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January 10, 2013 – 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. William Wooldridge and Marianne McKee will discuss Mr. Wooldridge’s new book: Mapping Virginia, from the Age of Exploration to the Civil War. (University of Virginia Press, October 2012). This profusely illustrated book, sponsored by the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, pictures and discusses about 300 printed maps of Virginia, dating from the earliest days of exploration through 1830, and from the Civil War. Each of these maps is placed in historical context, and bibliographic information on each is also provided. Mr. Wooldridge will discuss his research, and the process of putting the book together, and Ms. McKee will discuss her research, which uncovered fascinating, unpublished court records about Frederick Bossler, the engraver of the Bishop Madison map of Virginia. Mr. Wooldridge is a longtime member of the Washington Map Society and contributor to the Portolan. He has been involved in cartographic history programs at Colonial Williamsburg, Old Salem and the Virginia Forum. Ms. McKee, the co-editor of Virginia in Maps, is a past President of the Washington Map Society and is a Portolan contributor. Her most recent Portolan article was Expanding a Child’s World: Map Books for Children and Young Readers, published in the Fall, 2011 Portolan. Ms. McKee served, for a number of years, as the Map Specialist at the Library of Virginia. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
January 12, 2013 - New York The New York Map Society will have a field trip. We will meet at 2:30 pm in the Martayan Lan gallery, prominent Manhattan dealers of antique maps and rare books, for a talk and personal tour: 70 East 55th St, 6th Floor (Heron Tower), between Madison and Park Avenues. A rare opportunity to learn about and see historic maps on the market.
January 16, 2013 – Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society cordially invites you to an exhibit and talk by Joseph Garver at The Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Harvard Yard, at 5:30 pm; and titled A Fair to Remember:Mapping International Expositions. Please RSVP: (617) 495-2417 or Joseph Garver.
January 17-18, 2013 - Leiden, The Netherlands Claes Jansz. Visscher and his Progeny. Draftsmen, Printmakers and Print Publishers in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam is the subject of a conference to be held at the University of Leiden. The keynote speaker is Huigen Leeflang, Curator of Prints, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1652) was one of the most important printmakers and publishers active in the Dutch Republic during the first half of the seventeenth century. Playing on the word “Visscher” (fisherman), he sometimes signed his works in Latin as Nicolaus Ioannis Piscator. Over the past few decades, scholarship has contributed greatly to our understanding of the dynamic role Visscher played in the rise of printmaking in the Netherlands. He is perhaps best known for his excellence in map illustration, his innovations in the genre of landscape prints, and his publication of Dutch picture-bibles. Evidence of his graphic output is enormous, with almost five thousand prints having been issued from the Visschers' shop, Sign of the Fisher, on the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. Yet many aspects of the Visschers' artistic productivity and publishing business remain little studied. This conference aims to broaden our understanding of Claes Jansz. Visscher's work, as well as the printmaking dynasty he founded, through papers exploring all aspects of the Visscher family's print business, including workshop practices, personal and professional networks, distribution to local and foreign markets, and the production, marketing, diffusion, and reception of graphic artworks drafted, printed, and published by Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1652), his son Nicolaes (1618-1679), his grandson Nicolaus (1649-1702) and Nicolaus's widow, Elisabeth Versijl, who continued the firm until her death in 1726. With case studies and theoretical contributions we hope to begin to analyze the significant contributions the Visscher family made in the early modern period. For additional information contact organizers Amanda K. Herrin (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Kress Institutional Fellow, Universiteit Leiden) or Maureen E. Warren (Northwestern University, Kress Institutional Fellow, Universiteit Leiden).
January 17, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Dr Zoltan Biedermann (Birkbeck College, University of London). Terrestrial Mapping in a Time of Maritime Expansion: Portuguese Cartographies of Persia and Armenia in the 16th–17th Centuries. 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.
January 17, 2013 – Raleigh, North Carolina The Joel Lane Museum House is delighted to present a lecture by Tom Beaman on Colonial Era Aerial Photography: The Archaeology of Claude Joseph Sauthier’s North Carolina Town Maps at 7 pm in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 for registration information.
January 17-18, Rome Following the international workshop "Atlas : pratiques éditoriales, production et circulation des connaissances à l’époque moderne et contemporaine" held in Rome in June 2012, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming workshop: Antoine Lafréry : recueils cartographiques et circulation des savoirs en Italie à la fin du XVIe siècle. The Workshop is part of the activities of the research group «Les atlas dans les cultures scientifiques et artistiques modernes et contemporaines : représenter, organiser, conserver les connaissances et les objets » (ACSAM). The workshop will be held at the École française de Rome (piazza Navona 62).
January 18, 2013 – Washington The Society of the Cincinnati sponsors a talk A Map of Pierre L'Enfant's Revolutionary War Bounty Land. Join Curator Emily Schulz for an up-close look at a hand-drawn map of Pierre L'Enfant's bounty land, granted to him in 1803 in present-day Ohio as a result of his Revolutionary War service. The map, previously unknown to scholars, appears on the back of a portion of his deed signed by President Thomas Jefferson. The presentation will last about 20-30 minutes with time afterwards for questions and up-close viewing of the object. The talk will be held at at 12:30 pm at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Pierre L'Enfant's Vision for the American Republic, which opens to the public immediately following the presentation.
January 29, 2013 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, Fifth Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Warren Andrews will discuss Making a Mine Map, Old Style. You might be familiar with how old maps were made, using chains, theodolites, and compasses. This is all well and good if you can see the terrain. But have you ever thought about how folks would map caverns, mines, tunnels, and other underground areas? James Warren Andrews will introduce us to some techniques for making maps of underground areas. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
January 30, 2013 – Philadelphia Mr. Christian Higgins, Archivist and Library Manager of the Independence National Historic Park, will share maps in their outstanding collection with members of the Philadelphia Map Society. We will meet in the archive, located at 143 S. 3rd Street at 5:30 PM with dinner to follow, at The Continental Restaurant, on the corner of 2nd and Market St. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
January 31, 2013 – 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. Rachel Hewitt (Wolfson College, Oxford) will speak about The Military Survey of Scotland (1747-1755): a family affair? 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.
February 2-3, 2013 - 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 3, 2013 - Santa Barbara The winter meeting
of the California Map Society will be held at the University of
California, Santa Barbara from 9.15 AM to 6.00 PM. Speakers include
Jon Jablonski (Our host and Head of the Map and Imagery Laboratory
for UCSB), Julie Sweetkind-Singer (Assistant Director of the
Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data and Services and the
Head of the Banner and Earth Sciences Library and Map collections at
Stanford University), G. Salim Mohammed (Digital and Rare Maps
Librarian), Will McClintock (project scientist at the Marine Science
Institute at UCSB), Glen Creason (Map Librarian at the Richard J.
Riordan Central Library), Dan Montello (Professor in the Department
of Geography and an associated faculty member in the Department of
Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB), and Lisa Parks (Professor
and former Chair of the Film and Media Studies Department at
On February 4 at 10:00 there will be a walking tour of Santa Barbara post 1925 earthquake architecture. Available to the first 20 people to signup.
February 6, 2013 – Williamsburg Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, will be speaking about John White’s maps of Raleigh’s Virginia colony: patrons, patches and planning at 4:00 pm in Hennage Auditorium, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 West Francis Street. Colonial Williamsburg. Admission to the lecture requires two tickets. A ticket for the lecture will be $5. In addition, you will need one of the following: a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, a museum admission ticket, or Annual or Good Neighbor pass.
February 7, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Jonathan King (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge). Maps and Native North America. 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 Hakluyt Society. 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.
February 7, 2013 – Washington Peter Barber (MA, FSA, FRHistS) will present a special lecture on John White's maps of Raleigh's Virginia Colony: Patches, Patrons, Presentation, Planning. The recent discovery of a concealed symbol on John White’s manuscript map of Raleigh’s Virginia colony has led to renewed interest in the mapping of England’s earliest American colony established on Roanoke Island in 1585. In a Powerpoint presentation, Mr. Barber will place all of John White’s maps of the colony into the context of English sixteenth-century mapping. On the basis of comparison with contemporary maps and documents, he will suggest their distinctive functions in the overall enterprise. It seems that the map with the patches was not originally intended to accompany the ethnographical and ecological drawings and the other maps with which it has hitherto been associated. Far from being just a passive, if amazingly accurate, portrayal of the colony and its environs, Mr. Barber will argue that it played a crucial role in determining the future of England’s lasting presence in north America. Mr. Barber has been head of the map collections at the British Library since 2001. This presentation will take place at 7:00 PM in the Reading Room, Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. Please allow adequate time to pass through the security checkpoint at the Library's entrance in time to be seated for the start of the meeting. The Library is one block from METRO's Capital South Station (Blue and Orange Lines). The Chairman of the Washington Map Society Program Committee is Ted Callaway. Phone 202-215-4501.
February 9, 2013 - New York The New York Map Society will meet 2:30-4:00 pm, at the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street, South Court Auditorium. John Hessler and Chet Van Duzer will be giving joint talks about their new facsimile edition of Waldseemüller's large world maps titled Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 and 1516 World Maps. John Hessler will give an overview of the history of the Schöner Sammelband, which is the portfolio that contained the 1507 and 1516 world maps, and that is perhaps the most important collection of cartographic materials to survive from the early 16th century. In doing so he will speculate on the use and reception of the Waldseemüller maps by their original owner, the Nuremburg mathematician and globemaker Johannes Schöner, and discuss them in the context of late medieval and early Renaissance scientific practice. Hessler will also discuss the other astronomical and cartographic materials found with the maps in the Wolfegg Castle, including Schöner’s celestial and terrestrial globe gores, fragments, and a star chart of the southern hemisphere by Albrecht Dürer. Chet Van Duzer will examine the cartographic sources of Waldseemüller’s 1507 and 1516 maps, that the 1507 map was largely based on a world map by Henricus Martellus made in about 1491, while the Carta marina of 1516 took its outlines from a nautical chart by Nicolò de Caverio made in about 1504. He will show that the Carta marina 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 many descriptive texts and a rich program of illustration to create an entirely new image of the world.
February 9, 2013 – Valletta, Malta The next Annual General Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Palazzo Parisio. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
February 13, 2013 – 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. Mike Buscher, Geography and Map Division, presents Jedediah Hotchkiss’s Map of the Shenandoah Valley.
February 13, 2013 - West Windsor, New Jersey Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, will sponsor a talk with Maxine Lurie, Ph.D., and Michael Siegel, editor and cartographer, respectively, about the book Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape. They’ll discuss their book and the power of maps in telling a complex story at noon. contact The Gallery at 609-570-3589 for additional information.
February 21, 2013 – Oxford The 20th Annual Series Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have a Field Trip - Mapping the Spheres: a visit to Oriel College Library and Archives. Space limited on the field trip - for further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
February 21, 2013 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM. Ron Grim, Curator, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, will lead Washington Map Society attendees on a tour of the exhibit Torn in Two: the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at Ford's Theater. We will gather in the meeting room on the 5th floor of Center for Education and Leadership, 514 10th Street, NW, for Mr. Grim’s introductory presentation at 7:00 p.m. before touring the exhibit. Torn in Two opened at the Boston Public Library in 2011 and is now traveling to select cities. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
February 26, 2013 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in the Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Chris Burgoyne (Department of Engineering and Emmanuel College, Cambridge) will speak about How were maps produced? A look at old and new surveying methods. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
February 27, 2013 – Valletta, Malta The next Committee Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Aragon Meeting Room at the Grand Hotel Excelsior at 6 PM. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
February 28, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Amy Prior (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh). Harry H. Johnston and the Mapping of Africa, 1880–1915. 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.
March 1-2, 2013 – Arlington The 38th Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, one block north of the Rosslyn METRO (Blue & Orange Lines). The Fair includes maps offered by map and book dealers.
March 5, 2013 – London Every spring the International Map Collectors Society holds a Collectors’ Evening for all and any member who can attend. It is a very informal evening designed so that everyone can share their interest, discoveries and knowledge with fellow enthusiasts. This very popular members’ evening will be held starting at 7 pm in The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2E1 and members are encouraged to bring along maps to show to others and sometimes get help with identification. Francis Herbert will be in the chair. If you would like to meet for a drink beforehand, please join us in the bar of the Farmer's Club at 6 pm (smart casual please; no jeans and tee shirts!). Tea and coffee and sandwiches will be provided from 6.30 in the Committee Room on the ground floor where the meeting takes place. A modest charge will be made for the meeting to pay for hire of the room and refreshments.
March 5, 2013 – Westminster, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society members will have Cartifacts III and Swap Meet at NorthPark East Clubhouse, 9936 Grove Street. 5:30 - 7:00 PM: Swap Meet [Maps and map-related items] and 7:00 - 8:00 PM: Cartifacts III [Short presentations] Refreshments: Light sandwiches, beer, wine, soft drinks. Donation: $5.00 per person. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
March 9, 2013 – New York Join us for a very special members-only event: New York Map Society board member and map collector Ned Davis has offered to host a map show-and-tell party at his beautiful apartment in an historic building close to Central Park starting at 2:30 pm. Fortified by wine, treats, and a cozy fire, we’ll settle in while a number members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown: she will give you Ned’s address. Furthermore, let Connie know if you’d like to give a “show-and-tell”-first come, first serve for presentations, since we are limiting the number to 6 or 7. Presenters may bring primary materials or a laptop-WiFi available. You don’t have to share a map to attend-this is a great opportunity to socialize with other NYMS members and learn about their interests.
March 14, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - A. Crispin Jewitt (Cartographic and Topographic Materials, British Library). "One Damned Thing after Another": Mapping Britain’s 19th-Century Wars. 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.
March 14, 2013 - London How Maps Inspire Us is the title of a symposium organized by the British Cartographic Society Design Special Interest Group. It will be held from 10:00-15:30 at Steer Davies Gleave, 28 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD. Many of the world's most successful maps have been designed or influenced by disciplines outside traditional cartography. Specialist speakers from the fields of architecture, photography, computer game design, sensory mapping, and typography offer unique insights and perspectives as they discuss why they find maps inspirational. Advanced registration is essential before 8 March 2013.
March 16, 2013 - Lucerne The geographer Dr. Ueli Läuppi has been drawing maps for 25 years. A tour of his exhibition, Ueli's Maps – die Welt von Hand gezeichnet, will be done from 10:15–12:30 at Museum Gletschergarten Luzern, Denkmalstrasse 4. Additional information from Martin Rickenbacher, Ländteweg 1 · CH-3005 Bern, Leiter Arbeitsgruppe für Kartengeschichte; Tel. +41 31 311 69 33.
March 16, 2013 – Milan A map fair will be held at Hotel Michelangelo Milan, 33 Via Scarlati, from 11 am to 6 pm.
March 21, 2013 - Chicago Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 and 1516 World Maps at a meeting of the Chicago Map Society, held at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago. The meeting begins at 5:30, and the talk from 6 pm to about 7 pm.
March 23, 2013 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle will hold its 15th Annual General Meeting at 16.00 followed by the traditional Map Evening at 17.30 at Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 80, 1000 Bruxelles. All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate in the General Meeting. Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps - members as well as non-members - for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle. To register, please fill the 'Registration form' before 19 March 2013.
March 27, 2013 – Valletta, Malta The next Committee Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Aragon Meeting Room at the Grand Hotel Excelsior at 6 PM. Additional information from Rod Lyon.
March 28, 2013 – 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. S. Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will be speaking on The Course and Mapping of the Line Established by the Proclamation of 1763. Per Wikipedia, “The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III following Great Britain's acquisition of French territory in North America after the end of the French and Indian War/Seven Years' War, in which it forbade settlers from settling past a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains. The purpose of the proclamation was to organize Great Britain's new North American empire and to stabilize relations with Native North Americans through regulation of trade, settlement, and land purchases on the western frontier.“ Professor Edelson specializes in Colonial British America, History of Cartography, Slavery and Plantation Societies, and is the author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
April 1, 2013 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Dr. Nevin Bryant will speak about NASA Cartography, 1958-2000. From inception, NASA’s primary goals were the exploration and monitoring of the Earth’s environment. Starting in the 1960s, the first steps were taken to develop a GIS. In the 1970s, weather and land observing satellites like Seasat provided the first digital maps, using sophisticated error correction techniques. In the 1980s, Landsat-4 made use of an onboard GPS receiver that further increased the accuracy of geospatial imaging. In the 1990s, NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) provided another key advancement in digital cartography. Today, the public has rapid access to digital map products, in large part derived by NASA-developed technology that was later adopted by industry. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
April 9-13, 2013 – Los Angeles Attend the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographer for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will feature over 6,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around featured themes and relevant topics, such as: Urban Planning & International Development; Cultural Geographies; Climate Change; Geography Education; Human Geography & GIScience; Physical Geography; Geographies of Health; Social Justice; And More!
April 9, 2013 - Williamsburg Local author and scholar Richard Pflederer will discuss the History of Sea Charts at Swem Library, The College of William & Mary. The event will be held in the library’s Botetourt Theatre, ground floor, at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and Pflederer will be available for book signings following the program. Please RSVP by April 5. The story of sea charts is intimately intertwined with the history of the western world during some of the most significant and eventful periods of recorded history. Pflederer will discuss how through these charts, we can trace developments in trade and warfare, exploration and colonial domination from the late medieval period through the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment.
April 10, 2013 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at the Boston Public Library, Glass Orientation Room, 700 Boylston Street, at 5:30pm. Dorothy Raphaely will speak about Coloring Maps.
April 11, 18, 25, 2013 - Deerfield, Massachusetts David
Bosse, Historic Deerfield’s Librarian and Curator of Maps, has
worked in the map collections of the Newberry Library (Chicago) and
the Clements Library, University of Michigan. His new course,
Cartographic Encounters: Exploring the Nature of Early Maps,
will take place on three consecutive Thursdays in April from
7:00-8:30 pm in the Bartels Seminar Room of the Flynt Center of Early
New England Life at Historic Deerfield. Lecture topics include:
April 11: Introduction to the History of Maps and Mapmaking
April 18: Early Maps and Visual Culture
April 25: The 18th-Century American Map Trade
For additional information or telephone registration, please contact Julie Orvis at 413-775-7179.
April 12, 2013 – London As part of a year-long celebration of mapmaking Michael Palin, renowned British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter, will address the British Cartographic Society at 6.00pm. The presentation, title A Life in Maps, will be followed by a drinks reception in the prestigious surroundings of the Ondaatje Theatre at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s magnificent London headquarters, overlooking Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. 'An evening with Michael Palin' is open to members and non-members, at a small charge, and places can be booked online. ‘An evening with Michael Palin’ is a headline event from the British Cartographic Society’s 50th Anniversary calendar of events.
April 13, 2013 - New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 pm in the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, in their sixth-floor Conference Room. It's a cliche, to get "lost in a good book," but when the story takes you to another world, isn't it great when the author helps you find yourself - literally - with a map? Maps have enhanced all corners of literature from classics like Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth to relatively recent hits like George RR Martin's Game of Thrones series. In a 2012 article for The Awl, Victoria Johnson explored the representation of maps in fantasy literature as compared to conventions of real-world cartography. Her lecture, The Lands Beyond: Cartography in Fantasy Literature, will explore fantasy literature's fascination with cartography and expand to include fan creations, representation in film, and other ways that maps have crept into fantasy media. Victoria Johnson, a GIS Specialist, lives and works in the Washington, DC area. Her work has appeared in The Awl, Muse Magazine, Tomorrow Magazine, and MentalFloss.com. Additional information from Leslie Trager.
April 17, 2013 - June 19, 2013 (Wednesdays only) - Edinburgh Maps and Mappery in Scottish History, 1100 - 1850 has proven a popular course in its first run, and for those who tried to join but found the class fully subscribed, another opportunity is available. For anyone who enjoys studying maps and who has a passion for history, this 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 premodern maps; a series of seven case studies, looking at medieval maps, renaissance maps, the rise of geography, 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 skills-building history classes offered in the University of Edinburgh’s Open Studies programme. Further details can be found on the website.
April 18, 2013 - Milwaukee Held in the spring of each year in the American Geographic Association Library on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, the "Maps & America Lecture Series" was inaugurated by the noted cartographic historian, Brian Harley, in 1990. Since its inception, the lecture series has been generously sponsored by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer of the Chicago area. Over the years, the series has featured many of the leading figures in the field of map history and provided a multifaceted survey of this rapidly developing field. This years lecturer is Chas Langelan, Washington DC Land Surveyor (retired), and Officer of Surveyors Historical Society. He will speak about Andrew Ellicott: Early America’s Preeminent Surveyor. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm and lecture at 6:00 pm. For additional information call (414) 229-6282.
April 18, 2013 – 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. Tom Touchton, who has been an active collector of maps of Florida for 30 years and a driving force behind the building of the Tampa Bay History Center, will speak on Florida in Maps. Mr. Touchton will speak about his collection, tell some interesting Florida history stories and use a Power Point presentation to show images of some of his maps and the museum. He will also describe the major exhibition of Florida maps that will open at the Tampa Bay History Center in September, 2013. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
April 19, 2013 - Muntinlupa City, Phillipines The Philippine Map Collectors Society will have a general meeting 5:30 PM at 622 Adlefa St., Ayala Alabang Village, (Residence of Peter Geldart).
April 20, 2013 – Richmond The 2013 Alan N. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. Scott Walker will discuss The Puzzling Portrait of Matthew Fontaine Maury and Cassandra Farrell will discuss Highlights from the Matthew Fontaine Maury Collection. Virginia native Matthew Fontaine Maury was the foremost navigator of the nineteenth century, known worldwide for his charts of the seas and for his development of what became the science of Oceanography. Lauded by other nations, he led charting developments for the shipping interests of the world until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Maury "went south" and served the Confederacy in a variety of capacities and, eventually wound up teaching Physics at Virginia Military Institute after the war's end. Yet, as known as he was for scientific advancement, Maury seems to have fallen into what can best be called the 'dustbin of history'. This year's Voorhees lecture will look at the reasons for that obscurity and examine Maury's place in today's pantheon of scientists. Maps will be on display from the collection of the Library from 10am-4pm (closed during lectures). Lectures begin at 1pm. Lectures and exhibition free and open to all, but registration is requested. Free parking available under the Library. Box lunches available for purchase. To register and reserve a box lunch, please call 804-692-3813 or visit www.lva.virginia.gov/maps.
April 24, 2013 – Washington John W. Hessler, a noted cartographer and specialist in the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, has just published the first scholarly publication on the “Schöner Sammelband,” a collection of maps and notes made by the Nuremberg astronomer and mathematician Johannes Schöner (d. 1547). Hessler will discuss and sign his new work, A Renaissance Globemaker’s Toolbox: Johannes Schöner and the Revolution of Modern Science, 1475-1550 (Library of Congress in association with D Giles Limited, 2013), at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is co-sponsored with the Library’s Geography and Map Division and its Publishing Office. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
April 25, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Dr Jesse Simon (University College, Oxford). Later Roman Cartography: A Non-Ptolemaic Approach. 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.
April 27, 2013 - Winterthur, Delaware The Philadelphia Map Society will tour the exhibit Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience at Winterthur Museum. The map exhibit building is a twenty minute walk across the garden from the Visitor Center. Please plan to arrive by 10 AM at Winterthur Visitor Center where the reduced group tour fee of $15 per person will be collected. Your payment will also cover a separate 45 minute tour of the DuPont house (last tour 3:30 PM) and a 30 minute tram garden tour (last tour 4 PM). You can decide that day if you wish to pursue these. If you want to avoid the walk to the exhibit, do arrive by 9:45 AM at the Visitor Center where the 10 AM tram will depart and complete its tour at 10:30 at the Common Destinations exhibit building. We expect to long-table lunch in the Winterthur Visitor Center cafeteria following the talk about 1 PM and hope Martin will be our guest. Please RSVP to Barbara Drebing Kauffman and mention if you plan to board 10 AM tram to the map exhibit; Winterthur will add another tram if we need one. Feel free to bring colleagues, family, friends. There will be a talk by the curator, Dr. Martin Brueckner who is Professor of Material Culture at the University of Delaware. Lunch together will follow on the Winterthur grounds. (You may also choose to tour the DuPont mansion and/or take the tram tour through the gardens which should be lovely.)