72284.
April 22, 2010 – Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society will get an opportunity to see a new map exhibit, Maps with an Attitude: Cartographies of Propaganda and Persuasion, that will be opening at the Harvard Map Collection. The exhibit, curated by Joseph Garver, reference librarian and co-head of the Harvard Map Collection, will feature maps that have been used to promote particular political ideologies or military objectives. The exhibit examines how maps have framed the major conflicts of the 20th century, from World War I to the Bosnian War. The Society will meet at 5:30pm at Harvard Map Collection. Additional information from Jeremy Poole.
April 23, 2010 - London Map-making was a major part of Paul Sandby’s early career on the Military Survey of Scotland, and much of his subsequent landscape art maintained connections with cartography. Professor Stephen Daniels, University of Nottingham, will discuss Mapwork: Sandby and the Topographical Tradition. He will show how cartography arguably enlarged the scope and power of Sandby’s art. Lecture is at 6.30–7.30pm; in the Reynolds Room, a John Madejski Fine Room, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Telephone 020 7300 5839 (open Monday–Friday, 9.30am–5.30pm) or book online.
April 26-30, 2010 - São Paulo The next Latin American conference on the history of cartography, 3° Simpósio Iberoamericano de História da Cartografia, will be held at Universidade de São Paulo.
April 27, 2010 - Milwaukee The annual Holzheimer Maps and America lecture will be presented this year by James Akerman, Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library, Chicago. Mr. Akerman will discuss Making Connections: Road Maps and the Nation at the Twentieth Century. There will be a reception at 5:00 PM in the American Geographical Society Library, third floor east wing of the Golda Meir Library. The lecture will be held at 6:00 PM. This lecture series is sponsored by Art and Jan Holzheimer of Highland Park, IL. For additional information please call 414-229-6282 or contact Christopher Baruth, Curator of the AGS Library.
April 28, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts starting at 6 pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
April 29, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Dr Chet Van Duzer (Independent Scholar). Settling Disputes through Cartography in Fourteenth-Century Palma de Mallorca: The Map of the Siquia Aqueduct - 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 4, 2010 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminar in the History of Cartography 2009-2010 meets at 5.30 pm in the Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Rachel Hewitt (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak about the Map of a Nation: The Early Ordnance Survey and the Politics of British Landscape. 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.
May 7, 2010 – Rochefort, France François Bellec (Historian, former director of the National Maritime Museum, Director of the Society of Geography) will speak about the role of cartography in L'expédition Lapérouse dans l'Europe du XVIIIe siècle at 18.00 at the Musée National de la Marine,1 place de la Gallissonière. The lecture will be repeated on June 18, 2010 at l'ecole de medecine navale, 25 rue de l'Amiral Meyer; and on October 15, 2010 at Centre International de la Mer, La Corderie Royale.
May 8, 2010 – New York The New York Map Society meeting will be at 2:30 pm in the auditorium at the New York Public Library: It will be the annual business meeting. Maps at the New York Public Library: New Collaborative Methods in (re)presenting Historical Geography will be discussed by Matt Knutzen, the Library's Geospatial Librarian. He will describe a collaborative approach to digitizing, disseminating and adding value to historical map and non-map research collections. Additional information from John Woram.
May 8, 2010 - Stanford, California The next meeting of the California Map Society will be held at Stanford University. The meeting will be in the Fred L. Hartley Conference Room in the Ruth Wattis-Mitchell Earth Sciences Building which is part of the School of Earth Sciences. The program planner for the meeting is Fred DeJarlais, Vice President - Northern California. If you would like to contribute to the program or bring a favorite map for the Member’s Memorable Maps portion of the program, please contact him.
May 13, 2010 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 17th Annual Series, will have Sjoerd de Meer (Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam) speak about The Corpus Christi Collection: a set of Dutch and English manuscript sea charts of South East Asia and the East Indies from around 1660-1670. 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.
May 19-20, 2010 – Barcelona The Institut Cartografic de Catalunya and the Arxiu Historic de la Ciutat de Barcelona will have a seminar about the History of Cartography of the city of Barcelona devoted to the maps from 16th to 20th century. Additional information from Carme Montaner i Garcia, Cartoteca de Catalunya, Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Parc de Montjuïc, E-08038 Barcelona; Tel. (+34) 93 567 15 65.
May 19, 2010 – Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, at 5:30 pm, will host a talk by Dava Sobel, who will speak about her books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter. Members of the Boston Map Society will be sent invitations to this event. Additional information from Jeremy Poole.
May 20, 2010 - Evanston, Illinois The Chicago Map Society meets at Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, Third Floor, South Tower, Northwestern University Library. There will be an Introduction to the Map Collections at Northwestern and a talk on the Conservation, Digitization, and Importance of "The Oldest Map of Evanston."
May 21-22, 2010 - Washington The Philip Lee
Phillips Society has been established to further develop, enhance and
promote the collections of the Geography and Map Division, Library of
Congress. On Friday, May 21 the Philip Lee Phillips Society will be
holding a conference on Re-Examining the Portolan Chart: History,
Navigation and Science. The lectures will be held 9:30 am to
3:30 pm at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building,
Coolidge Auditorium. Speakers will include Evelyn Edson, Allison
Sandman, Richard Pflederer, John Hessler, and Fanella France.
Lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is
required. Please register by email to email@example.com.
Additional information from John Hessler or Pam van Ee at
There will be an open house at the Geography and Map Division, Madison Building, Room B-01, on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30 am to noon.
May 22, 2010 - Alexandria, Virginia The Washington Map Society at 6:30PM (cash bar) and 7:15PM (dinner) will hold its 31st Annual Dinner at historic Gadsby's Tavern at 138 N. Royal Street in Old Town; and preceded by a short walking tour of the history-filled neighborhood. For further information see website or contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.
May 24, 2010 – London The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative - Join Professor Richard Talbert as he explores the amazing story of how the Romans mapped their world, and how their work resonates through the early history of cartography. Lecture is 18.00-20.00 in Conference Centre, British Library.
May 27, 2010 - London Maps and Society Nineteenth Series Programme - Dr Sandra Sáenz-López Perez (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Madrid). European Encounters with 'the Other' in Sixteenth-Century 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.
June 1-5, 2010 - Regina, Saskatchewan The Annual Conference 2010 for the Canadian Cartographic Association will be held at the University of Regina. The Department of Geography at the University of Regina invites you to participate in the first joint meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, the Canadian Cartographic Association, the Canadian Geomorphology Research Group and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. As the first joint meeting of these groups, the 2010 Prairie Summit promises to be a unique and special event. The symposium will provide a forum for sharing current research findings, and new research challenges and directions. We seek contributions presenting novel research in all aspects of cartography, geography, geomorphology, GIS and remote sensing. For more information contact Daniel G. Cole (Canadian Cartographic Association President).
June 2, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
June 3-4, 2010 - Portland, Maine The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine is hosting the annual meeting of the North East Map Organization (NEMO). The keynote address will be given by Stephen J. Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center and professor of Geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Southern Maine. His lecture is titled, "The Making of the Historical Atlas of Maine: Process, Content and Form." Scheduled for publication this Fall, the atlas has involved more than 30 scholars and taken more than decade to produce. It promises to be the most comprehensive state historical atlas ever published.
June 4, 2010 – London All are welcome to attend the Digital Classicist and Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2010. Leif Isaksen (Southampton) will present Reading Between the Lines: unearthing structure in Ptolemy’s Geography at 16:30, in room STB9, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.
June 4-5, 2010 - London The International Map Collectors' Society at 14:00 on Friday, June 4 will be able to join a guided tour of the New Map Exhibition at the British Library - kindly organised by Map Curator Tom Harper. The British Library exhibition 'Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art' will run from Friday 30th April to September to Sunday 19th September 2010. The exhibition will focus upon maps which were made specifically for display, examining how they functioned in their original settings, and how they made use of symbolic and artistic devices to present messages such as civic pride, wealth and indoctrination. Some of the world's greatest cartographic treasures will be included, such as Jacopo de Barbari's map of Venice, Georg Marcgraf's map of Brazil, the thirteenth century Psalter map, Ortelius's eight-sheet world map and Thomas Holme's wall map of Pennsylvania. For the convenience and comfort of visitors, numbers will be limited to ten people per tour - places are limited but there is an opportunity to expand on the present provision of spaces. If you would like to attend this please contact Sue Booty.
On Friday evening the annual dinner will be held at The Royal Overseas League (6.30 pm for 7 pm) at 5 St. James Terrace. We have held the dinner here in the past but this time we will be using the newly refurbished Princess Alexandra Hall, along with new caterers so we look forward to an excellent event. There will be the Malcolm Young lecture immediately prior to the dinner. Francis Herbert will speak about Malcolm Young, his life, travels and maps to commemorate the man who started the Society 30 years ago and was the first chairman and after whom the lecture series is named.
The AGM will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 10 am at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. Doors will open from 9.30 am. As last year this is also the venue for the Map Fair.
June 5-6, 2010 - London The London Antique Map Fair - 2010 will be held at The Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Open Saturday 12.00 - 19.00 hrs and Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 hrs (Free Admission). Now in its 30th consecutive year, it is the largest Antique Map Fair in Europe and the most well established event of its kind in the world. The fair coincides with the ABA and PBFA Bookfairs on Saturday and the Olympia Antiques Fair on both days. We will continue our Map Fair lectures in the Ondaatje auditorium of the RGS on Saturday June 5 only.
June 6, 2010 – London Painted Maps: Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Europe - How the great wall maps of Europe reflected the world of ruling elites. An intriguing overview of the interaction of art, cartography and politics during the Renaissance Lecture is 14.30 – 16.00 in Conference Centre, British Library.
June 8, 2010 – London Magnificent Maps, Selected and Dissected - A rich, diverse and highly revealing look at highlights from the Magnificent Maps exhibition personally selected by a tremendous panel of experts. Chaired by Richard Klein, Controller of BBC4. Lecture is 18.30 – 20.30 in Conference Centre, British Library.
June 8-10, 2010 - Berlin The German Society for Cartography will hold its annual Deutscher Kartographentag [German Cartographic Conference] in Berlin.
June 9-12, 2010 – Nottingham The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium Talking with Maps will be held at Nottingham Village Hotel, Chilwell, Nottingham, England. For further details and booking information visit the website.
June 12, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota London map expert, Daniel Crouch, will talk about Matteo Ricci's Great World Map of 1602, celebrated as the "Impossible Black Tulip," because surviving copies are so rare. Printed in China, it represents the meeting of the East and West and is the oldest known Chinese map to include the Americas. A Jesuit priest, Ricci arrived in Macao in 1582 and is probably the first westerner to enter the Forbidden City. The map is a statement of what was known about the world at that time. Lecture is 2-3 pm in Pillsbury Auditorium, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South.
June 12, 2010 – Oxford The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science will hold its next meeting at 2:30 pm at the Museum of the History of Science in the Old Ashmolean Building, Broad Street. Dr. Alessandro Scafi will be giving an illustrated talk on Mapping Paradise. Dr. Scafi is based at the Warburg Institute, London. He is the author of “Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth.”
June 12, 2010 - Portland, Maine The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine will host a field trip for members of the Boston Map Society. Additional information available from Jeremy Pool.
June 14, 2010 – London The Map in the Palace - David Starkey and Peter Barber discuss the importance of maps in medieval and early modern palaces, and how they combined art, science, and power to enhance their impact. Lecture is 18.30 – 20.30 in Conference Centre, British Library.
June 14-18, 2010 - Charlottesville Rare Book School, at the University of Virginia, provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Introduction to Printed Maps will be taught by Alice Hudson, assisted by Joel Kovarsky. 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, antiquarian dealers and collectors who seek to focus on the particular nature of the cartographic materials that impact their work or interests. A mix of presentations, including slides, group exercises, hands on work with maps, atlases and globes, will familiarize students with the map as artifact. This course will be a prerequisite for future RBS map courses in the cataloging of rare maps, preservation of prints and maps, and courses devoted to Ptolemy / Sanson / Blaeu, &c. Although this course is intended to introduce map history, participants will derive most from the course if they have already been exposed to the problems in understanding maps and who might eventually take advanced courses in this subject at Rare Book School. Such participants might include rare book librarians, conservators, map librarians, map collectors, and map dealers.
June 15-18, 2010 - Guelph, Ontario CARTO / CAPDU Connections: Joining the what with the where will be the subject of the annual conference and meeting of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Association of Public Data Users (CAPDU). The conference will be held at University of Guelph.
June 15-19, 2010 - Tallinn The 17th Conference of the LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires is organised by National Library of Estonia and University of Tartu Library. Theme of the 2010 conference is The Map Library as the Centre of Cartographic Information. Additional information about the conference programme, venues and social programme is available on the conference website. Additional information from Tiina Kruup, Cartography Section of Fine Arts Department, National Library of Estonia, Tõnismägi 2, 10122 Tallinn, Estonia; phone:+372 630 7156.
June 17, 2010 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, Towner Fellows' Lounge. The Library is located at 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets. Renate Burri (Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen) will present Ayer MS 743 in the Newberry Library: A "Lost" Manuscript of Ptolemy's Geography.
June 18, 2010 – Rochefort, France François Bellec (Historian, former director of the National Maritime Museum, Director of the Society of Geography) will speak about the role of cartography in L'expédition Lapérouse dans l'Europe du XVIIIe siècle at l'ecole de medecine navale, 25 rue de l'Amiral Meyer. The lecture will be repeated on October 15, 2010 at Centre International de la Mer, La Corderie Royale.
June 25-26, 2010 – Perugia The
Centro Italiano per gli studi storico-geografici, Società
Geografica Italiana, Biblioteca Augusta – Perugia, Associazione
“Roberto Almagià” Collezionisti Italiani di
Cartografia Antica, and Sant’Anatolia di Narco (Perugia)
announce the 5th meeting about Ancient Cartography and Collecting
Friday June 25th:
17,30 opening of the exhibition: Ornamental Apparatus: Figures and Decorations in Italian Cartography from XV to XIX centuries, Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie, Claudio Cerreti (Università Roma Tre) and Maurizio Tarantino (Direttore Biblioteca Augusta di Perugia)
19,00 opening of the exhibition: Maps of cieties and territories of Umbria in the manuscript by Cipriano Piccolpasso, Sala Campani, Convento di Santa Croce – Sant’Anatolia di Narco.
Saturday June 26th: Istituto Agrario, sala conferenze, Ornamental
Apparatus: Figures and Decorations in Italian Cartography from XV to
10,30 – I Session
Lucia Nuti (Università di Pisa) Figures and Decorations in Urban maps and views (XVI-XVIII c.)
Peter Barber (Head Map Collections – British Library) Magnificent Maps: Power and Decorations in European Carrtography from XV to XX centuries
Paola Valenti (Università IUAV di Venezia) “A so far unknown “Quotation”from Raffaello in a map dated 1585
16,30 – II Session
Marica Milanesi (Università di Pavia) Skys, Lands and Seas in maps and globes by Vincenzo Coronelli
Vladimiro Valerio (Università IUAV di Venezia) Neoclassicism and Rhetoric in Neapolitan frontispieces and cartouches between Ancien Regime and Restoration
21,30 Conference Hall
Assembly Association “Roberto Almagià” Italian Collector of Ancient Cartography
The conference language will be Italian. Additional information from Vladimiro Valerio, Dipartimento di Storia della Architettura, San Polo 2468 - Palazzo Badoer, 30125 Venezia; tel. + 39 041 2571418, fax 041 719044.
June 29, 2010 - 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. Jeppesen: The man and the company is the topic for the meeting's discussion. Denver airport's main terminal is named after this pioneer in aviation cartography, and the company he founded is headquartered in Centennial. Jeppesen is the defacto standard for the World's aviation cartography. Additional details to come. Contact Lorraine Sherry for additional information.
July 3, 2010 – Meiringen, Switzerland The Arbeitsgruppe für Kartengeschichte [Study Group for Map History] will visit the workshop of Winfried Kettler, Landhausgasse 2, at 10:45 to 12:00. Mr. Kettler creates panoramic views used in tourism and advertising. For more details, especially for registration, please refer to the web page or contact Martin Rickenbacher.
July 5-10, 2010 – Ermioni, Argolis, Greece An International Summer School on Digital Methods and Techniques in Cartographic Heritage will be held at the Porto Hydra Hotel. The course is designed for historians of cartography, map curators, map librarians, cartographers, geographers, and students of relevant fields. Course coordinator is Evangelos Livieratos.
July 5, 2010 – Leipzig Achim Mittag will speak about Chinese World Maps of the later Imperial Period at Konfuzius-Institut Leipzig, Otto-Schill-Str. 1. For additional information phone 0341 / 9730390 or email.
July 7, 2010 – London Speculating on the Mappa Mundi - This talk will focus on the giant world map produced in about 1300 for the Benedictine nunnery of Ebstorf in Lower Saxony. It will discuss its unique design, theological agenda and role in a tradition of contemplative practice. Lecture is 18.30 – 20.30 in Conference Centre, British Library.
July 10, 2010 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm in the South Court Celeste Bartos Education Center, Classrooms A & B, New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. We will have our Fourth Annual Summertime Social. Once again, our guest speakers are you, our members and guests. Come, tell us about your special interests, and what you would like to see at future meetings. More details about a pre-meeting box lunch to follow shortly. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
July 12-15, 2010 - Leeds The Seventeenth International Medieval Congress will take place at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds.
July 12-16, 2010 - Tel Aviv The central theme of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference 2010 is Bridging Diversity in a Globalizing World. The Dan Panorama Hotel is the conference venue. On the occasion of the July 2010 IGU Regional Conference, the IGU Commission on the History of Geography will organize a Symposium made up of several sessions: some sessions will be held at Tel-Hai Academic College (on July 11, within the framework of the pre-conference field trip that will take place on July 9-12) and the rest in Tel Aviv (during the major conference, on July 12- 16). The general topic of the IGU Commission on the History of Geography Symposium will be Geography, Civilizations, and Cultural Identities in Historical Perspective. Special attention will be paid to the historical contribution of Geography and geographical thought in conceptualizing world's cultural diversity, at different scales and in different times and places.
July 14, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
July 19-24, 2010 – Barcelona The next World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies will be held on the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Mónica Herrera and Mònica Rius have organized a panel Visions of Eastern and Western Lands in Medieval Cartography and Chartmaking: Homage to Professor Mercè Comes (Islamic Science II). Speakers include Thomas Goodrich, Sandra Sáenz-López, Chet Van Duzer and Bilha Moor. For additional information, please contact Mónica Herrera, Àrea d'Estudis Àrabs, Facultat de Filologia, Universitat de Barcelona.
July 20, 2010 – London Changing perspectives: mapping global injustice by changing the view? - Modern mapping provides a new view of our world and the injustices that exist within it. With Danny Dorling from the WorldMapper Project. Lecture is 18.30 – 20.00 in Conference Centre, British Library.
July 22-23, 2010 - Bangkok At a seminar Siamese Archives: From Krung Thonburi to Chanthabun, map collector Thavatchai Tangsirivanich will share his recent findings, which include the identification of more than 100 places along the river between Bangkok and Ayuttaya that he deciphered from charts dating as far back as the late 15th century. During the Thonburi Period, European mapmakers completely ignored Bangkok and the rest of the Chao Phraya basin. Only four maps of Siam were printed in Amsterdam, and for the most part they recycled details from maps made during the Ayutthaya period, Thavatchai says. Historian Chanrvit Kasetsiri meanwhile came across a fascinating map of Siam and Burma at the Palace Museum in Taipei. King Taksin sent it to the Chinese emperor, he says, and Chiang Kai-shek took it to Taiwan when he fled the communist onslaught in 1949. Charnvit, president of the Association of Siam Archives, says he learned of the map from Japanese researcher Masuda Erika, who worked at Taiwan's Academia Chinica. Erika believes the map was primarily created by Chinese serving in Taksin's court, and likely under the king's supervision, since it shows a route from Thonburi to Ava. Seminar will be held at the Royal River Hotel on Charan Sanitwong Road.
July 22, 2010 - Kenora, Ontario Dr. Bill Lass of Minnesota State University will be speaking at 7:30 pm about the Canada-United States border that runs through Lake of the Woods. The author of "Minnesota's Northern Boundary" will discuss how the border was determined. Lecture is at Lake of the Woods Museum, 300 Main Street South.
July 24, 2010 – Chapel Hill The next meeting of the William P. Cumming Map Society will be in the Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-CH. Michael Hill, Research Supervisor, Archives & History, will speak about the newly published 2nd edition of the North Carolina Gazetteer, for which he served as co-author. From Nicholas Graham and/or John Blythe, we will hear about the tremendous success of the North Carolina Maps Project. Those of you who attended our August 2008 meeting will recall Nick's presentation on the early stages of that project. Our morning will conclude in the Rare Book Collection, where Claudia Funke, Curator of Rare Books, will host us for a tour of their new exhibition, "See the World Through My Eyes: Travel Narratives from the Rare Book Collection". Let's plan on starting the program at 10 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be available at 9:30 for those arriving early. Additional information from Jay Lester.
July 28, 2010 – London Jonathan Potter will speak about Four Hundred Years of Printed Maps at 6.30 PM at National Geographic's London store, 83-97 Regent Street. He will speak again on this topic August 19.
July 29, 2010 - Kenora, Ontario The Lake of the Woods Museum, 300 Main Street South, at 7:30 pm, will sponsor a historical presentation on maps of Lake of the Woods from 1700-1800 with summer resident David Malaher. He will speak about the early French explorers and their attempts at mapping the lake in the 1700's.
August 2, 2010 - Edinburgh Chris Fleet (Map Collections Manager at the National Library of Scotland) will discuss A Cartographic Journey through Time Maps, Plans and Views of Edinburgh, Lauriston and Environs over Five Centuries at 10.30am – Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains. From the earliest detailed representations of Edinburgh for military purposes in the 1540s, to modern Ordnance Survey maps in the present day, the mapping of Edinburgh and Lauriston provides a fascinating story of changing geographical shapes and details over time. However, by looking at the purposes behind these maps, who surveyed and produced them, and the changing historical influences behind them, these maps provide key insights into a range of contrasting ideological, cultural and social values.
August 5, 2010 - Kenora, Ontario The Lake of the Woods Museum, 300 Main Street South, at 7:30 pm, will have a presentation by Fort Frances historian Merv Ahrens. He will talk about a fairly unknown waterway connecting Lake of the Woods to Rainy River which first appeared on maps by Pierre de La Verendrye in the 1730's.
August 19, 2010 – London Jonathan Potter will speak about Four Hundred Years of Printed Maps at 6.30 PM at National Geographic's London store, 83-97 Regent Street.
August 19, 2010 – Washington Lecture: The Map in Garb: Clothing and Cartography in Spanish America, Alexander Hidalgo, Kislak Fellow, at 12:00 in LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets or reservations are not needed. From the moment of contact, clothing (or lack thereof) became a central element in the construction of European identity in relation to the New World. This presentation examines expressions of dress in European maps, atlases, travel literature, and ephemeral art. It contrasts these Western depictions with representations produced by Amerindians in manuscript maps from central and southern Mexico. An analysis of these two distinct bodies of evidence reveals the tension between ideology, Spanish imperial policy, and everyday practice while highlighting early constructions of race, gender, and status in the Americas.
August 24, 2010 - 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. Dr. Stefan Leyk, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, will speak about Historical Mapping and Geographic Information Sciences. He will discuss the use of historical mapping to study changes in forests in Switzerland via digitization, rationalization and conversion to GIS. Contact Lorraine Sherry for additional information.
August 25-27, 2010 - Bogotá, Colombia The workshop Mapping the Nation: Cartography and Politics in Spanish America will take place at Los Andes University, and is organized by The Leverhulme Trust, Warwick University (England), and Los Andes University (Colombia). This workshop considers maps as a significant and distinctive nationalist art-form. The workshop will explore the connections between mapping and both the colonial and nationalist imagination. In addition, it will also examine maps are not only significant pieces of colonial and nationalist discourse, but also as visual and material objects of often extraordinary richness. The event will therefore bring together historians, geographers, art historians and literary and cultural critics to analyze and interpret these multidimensional and luminous sources.
September 1, 2010 – London Power, Propaganda and Art: Maps in modern times - A brilliant mix of presentations on how we have seen and depicted our world during the last 100 years Lecture is 18.30 – 20.30 in Conference Centre, British Library.
September 1-3, 2010 - London The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2010 has the theme Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment. The meeting place is the Society in London. Over 1,000 geographers from around the world are expected to attend.
September 2-4, 2010 - Munich 15. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation, Alexandrastrasse 4; Organizer: Arbeitsgruppe D-A-CH. For additional information contact: Dr. Markus Heinz, Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage, Map Department, Potsdamer Str. 33, D-10785 Berlin; Phone ++49-30-266 435500, Fax ++49-30-266 335405.
September 5, 2010 – Lancaster, New Hampshire Original Leavitt’s Maps with Views of the White Mountains New Hampshire, published by Franklin Leavitt of Lancaster, NH between 1852 and 1888, along with broadsides and Leavitt documents including personal notebooks and receipts will be on display at the 2010 Lancaster Fair. Adam Jared Apt, who holds a doctorate in the history of science from Oxford University and has contributed articles on the subject for academic journals and reference books, will give a presentation on Franklin Leavitt and his unique maps at 1 PM. Adam has solo-hiked New England's Hundred Highest peaks, and in 2006, he curated an exhibit of historic maps of the White Mountains for the Harvard University Library.
September 6, 2010 – London Geopolitics: Power and Space - Join Professor Jeremy Black as he discusses geopolitics: the relationship between power and space, and between strategy and geography.Lecture is 18.30 – 20.00 in Conference Centre, British Library.
September 7, 2010 – London The New Mapping Revolution - The internet is fueling dramatic and dynamic changes in the way we map our world. Join Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist for Google Maps and Steve Chilton from OpenStreetMap as they discuss these developments. Lecture is 18.30 – 20.00 in Conference Centre, British Library.
September 8-10, 2010 - Cambridge, England The Map Curators' Group of the British Cartographic Society announces that its 2010 Workshop will be held at Cambridge University. The title of this year's Workshop is Beyond the Neat Line: More Than Just Geography. We are looking towards covering topics such as marginalia, metadata, production methods and helping users access maps via new technologies. Additional information from Ann Sutherland (Convener, The Map Curators' Group), Anne Taylor (Cambridge University Library Map Department), or April Carlucci (The Itinerant Map Catalog(u)er).
September 8-10, 2010 – Manchester The
Society of Cartographers Annual
Summer School will be
held at the University of Manchester. The conference themes this year
Art and everyday mapping; OS OpenData;
Maps and geopolitics; Transport mapping;
Mapping Manchester; Crowdsourcing and open data.
Further details will appear on the conference website.
September 9, 2010 - Indianapolis, Indiana Monique Howell, Indiana Collection Librarian, Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, will show some fantastic maps from the State Library’s collection. Included are maps from the 18th century, rare maps with historic importance, engraved and hand drawn maps, and maps done by Hoosier artists. Program will be 5:30-6:30 pm in the History Reference Room.
September 11, 2010 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm in the lower level auditorium of the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Our guest speaker, map dealer Richard Betz, will discuss The Mapping of Africa. He will demonstrate the changing nature of the depiction of Africa from earliest times to 1700. Special attention will be given to African map-making and non-European exploration of the continent by the peoples of the Indian Ocean. This will be followed by a presentation using maps of the European expansion into Africa beginning in 1415, plus a summary of the major cartographic models developed in the course of researching and analyzing all maps produced up to 1700. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
September 11, 2010 - Perth Chris Fleet (Map Collections Manager at the National Library of Scotland) will discuss Perth on the map – a cartographic voyage through time. The lecture will be given in the morning of the second day of the “Perth: a Place in History” conference to celebrate Perth800 at Perth Concert Hall & Perth Theatre, 185 High Street.
September 12-14, 2010 - Santa Fe, New Mexico The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its 51st annual meeting. See web page for additional details.
September 14, 2010 – Inverness Chris Fleet (Map Collections Manager at the National Library of Scotland) at 2pm in the Inverness Public Library, Farraline Park will present Mapping the Highlands from the earliest times to the present day.
September 15, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
September 23, 2010 – 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. Mark Stein will discuss his recent book, How the States Got Their Shapes. Mark is a playwright and a screenwriter. His films include "Housesitter," with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and his plays have been produced off-Broadway, and at theaters throughout the country. Mark has taught writing and drama at both American University and at Catholic University. How the States Got Their Shapes was published in 2008, by Smithsonian Books, and describes, in great detail, why state lines are where they are. Mark will address questions such as: "Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Why does Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to the rest of the state? Why are some of the Hawaiian Islands not part of Hawaii? Why is there a bump on the eastern end of Tennessee?" Bring your own questions, and enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled evening. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
September 25-28, 2010 - Veszprém, Hungary FreshWater, the 15th International Symposium and Reunion for the International Commission for the History of Nautical Science, will include the history of cartography among the proposed symposium themes. For additional information contact Dr. Zsolt G. Török, Assoc. Prof., Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University, H-1117 Budapest, Pazmany P. setany 1/a, Hungary.
October 1-2, 2010 - Castle Staverden, The Netherlands The 1st International Antique Map Fair at Castle Staverden is initiated by Cartographic Antiquarian Map and Book Seller Edward Wells B.V. A huge number of leading European Antiquarian Map Sellers will exhibit at the Map Fair. Opening hours: 14.00 - 20.00 on Friday and 10.00 - 18.00 on Saturday. Castle Staverden is located in the centre of the Veluwe, an attractive wooden area in the heart of the Netherlands, at only 10 minutes from the town of Harderwijk and 20 minutes from Apeldoorn.
October 4-6, 2010 - London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its 28th international symposium. Theme will be Britain - Power and Influence in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The symposium will be held in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, and the second day will be in Greenwich. The first and third days will be held in central London at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre. Visits are planned to the British Library, the Guildhall Library, Greenwich Observatory and the National Archives. Pre-symposium tours are planned. On 30 September a visit will be made to Hatfield House to see the home of the Marquess of Salisbury and his map collection. A trip 1-3 October will be made to see the famous "Mappa Mundi" at Hereford Cathedral with stops at a National Trust property en route and Berkeley Castle on the return. For those who remain in London, a walking tour of the City of London on 2 October will be led by Yasha Beresiner.
October 5, 2010 - Bellingham, Washington Western Washington University librarian Rob Lopresti will share the tale of the university’s map thief. In 2006 someone stole maps and books from WWU. A year-and-a-half investigation resulted in a man being convicted of robbing more than 100 libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Lopresti, who has been the government information librarian at WWU for more than 20 years, will speak at noon at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The lecture is part of WWU Connections, a speaker series at Village Books that highlights WWU faculty and staff expertise.
October 7, 2010 – Minneapolis Matteo Ricci’s 1602 Kunyu wanguo quantu, or “Map of the 10,000 Countries of the Earth,” will be the focus of a series of events this fall at the University of Minnesota, including an appearance by Jonathan Spence, renowned China scholar and 2010 presenter of the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) prestigious Jefferson Lecture. Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and the author of several books including "The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci," will deliver the 48th Annual James Ford Bell Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S. Tickets are available at www.tickets.umn.edu or 612-624-2345. Individual tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for Associates of the James Ford Bell Library or Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries; free to students with ID. Group discounts are also available. Spence's lecture, entitled Ricci's Map: Its Place in His China Strategy, is part of a celebration of the arrival of the Ricci Map at the University of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library after being on exhibit at the Library of Congress and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts earlier this year.
October 8-13, 2010 - Arlington A series of
meetings will be held at Special Collections, The University of Texas
at Arlington Library. The general theme is Charting the
Cartography of Chartered Companies.
Examples of such companies which operated during different times in
different parts of the world, are the Dutch East India Company
(1601-1806), the Hudson Bay Company (1670 to present), and the
British South African Company (1889-1964), as well as mining,
railroad, and settlement companies.
October 8: 7th Virginia Garrett Biennial Lectures on the History of Cartography
October 9: Texas Map Society - Fall Meeting
October 10-13: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography - 3rd International Symposium
Peripheral Program: Themed map exhibition at UTA Special Collections, technical and social excursions, a map fair and more...
Information and a registration form for the three meetings are available online. Additional information from Carolyn Kadri, Special Collections, UT Arlington Library, Box 19497, Arlington, Texas 76019-0497; Phone: 817-272-7153, Fax: 817-272-3360.
October 9, 2010 – New York The next New York Map Society meeting will be in the lower level auditorium at the New York Public Library at 2:30 pm. George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps is the subject of Independent historian Barnet Schecter's presentation. He will describe some of the maps Washington owned and drew throughout his life. His collection included views of important cities - New York, Quebec, Savannah and others. In offering a broad view of Washington's lifelong focus on the terrain of North America, both rural and urban, Mr. Schecter will shed new light on the man and his times.
October 10, 2010 - Lawrenceville, New Jersey Almost everyone knows Province Line Road in northeast Lawrence. For travelers on Route 206 or Princeton Pike, it is the often-congested gateway to the Quakerbridge Mall, Mercer Mall, and Nassau Park. Along some stretches, it actually runs along the border separating Lawrence from Princeton Township. But how did it get its name? What exactly is the “Province Line?” To answer that question you have to travel back more than 300 years, to a time in the late 1600s, even before Lawrence Township itself (then Maidenhead) was created. To learn more about the history of maps and boundaries in New Jersey, join us this Sunday at the Lawrence Historical Society for the annual Mary Tanner Lecture, 400 Years of Mapping New Jersey, presented by Maxine N. Lurie and Michael Siegel, editors of "Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape," published in 2009 by Rutgers University Press.
October 11, 2010 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
October 12, 2010 - London The Anglo-Ethiopian Society will meet at 6:30pm in the Lecture Theatre, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square. Alessandro Scafi will discuss An Ethiopian Eden: Mapping Paradise in Ethiopia. The various scenarios locating paradise in Ethiopia will be explored by discussing late mediaeval maps of the world. In the 15th century, some European mapmakers changed the traditional location of the Garden of Eden from eastern Asia to Africa. The African paradise was placed either at the tip of southern Africa (south of the equator) or in the Horn of Africa (at the equator), thus near Ethiopia. The Estense, or Catalan, world map of the 1450s presents one of these changes, featuring paradise in equatorial Africa, close to the Indian Ocean, not far from the legendary city of Arin (Civitasarim) that Indian and, later, Arabic geographical tradition also placed on the equator to mark the point exactly midway between the westernmost and easternmost meridians. The anonymous author of the so-called Genoese map, dating from 1457, put a textual comment on his map to explain that he was unwilling to commit himself to locating paradise in eastern Africa, when he was uncertain about the precise location. A variation on the theme is offered by the manuscript map of the world known as “Kunstmann II” (1502–1506), where the Garden of Eden is located in Africa, but this time on the Tropic of Capricorn. Prester John, the powerful priest thought to rule a vast Christian empire beyond Islam, was also relocated from Asia to Africa, and often depicted on maps near Ethiopia.
October 13, 2010 - Incline Village, Nevada Attendees at the 2010 Lake Tahoe conference of the Western History Association are invited to a special pre-conference session, from 2:30-4:30 PM, entitled "Mapping Many Wests" that will address the various challenges and opportunities confronting the intersection of cartography and history in the study of the North American West. The moderator is Tamsen Hert, Emmett D. Chisum (Special Collections, University of Wyoming Libraries) and the meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Resort, Castle Peak A.
October 13, 2010 – Acton, Massachusetts Local historian and geographer Belle Choate will present the program “Swagg of Chain”: The History of Acton Development as Told by its Earliest Property Surveys and Maps at 7:30 p.m Acton Memorial Library’s meeting room, 486 Main Street.. She will take people on a virtual tour of Acton, spanning the period from 1700 to 1950, using original proprietors' records, maps and deeds.
October 13-15, 2010 - St. Petersburg, Florida The North American Cartographic Information Society will be holding its annual meeting at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.
October 14, 2010 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm in Boston Public Library (Boston Room, Johnson Building, 1st floor). Ronald Grim and Paul McDermott will give a talk about their newly published book, Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54. Two artists, John Mix Stanley and Gustavus Sohon, accompanied this famous survey, and produced a wealth of views documenting the physical and cultural geography of the northern Great Plains and the Pacific Northwest. The book reproduces all 70 of the lithographs that appeared in the survey's final congressional report. Additional information from Jeremy Pool at 617-661-3718.
October 14, 2010 - Greenwich The historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum, as part of its lecture series, will have Adrian Webb (British Cartographic Society) speak about A Beneficiary of Science: Captain Collins and his Survey of Great Britain, 1681-87; and Gillian Hutchinson (Curator of History of Cartography, National Maritime Museum) will speak about Edmond Halley: Charting Scientific Discovery. Lectures are from 19.00-21.00.
October 14, 2010 – London Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, 5.30 for 6.30 pm, Captain Hans Kok will peak on Dutch maritime charts between 1550 and 1800. Captain Kok began flying and navigating with KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines on the last series of the four-engined propeller planes in intercontinental operation. His lecture, covering the golden age of Netherlands maritime and chart-making activity, will describe the central control over navigation and chart-making exercised by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as distinct from the arrangements common in the English East India Company. The lecture will be illustrated by slides of the charts and is free. A candle-lit supper is held afterwards in the RGS and supper tickets (£25) must be purchased in advance by 7 October on +44 (0)20 7591 3100 [Events Office, RGS-IBG].
October 15, 2010 – Rochefort, France François Bellec (Historian, former director of the National Maritime Museum, Director of the Society of Geography) will speak about the role of cartography in L'expédition Lapérouse dans l'Europe du XVIIIe siècle at Centre International de la Mer, La Corderie Royale.
October 20, 2010 - Mill Valley, California Nick Kanas, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, NASA-funded researcher, and Author of "Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography" will speak about Of Beauties and Beasts: Mapping the Heavens from Antiquity to Modern Times at 7:00 pm at Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue. What is the impact of the telescope on celestial mapping? What led to the development of the great star and constellation atlases? Using a PowerPoint presentation based on stunning images from his book, Dr. Kanas traces the history of celestial mapping from antiquity to modern times; relates the development of celestial maps to contemporary views of the heavens; and in the process illustrates their artistic beauty. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.
October 20-21, 2010 – Barcelona The 2nd History of Cartography Seminar organized by the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya (ICC) and The Cartographic History Study Group will be held on October 20th and 21st at the ICC head offices in Barcelona, Spain (Parc de Montjuïc). This seminar will focus on cartography and surveying in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands in the 19th and 20th centuries. More information and registration is online.
October 21, 2010 – 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. Ristow Prize winner Dr. Wesley Reisser will present Redrawing the World: President Wilson and the Effort to Redraw National Boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Wesley, who is a Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, and an Adjunct Professor of Geography at the George Washington University, won the Ristow Prize in 2007. Wesley will discuss the maps President Wilson used in negotiating at the Paris Peace Conference, and how those maps contributed to the way the world map was redrawn. This is a talk that will focus on both history and cartography, and will discuss some of the cartographers working in the early 20th Century. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
October 28-30, 2010 - Berlin Workshop: Vermessung der Oikumene - Mapping the Oikumene will be held at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse 33. Lectures in German and English. Contact Michael Rathmann or TOPOI for additional information.
October 28, 2010 – Chicago D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies is sponsoring American Indian Studies Seminar Series at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Today’s meeting, 5:30-6:30pm, will have Juliana Barr, University of Florida, speak about Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest. The lecture confronts the problem that, in pursuing inclusive models for the intersections of diverse people across North America, early American scholars have lost sight of the integrity of bordered Indian domains and the power that gave them in their interactions with Europeans. In contrast to notions of early America as an undefined territory through which Europeans and Indians moved, traded, made treaties, and made war in lands neither could fully claim, this paper seeks to illustrate how different Indian polities created and maintained borders, and how such borders functioned as clear manifestations of sovereignty.
October 28, 2010 – New York Join us at 6:30 PM, for a presentation about George Washington’s America. This unique and intimate presentation in the New-York Historical Society Library, 5 West 76th Street at Central Park West, including a special display of selections from the Library's collection of Erskine-DeWitt manuscript maps, drawn by George Washington's cartographer to guide him in battle. Historian Barnet Schecter will transport us to the scenes of Washington's most dramatic exploits and remarkable achievements — from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution to the highest elected office in the new republic. From his teens until his death, maps were always central to Washington's work, and after his death, many of his most important maps were bound into an atlas that remained in his family for many years. Accompanied also by slides, Schecter crafts a singular portrait of our first Founding Father. $20 non-members; $10 members.
October 28, 2010 – Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have a Field Trip to The Queen's College where we will see old treasures, new discoveries: rare atlases and unique maps recently found at Queen's - hosted by Veronika Vernier. Space is limited – for further details, please contact Nick Millea at 01865 287119.
October 29, 2010 - Middelburg, The Netherlands The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle Autumn Excursion will take us to that old city just over the river Scheldt, Middelburg in Zeeland. Dirk Devries, retired Head of the Bodel Nyenhuis Map Collection at the University of Leiden became recently the Conservator of the Zeelandia Illustrata Collection at the Zeeuws Archief. The staff will introduce us, in English, to this jewel of archives. Dirk, one of our members, will lead us through the outstanding topographic and cartographic map collection. The visit will start at 13.30 and will end at 15.30 with a convivial drink. Location: Hofplein 16, 4331 CK Middelburg. For parking details in Middelburg, please read Parkeren in Middelburg. Additional information from Eric Leenders.
October 31, 2010 – Sydney Get to know Matthew Flinders - Navigator at half-day museum symposium. He is the man credited with giving Australia it’s name. The Australian National Maritime Museum has invited four eminent speakers to join in celebrating the life and achievements of Matthew Flinders. From 1801-1803 English navigator and map-maker Matthew Flinders became the first known European to circumnavigate Australia and survey the entire coastline on board his ship Investigator. From this and previous voyages Flinders created the first complete chart of the continent which contained the first known use of the name ‘Australia’. This famous chart, which bore the words ‘I call the whole island Australia or Terra Australis’, was completed while Flinders was a prisoner in French Mauritius in 1804. The symposium marks 200 years since his return to England from Mauritius.
November 2, 2010 - 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. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt will speak about Alexander von Humboldt and the Mapping of the Americas. The presentation introduces us to Humboldt’s extraordinary life, wide ranging achievements, and of course, his milestone maps. Contact Lorraine Sherry for additional information.
November 4, 2010 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Professor Adrian Seville (formerly City University, London). Cartographic Race Games in Europe: Entertainment, Education - or Influence? - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), 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 4-6, 2010 - Chicago The Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce the 17th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography. Mapping the Transition from Colony to Nation will feature eight scholars, who will examine how peoples and states around the world emerging from colonial status used maps to define, defend, and administer their national territories, to develop their national identities, and to establish their place in the community of nations. Scholars in all fields, educators, and members of the general public are cordially invited to attend. The lectures series, beginning on Thursday evening, November 4, 2010, and running through Saturday morning, November 6, will feature Raymond Craib (History, Cornell University), Magali Carrera (Art History, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth), Jordana Dym (History, Skidmore College), Lina del Castillo (History, Iowa State University), Tom Bassett (Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jamie McGowan (Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sumathi Ramaswamy (History, Duke University), and Karen Culcasi (Geography, West Virginia University). The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography are organized every two to three years by the Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography with the generous support of Ken and Jossy Nebenzahl. The Nebenzahl Lectures are free. However, we do require that all persons wishing to attend make a reservation. For reservations and further information please contact the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 USA; phone 312-255-3659.
November 5, 2010 - Washington The Rare Book & Special Collections Division and the Library of Congress Center for the Book will sponsor a day-long conference to celebrate the recent acquisition of Galileo’s Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius). Conference, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, will be in the Mumford Room, 6th Floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue. SE Speakers include Paul Needham and Eileen Reeves of Princeton University; David Marshall Miller of Duke University; John Hessler of the Library of Congress; Owen Gingerich of Harvard University; and Peter Machamer of the University of Pittsburgh. The conference is free and open to the public.
November 6, 2010 - Paris The 9th edition of the Paris Map-fair will be held again in Hotel Ambassador, 16, Bd Haussmann, in the heart of Paris, just 2 minutes from the famous Opera Garnier and the major department stores, also located near Montmartre and the Louvre museum. The fair is organized by Loeb-Larocque and Agnès Talec. Opening hours 11.00 – 18.00.
November 6, 2010 – Providence The Boston Map Society will have a Field Trip to the John Carter Brown Library. We will meet in the Library at 10:00am. Susan Danforth, curator of maps and prints at the John Carter Brown Library, will give members an introduction to the library's cartographic holdings, and will give us a chance to see some of the highlights of the collection. For more information on this field trip, click here.
November 7, 2010 - Westport, Connecticut Westport resident Robert Augustyn, an antique map dealer, will discuss How to Look at Early Maps at Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, at 2 p.m. in the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery, Augustyn offers his audience a chance to "peer behind the sea monsters, fine sailing ships, and lush calligraphy that ornament early maps to try to decode the various sub texts, occasional misinformation, geographic warfare, and various agendas that can lurk within these pretty and colorful works," according to the historical society's announcement. Augustyn has been dealing in antique maps for over 30 years, and for the past 19 years has been a partner of Martayan, Lan, Augustyn Inc., one of the world's leading dealers of antique maps and rare books.
November 9, 2010 - Alpine, Texas The Museum of the Big Bend is hosting a gallery talk from 6:30-8 p.m., along with a wine and cheese reception, on the unique collection of maps that recently returned “home” to the museum. Matt Walter, curator of the exhibit and historian will be on hand to interpret and lead discussions on Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps. Reservations for this special evening, which are $15 per person, must be made by calling 432-837-8143 or emailing. The maps in this exhibit are part of the Yana and Marty Davis collection that have been featured in a book and were part of an important exhibit touring Texas for the last three years. The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the Sul Ross State University campus.
November 10, 2010 – Valetta, Malta Valerie Newby, Vice Chairman of IMCoS, is to give a talk to the Malta Map Society at 6 pm in the prestigious St. James Cavalier, one of the oldest fortifications/bastions in Valletta. The subject of the talk will be IMCoS, the IMCoS Journal, The Map Collector and Tooley's Dictionary of Maps and Mapmakers plus some anecdotes from the world of maps past and present. Contact Rod Lyon for additional information.
November 12-13, 2010 - New Haven The bicentennial of William Clark's Map of the West will be commemorated during a symposium on Cartography and Empire being held at Yale University. The event also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale, which is co-sponsoring the symposium with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The symposium will feature talks on four maps held by the library, including Clark's Map of the West and a manuscript completed in 1810 representing Clark's compilation of information about the North American West, from Baja California to the western Great Lakes. All four maps will be on display at the Beinecke Library.
November 13, 2010 – Princeton The New York Map Society and Washington Map Society will have a joint field trip to Princeton University's Firestone Library to see the exhibit Strait Through: Magellan to Cook & the Pacific. This exhibit, which traces 250 years of Pacific exploration, features many maps from those explorations, biographical information on individual explorers, first editions of literary works set in the Pacific and a large-scale model replica of Captain James Cook's flagship, Endeavour. Additional details can be found on the New York Map Society meeting website. The tours will begin at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. To reserve a space, please RSVP New York Map Society Secretary Heather Kinsinger or to Washington Map Society program Chair J.C. McElveen, and specify which tour time you prefer.
November 13, 2010 - Zurich The next meeting of the Swiss Working Group on the History of Cartography will be a guided tour The Map Collection of the Central Library Zurich, Zähringerplatz 6. Meeting will start at 10.15.
November 14, 2010 - New York The New York Historical Society will have a walking tour in lower Manhattan starting at 11 AM. Among the maps that George Washington owned was British military engineer John Montresor's “A Plan of the City of New-York,” surveyed in 1766. The map provided Washington with detailed information about the streets and hills of Lower Manhattan as he fortified the city against a British assault in 1776. The map was also useful for planning Washington's triumphant entry into New York on November 25, 1783 as the British ended their 70 year occupation and evacuated the city. Washington returned to New York again to an even more spectacular reception in 1789 when he was sworn in as the nation's first president. Using Montresor's map, Barnet Schecter will lead a walking tour of key sites in Washington's New York - the city he considered the key to victory in the American Revolution, and the nation's first capital under the Constitution. Barnet Schecter is the author of the new book "George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps." He is also the author of "The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America." Walking tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Tickets for this program are sold through SmartTix. To order by phone please call SmartTix at 212-868-4444. The SmartTix Call Center is open 9am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday. For more information please call the N-YHS Public Programs Department at 212-485-9205.
November 16, 2010 – Cambridge, England Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography meets at 5.30pm in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street. Emma Perkins (Department of History & Philosophy of Science) will discuss 'Geography Rectified’: a study of a seventeenth-century terrestrial globe and the motives of its makers. All are welcome. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall tel. 01223 330476. Refreshments will be available after each seminar.
November 18, 2010 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Karl Kupfer will speak about early maps of Waukegan Harbor.
November 18, 2010 – 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. Barnet Schecter will discuss his new book: George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps. This book chronicles the life of George Washington, using 26 of the maps he created or used, and over 200 additional detail views, as points of reference for describing his work as, among other things, a surveyor, a military officer, a land speculator and the first President. Barnet, an independent historian and Fellow of the New York Academy of History, has written extensively about both the Revolutionary War era and the Civil War era. His other works include "The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America," and "The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution." For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
November 24, 2010 – Valetta, Malta The next meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Contact Rod Lyon for additional information.
November 25, 2010 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales Mike Parker, the author of Map Addict and Neighbours from Hell on how Wales is mapped, will speak about Wales on the Map at 19.30 at the National Library of Wales.
November 25, 2010 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 18th Annual Series, will have Peter Vujakovic (Canterbury Christ Church University) speak about Borderlines: Maps and Popular Geopolitics in the UK Press. 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 School of Geography and the Environment.
November 25, 2010 – London Notice is hereby given of the 47th Annual General Meeting of the British Cartographic Society to be held at Royal Geographical Society with IBG, 1 Kensington Gore at 17.30. All members are encouraged to attend - No cost.
November 30, 2010 – London Surekha Davies (History) will speak about Maps, monsters, marvels and Marco Polo: travel writing and ethnographic authority, 1450-1550 at 7.30 pm in room 224, 43 Gordon Square , Birkbeck, University of London.
December 1, 2010 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales Secrets & Lies – do maps always tell the truth?' is the title of a presentation by Huw Thomas at 19.30 at the National Library of Wales. He will take a look at the Library’s unique and wonderful collection of maps.
December 2, 2010 - London Maps and Society Twentieth Series Programme - Professor Meg Roland (English Literature and Writing, Marylhurst University, Oregon). The Compost of Ptolemy and the Gosson Map (1600/1623?): English Geographic Thought and the Early Modern Print Almanac- at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research), 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 2-3, 2010 – Paris Mapping Africa from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century / Construction, Transmission and Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge about Africa (Europe, Arab World and Africa) is the title of a symposium to be held in Paris. Colonial mapping of Africa during 20th century has received much insightful attention but recent research invites us to overlook the western bias by considering knowledge construction in a global and interconnected perspective while re-inserting the chronology of the colonial moment in the longue durée. We will seek to develop a history of geographical and cartographic knowledge encompassing simultaneously European, Islamic and African productions and highlighting circulation of knowledge and practices between these different spaces. Rejecting the idea of westernization of the world undertaken through maps we wish to question knowledge and discourses about the representation of African spaces. Papers will be presented in English or French. Additional information from Camille Lefebvre (University of Paris I), Robin Seignobos (University of Paris I) and Vincent Hiribarren (University of Leeds), conference organizers to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 3, 2010 - Wabern The Swiss Federal Office of Topography, Seftigenstrasse 264, will have a Public Symposium from 10:00 to 11:30. Additional details are available online.
December 5, 2010 - Kozani, Greece A lecture on the historic ethnic Greek communities in southeastern Romania's Danubian counties will be held in the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. Journalist and author Christos Zafiris will be the keynote speaker on the theme of Ethnic Greek Danubian Communities, tracing the existence and growth of Hellenism along the Lower Danube from antiquity until the 20th century. The lecture is held within the framework of a map exhibition entitled "Danube: The Great Boundary in Cartographic History".
December 7, 2010 – New York Abel Buell’s extremely rare New and Correct Map of the United States (1784) is the first map of the original thirteen states to be published in America. Antiquarian map dealer Paul Cohen has made a study of Abel Buell and has examined first-hand all but one of the seven surviving examples of the map. His lecture adds much new information about this legendary map. This event is sponsored by the Mercator Society of the New York Public Library. Lecture we will held 5:30pm-7:00pm in Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Room 227, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. R.S.V.P. to Matt Knutzen at 212.930.0562.
December 8, 2010 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30pm in Boston Public Library (Mezzanine Conference Room, Johnson Building, Mezzanine level). Members are invited to bring a map from their own collection for an evening of "show and tell." Share your interest and your story regarding a particular map, or bring a map about which you have a question; maybe somebody at the meeting will be able to shed some light on the subject. Additional information from Jeremy Pool at 617-661-3718.
December 10-11, 2010 – Lisbon An international conference on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the death of Matteo Ricci will be held at Sala Multiusos 3, Edifício ID, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26C. The title of the conference is Os alicerces da Missão da China no tempo de Matteo Ricci: Ciência, Diplomacia e Redes Locais [The Roots of the Mission of China during Matteo Ricci’s Time: science, diplomacy and local networks], and it features discussions about some key aspects of scientific and diplomatic strategy adopted by the Jesuits in China. One session will be devoted to cartography.
11, 2010 – Brussels The
Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have a Conference
on China at
Library. China has isolated itself during a long time. The West has
long been intrigued by this country, but depended on scare
information provided by many Western travellers such as Marco Polo,
the Jesuits, Ricci, Verbiest a.o. The Silk Road played a major role
in discovering that strange civilisation. Today, China opens and
conquers our curiosity. To contribute to this phenomenon the BIMCC
chose to introduce you to their cartographic world. Provisional
* H. De Weerdt, lecturer in China’s history at the university of Oxford. She will describe the maps of the Chinese Empire before the fourteenth century.
* The Western influence and the role of the Jesuits on mapping the Empire.
* Stamislas De Peuter - Martino Martini’s Novus Atlas Sinensis (J. Blaeu), a highlight of Western mapping in China.
* Hans Kok – Maps have not always been faithful. Some due to cartographical mistakes other on purpose as a society or a political joke. Some highly considered islands south of China, did not escape this cartography light.
A private exhibition of 15-20 China maps, especially the ones drawn by Martino Martini, will be held in the conference room. The Martino Martini maps from the exhibition will be projected on a large screen and will be discussed and commented upon. Additional information from Eric Leenders.
December 16, 2010 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. A Night at the Movies Our holiday party, with extended refreshments, popcorn, and several cartographic shorts.
December 16, 2010 – Washington Hernan Arauz, Kislak Fellow, will do his Kislak Fellowship presentation at noon, at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, He will speak about The Early Cartography of Panama and Darien and create a descriptive and interpretive carto-bibliography of a world's crossroads.
The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Paul D. McDermott and Ronald E. Grim (Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library) will discuss their new book, Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-1854. In the 1850s, Congress authorized and funded five railroad surveys to determine the most practical route for a transcontinental railroad through the western frontier. The northernmost survey, headed by Maj. Isaac Stevens, was the most successful, both scientifically and geographically. Along with the data assembled by numerous scientists and surveyors was the work of two artists, John Mix Stanley and Gustavus Sohon. Their illustrations graphically documented the physical and cultural geography of the northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest, with a particular eye for Native American life. Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey reproduces all seventy of the lithographs that appeared with Stevens’s final congressional report, published in 1860, as well as twelve of the lovely watercolor images from which the final prints were prepared. A good selection of the manuscript drawings, reproduced in the book, are in the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.