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January 11, 2012 - Valletta The next meeting of the committee of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6 pm at the Grand Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
January 14, 2012 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm . Using NASA Satellite Radar Maps to Solve a Geology Problem - Canada's Hudson and James Bays are in an area that was heavily glaciated during the last ice age. Since the melting of the ice, the land in this area has continued to rise, with marine beaches in some areas now at 500 or more feet above sea level. The rate of rise and the age of these various marine beaches has proven difficult to calculate. To determine the rise in elevation in lower James Bay during the past four centuries, Map Society Treasurer Leslie Trager will compare Thomas James' 1631 description of the area with modern contour lines generated from NASA satellite radar surveys. Maps from these scans can be made with contour lines at one meter intervals which allow small, relatively subtle features to be revealed. Using this data, it was determined that in the last 400 years the land rose five meters, rather than earlier estimates of only two meters. Aerial photographs taken in summer 2011 and early maps confirm this analysis. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
January 14, 2012 – San Bernardino, California
A program on the maps of Fred T. Perris has been set by the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage House on the corner of 8th and D Streets. Admission is free. Roger Hatheway, the County Transportation Department’s expert on historical maps, will make the presentation. Hatheway has compiled a collection of maps prepared by pioneer Fred T, Perris, which Steve Shaw has put into a PowerPoint program. Perris arrived in San Bernardino in 1853 with his mother and two sisters, and he immediately became a favorite of the colony’s founders, Amasa Lyman and Charles Rich. Although Perris was only 17 at the time, Lyman had the youngster prepare the architectural drawings for enlarging the Lugo adobe into a two-story structure with accommodations for several of his wives and children. In 1857 John La Croze, the Deputy U.S. Surveyor General for California, began the survey of the boundary of the Rancho San Bernardino and Perris held an important position on that crew. After the boundary map was completed, Perris divided the Rancho into blocks and lots (subdivided it, in other words) at the instruction of Lyman and Rich. Thus Perris was involved with major surveys that defined the layout of San Bernardino. Information: Nick Cataldo, 909-709-3792.
January 15, 2012 – Mountainville, New Jersey The Tewksbury Historical Society kicks off 2012 with its annual meeting at 1 p.m. at Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street. Preceding a talk by former Seton Hall Professor Maxine N. Lurie, the Society will hold its annual election of officers and the annual business meeting. The meeting and talk are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Come listen and learn about Mapping New Jersey, the latest book from Lurie, a New Jersey historian. She will give a presentation on maps from the book, including local maps, and the history that goes with them.
January 19, 2012 - Helena, Montana In conjunction with the exhibit Mapping Montana: Two Centuries of Cartography, the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts Street, is sponsoring a series of lectures. Today’s lecture at 6:30 pm is Thompson finishes Sketching & Mapping the Salish Country in One Busy Week. Norman Jacobson, a science teacher and docent, gives a talk on early 19th century mapmaker David Thompson, who spent only a very busy week in the Mission Valley mapping and drawing.
January 19, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. Rachel Havrelock will discuss River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line. What are the legitimate borders of Israel? Who should determine where they fall? When should the borders become permanent? These are just a few of the controversial questions that surround Israel’s border disputes.
January 19, 2012 – 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. Patrick O'Neill will speak on The Battle of the White House. The year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, called, by many, America's second war for independence. The talk will focus on a battle that occurred between the burning of Washington and the attack on Fort McHenry. Mr. O'Neill will discuss the historical and battle maps he has had to create, in researching this important battle, because none were in existence. Patrick O'Neill is a historian based in Washington, D.C. He has written two books for the Images of America series, Mount Vernon, and Virginia's Presidential Homes. From 2009-2010, he served as President of the Archeological Society of Virginia. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
January 21, 2012 – Los Angeles The California Map Society Winter Meeting will be held at the Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch on South Flower Street at West Fifth Street in Los Angeles. The meeting will be jointly sponsored with the Library in the Tabor Auditorium, a beautiful state of the art venue holding about 250. As a co-sponsored Library event the main part of the meeting will be free to the public. Our new Southern California Vice President, Steve Hicks, is organizing the event. If you'd like to help, please feel free to contact him at email@example.com.
January 24, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room (5th floor) of the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. Lee Whiteley will present Mapping the Nation’s Highways, From ‘Auto Trails’ to Interstates. Maps, road guides, and signs have been used to help motorists along the nation’s highways, from the fearsome bits of slippery, rutted miseries of the auto trails of the 1910s to multi-lane interstates. Before federal aid to highways, local good road clubs maintained and sign-posted roads, which were given colorful and descriptive names such as the Victory Highway, Pikes Peak Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, Yellowstone Highway, and National Park-to-Park Highway. These organizations issued the maps and detailed drive guides needed by pioneering motorists. With confusion resulting from literally hundreds of these individually named highways, the federal government began assigning numbers to the nation’s major highways: even numbers for east-west roads and odd numbers for north-south roads. Lee Whiteley is a fourth-generation Coloradan now living in Centennial. He has authored five books on the transportation history of the West. Topics include wagon roads and early automobile highways. Lee and wife Jane are associate producers of the PBS documentary Paving the Way, the National Park-to-Park Highway. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
January 24, 2012 - Edinburgh In the autumn the National Library of Scotland introduced two new map reader workshops - one an Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland, and the other, Maps for Family and Local History. Due to their popularity, we will be running them again during 2012. Today's workshop will be Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland. The workshop begins at 2 pm and last for 90 minutes, led by map curators in the Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside. It includes a Powerpoint slideshow illustrating a range of maps, their value and uses, and a practical session exploring maps first hand in the Maps Reading Room. Please book your place in advance by phoning 0131 623 3918.
January 25, 2012 – Philadelphia Please
mark your 2012 calendar for the second meeting of the newly
re-established Philadelphia Map Society to be held 5:30 to 6:30 PM in
the Historical Society of Pennsylvania second floor conference room
(1300 Locust Street). Mr. Torben Jenk has recommended that we preface
our map review with a demonstration by Jeff Locke of Colonial
Instruments of seventeenth and eighteenth century survey tools since
Jeff happens to be scheduled to be in Philadelphia that day. We have
asked Jeff to speak for 1/2 hour and he will use a brief powerpoint I
understand to open discussion on the compass, chain, drawing set and
possibly theodolite he may bring. Jeff may also present a book made
by a colonial survey student to practice his trade. Lee Arnold of HSP
says he would be honored to show these select maps and offer his
insights. The gems which Torben suggested we may especially enjoy
1) Original copper plate of Thomas Holme's Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia (1683)
2) Thomas Pierson and Isaac Taylor, 12 Mile Radius New Castle/ "The Figure of the Circular line Dividing Between the County of New Castle & County of (Chester)" (4 Dec 1701), their measurements (26 Nov 1701), and William Penn's instructions (28 Oct 1701) Am 2349 (folio)
3) British Army map of Philadelphia, 1777. Of610 (ca. 1777) b
4) Plan of the English Lines near Philadelphia 1777. Of 932* 1778 (from Am .602)
5) John Hill, Plan of Springettsbury Manor and other Estates..Cadwallader Collection, Maps, Flat File 4.
We invite Jeff Locke and Lee Arnold to join all attendees for dinner following the event at a nearby restaurant. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
January 26, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Nils Petter Hellström (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and School of Gender, Culture and History, Södertörn University, Sweden) White Maps of Africa: The Making of Blank Spaces, 1700–1800 - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
January 26, 2012 – Washington “How the States Got Their Shapes Too” is Mark Stein’s new book. Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take 10 years to complete the map that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark Stein’s new book. “How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines” (Smithsonian Press, 2011) is the sequel to Stein’s “How the States Got Their Shapes” (2008). But while the first book told us why the states look as they do, this book tells us who shaped them. Stein will discuss and sign his new work at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The event, sponsored by the Center for the Book as part of its Books & Beyond author series, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
January 28, 2012 – Paris Catherine Hofmann will talk about Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Site Richelieu, 5 Rue Vivienne, at 10:30. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 28, 2012 - Valletta The next AGM meeting of the of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
January 31, 2012 – Paris At 18:30, Bibliothèque nationale de France / Inha, 2, rue Vivienne, Emilie d'Orgeix and Jean-Yves Sarazin will discuss Gaston d'Orleans and his collection of maps and plans. For additional information contact email@example.com.
February 1, 2012 – Providence The weekly fellow's brown-bag lunch (bring your own!) -- lunch starts at noon, presentation at about 12:30 pm at Hillel House, on the corner of Brown & Angell streets, close to the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Matthew Edney will discuss Hugh, Earl Percy's Physical Manipulation of his Map of New England at the Start of the American Revolution. Hugh, Earl Percy was one of the British generals stationed in Boston at the start of the Revolution. He had brought with him an impression of the Map of the most Inhabited Part of New England, originally published in London in 1755. This impression is remarkable for Percy's annotations of routes across the region. Close examination of these annotations reveal how Percy progressively physically manipulated the map as he sought to retask a decorative wall map into a specific instrument of military strategy and logistics. Percy's manipulations suggest that this map of New England occupied a perhaps uncomfortable position between the cartographic modes of geographical and topographical/territorial mapping. For more information, contact Val Andrews.
February 1, 2012 - Sydney Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy has had a distinguished career as a clinical immunologist. He has been awarded an AM for services to cartography (as a collector of early maps of Australia) and to the field of immunology. Professor Clancy’s talk, The Mapping of Antarctica, will focus on his knowledge of the historical Antarctic maps. Presentation is from 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM, Dixson Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW.
February 2, 2012 - Helena, Montana In conjunction with the exhibit Mapping Montana: Two Centuries of Cartography, the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts Street, is sponsoring a series of lectures. Today’s lecture at 6:30 pm is Revealing the Mysteries of Geologic Mapping. Dick Berg, a geologist, will make the intricacies of defining the geology of a mountainous area understandable to the uninitiated. He has been mapping Montana geology for over 40 years.
February 4-5, 2012 - Miami The Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami, 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 contact Amanda Israel, Map Fair Coordinator, at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: (305) 375-1492; facsimile: (305) 375-1609.
February 9, 2012 – London The International History Department, London School of Economics, Seminar Series 2011-12 is focused on the subject The Uses of Space In Early Modern History 1500-1850. The lecture will be held at the London School of Economics, New Academic Building, room 2.14; at 18.00. All welcome. Prof Michael Heffernan (Nottingham) will discuss Disciplining Space: Geography and Cartography in the Paris Academy of Sciences 1666-1793. Additional information from Series Organiser: Dr Paul Stock.
February 11, 2012 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm . Nick Frearson, polar scientist (British Antarctic Survey and Columbia University's Lamont-Doheny Earth Observatory) will address the Society about Operation Icebridge: Mapping Thin Ice Sheets in Antarctica. Nick Frearson will recount tales from a recent expedition in (and over) Antarctica as one of the geophysicists involved in Operation Icebridge's flying lab, a DC-8 fitted out with intriguing and exotic equipment such as an Airborne Topographic Mapper, Gravimeter, Laser Vegetation Imaging Sensor, Multichannel Coherent Radar Depth Sounder, Snow Radar, and a Ku-Band Radar Altimeter. Operation Icebridge scientists record data on the thickness and depth of Antarctic ice sheets and glacial movement in order, in the words of NASA, to “learn more about the trends that could affect sea-level rise and climate around the globe.” Learn what Frearson and his colleagues discovered on this trip, and how polar exploration and mapping have changed since Shackleton's day. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
February 15, 2012 - Washington John W Kluge Center and the Law Library of Congress present at 12:00 Noon, Jefferson Building, LJ-WH, Whittall Pavillion; Written in Stone: Roman Land law, Legal Epigraphy and the Search for the Origins of Roman Cartography by John Hessler. The middle of the Bagradas vallley is located southwest of Carthage, between roughly sixty and eighty kilometers from the northern Mediterranean coast, in the region of northern Tunisia known as the Tell interieur. Within the region are found many of the most important legal inscriptions relating to the practice of agriculture, land surveying and tenant farming, all of which provide a window into the how land and estates were managed and how tenant farmers made a living during this time of rapid growth in the Roman population. The area was also one of the most heavily mapped and surveyed by the Romans with many of the original boundary stones still extant. Inscriptions such as those found at Henchir-Mettich and Souk-el-Khmis also provide us with information about the legal system under which agriculture operated, , and perhaps more importantly, gives us hints into the geography and extent of Roman agriculture in North Africa when it was the ‘bread basket’ of the empire. In this talk will Hessler will discuss his travels in Tunisia and Algeria in search of these and other legal inscriptions, and also talk about what these seemingly dry fragments can tell us about the origins of Roman cartography and land ownership law.
February 16, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. John Long will discuss Collecting Maps on Postcards. Maps on postcards make up an enormous body of miniature maps that include examples of just about every topic and task for which maps are used in the world at large—plus others found only in the postcard world—from entertainment to way-finding.
February 16, 2012 - Helena, Montana In conjunction with the exhibit Mapping Montana: Two Centuries of Cartography, the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts Street, is sponsoring a series of lectures. Today’s lecture at 6:30 pm is Mapping Archaeological and Historic Sites in Montana. Tim Urbaniak, director of the Montana State University Billings Archaeological Field Team, will present a program demonstrating current technological mapping practices for archaeological and historical projects. Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and three-dimensional scanning applications will be demonstrated through a series of case studies.
February 16, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Francis Herbert (Former Curator of Maps, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)) Maps for The Hakluyt Society, 1847–2010: or, from Cosmas to Cook and computers- at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith). This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society.
February 16, 2012 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Sharon MacInnes will speak on Genealogy and Maps: A Perfect Marriage for Tracking Ancestors. Genealogists use, or should use, maps of many different kinds to locate their ancestors, track their migrations, reveal family relationships and uncover historical context in which to place their family history. Dr. MacInnes will explore how genealogists use maps, and how such maps broaden the perspective of a researcher beyond an individual ancestor to the broader family and the society in which they lived. The presentation will use, as an example, a family who migrated from Maryland to Pennsylvania, to West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. The importance of national, state and county collections, privately published maps, atlases and other documents, online maps and mapping software will be discussed. Dr. Sharon MacInnes has been a dedicated genealogist since 1976. She has completed courses at the National Institute for Genealogical Research, in Washington, D.C. And the Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, in Birmingham, Alabama. She has compiled and published seven atlases documenting the plat maps for the earliest landowners of seven counties of Pennsylvania. She has also published Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Land Tracts Transferred from Virginia to Pennsylvania Jurisdiction, 1779-1780. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
February 22, 2012 – Chestertown, Maryland A special exhibition and talk at Washington College will focus on an often-overlooked aspect of George Washington, Surveyor and Mapmaker. That expertise and interest in geography would stay with him throughout his life, shaping many of his decisions as a leader on the battlefield and in the political arena. The world's leading authority on Washington's maps, Edward J. Redmond, senior reference specialist and curator in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, will offer a PowerPoint presentation and talk at 5 p.m. in Decker Theatre, the Gibson Center for the Arts. Those unable to be present can watch a live webcast of the event at http://live.washcoll.edu/. Redmond joined the Library of Congress staff in 1989, and is working on an atlas of Washington's maps from the library's collections. In addition, reproductions of 10 of Washington's maps - spanning from his youth to his retirement years at Mount Vernon - will be displayed in the Gibson Center's William Frank Visual Arts Hallway. Sponsored by Washington College's Center for Environment & Society and the Global Research and Writing Program, the talk and exhibit are free and open to the public.
February 23, 2012 - St. Augustine The St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., launches its fourth season of art history lectures from 7 to 9 p.m. The second program will feature local historian and Spanish translator, Elizabeth Gessner, talking about The Compass Rose: St. Augustine Cartography. Gessner will offer an aesthetic look at the art of cartography and historical maps. Admission to the lecture is free; however, reservations are required. Call 824-2310 for more information.
February 24-28, 2012 - New York The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers will be held in New York City. A One-Day Workshop, on February 25, at the New York Public Library, to be held as part of the Annual Meeting, is titled Working digitally with historical maps. The last twenty years have seen both extensive work by map librarians to computerize their collections of historic maps AND the development of historical GIS as a distinct sub-discipline, reconstructing past landscapes, both cultural and physical, from historical sources. However, there has been surprisingly little interaction between map library digitization projects and researchers in historical GIS. This workshop will bring together map librarians digitizing their collections with academic researchers using historical maps as sources for GIS systems and historical database. Additional information from Dr Humphrey Southall, Reader in Geography/Director, GB Historical GIS, Dept of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE, UK.
February 28, 2012 – Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St. Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Lucy Donkin (Cambridge as of Oct 2011) will speak about Mapping consecration in twelfth-century Italy and beyond. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
February 28, 2012 - Denver Next regular meeting of the Rocky Mountain Map Society will be at the Denver Public Library, 5:30 PM, Gates Room, Fifth Floor. Zahid S. Chaudhry will speak about GIS: The Future is NOW. Zahid Chaudhry is a Web Mapping Specialist with the Resource Information Services Division, National Park Service in Lakewood, Colorado. The goal of each National Park is to have a comprehensive automated information system that will integrate geographic and tabular data from a variety of sources to enable modeling of real and theoretical situations for management of all park resources. Zahid Chaudhry was formerly a GIS Programmer Analyst II at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
February 29, 2012 - Duisburg The art historian Tanja Michalsky from the University of the Arts in Berlin will speak about Gerhard Mercator: Wissenschaft und Wissenstransfer. Lecture will be at 19.00 in Stadthistorischen Museum, Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1. Please RSVP to Beate Radosavljevic.
February 29, 2012 - Edinburgh In the autumn the National Library of Scotland introduced two new map reader workshops - one an Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland, and the other, Maps for Family and Local History. Due to their popularity, we will be running them again during 2012. Today's workshop will be Maps for Family and Local History. The workshop begins at 2 pm and last for 90 minutes, led by map curators in the Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside. It includes a Powerpoint slideshow illustrating a range of maps, their value and uses, and a practical session exploring maps first hand in the Maps Reading Room. Please book your place in advance by phoning 0131 623 3918.
February 29, 2012 – London This year's Gerald Aylmer Seminar, sponsored by the UK National Archives, the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research, is specifically focused on historical GIS. It is being held at the Chancellors' Hall, University of London Senate House. Attendance is free but numbers are limited so please contact Ruth Roberts for an invitation.
February 29, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Excelsior Hotel (Provence Meeting Room) at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
March 1-2, 2012 - Essen The Mercator Foundation, Huyssenallee 46, in commemoration of the 500th anniversry of the birth of Mercator, will have a conference Gerhard Mercator: Wissenschaft und Wissenstransfer dedicated to Gerhard Mercator in the context of current research; and ask the question about the significance of his work for today. Attendees will include researchers from the fields of economics and early modern history, legal history, art history, geography and literature. This will be an opportunity to gain insight into the world Mercator.
March 1, 2012 - Helena, Montana In conjunction with the exhibit Mapping Montana: Two Centuries of Cartography, the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts Street, is sponsoring a series of lectures. Today’s lecture at 6:30 pm is Mapping Helena’s History. Ellen Baumler, author and historian with MHS, will take the audience on a trip through community history, where they can solve some mysteries, and better understand how Helena grew. She’ll use a variety of maps from the 1860s to the present.
March 1, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Dr Hilde De Weerdt (Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford) Reasoning with Maps: Amateur Mapmakers in Imperial China (1100–1300 - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
March 2-3, 2012 – Arlington, Virginia The Washington Antiquarian book Fair will take place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, at the Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive. Seventy-five distinguished dealers will offer rare books, maps, prints, autographs and more, for your consideration.
March 8, 2012 – 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. Chet Van Duzer, independent scholar, author of “Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515 -Transcription and Study,” and currently in Washington for a four month Kislak Fellowship at the Library of Congress to study Waldseemüller's Carta Marina, will discuss his work on the Yale University Martellus map, which was largely unstudied, but turns out to have been a very important source for Waldseemüller in the creation of his 1507 map. He will also address results of his study of the Carta Marina. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
March 9, 2012 – Chicago Seminar in Art History, European Maps as Art will be held at Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, atarting at 2 PM. Elena Boeck, DePaul University, will speak about An Icon for Peter the Great: Linking Imperial Cartography and Sacred Topography. A reception will follow the program. Cosponsored by the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies and the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. This program is free and open to the public; registration in advance is required. The paper will be electronically precirculated to registrants.
March 9-10, 2012 - Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Author and Brigham Young University map historian Riley Moffat will speak on the Mapping of Lahaina at exhibits and talks Friday and Saturday. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Baldwin Home Museum lawn at Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina. His talk will cover the years 1819 to 1975. The event also will include rare missionary-era maps produced in Lahaina in the 1830s and 1840s. The Lahainaluna Atlas will be on view for the first time in a century. Riley also will speak as part of the soft opening of The Story of Hawaii Museum from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum, located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops, has an exhibit tracing the history of Hawaii from the Polynesian migrations to the 21st century. Curator Bryant Neal will give a gallery talk. Moffat will review Lahaina maps from 1819 to 1975, including enlarged historic insurance maps of Lahaina from 1914 to 1919. Both events are free and open to the public.
March 9, 2012 - London Medieval Maps And Diagrams, a one-day Conference at The Warburg Institute. In the past, maps were defined as representations of the surface of the earth or a part of it, but modern cartographical theorists and map historians define maps more widely as forms of graphic representations facilitating 'a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes, or events' (J. B. Harley and D. Woodward). This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the relationship between medieval maps and diagrams. Brief presentations (15 minutes each) will concentrate on specific examples, which will be discussed in view of wider topics such as the art of memory, divination, typology, and page layout. The concluding panel will be concerned with the underlying question of the relationship and distinctions between medieval diagrams and maps, with the ways in which they have been examined by scholars in the past, and with how they might be investigated in the future. Registration £25 (£12.50 for concessions) including coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch. To register please contact: the Warburg Institute. For further information please contact the organisers, Hanna Vorholt and Alessandro Scafi.
March 10, 2012 - Chapel Hill Bob Anthony, Curator of the North Carolina Collection, and Claudia Funke, Curator of Rare Books at UNC-Chapel Hill, have invited the William P. Cumming Map Society to an important event next Spring: Saturday morning in the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill: The Moseley Manuscript of North Carolina of 1737: Its History and the Hunt for Its Provenance, presented by Michael McNamara of Williamsburg, VA, independent scholar and collector of all things Southern. 9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries, Main Lobby; 10:00 a.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Additional details from Jay Lester.
March 10, 2012 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street at 2.30 pm . Mercator's World Map: Contribution and Controversy - Syracuse University Professor Mark Monmonier will describe Gerard Mercator's famous conformal cylindrical map projection, the context within which he developed it, and its adoption as a navigation tool. In addition to examining the famous map's role in framing large-scale navigation charts and topographic maps, Professor Monmonier will explore its rise and fall as a geometric framework for whole-world atlas and wall maps. He will also discuss the controversy triggered by German historian Arno Peters, who claimed to have devised a unique antidote to the misuse of the map by persons and organizations unsympathetic to Third World nations. Additional information from Heather Kinsinger.
March 13, 2012 – London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its annual Collectors' Evening at the Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, starting at 6 pm. The theme is Gerard Mercator to tie in with the celebration for the 500th anniversary of his birth. Chairman Francis Herbert. All welcome. Small charge for refreshments.
March 13, 20, 27, April 17, 24, May 6, 8, 15, 29, June 3, 5, 12, 19, 2012 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium In honor of the 500th anniversary of Mercator's birth, the Mercator Museum is sponsoring a series of talks about Mercator and related topics. See web page for additional information.
March 14, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Excelsior Hotel (Laparelli Meeting Room) at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
March 15, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. David Buisseret and Carl Kupfer will present The Marquette Map validated; a hoax unhoaxed. The “Marquette Map,” said to have been drawn in 1674 by Father Jacques Marquette and now preserved in Montréal, has been thought by some to be a relatively recent forgery.
March 15, 2012 - Helena, Montana In conjunction with the exhibit Mapping Montana: Two Centuries of Cartography, the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts Street, is sponsoring a series of lectures. Today’s lecture at 6:30 pm is Online Maps from the Montana State Library. Gerry Daumiller, GIS specialist with Montana State Library, will talk about the variety of maps produced at the State Library for other state agencies.
March 15, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Professor Imre Demhardt (Department of History, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA) Alexander von Humboldt and the Scientific Mapping of the Americas - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
March 15, 2012 - Washington Martin Waldseemüller’s "Carta marina" of 1516 has always remained in the shadow of his 1507 map - less famous and less studied. In fact the "Carta marina" is in several ways more interesting than the 1507 map: it is the result of Waldseemüller’s radical re-evaluation of what a world map should be. Waldseemüller essentially started from scratch in creating the "Carta marina," rejecting the Ptolemaic model and other sources he had used in creating the 1507 map, and adding more descriptive text and a rich program of illustration. In this talk, The Legends on Martin Waldseemuller's Carta Marina of 1516, Chet Van Duzer (Kislak Fellow in American Studies) will examine the differences between the two maps and discuss the new sources that Waldseemüller used, placing particular emphasis on his iconographical sources. Talk will be at 12:00 PM in Library of Congress, LJ 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. For more information, contact the Kluge Center at (202) 707-3302.
March 19, 2012 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Algoma University's Department of Community Development and Social Work and NORDIK Institute invite the public to attend two special lectures, at 7 p.m., on the role that maps and mapmaking may have played in structuring history. Professor Dutlinger's talk is entitled Maps, Wayfinding, and Identity: Restoring Anishinaabe Place Names On, Along, and Beyond the Upper Great Lakes while Chief Sayers will address A look at the Past, Present and Future - the Traditional Territory of Batchewana First Nation. The public lectures will be held in the Bio-Sciences Convergence Building, Lecture Theatre BT203. For further info: Dr. Gayle Broad, 949-2301 x 4351.
March 21, 2012 - Bellingham, Washington Catching a Map Thief, WWU Librarian Rob Lopresti will be here telling us about a man that stole thousands of maps and hundreds of books from more than 100 libraries. Come and hear how the thief was finally caught. Talk is from 3:00p to 4:30p at Bellingham Senior Center, 315 Halleck Street.
March 22, 2012 - Zurich The Central Library of Zurich invites the members of the Working Group for Map History to the following event, which is supported by the Swiss Society of Cartography SGK: Der Universalgelehrte Gerhard Mercator und sein Atlas von 1595. Dr. Thomas Horst, anthropologist and historian, will speak about Mercator's 1595 Atlas at 18.15 in the Lecture Hall, Central Library, Zähringerplatz 6. The occasion is Mercator's 500th birthday in March 2012. The lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition of original prints of his Atlas of 1595, various maps and publications.
March 23, 2012 – Paris Emmanuelle Vagnon and Jean-Yves Sarazin will discuss Mapping of the Indian Ocean in the sixteenth and seventeenth century at Ecole Nationale des Chartes, 19, rue de la Sorbonne. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2012 – Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have our yearly convivial map evening. This traditional BIMCC event offers you the opportunity to meet informally with other map enthusiasts, it brings together all those interested in maps for a chat about their own favourite pieces, and usually some quite surprising elements come up. We invite you to bring a piece from your map collection to comment or talk about. Your input, a map, a book or any other cartographic related object is very welcome and will enliven the evening. We will meet at 17.30 at Brasserie La Pergola, Avenue des Pagodes 445 / Pagodenlaan 445, 1020 Bruxelles/Brussel; Tel: 02 268 58 49.
March 24, 2012 – Paris The Bibliothèque nationale de France, Site Richelieu, will be open for visiting département des Cartes et plans and its presentation spaces, collections, and a few treasures of the department. There will be on-site registration for guided tours at 11h and at 15h. For additional information contact email@example.com.
March 27, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Seventh Floor, Training Room, at 5:30 PM. Through the study of maps, Wesley Brown will investigate man’s conception of the shape of the Earth through history and will give particular focus to the discovery of the New World in his talk titled The Discovery of the New World Through Old Maps. This general survey will begin with Homer in the 8th century B.C. and will end with Sebastian Münster in the middle of the 16th century. The talk will be illustrated with slides of original antique maps from his own collection, printed between 1472 and 1540. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
March 29-30, 2012 – Lisbon A workshop on the History of Iberian Cartography will take place in the National Library of Portugal. Keynote speakers: Ramón Pujades and Maria Luisa Martin-Merás.
March 31, 2012 – Richmond The 2012 Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be held at Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. Two lectures by Kent Mountford and J. Court Stevenson will focus on the Chesapeake Bay. Maps will be on display from the Library of Virginia’s collections and the Mariners Museum Library. Additional details to be released. Call 804-692-3813 for more information.
April 3, 2012 - Diss, England Dr John Alban will give a lunchtime talk on the 1637 manorial map of Diss (tickets £4.50) from 1pm (booking essential, via Diss Corn Hall.). Talk will be at Corn Hall Gallery on St Nicholas Street.
April 14, 28, 2012 – Bethesda Dr. James Goode, speaker at the 2011 Washington Map Society Annual Dinner, will be hosting the Society's Spring Field Trip. Dr. Goode will be taking us through the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana collection, which has recently been donated, by Mr. Small, to George Washington University. There is a great deal of interest in this tour, so please let JC McElveen know, as soon as possible, which day you would like to tour the collection. More details will follow.
April 14, 2012 – New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip at 2:30 pm to visit the exhibition Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. We will meet at the Ground Floor Gallery of The Grolier Club (47 East 60th St, between Park & Madison Avenues). Ronald Grim, curator of the exhibit and Curator of Maps for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, will lead our tour.
April 17-18, 2012 – Barcelona The LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires and the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya are delighted to invite you to the 18th Conference of the LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires which will be held at the facilities of the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, located in Montjuïc area.
April 18, 2012 - Brugge, Belgium The Cultuurbibliotheek van Brugge is organizing a conference on cartography at 20.00 h. at Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30. Dr. Noël Golvers is going to speak about the Jesuit cartography in seventeenth century China. Contact Walter de Smaele for additional information.
April 18, 2012 – June 20, 2012, Wednesdays – Edinburgh For anyone who enjoys studying maps and who has a passion for history, Maps and Mappery in Scottish History, 1100 - 1850 is the perfect course to indulge your interests while developing research skills. A deeper appreciation of maps as an historical source will be cultivated while exploring the rich collections of the National Library of Scotland's Map Library. Maps as both objects and documents will be set in the context of Scotland's history, giving greater awareness of how maps enrich our understanding of Scotland's past. The course is organised in three sections: a general background of Scotland’s maps and mapmakers; a series of six case studies, looking at medieval maps, renaissance maps, town plans, sea charts, military maps and the Ordnance Survey; and finally a look at how maps are being used in historical research today. Each topic will be covered through an informal lecture followed by a workshop, giving hands-on experience in using cartographic evidence in historical research. The class is intended to complement the range of skillsbuilding history classes offered in the University of Edinburgh’s Open Studies programme. Further details can be found on the website. The course runs on Wednesdays from 10-12 noon at the University of Edinburgh and at the Map Library at Causewayside.
April 18, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Excelsior Hotel (Provence Meeting Room) at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
April 18-22, 2012 – Weimar Juergen Espenhorst will have Internationale Atlas-Tage 2012 - Workshop and Weekend. Registration required. Contact: Jürgen Espenhorst, Villigster Str. 32, 58239 Schwerte; Tel: 02304/72 284, Fax: 02304/78 010.
April 19-20, 2012 - Barcelona In association with the 18th Conference of the LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires / Maps Expert Group, the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage and the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya organize the 7th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.
April 19, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. Martin Brückner (University of Delaware) will be the speaker. The Lithographed Map: Innovation, Imitation, and Nineteenth-Century Consumer Culture traces the impact of lithography on map production and consumption in the decades leading up to the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. After a brief survey of map-making technologies, the talk presents new research exploring the way in which lithography affected map design and the business of cartography. Lithographed maps coincided with the commercialization of visual prints, the invention of mass-marketing, and a nascent culture of window-shopping and store-browsing. Ultimately, this talk shows how in the wake of lithographic production it was map publishers rather than map authors who defined the design, content, and use of modern American cartography.
April 19, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird (School of Advanced Study, University of London) Improved Satin Maps for Ladies' Schools: A New Revenue Stream for Eighteenth-Century Printsellers - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
April 19, 2012 – 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. Cassandra Farrell will speak on Civil War Maps at the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia has very significant collection of Civil War maps, many done during the War, itself, and some done soon afterwards. Ms. Farrell will describe and illustrate the collection, and will offer suggestions on how research may be conducted on-line, and in person, at the Library. Cassandra Farrell is a Map Specialist and Senior Research Archivist at the Library of Virginia. For additional information, contact J. C. McElveen, phone 202-879-3726.
April 24, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Fifth Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. David C. No, Ph.D., RPG, Colorado Geological Survey will discuss Optimum Scale - Colorado's Geologic Mapping Program. The Colorado Geological Survey produces 1:24,000-scale geologic maps under the auspices of the nationwide STATEMAP grant program. Dr. David Noe will describe the program and the current status of mapping. He will give some examples of exciting scientific discoveries and societal contributions made by CGS geologists in the course of making geologic maps. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
April 24, 2012 – Milwaukee The Arthur Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture at the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee will start with a reception at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm Barnet Schecter will discuss Mapping a Life, Mapping a Nation: George Washington and his Vision of America.
April 25, 2012 - Arnhem The Working Group for the History of Cartography are guests at the Kadastermuseum. There will be four lectures about the History of Cadastral Cartography followed by a tour of the museum starting at 12.00. For additional information contact Marc Hameleers at Tel 020-2511659.
April 25-28, 2012 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium The Erfgoedcel Waasland and Ghent University, Department of Geography are delighted to invite you to the international conference Mercator Revisited – Cartography in the Age of Discovery. The event is supported by the International Cartographic Association and the Flemish Government. 2012 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerard Mercator, and this conference will take place in the city of Sint-Niklaas, 15 km from the town of Rupelmonde where Gerard de Kremer was born on the 5th of March 1512. The conference focuses on the place of cartography in general and of Mercator in specific in the 16th century.
April 28, 2012 – New York Argosy Gallery will hold the second edition of an informal lecture series, "The Customer Speaks," in the map room at the Argosy Gallery, 116 E 59th St between Park and Lexington Ave., at 10:30am. Joep de Koning, a Dutch map collector, will be bringing in a map from his collection which was the first map he ever bought. Then he'll be talking about representations of New Amsterdam. Additional information from Laura Ten Eyck at 212-753-4455.
April 28, 2012 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium There will be a study day (in Dutch), entitled Open Kaart: cartografie van Liber Floridus tot GIS. The speakers will be Karen de Coene (UGent), Adriaan De Kraker (VU Amsterdam), Dirk Imhof (Museum Plantin-Moretus), Iason Jongeper (UA), Eric Leenders (BIMCC), Ilse van den Bogaert (independent restorer), Frederik Waûters (ESRI) en Bram Van Nieuwenhuyze (KUL).
April 30, 2012 -Westborough, Massachusetts The exhibit Mapping Westborough will be featured at a program of the Westborough Historical Society with a lecture on the historical significance of the maps by Leslie M. Leslie and Kristina N. Allen, co-chairs of the Society’s Education Committee. This event will be held at the Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street at 7pm.
May 3 2012 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina From 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Pleasants Family Room at University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library, there will be a joint announcement and discussion by the First Colony Foundation and the British Museum about recent findings from research conducted on the Virginea Pars map. The map was a product of surveying conducted by members of the Sir Walter Raleigh Roanoke Colony of 1584-1590 and depicts the coastal area from Chesapeake Bay to Cape Lookout. William Cumming attributed the Virginea Pars map to the Roanoke Colony’s illustrator John White, describing it as the embodiment of “the material which the artist, who was sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585, gained while on his trips of exploration.” The remarkable accuracy of the map was an outstanding accomplishment enabled by the cartographic techniques developed by Thomas Harriot, a leading scientist of Elizabethan era England and White’s fellow member of the 1585-86 first Roanoke Colony team. For Raleigh the Virginea Pars map likely served to both document the accomplishments of the Roanoke Colony endeavor to his investors and as a guide to the ongoing evolution of his colonization strategy. The map is still proving valuable to modern historic and archaeological research into the Roanoke Colony by the First Colony Foundation. At this briefing, scholars from First Colony will be joined by experts from the British Museum to discuss recently discovered new information within the map and its possible implications for understanding the eventual fate of Raleigh’s “lost colonists”. The map was engraved and published in 1590 by Theodor de Bry.
May 8, 2012 – Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Annaleigh Margey (London) will speak about Mapping during the Irish plantations, c.1580-1640. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
May 10-13, 2012 – Kalamazoo The International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place at Western Michigan University. A session sponsored by the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies will discuss Tricks of the Trade: Histories of buying, selling, and acquiring medieval manuscript books and documents. This session will explore the ways in which medieval manuscript books and documents have been bought, sold, and acquired from medieval times to the present by eliciting case studies from scholars interested in issues of provenance. The history of collecting medieval books and documents—the underlying principle of this session--can reveal patterns of use and reception for the texts contained in manuscripts, as well as for the objects themselves, that shed light on modern interpretations of these cultural artifacts. Studies of collecting can also help us to understand the historical economies of the rare book trade. This session will seek papers that address these aspects of the trade as well as provenance history in general. It will also include a demonstration of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. Additional information from Lynn Ransom.
May 10, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty-First Programme - Emeritus Professor Noël Wilkins (Department of Zoology, National University of Ireland Galway) Alexander Nimmo (1783–1832) and Some of His Little-Known Irish Maps and Charts - at Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshment. All are 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). This 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. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano-Smith).
May 12, 2012 - Menlo Park, California The Spring California Map Society Summer Meeting will be held at the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Region Headquarters, 345 Middlefield Rd. The program can be found online. The meeting is being organized by Leonard Rothman, our new Northern California Vice President. If you want to help Len with this event, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12, 2012 – New York The next meeting of the New York Map Society will be at 2:30 pm. at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, in their sixth-floor Conference Room. A Look at the 'Marco Polo' Maps: Curiosities and Questions - There exists a mysterious collection of early Italian maps, related cartographic documents, and other manuscript materials -- with many apparently connected to the famed travels of Marco Polo. Informally known as the "Rossi Collection" after the name of the original owners, these works seemed to have been passed down to the present owner by way of a branch of the famous Sanseverino clan in Italy. The maps include peculiar renderings of the farthest reaches of Asia, as well as texts in Italian, Latin, Arabic, and even Chinese. Dr. Benjamin B. Olshin has been working on the Rossi collection of maps and related documents for over a decade, and his talk will present the latest findings and at the same time reveal the many puzzles that these materials present.
May 12, 2012 – Perth Our next Scottish Maps Forum Seminar, to be held in the AK Bell Library, will be on the theme of Mapping and Printing the world: Scottish Milestones in 19th century publishing.The seminar celebrates the golden age of Scottish map printing and publishing. During this time, Scottish cartographers and map publishers grew to become internationally known household names. This was helped by rapidly expanding markets at home and abroad, and new printing technologies such as lithography, allowing much cheaper mass production and the use of colour. The growth of Edinburgh as an international hub of engraving, printing and publishing, allowed the entire map production process - draughting, engraving, printing and publishing - to be centralised not only within Scotland, but also within particular companies, for the first time in Scottish map history. The cost is £15 (£20 with lunch). Booking forms and further information are available from the Scottish Maps Forum, National Library of Scotland, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH; Tel: 0131 623 3970; Fax: 0131 623 3971.
May 14, 2012 – Lisbon The Spring Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held in the National Library of Portugal. Tony Campbell will speak about New Thoughts about Portolan Charts (1300-1600): the Aegean Sea Revisited. Lecture starts at 1800. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Centre for the History of Science and Technology, of the University of Lisbon, and by the National Library of Portugal. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon.
May 18-19, 2012 – Washington The Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division in conjunction with the Philip Lee Phillips Society will host a conference titled Visions of the Nation's Capital: Two Hundred Years of Mapping Washington, D.C. The first conference devoted to the history of the mapping of the national capital will cover the period from Pierre Charles L'Enfant's Grand Plan to the present day contributions of the National Park and Planning Commission. Reservations are needed; contact SpecialEvents@loc.gov or call 202-707-1616. For additional information contact Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-4650.
May 19, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. Virginia Carlson (Metro Chicago Information Center) will discuss Maps and Mapping in Civic Smartphone Applications.
May 19, 2012 – Washington The Washington Map Society will hold its its Annual Dinner Meeting at the home of Dennis and Carolyn Gurtz starting at 6:00 PM. A registration form is available online. For further information, contact Peter Porrazzo at 703-883-1843.
May 21, 2012 – Denver Chris Lane announces will speak at the Denver Public Library: Myths, mistakes and misadventures in maps of the American West. Once “on the map,” places take on a reality in people’s minds, even when these places never existed. This lecture takes a look at some of the non-existent cities, rivers, political entities and so forth that appeared on maps of the American West. The lecture is held at the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library at 6:30.
May 23, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior at 6 pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
May 24, 2012 – Lisbon The Spring Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held in the National Library of Portugal. Catherine Delano-Smith will speak about Map Literacy and the Cartographic Image: Medieval and Early Modern. Lecture starts at 1800. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Centre for the History of Science and Technology, of the University of Lisbon, and by the National Library of Portugal. Additional information from Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon.
May 24, 2012 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 19th Annual Series, will have Alexander Kent (Canterbury Christ Church University) speak about modern European topographic mapping. 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 27, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The Malta Map Society will hold a Map Day for members and friends to bring a map and discuss old maps and their collections. It will be held from 10 am to 12 noon in the Laparelli Room at the Excelsior Hotel. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
May 29, 2012 - Edinburgh In the autumn the National Library of Scotland introduced two new map reader workshops - one an Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland, and the other, Maps for Family and Local History. Due to their popularity, we will be running them again during 2012. Today's workshop will be Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland. The workshop begins at 2 pm and last for 90 minutes, led by map curators in the Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside. It includes a Powerpoint slideshow illustrating a range of maps, their value and uses, and a practical session exploring maps first hand in the Maps Reading Room. Please book your place in advance, starting in April, by phoning 0131 623 3918.
June 2, 2012 – Sint-Niklaas, Belgium The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have an excursion to the Mercator Digitaal exhibition at Tentoonstellingszaal Stedelijke Musea, Zwijgershoek 14. Our English speaking guide will be Harry van Royen. The visit will be followed by a tour of the 'treasury room' (a book exhibition on Mercator's library) with presentation by Jan De Graeve. Meeting time: 15:00 at the entrance of the museum. For those interested to have lunch at the Danish Tavern Kopenhagen, Houtbriel 28, 9100 Sint-Niklaas: join the Executive Committee at 13:00 (at own expense). To register, please fill the 'Registration form' before 20 May 2012.
June 11, 2012 – Paris Join Jasmine D. Salachas for Evening Coffee at Zango (15 rue du Cygne, Paris, 1). Jasmine D. Salachas will discuss the missions of the Department of Maps, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and about being prepared on the historical borders of Africa For additional information contact email@example.com.
June 12, 2012 – Oxford Mercator: the Man who Mapped the Planet is the subject of a talk by Nicholas Crane, geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster. An event not to be missed by fans of 'Coast' and his many other television programmes. A lecture in the 'Between the Lines' series at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, at 19:00.
June 12-15, 2012 - Toronto The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Annual Conference will be in Toronto. The workshops will be on Tuesday June 12th, 2012. The conference sessions will take place on Wednesday June 13th to Friday June 15th, 2012 at Ryerson University. The conference theme will be A Journey Through a Changing Landscape. For questions about local arrangements please contact Dan Jakubek. For questions about the program please contact Dana Craig.
June 13-15, 2012 – Hampshire The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium is to be held at Basingstoke Country Hotel, Hampshire. The theme will be Mapping The Global Village.
June 14, 2012 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography, 19th Annual Series, will have TOSCA Field Trip – Afternoon visit to the Bodleian’s Book Storage Facility at Swindon. Space is limited - for further details please 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.
June 14-15, 2012 - Rome The UMR-Geography Cities and the French School of Rome organized in 2012 a research project on the history of the atlas in Europe during the modern and contemporary period. A first Study Day will be held at the French School of Rome and is titled Atlas: editorial practices, production and circulation of knowledge in modern and contemporary period. Additional information from Jean-Marc Besse.
June 15-16, 2012 – London The
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the East Indies with Maps and Charts. Hans
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The Annual General Meeting on Saturday at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore will start at 10.30 am.
June 16-17, 2012 – London The London Map Fair at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. Opening hourts Sat. 12pm-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Over the two days there will be a series of talks aimed at novice collectors given by Ashley Baynton-Williams in the RGS Ondaatje Theatre, (inside the RGS building).
June 18-22, 2012 - Portsmouth The Great Britain Historical GIS Team and the University of Portsmouth are running a one-week hands-on introduction to Geographical Information Systems-based methods for working with historical sources: Working Digitally with Historical Maps and Geographical Information. It is aimed at anyone wanting to create a digital resource from sources which are both historical and geographical - most obviously old maps, but also historical census information or geographically rich text. You may be planning on building a "historical GIS" or simply a web site with many maps - one aim is to help you decide the most appropriate final result for your particular sources and goals.
June 20, 2012 - Edinburgh In the autumn the National Library of Scotland introduced two new map reader workshops - one an Introduction to Maps at National Library of Scotland, and the other, Maps for Family and Local History. Due to their popularity, we will be running them again during 2012. Today's workshop will be Maps for Family and Local History. The workshop begins at 2 pm and last for 90 minutes, led by map curators in the Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside. It includes a Powerpoint slideshow illustrating a range of maps, their value and uses, and a practical session exploring maps first hand in the Maps Reading Room. Please book your place in advance, starting in April, by phoning 0131 623 3918.
June 20, 2012 – London A talk on Harry Beck and his legacy as the original designer of the diagrammatic London underground map will be held at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, 18:30 – 20:00. Join senior curator Claire Dobbin, writer Mark Ovenden and psychologist Max Roberts for three different perspectives on Harry Beck, his legacy as the original designer of the diagrammatic map and alternative maps. Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) includes entry to the event plus a free visit to the Museum within one month.
June 20, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Excelsior Hotel at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
June 21, 2012 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street at 5:30 pm. Anne Knowles (Middlebury College) will be the speaker – topic to be announced.
June 22, 2012 - Oxford Oxford medieval Geographies research Group sponsors a one-day interdisciplinary colloquium, in The Queen’s College, investigating the role of geography in medieval literature and the wider cultural milieu - There and Back again: Writing Spaces, Mapping Places in the Medieval World. Please email for more information.
June 25-29, 2012 – London University of London’s Institute of English Studies London Rare Books School: A History of Maps and Mapping, a 5-day course taught by Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke and others.
June 26, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at 6 PM at the home of Rocky Mountain Map Society members Peter and Julie Hughes. They have a collection of antique maps that support their family history research. All maps relate to where their families lived at the relevant time - England, Wales, France, Moravia, and New England. These range from a small Mercator/Hondius map of the area near Calais ("Bolonia", 1608), to various county and strip maps for England and Wales, to a large 32-panel map of "The Environs of London" (Bowles & Dury, 1771) and an 1870 map of Bohemia/Moravia/Austria from Berlin. In addition, the Hughes family has the constellation maps from the "Huntington Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens" (1835), a gift from the First Mate of the ship Leland to Julie's great-great-grandmother when they sailed from Connecticut to Hawaii as medical missionaries in 1848. All maps are framed. There will be a private viewing of the Hughes Family History Map Collection. RMMS members: Please click on www.RMmaps.org and login to the “Members Only” section of the website for details. Current members will also receive an announcement in the mail with directions and details about the 2012 home-hosted visit and reception. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
June 28-July 1, 2012 - Albuquerque Alex Zukas is arranging a panel for the World History Association meeting in the history of cartography. Items to be discussed include the Saint-Sever Beatus mappamundi and 18th-century world/imperial maps. The conference themes are "Frontiers in World History" and "Indigenous Peoples in World History." Additional information from Alex Zukas, Ph.D., Professor of History, Department of Social Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, National University, 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037; phone 858-642-8461.
June 28-29, 2012 - Budapest The 4th International Symposium of the International Cartographic Association Commission on the History of Cartography will be held at Eötvös Loránd University and is organized by the Commission in collaboration with Dr Zsolt Török of the Department of Geography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University. The Symposium theme is Exploration - Discovery - Cartography, and it is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the history of cartography.
June 30, 2012 - Budapest The 1st Annual General Meeting of The International Society for the History of the Map will be held at Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a.. Additional details on the website. Contact Secretary, The International Society for the History of the Map, c/o Dean’s Office, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 215 South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, UK.
June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 - Manila The Philippines
Map Collectors Society, Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, and the
Metropolitan Museum Of Manila are sponsoring an exhibition Three
Hundred Years of Philippine Maps 1598-1898
at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Associated with the exhibition
will be a series of five talks that will explore the
use of cartography in history and in art. The Mapping Of
Philippine Provinces will focus on the historical context of how
provinces in the Philippines were established from the early Spanish
Period up to the present time. It will also discuss how the provinces
were represented on Philippine maps. All talks will be at 10:30 AM in
the Tall Gallery, Metropolitan Museum Of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila 1308.
June 30 – Part I of the series of talks will be presented by Mr. Christian Perez, a French national and a resident of Manila since the late ’70s, who is a collector of Philippine maps, prints and books for nearly 20 years. His talk will focus on the historical context of how provinces in the Philippines were established from the early Spanish Period up to the present time. It will also discuss how the provinces were represented on Philippine maps.
July 7 – Part II will be presented by Leovino Ma. Garcia, Ph.D., who teaches Contemporary French Philosophy at the Ateneo University and at the University of Santo Tomas. Collectors of antique maps prize these cartographic pieces for their archival quality and beauty. This talk will touch upon antique maps as instruments of power.
July 14 – Part III will be presented by Mr. John Silva – the Executive Director of the Ortigas Foundation Library. This lecture traces the evolution of maps as navigational aids and charts to the political and sovereignity issues. This talk delves into citizenship issues as well as the delineation the Philippines’ borders as an archipelago.
July 21 - Part IV of the lecture series focuses on the Jesuit cartographer Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, as well as on Filipino engraver Nicolas dela Cruz Bagay. This talk is presented bt Dr. Benito Legarda, Jr., who has written on economics, finance, history and on Hispanic-Philippine Art and church architecture.
July 28 – Part V will be presented by Ms. Florentina Colayco, Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts. This talk will discuss how maps are used in contemporary art. It will focus on the significance of maps in the works and imagery of well known artists.
July 8-10, 2012 - Brisbane, Australia Global Connection through Mapping, the Brisbane International Geospatial Forum is shaping up to be the largest cartographic event held in Australia for many years. The Forum is planned as a joint effort between the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia and for the first time also with the International Map Trade Association. There will be a significant trade show component for the conference, to be held in the new events spaces at the State Library of Queensland, South Bank, Brisbane. The conference will feature the usual array of expert papers, tours, displays, conference dinner, receptions and so on. It will have the added dimension of a map trade show with exhibits from across the Asia-Pacific region, greater networking opportunities, and an international keynote - tba. All conference events will be based at the State Library, Stanley Place along South Bank, Brisbane's arts and cultural precinct. Additional information from Dr Martin Woods / Curator of Maps, Australian Collections & Reader Services, National Library Of Australia; T +61 2 6262 1280 Mob: 0404193366.
July 12, 2012 – Toronto The TD Gallery, in the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, main floor, has an exhibit featuring maps and other artifacts collected by Toronto's first chief librarian, James Bain. A Passion for History: The Legacy of James Bain features rare historical maps, books, manuscripts and prints from Bain's own extensive private collection. Bain was an avid collector of maps and he was also a publisher and books collector. Megan Webster, owner of Webster's Fine Books & Maps; and Alex Bain, great-grandson of James Bain, will give an informal talk in the Gallery at 6:30 pm about James Bain and His Collections: Some Background.
July 18, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Excelsior Hotel at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
July 26-27, 2012 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Society, Texas Map Society, and University of Denver will be hosting a conference titled The Mapping of North America: Westward Expansion. The conference will be held at the University of Denver, and additional information is available on the website.
28-29, 2012 – Denver The
Rocky Mountain Society, Texas Map Society, and Denver Public Library
will host a Map
the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. A free lecture
will be held each day at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday - Mr. Chris Lane, Co-owner of the Philadelphia Print Shop's Denver Gallery and frequent appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow TV Series. will speak about The Political Development of the Trans-Mississippi United States in Period Maps.
Sunday - Don Mcguirk, M.D., author of "The Last Cartographic Myth: Mer de l'Oest" (AKA Sea of the West) will speak about Sea of the West; The Mediterranean Sea of North America, that wasn’t.
August 2, 2012 – Washington Maggie Burke, Meredith Doubleday, and Caitlin Oakley, interns at the Library of Congress, will discuss the Cartographic Firm of A. Il’in, the first private map-making establishment in Russia, founded in 1859. The firm produced accurate maps, color atlases, illustrated textbooks and chromolithographic publications for the general public as well as the tsars and their Imperial ministries. Following the talk, an exhibition will feature materials from Rare Books, the Geography & Map and Prints & Photographs divisions, and the General Collections. Lecture is at 3:00pm, Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Jefferson Building, 2nd floor.
August 16, 2012 - Aarau, Switzerland Martin Rickenbacher (head of the working group for map history of the Swiss Society of Cartography) will talk about the history of modern cadastral survey. Talk will be at 19:30 at Forum Schlossplatz, Schlossplatz 4.
August 21–26, 2012 – Leipzig, Cologne On the occasion of the 32nd International Geographical Congress to be held at Cologne, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, in collaboration with the International Geographical Union Commission on the History of Geography, organises the international Pre-Congress Cartography and Geographical Knowledge in the Public Sphere, that will take place in Leipzig on August 22, 2012, as well as a Pre-Congress field trip, from Leipzig to Cologne. Full details can be found on the web page. Additional information from Dr. Bruno Schelhaas, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Schongauerstrasse 9, 04328 Leipzig, Germany; Tel: +49 (0)341 600 55 151 Fax: +49 (0)341 600 55 198.
August 24-26, 2012 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium An International Map Fair, organized by Stedelijk musea van Sint-Niklaas, will be held in the de Piet Elshoutzaal, Stedelijk musea van Sint-Niklaas, Zwijgershoek 14.
August 29-30, 2012 – Leeds We are pleased to announce that the Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop. The theme will be The customer and the map curator, or, the importance of being relevant. Additional information from Ann Sutherland, Convener, Map Curators’ Group.
September 1, 2012 – Singapore
History of Mapping in Singapore: 1819 – 2011 is the title of a talk by Mok Ly Yng at 1pm – 3pm, Visitors Briefing Room, Level 1, National Library Singapore, 100 Victoria St. This presentation traces the history of official paper mapping in Singapore from 1819 to 2011. Official mapping started in 1819 with Singapore's founding by the British East India Company. In 2002 the first GPS (Global Positioning System) compatible map of Singapore was published by the government. This presentation has been updated to include the latest map from 2011. The key periods of map making in Singapore are illustrated with selected contemporary historical maps. Mok Ly Yng is a freelance mapping consultant and researcher in Singapore. He received his M.Sc. in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) from the University of Edinburgh. He had been a Branch Head in Mapping Unit and a contract researcher with the National Archives of Singapore.
September 5, 2012 - Aberdeen Scotland’s Mapping: Four illustrated talks, as part of the British Science Festival. Thinking about maps – how they work to shape space and place – is an essential function of the energetic and enquiring mind. Come and hear experts engage with themes in the history of Scotland’s maps and mapping, with town maps, maps of battlefields and military scenes and with new talking maps and smartphone technology. Talks by Professor Charles Withers, University of Edinburgh, Dr Carolyn Anderson, Independent Scholar, Mr Chris Fleet, National Library of Scotland, and Dr Phil Bartie, University of Edinburgh. Talks are 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm. Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen. Free admission. Further information.
September 8, 2012 – New York The New York Map Society will meet in the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, in their sixth-floor Conference Room at 2:30 PM. Harrie Teunissen will speak about From Mauritsstad to Nieuw Amsterdam: Mapping Early Jewish Presence in the Americas and The Topography of Terror: Maps of the Warsaw Ghetto. Additional information from Leslie Trager.
September 9-12, 2012 - Vienna The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its 30th international symposium. In commemoration of Mercator's 500th birthday, the symposium title will be Regional Cartography in the Habsburg Empire during 16th Century and Gerhard Mercator. The symposium will be held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Theatersaal, Sonnenfelsgasse 19. Visits are planned to the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Historical Museum of Vienna, Globe Musum, Austrian National Library, and the Wachau area. Additional information from Stefaan Missinne, tel: 43 1 515 81 1627.
September 11-14, 2012 - Lisbon The Fourth Ibero-American Conference on the History of Cartography will be held at the National Library of Portugal, Campo Grande, 83. This event follows editions in 2006 (Buenos Aires), 2008 (México City) and 2010 (São Paulo) and is organized by the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon in collaboration with the Centre for Overseas History of the New University of Lisbon and the National Library of Portugal. Over the past years, the Ibero-American Conference on the History of Cartography has established itself as one of the most important forums for the discussion of the roles played by cartographical images in the making of geographical knowledge. The Lisbon conference has as its overarching theme Cartographers for all the World – Production and circulation of Ibero-American cartographical knowledge: agents and contexts. It pursues three main objectives. Firstly, to build on the fact that we as a community work on a cartographical tradition that pioneered new ways of representing space on a global scale and shaped the great categories we still use today to organize our geographical knowledge of the world. Secondly, we wish to stimulate inquiries into the production, circulation and usage of cartographical artefacts in connection with the cultural and social contexts in which they have operated. Finally, we introduce a focus on cartographers to encourage biographical studies as a crucial element in the exploration of authorship in mapmaking. Working languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English (no simultaneous translation). Additional information from the Scientific Committee of the Conference.
September 12, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Excelsior Hotel at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
September 13, 2012 – 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. Harrie Teunissen will speak on Topography of Terror: Maps of the Warsaw Ghetto. In his talk, Mr. Teunissen will analyze wartime maps of the Warsaw Ghetto, including a unique Ghetto plan from November, 1940, drawn by the Chief of Staff of the Warsaw SS. The issue Mr. Teunissen will explore is the extent to which plans and maps are instrumental to the organization of terror and resistance. (To see his work on this subject, visit www.siger.org/warsawghettomaps ). As an added bonus, Mr. Teunissen will also discuss his most recent work, From Mauritsstad to Nieuw Amsterdam: Mapping Early Jewish Presence in the Americas. In this talk, Mr. Teunissen will trace the first Jewish communities in the Americas, primarily using 17th Century Dutch maps. Mr. Teunissen was Assistant Professor in Theological and Historical Pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam. He also gave Third Age Education courses on Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Spain, at several Dutch Universities. From 1992 - 1995 he studied Islamic Sciences in Leiden and Damascus. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
September 15, 2012 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina Our wonderful friends at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Old Salem have offered to host the William P. Cumming Map Society for lectures and a guided tour of their superb cartographic collection starting at 9:45 am. Since the MESDA map conference in March 2011, they have framed several "new" old maps and had conservation work performed on several other maps. WPC Map Society member Dale Loberger has agreed to share his colonial roads research: Using Geographic Information Systems Technology to Help Search for Colonial Roads in the Carolinas Backcountry. Dale will use ultra-modern dynamic presentation tools to interact with ultra-old Carolina maps. Daniel Ackermann, Associate Curator, the MESDA Collection, will tell us about the maps in the MESDA collection. I hope many of you will plan to attend the lecture, lunch & tour. Additional information from Jay Lester. Registration fee of $20 includes a morning coffee & sugar cake, a box lunch, and the guided tour through the MESDA collection. For registration, please contact Martha Ashley, Horton Museum Center – MESDA, 924 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; Ph: 336-721-7360.
September 16-18, 2012 - Columbus, Ohio The 2012 AutoCarto International Symposium on Automated Cartography will be held immediately prior to the GIScience 2012 meeting (also in Columbus). The Cartography and Geographic Information Society invites cartographers, geographers, geospatial analysts, GIScientists and others conducting research on the cutting edge of the geospatial sciences to attend.
September 19, 2012 - The Hague The staff of the Explokart research group and HES & DE GRAAF Publishers would be honoured to invite you to the presentation of Volume 14 in the Explokart-series on the History of Cartography of the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University: Japoniae Insulae, The Mapping of Japan - Historical Introduction and Cartobibliography of European printed Maps of Japan to 1800 by Jason Hubbard. The presentation will be in the Louwman Museum, Leidsestraatweg 57, The Hague, in the Shoichiro Toyoda audience room, starting at 13.30 and ending around 15;30. There will, among other presentations, be one by Peter van der Krogt, project Leader of Explokart, and one by Jason Hubbard, author of the book. Please sign up for the presentation via: firstname.lastname@example.org or HES & DE GRAAF Publishers, Postbus 540, 2990 GH Houten.
September 21-22, 2012 – Paris A Workshop on Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville will be held at Bibliothèque nationale de France, Richelieu. For additional information contact email@example.com.
September 22, 2012 - Denver The Philadelphia Print Shop West presents The History of Mapmaking Dinner at The Webster Restaurant, 233 Clayton Street, Cherry Creek North at 7:00 pm. Hear nationally recognized map expert Christopher W. Lane present an overview of the history of mapmaking from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries while enjoying foods related to the dominate mapmaking nation of each period specially prepared by Chef Mike Hendricks. R.S.V.P. 303-322-4757.
September 22, 2012 - Washington Chet Van Duzer and John Hessler will be launching their new book on Waldseemuller called, Seeing the World Anew: the radical vision of Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 and 1516 World Maps at the National Book Festival at 11 AM at the Library of Congress Pavilion on the National Mall. The book itself is the product on nearly ten years work and contains the latest scholarship on Waldseemuller and the first large full-color facsimiles of both maps.
September 26, 2012 - Dublin Jonathan Barker, John Rocque and the early mapping of Merrion Square - A lecture with Dr John Montague, Royal Irish Academy. The lecture is free and open to the public and takes place at 1.15pm in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. For booking and further information please contact the Archive at 01 6633040.
September 26-29, 2012 - Marbach am Neckar The 16. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held at Tobias-Mayer-Museum, Torgasse 13. Registration is required. Contact Dr. Markus Heinz, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Kartenabteilung, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin; Tel.: 030 / 266-435500, Fax: 030 / 266-335401.
September 27-29, 2012 – Pasadena The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its 53rd Annual Meeting at the Huntington Library. Additional information from Ron Fritze.
September 29, 2012 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society looks forward to welcoming everyone to our first fall event at The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania in the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania at 1 North Broad Street, zip 19107. We arrive at 11 AM for a group tour ($4.50 per person). We have been promised an opportunity to view a few rooms not usually shown on the tour. This is one of the largest Masonic temples in the world and every space in the building is eye-popping! We will then proceed to the Masonic Library where Curator, Mr. Dennis Buttleman, has graciously offered to share select maps and ephemera including their 1544 Bible map with vegetation and animals, Daniel Cox 1721 Florida map,photos of the Masonic Temple neighborhood prior to construction, and others. Continuing our tradition, we have invited Mr. Buttleman to be our guest for lunch following the event. Members may walk over to dine at the long tables in El Vez at 13th and Sansom, Steven Starr's modern Mexican restaurant serving small plates and great guacamole. We will confirm lunch details in the fall. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
September 29, 2012 – London A symposium The Art of Maps and Mapping will be held at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, 10:00 – 16:00. Discover more about maps in contemporary art with this day of presentations and discussions from artists featured in the exhibition Mind the Map and cultural practitioners. Tickets £30.00 (£25.00 concessions) includes lunch, refreshments and tour of the Mind the Map exhibition.
October 3-6, 2012 - Bremerhaven The XVI International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science will be held at German Maritime Museum. Three papers in the first and second sessions (3 October) are about Iberian cartography. Ana Cristina Roque will talk about Perceptions and graphic representations of Mozambique’s northern coast from the 16th to the 20th century: fantasy, experience, knowledge, and science, Joaquim Alves Gaspar will talk about The enormous Isthmus: interpreting the shape of Africa in the nautical cartography of the Renaissance, and Edward Collins will talk about Iberian contributions to European nautical science in the Atlantic world in the sixteenth century: pilots and cosmographers.
October 5, 2012 - Arlington, Texas Pearls of the Antilles: Maps of Caribbean Islands is the theme for the Eighth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography at University of Texas Arlington Library’s Special Collections. The focus of the event is maps,and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. For more information contact Erin O'Malley, Special Collections, UT Arlington Library, Box 19497, Arlington, Texas 76019-0497; Phone: 817-272-2179.
October 6, 2012 - Arlington, Texas The Texas Map Society’s Fall Meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington Library Sixth Floor Parlor, 702 Planetarium Place. There will be an overall Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico theme to most of these presentations.
October 8, 2012 – Valletta, Malta Dr. Nick Kanas will be giving a lecture about Celestial Mapping to the Malta Map Society at the St. James Cavalier Fortress at 6.30 PM. San Francisco University Professor Emeritus Dr. Kanas has done research for NASA on the psychological effects of working in outer space. He has been a keen collector of celestial maps, books and charts for over 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in London and the author of a number of books about cartography of the stars. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
October 11, 2012 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Carol Delaney will discuss her book: Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem. In her book, Dr. Delaney indicates that one of the main reasons Columbus wanted to find a new route to the Indies was that he hoped to find gold, with which to help finance a Crusade to recover Jerusalem from the Muslims. Columbus felt he had a pivotal role in this world-changing event. In her presentation, Dr. Delaney will show a number of maps that illustrate the ways in which Columbus’s geographical and cosmological-religious ideas were intertwined. Dr. Delaney has a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a Professor Emerita at Stanford University, where she taught for many years. She is now an invited research scholar at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
October 13, 2012 – Princeton The New York Map Society and Philadelphia Map Society will have a Field trip at 2:30 pm to Princeton University's Firestone Memorial Library, where Curator of Historic Maps John Delaney will give us a guided tour through the "First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps" exhibit. After the tour, we're planning a dinner at the nearby Triumph Brewery. Tour space is limited, and we need to let the restaurant know how many reservations we'll need. So, please RSVP to NYMS Board Member Connie Brown on or before Saturday, October 6. Let her know if you plan to attend, and if you'll stay for dinner.
October 17, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Excelsior Hotel at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
October 18-20, 2012 - Athens The Sylvia Ioannou Foundation is launching a series of international conferences, to be held biennially, under the general title “The Greek World in travel accounts and maps.” To reflect the focus of the Foundation's collection of books and maps on Cyprus, as well as the occasion of Cyprus assuming the E.U. Presidency in July 2012, the theme of the first conference will be: Cyprus on the crossroads of travellers and map-makers from the 15th to 20th century. The conference will be organised in collaboration with the University of the Aegean and the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. For more information contact the Conference Secretariat, ERA Ltd., 17 Asklipiou Str., 106 80, Athens, Greece.
October 18, 2012 – Williamsburg, Virginia Scholar Clay Jenkinson will shed light on the significance of one map to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Jenkinson, well-known as the host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on NPR, will discuss a rare map and its impact in Leading the Way – 1802 Aaron Arrowsmith Map and its Significance to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. The program will begin at 5 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. In 1802, English cartographer Aaron Arrowsmith published a map of North America that was thought to be the most accurate of North America’s west. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark brought the Arrowsmith map with them on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The DeWitt Wallace Museum recently acquired a copy of the map, now on display in the exhibition, “More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America.” Jenkinson, known best for his commentary on modern America from Jefferson’s perspective, is also known for his interpretations of other notable historic figures, including Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt and Robert Oppenheimer.
October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 2012 - Charlottesville, Virginia Joel Kovarsky will again be offering the course, The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography, and the Building of Nations, for the second session of the fall 2012 term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia. This will consist of six 1.5 hour sessions (from 11 am to 12:30 pm) four of which will be at the Jefferson Library at Monticello and two sessions at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Class size will be limited to fifteen people. Course details with registration information will be posted closer to the release of the fall 2012 catalog. Additional details from Joel Kovarsky.
October 23, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Fifth Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Norm Olsen, Mentor Software, Inc., will speak about Digital Cartography for Poets. Cartography has come a long way over the years – from early depictions of the world as envisioned by Ptolemy, Biblical T-O maps in medieval manuscripts, to woodcuts, to copperplate engraving, to lithography, and finally, to digitally rendered map projections. In his presentation, Norm Olsen will introduce us to the terminology and concepts of 21st century digital cartography – without overwhelming us with a lot of math. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
October 25-26, 2012 - Ann Arbor The Cultural History of Cartography is a symposium to be held at the University of Michigan; Palmer Commons, 9:00-4:45 on Thursday, and Museum of Art & Tisch Hall, 10:00-4:30 on Friday. This two-day interdisciplinary symposium on the cultural history of cartography intends to facilitate discussion among scholars of history, art history, literary criticism, area studies, and architecture and urban planning. To develop comparative modes of inquiry, each panel will address specific concerns across geographical spaces and temporal periods. Topics include the relations of mapmaking, map reception, and map use to perception, fantasy, temporality, indigeneity, travel, migration, the slave trade, colonialism, citizenship, costume books, and poetry and drama. The symposium is free and open to the public.
November 8, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Tony Campbell (formerly Map Librarian, British Library). Portolan Charts (1300–1600): How Newly Revealed Details Deepen Our Understanding of Their Purpose. Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This 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: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
November 8, 2012 – Newport News, Virginia The Mariners’ Museum of Newport News will host the national book launch for Mapping Virginia by William C. Wooldridge. The book illustrates, places in historical context and provides a detailed listing of the vast majority of the printed maps of Virginia before 1830. The event begins a 7:00pm in the main lobby of the Mariners’ Museum. Mr. Wooldridge will give a talk titled Where in the World Was Virginia? Mapping a Moving Place, 1587-1865. It will be followed by a light wine and cheese reception and book signing. Books will also be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public. Arrive early as several rare maps pulled from the Wooldridge Collection currently held in The Mariners’ Museum Library will be on display.
November 9, 2012 – Canterbury The International Map Collectors' Society will make a day visit to Canterbury Cathedral. We will spend the morning looking at the maps and other artifacts in the Cathedral Archive and Library. These include maps and atlases by famous mapmakers such as Abraham Ortelius and John Speed plus manuscript and early maps of the county of Kent. This will be followed by lunch where we will have a chance to chat and meet up with old friends. In the afternoon there will be a guided tour of the Cathedral where we will see the famous compass rose in the nave. Additional information from Clare Terrell.
November 10, 2012 – New York The New York Map Society will meet in the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, in their sixth-floor Conference Room at 2:30 PM. Denis A. Khotimsky, Ph.D will discuss Russian Cartography: Legends, Myths, and Misconceptions. Where was Russia in the 16th century? Or in other words, what did medieval mapmakers mean while inscribing names like Russia, Moscovia, or Tartaria on their maps? Dr. Khotimsky will examine the fate of antique maps of Russia during the subsequent historical periods: obscurity in the 19th century Russian Empire, secrecy in the 20th century Soviet Union, and controversy in the 21st century Russian Federation. Finally, he will touch upon specific topics that most often form a core of legend and myth surrounding the cartography of Russia. Additional information from Leslie Trager.
November 10, 2012 - Paris The 11th edition of the Paris Map Fair will be held at its regular venue, the Hotel Ambassador, 19, Bd Haussmann, in the heart of Paris, just 2 minutes from the famous Opera Garnier and the major department stores; and also located not far from Montmartre and the Louvre museum. The fair is organized by the well-known antiquarian book and map dealer Loeb-Larocque. The fair includes maps, atlases, globes and a fine selection of travel books. With participants from France, UK, Spain, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Belgium and the Netherlands. There is a collectors/dealer dinner on Friday night.
November 11, 2012 – Washington The Smithsonian will offer many Civil War sesquicentennial programs over the next five years. On November 9-11, 2012 there will be a Smithsonian Institution Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium, Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War. It we be held in the Warner Brothers Theater, National Museum of American History. On Sunday November 11, 2012, John Cloud (NOAA) will present “Great Changes Were Necessarily Consequent”: The Coast Survey, the Civil War, and the Cartographic Revolutions of the 19th Century. In the same session, Susan Schulten (University of Denver), will present, Astride Two Ages: The Civil War and the Transformation of Cartography.
November 13, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Fifth Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. will speak about In the Contours of a Water Judge, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
November 14, 2012 – Washington In conjunction with the exhibition The Civil War in America, the Library of Congress will have a gallery talk at 12 noon in the Southwest Exhibition Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E. Ed Redmond, Geography and Map Division, explores a map based on the U.S. census of 1860 showing the distribution of slavery.
November 15, 2012 – Houston One might imagine a dealer of rare manuscripts to be bookish—and it’s true. But there is more to Daniel Crouch, a globe-trotting trader based in London who tracks down ancient maps, atlases, plans, sea charts, and voyages. At the age of 17, he stumbled quite accidentally into this career, and he has been matchmaking those who possess unique works on paper with collectors, both private and public, ever since. From 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. he visits the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Law Building, Lower Level, 1001 Bissonnet, to talk about his adventurous career and the fascinating tale of the Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth. Crouch was instrumental in helping the James Ford Bell Trust in Minneapolis acquire a rare map called the Kunyu wanguo quantu, or Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth. This map—created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and Chinese scholars—was the first world map to combine geographic knowledge from both the Chinese and Europeans. There are only six complete sets, each consisting of six framed woodblock prints on rice paper, measuring over 12 feet wide and 5 feet high. General admission to the MFAH is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell. Admission to this program is free, but tickets are required.
November 15, 2012 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Kathleen Lynch will speak on A Bird’s Eye View: London in Maps 1500-1700. In 1500, London was a late medieval city of 50,000. By 1700, it had a population of 500,000 and was the largest city in Europe. Among the many factors that caused that change were the dissolution of the monasteries and other religious houses, in the 1530s and 1540s, by Henry VIII; massive outbreaks of disease, including the Great Plague of 1665; and the Great Fire of 1666. Dr. Lynch will discuss these events, along with many others, like the development of residential suburbs and market areas and the growth of immigration and even the tourist trade, as they were reflected in maps in the collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. She will also draw from the themes and materials of the Folger’s summer exhibition, “Open City: London, 1500-1700.” Dr. Lynch is the Executive Director of the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She curated “Open City.” She is widely published, with her most recent work being Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World (Oxford University Press, 2012). For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
November 20, 2012 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Bill Shannon (University of Lancaster) will speak about 'To make a true and perfecte plotte': maps in the sixteenth-century Chancery Court of the Duchy of Lancaster. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
November 22, 2012 – Oxford The 20th Annual Series Oxford Seminars in Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. Martin Biddle (Hertford College, Oxford) will speak about 'Winchester about 1800': making a map that wasn't there. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, the British Cartographic Society, the Charles Close Society, and the School of Geography and the Environment. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
November 28, 2012 – Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library and The Boston Map Society cordially invite you to attend a viewing of the exhibition Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places, Curated by Stephanie Cyr, and lecture by Alex Krieger, Constructing an Egalitarian Landscape. 5:30 pm, Gallery Tour, Map Center Gallery; 6:00 pm, Lecture by Alex Krieger, Professor in Practice of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the co-editor of Mapping Boston, Commonwealth Salon, McKim Building, 700 Boylston St.; 7:00 pm, Reception and Exhibition Viewing, Map Center Gallery.
November 28, 2012 – Cambridge, Massachusetts Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary panel discussion with Mohsen Mostafavi, Charles Waldheim, Bobby Pietrusko and Jill Desimini at 06:30pm – 08:00pm in Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. This discussion highlights the relationship between the cartographic techniques and their implications for projective design, moving from the scale of the body to that of the region and territory. The instrumental pairing of the map and the plan reveals diverse readings of the ground plane, while providing clues to merge the material and the digital, the analytical and the experiential. The two- three- and four-dimensional works presented are wide-ranging in content and media, but share a high level of precision and dedication to physical description. The panel will touch on the ideas driving the exhibit, the process behind its execution, and the future potentials.
November 28, 2012 – Ghent Karen de Coene will speak about Mercator, Brug Tussen Middeleeuwse en Moderne Cartographie [Mercator, Bridge between the Cartography of the Middle Ages and Modern Cartography] at 19.00 – 21.00 in Auditorium D, Universiteit van Gent, Blandijnberg 2.
November 28, 2012 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM, in the office meeting room of Azavea, where Founder and President Robert Cheetham will offer insights into their practice of spatial analysis and mapping, data mining and modeling. Azavea is located at 340 North 12th Street, Suite 402. To get into the 12th St entrance, dial #, wait for the dial tone, then dial 402. Please RSVP by November 21 to Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
November 28, 2012 – Richmond The “Books on Broad” Author Talk series features William Wooldridge. Mr. Wooldridge will speak about his extraordinary new book Mapping Virginia at 5:30 pm in The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. Wine and light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society. Enjoy hearing from Bill and get some holiday shopping done at the same time! There is no charge and free parking is available under the Library. For more information: (804) 692-3524.
November 29, 2012 – London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Julie McDougall (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh). Authorship and Readership in the Production of British School Atlases (1870–1930). Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This 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: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.
December 3-4, 2012 – Paris A Workshop on Marine Cartography will be held at Bibliothèque nationale de France / Inha. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5, 2012 – Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at the Grand Excelsior Hotel at 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
December 7-9, 2012 – Oslo The National Library is the site of a workshop of a multidisciplinary, international network of researchers interested in the cultural and historical importance of mapping in the Nordic Countries. The main goal of the workshop is to present and discuss the many ways in which maps are used to order space and frame a potentially chaotic nature. The idea of space and its relation to nature is historical and complex, and mapping is a major and still under-explored practice in this construction of space. Focus is directed at “The Northern Countries”, a European border region which has been seen for a long time as possessing particular cultural qualities due to its position, topography, and natural resources. The period of investigation is from around 1720 until today. The starting point is the end of the Great Northern War, which marked the beginning of a new phase in the consolidation of the Nordic countries. Cartography was a vital aspect of the scientific and epistemological construction of these nations. The workshop is organized by The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo (IAKH) and The Department for Northern European Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin (DNES), in cooperation with the Map Collection of the National Library in Oslo. Additional information from Marie-Theres Fojuth, Humboldt University Berlin.
December 8, 2012 – Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have their annual conference, titled Mercator and Hondius, at The Royal Library of Belgium, Keizerslaan 4 Boulevard de l'Empereur. 2012 is not only the 500th anniversary of Mercator's birth, it is also the 400th anniversary of Jodocus Hondius' death. The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle wants to pay tribute to both of them. Speakers will be Dr. Kozica (curator of the Royal Castle in Warsaw), S. de Meer (Map Curator at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam), Dr. P. van der Krogt (Utrecht University) and Dr. J. Mokre (Director of the Vienna Globe Museum).
December 11, 2012 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Fifth Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Christopher Lane, Philadelphia Print Shop West, will discuss Maps at the Antiques Road Show. Chris will tell us about what happens behind the scenes and describe several maps that he evaluated at the show. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
December 13, 2012 – Edinburgh The Old Maps Online project is organising a one day workshop in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland, to be held in the Board Room in the main building at George IV Bridge. Old Maps Online is a collaborative project between the University of Portsmouth, Klokan Technologies, the National Library of Scotland and the British Library, which has built a free online search portal for old maps linking together cartographic material held in map libraries around the world. The focus of the meeting is not on digitising maps, but on the many new ways in which old maps can be used once they have been digitised, especially if they are findable, down-loadable and even mashable-up. We are very keen to gather together selected people primarily from the educational and public sectors who have recently worked on projects using historical maps in new ways. This will be a small invitation-only meeting, and if you are not already speaking we need you to tell us why you should be invited. Please email us. Being a professional map librarian is a good enough reason -- we want to fill the room with you, whether or not you are currently involved in digital projects. However, we still need to hear from you in advance so we can include you in catering, etc. The meeting will start at 10, and as the venue is close to Waverley Station we hope that will allow time for people to travel from most locations in Scotland or northern England. The meeting will end at 5.
December 13, 2012 – 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. Wesley Brown will speak on The Cartographic Roots of Colorado. Mr. Brown’s presentation will provide a history of the discovery and exploration of the place that became Colorado, and how that information is revealed on maps of the interior West from 1540-1861, when Colorado became a Territory. The story will be told in six “chapters”: the mythical mapping of New Spain; mapping the Rio Grande Valley in the 1600s; the discovery of the Mississippi Valley; Spanish expeditions from Santa Fe into Colorado in the late 18th Century; official government expeditions of the early 19th Century; and the gold rush that put Colorado on the map. Mr. Brown, an investment banker for 31 years, has been a collector and student of old maps for 30 of those years. Among many other map-related accomplishments, he co-founded the Rocky Mountain Map Society in 1990, and he served as its President for the first seven years: he has served as the Co-chairman of the Philip Lee Phillips Society, the national map and geography society of the Library of Congress; and he has served as a Commissioner of the Denver Public Library, and President of that organization. He has also published many papers on maps. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
December 19, 2012 – Vienna The annual ordinary meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Austrian National Library, Reading Room of the Map Department, Josefsplatz 1. Additional information from Jan Mokre.