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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 McKee will discuss her research, which uncovered fascinating, unpublished court records about Frederick Bossler, the engraver of the Bishop Madison map of Virginia.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.)
May 2, 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. Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak about "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things" : a cartographic genealogy of globalism. 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.
May 3, 2013 – Denver Rocky
Mountain Map Society members and a guest are invited to a special
event in honor of the opening of the new Anderson Academic Commons at
the University of Denver, 2150 East Evans Avenue. Here is the
5:30-6:00 PM Reception (wine & light food)
6:00-6:30 PM Presentations by Susan Schulten and Kate Crowe about University of Denver maps and the map exhibits in the new Anderson Academic Commons. For more information about the collection, click on: The Storytelling Power of Maps
6:30-7:30 PM View exhibits, look around the new commons, and socialize
7:30 PM The bar will close at 7:30 PM and Anderson Commons closes promptly at 8:00 PM
Space is limited and you must RSVP to Christopher Lane, Meetings & program coordination.
May 6, 2013- Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle meets at 5:00 pm at the Landings Auditorium. Jim and Judy Adams present a talk: Mapping the Wines of Languedoc.The Adams spend several months a year in a charming village in this quaint corner of Provence and have become quite conversant with the wines of the region. They will be treating us to a sample of several regional wines following the talk. For this event we request an RSVP so that we can arrange some light refreshments to accompany the wine tasting. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
May 7, 2013 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. James Purdon (Jesus College, Cambridge) will speak about National Grids: Some twentieth-century cartographies of energy production and transmission. Refreshments will be available after each seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
May 11, 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. John Randel Jr. was the eccentric and flamboyant surveyor who laid the 1811 grid plan on Manhattan Island. Marguerite Holloway will talk about the challenges Randel faced measuring, gridding and mapping the hilly, rural island and about his cartographic legacy. Randel created stunning maps of Manhattan, and his fanatically precise surveys gave rise to data that researchers still use today. Marguerite Holloway teaches at Columbia University, where she is the director of science and environmental journalism. She has written for many publications, including Scientific American, the New York Times and Discover. Her book, The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel Jr., Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor ( New York: WW Norton & Co., 2013), will be available for sale at the lecture. Additional information from Leslie Trager.
May 11, 2013 – San Francisco The California Map Society will hold its Summer Meeting at the J. Paul Leonard Library on the campus of San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue. The speakers for this all-day symposium include Julie Sweetkind-Singer, and G. Salim Mohammed from Stanford University (How Maps Are Used In Teaching And Research At Stanford And Elsewhere); Wesley Brown from the Rocky Mountain Map Society ( How The 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado On The Map And Influenced Colorado Maps Of Today); Dorothy Raphaely, Map Colorist (The Coloring Of Antique Maps - Practice, Methods, Advantages And Controversy); Max Kirkeberg, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University (The Changing Face Of San Francisco); and, George Clyde (The Mysteries Of The Missing Map). Program will also include tours of the library’s Debillis Collection and the renowned collections at the Sutro Library. For more information and registration contact Fred DeJarlais, President, California Map Society.
May 15, 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.
May 16, 2013 - London Maps and Society Twenty Second Series - Dr Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (Chargée de Recherche, CNRS-EHESS, Paris). Early Sino-Korean Atlases in an Enduring East Asian Cartographical Enterprise. 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.
May 16, 2013 – Washington The Washington Map Society Annual Dinner meeting will be held at the Metropolitan Club, 21st and H Streets, N.W. The Guest Speaker will be Richard Pflederer. Additional information to come.
May 17, 2013 - Colchester The second annual graduate conference, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, will will be about Art and Maps Since 1945. In the postwar period, maps have become increasingly common as an artistic medium, but this rise to prominence emerges from several distinct historical trajectories. One important lineage is that linked to Conceptual Art and its legacy, where the map, like the diagram, has been used as a figure of social abstraction, raising questions about the space and its representation as well as art and communications technology. Elsewhere, groups such as the Situationist International and certain strands of performance art have been concerned with the production of art (or anti-art), in or as ‘real space’, something that pushes the boundaries of mapping and perhaps art practice to their limit. In such practices, maps have been an important means of producing, documenting and disseminating activities, whilst tactics of counter-mapping have been used to question representational hegemonies, even representation itself. Equally many artists have sought to contest what is at stake in mapping from a postcolonial standpoint – to redraw maps or to erase them altogether. These are only some of the many engagements with map-making in postwar art. This conference will seek to both examine localised examples of such practices, but also to enquire after, and draw out, potential common threads.
May 17-18, 2013 - Stillwater, Oklahoma The Texas Map Society will be holding its spring meeting at Oklahoma State University. The event's title is Indian Territory Maps: The Early Years. Additional information from John B. Phillips, Professor & Head, Documents Department, Director, Digital Oklahoma Maps Collection, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; phone 405-744-6546.
May 17-18, 2013 – Washington A Library of Congress conference, Re-Drawing Ptolemy: the Cartographic Creations of Martin Waldseemüller, will bring together scholars who have worked to answer some of the outstanding historical questions relating to the entire Waldseemüller body of work and that of his fellow cartographer Mathias Ringmann. The scholars will discuss the 1516 Carta Marina Map, the 1513 edition of Ptolemy’s “Geographia,” the 1507 Globe Gores, and the mysterious JCB-Stevens Map from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The conference is free and open to the public. Reservations are needed; contact email@example.com or call 202-707-1616. In addition, an open house in the Geography and Map Division Reading Room will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18. Rare materials will be on display, and Library staff will offer tours to the “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibition to see the 1507 World Map, the 1516 Carta Marina and other Waldseemüller creations. The event, which is the Philip Lee Phillips Society Annual Conference, is sponsored by the Library’s Geography and Map Division, the John Carter Brown Library and the Phillips Society, which was established in 1995 as an association of collectors, geographers, historians and map enthusiasts, with a shared interest in supporting the programs and activities of the Geography and Map Division. For additional information contact John Hessler, G&M Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE., Washington, D. C. 20540-4650.
May 21, 2013 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at the Boston Public Library, Glass Orientation Room, 700 Boylston Street, at 5:30pm. Bill Wooldridge will speak about his new book Mapping the Revolution in Virginia.
May 21-22, 2013 – Brussels Geographic data has been subject to archiving in the form of maps for centuries. While the preservation of paper maps is well understood and put into practice, knowledge on the historical production process and especially pre-digital production process in the 20th century as it was practiced by many National Mapping Agencies (NMA) is disappearing and has hardly been documented yet. The last witnesses of this era, people and objects, will be gone in just a few years. We would like to join forces in Europe in order to turn this situation. That is why we organize for you a first kick-off workshop. Best practices will be demonstrated and a concrete plan will need to be developed to preserve our European 20th century production processes. Please enroll by May 8th. This will be a roundtable for European NMA’s, academic institutions, museums, private companies, ICA-members, and other interested parties concerned with the preservation of the geographical production process and willing to put their experience and knowledge into a joined project. The initiative is taken by a consortium of the Ghent University, André Streilein (Swisstopo) and the National Geographic Institute in Belgium. Additional information from Rink W. Kruk at +32-(0)2-6298 217.
May 29, 2013 - London Daniel Crouch and Jerry Brotton request the pleasure of your company at the National Geographic London store at 19:00 where they will present Mapping the World. The talk is suitable to all map and history lovers, and will enlighten all age groups on the history of mapmaking. Explore the map room of National Geographic London store following the event, with wine from around the world in our cafe. Location: 102 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1JJ; Tel: +44 (0) 207 589 4583.
May 31, 2013 – London A joint Charles Close Society (CCS) /History of Geology Group (HoGG) visit to the libraries at the Geological Society of London will offer the chance to explore how the early Ordnance Survey base maps influenced the development of geological mapping, and led to the establishment of the British Geological Survey. On show will be some of the geological maps of Devon and Cornwall produced by the Survey’s first Director General, Henry De la Beche, along with maps produced by another 19th century geologist, William Lonsdale. Also on show will be 19th century geological maps of Ireland and Wales incorporating many of the innovations De la Beche introduced, as well as contemporary early geological maps from Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France and Belgium. This half day visit, organised by CCS/HoGG members, geologists and map enthusiasts, Nina Morgan and John Henry, will take place at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly. The visit starts at 14:00 and will finish at 17:00. Numbers are limited to 25. The cost will be £7, to include refreshments, and places must be booked in advance. If the visit is oversubscribed, it may be possible to hold an additional morning session starting at 10:00. To book and pay for your place, visit the HoGG website, where you’ll see this meeting listed in the left hand column. On-line payments are easier for us to keep track of, but if on-line payment is not an option for you, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a place, and send a cheque payable to History of Geology Group to: Dr Beris Cox, HoGG, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG.
May 31-June 1, 2013 - Potsdam A conference about the Cartography of Alexander von Humboldt will be held at the University of Potsdam. It starts on May 31 with a tour of the Map Department of the Berlin State Library, with emphasis on the maps of Alexander von Humboldt and his circle 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The formal program starts in University of Potsdam, New Palace, Building 8, Room 60/61 at 6:00 p.m. On June 1 the meeting is in University of Potsdam, New Palace, Upper Cafeteria (House 12) from 9:45 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
June 5, 2013 – Philadelphia At 5PM Dr. Doris Fanelli has arranged for the Philadelphia Map Society to tour Independence Hall's second floor map collection by summer evening light. Since Independence Hall will be officially closing at 5 due to sequestration, we will gather at the statue of John Barry on the south side of Independence Square absolutely before 5:10. A law enforcement specialist will screen all bags and packages. Come early: it will be impossible to catch up to the group once we are in the building. We are advised there are no restrooms in the secure area. Members of the tour should plan to use restrooms in the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets which will be open until 6 p.m. Please RSVP to Barbara Drebing Kauffman as soon as possible. We need a precise count. Dinner will follow at a nearby spot. What an opportunity! See you then, rain or shine.
June 5, 2013 - York The University of York Centre for Medieval Studies & Department of English and Related Literature will sponsor a Medieval Literatures Seminar. Patrick Gautier Dalché (Institut de Recherche et d’histoire des textes - Ecole pratique des hautes études (Sorbonne)) will discuss Describing maps in the Middle Ages: verbal and visual culture from the eighth to the beginning of the fourteenth century at 5.30pm, King’s Manor Huntingdon room. Recent studies have insisted on the use of texts in world maps in the Middle Ages. The reverse process – the transfer of cartographical information into a written text – has been less studied. Several texts, however, borrow elements of description of the world (orbis terrarum) to mappae mundi, or they transfer a world map entirely into the form of a text. This opens an interesting field of investigation: How were world maps read, given that they were ‘converted’ from maps into texts? What does this practice mean for the epistemology of the representation of space in the Middle Ages? The lecture will classify these texts according to the different ways that they were apprehended and the different ways that the mappae mundi are reflected in them. It will analyse the methodologies of reading and integration of the cartographical data in these same texts. Finally, it will try to explain this cultural phenomenon.
June 7, 2013 – London The
International Map Collectors Society annual dinner and Malcolm Young
Lecture will be held in the Eastwood Room of the Farmers' Club, 3
Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2HL. The nearest underground station is
Embankment which is a short walk away from the club. Programme:
6.20 pm Meet for a drink in the bar
7.00 pm An inspiring lecture by Mike Parker, author of the recently published book “Map Addict.” The title of his illustrated lecture is We're all Map Addicts Now. This promises to be both amusing and stimulating.
7.45 pm A three-course meal will be served. This will be followed by presentation of the IMCoS/Helen Wallis Award. The citation will be given by Tony Campbell, former Map Librarian at The British Library. The charge for the evening will be £50 which includes the lecture.
June 8, 2013 - Hartford Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Putting History on the Map at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. As the Connecticut Historical Society concludes its ambitious project to digitize and catalog its large collection of maps, visitors will get a glimpse into the project, the new storage facilities, and some of the most significant pieces in the collection, including Abel Buel's first map of the United States, some of the earliest published maps of Connecticut, and other gems of the collection that tell a story while surveying the ground. Curator of Graphics Nancy Finlay will lead this very special tour at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Tickets available online. This tour will be offered again on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.
June 8, 2013 – London The International Map Collectors Society annual general meeting will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London. This will take place at 10:30 am.
June 8-9, 2013 – London The London Map Fair is one of the largest and most important of its kind. It will take place at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 (Entrance Exhibition Road). Saturday 12.00-19.00 and Sunday 10.00-17.00.
June 11-12, 2013 - Barnard Castle, County Durham This year is the 250th anniversary of the start of the drawing of the Mason Dixon line in 1763. Jeremiah Dixon, his Life and Times is the subject of a two-day Seminar at The Bowes Museum. Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, 14th Astronomer Royal, will talk about Jeremiah and his local contemporaries in the scientific field. Dr Nils Johansen of Oslo University will talk on the 1769 transit of Venus. Dr Diana Collecott, known to many from Round Britain Quiz, will talk on the Quakers and their contribution to the North East. Diana Hitchins, international expert on scientific instruments, will talk on John Bird of Bishop Auckland and other instrument makers. John Dixon, direct descendent of the Dixon family, will talk on Jeremiah Dixon, the man, and how he and Charles Mason traced the Mason- Dixon Line. This will also include: A guided visit to Kiplin Hall, the home of Frederick Calvert, Lord Baltimore, who with Thomas Penn employed Jeremiah to draw the Line, and a guided walk on Cockfield Fell.
June 11-14, 2013 - Edmonton, Alberta Bienvenue and Welcome to CARTO 2013. Join the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) at the University of Alberta, for their 5th joint meeting since 1998. North by West Preserving the Present as We Journey to the Future is the symposium title, and it is hosted by the University of Alberta.
June 12, 2013 – Boston An opening reception for the exhibition Mapping Imperial China: A Cultural Exchange sponsored by the Boston Map Society will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library. The event is open to the public. Please RSVP by e-mailing Joseph Garver, or calling (617) 495-2417.
June 14, 2013 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society members and a guest are invited to a special home-hosted visit by RMMS Program Director, Chris Lane at 6 PM. Additional information from Christopher Lane, Meetings & program coordination.
June 14, 2013 - London UNESCO has declared 2013 to be the “Year of Piri Reis” on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his famous world map. One of the many events recognizing the life and achievements of Piri Reis is a conference, The Pîrî Reis World Map, 1513, to be held 13.30 – 16.30pm at King William Lecture Theatre 315, the King William Building, University of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, The Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, Greenwich. Admission free but booking advised. Speakers include the American scholar Gregory C McIntosh, author of "The Piri Reis Map of 1513," published in 2000, and Admiral Metin Ataç, former commander-in-chief of the Turkish Navy and president of the Turkey’s International Association of Maritime Studies. Moderating is Prof Dr Osman Kamil Sağ, rector of Piri Reis University in Tuzla, Istanbul.
June 14, 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.
June 17, 2013 – Denver Chris Lane will present The Changing Political Situation in the American West as Shown in Period Maps at 6:30 PM at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave.
June 17, 2013 - Florence Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City is a workshop organized by Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago), Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto), and Jan Simane (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck Insitut). The recent emergence of digital technologies that allow for the spatialization of historical knowledge has the potential to radically transform and augment the historical investigation of pre-modern cities. Scholars whose work relies on demographic, institutional, descriptive, artistic, and architectural sources have begun to use digital geo-spatial technologies not only to organize and visualize their data in new and innovative ways, but also to link that historical knowledge to the multiple data sets that can be embedded within dynamically-constructed temporal and spatial maps of the city to which they belong. In this way each researcher can build custom research environments, as well as demonstrate evidence for scholarly arguments that draw from an ever-increasing number of digital "layers" in time and space. In light of these ambitious goals, as well as the relative novelty of such data computation for scholars in the humanities, an international workshop will be held at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai - Via dei Servi 51 - 50122 Firenze. We are interested in inviting a range of scholars, both experts in the digital humanities and those who are interested in exploiting its research potential, to participate in the workshop to discuss strategies and methodologies of digitally excavating, mapping, and reconstructing the literary, social, artistic, and built remains of pre-modern Italian cities in order to develop novel ways of interpreting the past.
June 17, 2013 – New York The Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, is hosting a book release for Chet Van Duzer, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps (London: British Library, 2013) 7:00-8:15 pm, upstairs in the rare books room.
June 20-21, 2013, Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, is sponsoring a symposium: Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas. The symposium organizers seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture. The symposium will consider the aesthetics and visual culture of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions, which charted territories often in support of nation building projects, produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. The symposium is generously funded in part by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. No registration fee is required to attend the conference. However, seating is limited. Persons wishing to attend the symposium must do so in advance by email only. Please send your, name affiliation, and contact information to: Jim Akerman, Director of the Smith. Your reservation will be confirmed by return email. Registrations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional information from Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College; or Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College.
June 22, 2013 - Hermitage, Berkshire The Historical Military Mapping Group (HMMG) of the British Cartographic Society has a very wide range of military mapping interests, with a strong focus on 20th Century military survey and mapping, particularly on the two World Wars. Several HMMG members are speaking at a historical mapping seminar. Among the speakers will be Adrian Webb on hydrography, Chris Halsall on aerial photography, Ted Rose on geological maps, Richard Chesney on moving maps and Alastair Macdonald on boundary disputes. Contact convener Dr John Peaty for additional information.
June 24-28, 2013 – London For a further year the London Rare Books School, at Senate House, University of London, is offering a series of five-day, intensive courses. Week One will include: Mapping Land and Sea before 1900. The course organisers, Dr Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke CB, will, as usual, be supported by a panel of internationally recognised experts. The course is suitable for historians, art historians, geographers, students of literature, librarians, archivists, map and book dealers. Each class is restricted to a maximum of twelve students.
June 29, 2013 - Helsinki The International Society for the Curators of Early Maps will meet at 10.00-13.00 at the National Library of Finland, Yliopistonkatu 1. Additional information from Henrik Dupont.
June 30-July 5, 2013 - Helsinki The 25th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held in the Marina Congress Centre. The conference theme is The Four Elements. Inspiration was derived from the antique symbolism found in many old maps. The four elements in classical antiquity were believed to reflect the building blocks from which the universe was constructed. As the main theme, Earth, Air, Fire and Water symbolize the essential elements in the history of cartography and the importance of cartography in the representation of nature and our understanding of the world. For additional information contact Dr. Antti Jakobsson, conference director, National Land Survey of Finland, PO Box 84, FIN-00521 Helsinki; Tel. 358 50 599 4123.
July 4, 2013 - Edinburgh Joanne Wishart, Assistant Archivist at Shetland Museum and Archives, will speak about James Robertson: The Shetlander who mapped Jamaica at 18.30 in the National Library of Scotland Board Room, George IV Bridge. Little-known Scottish surveyor and mapmaker James Robertson (1753-1829) went to the Caribbean to seek his fortune. He produced an incredibly detailed and impressive map of Jamaica during the sugar boom which is among the NLS maps collections. Joanne Wishart, of the Shetland Museum and Archives, will explore all aspects of egomaniac Robertson's life and career in the Caribbean, and will consider why he could not replicate that success in the UK. Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.
July 17, 2013 – 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.
July 24, 2013 – New York Marguerite Holloway will discuss her new book The Measure Of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career And Surprising Legacy Of John Randel, Jr., Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor at 6:30 PM in the Skyscraper Museum. John Randel Jr. (1787-1865) was an eccentric and flamboyant 19th-century surveyor who plotted Manhattan's famous defining grid, the 1811 Commissioners' Plan. Unearthing Randel's engrossing and dramatic life story for the first time, Marguerite Holloway's eye-opening biography resurrects this unheralded pioneer of American engineering and mapmaking. The Measure of Manhattan illuminates the ways in which surveying and cartography change the ground beneath our feet. Bringing Randel's story into the present, Holloway travels with contemporary surveyors and scientists trying to envision Manhattan as a wild island once again. The Skyscraper Museum is located in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place.
July 28, 2013 - Lafayette, Louisiana As part of a Lecture Series sponsored by the Lafayette Public Library and the Lafayette Museum, Mr Walter Dobie will speak on early Louisiana maps. As a geologist, he traveled worldwide and acquired an extensive collection of old maps. Doors open at 1:30. Free Admission. Alexandre Mouton House, 1122 Lafayette Street. Phone 925-234-2208 for more information.
July 30, 2013 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave., 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Don McGuirk will speak about Is North America Really Pictured on the Waldseemüller World Map of 1507? Additional information from Christopher Lane, Meetings & program coordination.
August 15, 2013 - Edinburgh The reproduction of Bartholomew Survey Atlas of Scotland, 1912 is the final chapter in a remarkable project which has captured how Scotland has been mapped in each century beginning with The Blaeu Atlas in the 1600s. It presents a unique perspective on the ebb and flow of our nation’s political, social and cultural life. Join our distinguished panel, including Christopher Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, to hear how we leave indelible traces on the land. Mapping the Nation, Documenting Man's Mark on the Land will be held 10:30am - 11:30am in the ScottishPower Studio Theatre at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
August 22-23, 2013 - Leipzig A joint Workshop organized by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Atlases, and the Joint ICA Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy is planned at the Institut für Länderkunde. More information will be made available on our website. Additional information from Prof. Elri Nirenberg.
August 23, 2013 – Dresden Sharing Knowledge, a Joint International Cartographic Association Symposium with the participation of the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Cartography and Children, Education and Training, Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People, and Planetary Cartography. The one-day symposium will be held at the Dresden University of Technology. Additional information from Jose Jesus Reyes Nunez, Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, Eotvos Lorand University, Dept. of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Pazmany Peter setany 1/a., Budapest 1117, Hungary.
August 25-30, 2013 - Dresden The 26th International Cartographic Conference returns to Germany again, with International Cartographic Association conferences being held previously in Germany in Frankfurt in 1962 and Cologne in 1993. The International Cartographic Conferences take place every two years. 2013 sees the conference in the "Florence of the North". It will bring together cartographers and GI Science specialists from across the globe to Dresden for the International Cartographic Conference - ICC 2013. The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific papers illustrating the efforts of the research community, professional papers describing the cutting-edge methods employed by mapping organisations, meetings of the ICA Commissions and Working Groups, furthering their international collaborative efforts to advance knowledge and techniques in cartography, map exhibitions and the chance to meet again with colleagues and friends. For additional information please contact email@example.com.
August 28-30, 2013 – London The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, will have a conference Historical Geographies of Global Knowledge, c. 1780-1914. An era of imperialism, exploration and economic exploitation, the period 1780-1914 was characterised by the creation and crossing of frontiers, both material and intellectual, and by a related expansion in voyaging, discovery and transnational encounter and exchange. Drawing together scholars working in disciplines such as historical geography, history, anthropology and literary studies, this session will reflect on the numerous ways and places in which ‘global’ knowledge was constructed, communicated and contested. The following areas will be addrressed: the collection, movement and exhibition of specimens and ethnographic artefacts; the practice and reception of travel writing, missionary narratives and ‘colonial literature’; the translation and transmission of texts; surveying and cartography; western and non-western interactions. Additional information from organisers: Dr Diarmid Finnegan and Dr Jonathan Wright, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN; Tel no: +44 (0)2890 973981.
September 2-4, 2013 – Stoke-on-Trent The Society of Cartographers Annual Summer School Conference will be held at Science Centre, Staffordshire University. Full details and programme can be found online. The SOC Annual Summer School Conference is open to members and non-members and creates an ideal opportunity to attend cartographic lectures, exhibitions, seminars and workshops, as well as to visit a broad spectrum of mapping establishments. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere is a pleasant and stimulating way to keep up to date with new mapping and geomatics technology. It is especially beneficial for those working within small units or freelancers who can particularly benefit from the informal discussions and exchange of ideas with fellow mapmakers.
September 3-4, 2013 – Leicestershire The Map Curators’ Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop. The workshop is part of the British Cartographic Society’s symposium Mapping 2013: Today, tomorrow and beyond… In the year the Society celebrates its 50th anniversary the MCG workshop theme will be “Then and now: the changing face of map curatorship”. Presenters include Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London) The death of the map,Emma Diffley (Edina) Maps & Apps, and Tom Harper and Stella Wisdom (British Library) Off the map. Additional information from Ann Sutherland, Convener, Map Curators’ Group.
September 4-6, 2013 - Leicestershire The British Cartographic Society’s Annual Symposium is an established three-day training event that provides delegates with the opportunity to gain mapping knowledge from a wide range of world class presentations and interactive workshops. This year it will be held in Hothorpe Hall and the title is Today, Tomorrow and Beyond… This enlightening three-day event attracts specialists from private, academic, and government organisations whose common interest lies in using and promoting maps as a valuable communication device. It provides both a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to learn and share information about recent projects, join focused discussion groups and network with colleagues and experts sharing the same interest.
September 5, 2013 – Washington Chet Van Duzer will give a talk on his book “Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps,” recently published by the British Library, 12-1pm in the Whittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The talk is co-sponsored by the library’s Kluge Center and the Geography & Map Division. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. For more information, contact the Kluge Center at 1-202-707-3302.
September 7, 2013 – New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm in the 6th Floor Conference Room, Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street. Vanessa Schneider will discuss Making an impact: Telling stories with Google Maps and Google Earth. Google Maps and Google Earth are great tools to help you explore the world, whether it’s walking along the Grand Canyon using Street View, flying over Vatican City with Earth’s 3D imagery, or navigating around Japan’s Haneda Airport using indoor maps. Yet these tools also provide a powerful platform for story-telling, visualizing, and making sense of data. Google’s Media Program Manager Vanessa Schneider will look at how people across industries—from non-profits to academia to media—are using maps to make an impact, including the Surui people in Brazil tracking deforestation, Google Crisis Response making emergency information accessible during Hurricane Sandy, and a professor in British Columbia using maps to stop school closures. We’ll also talk about how you can start telling your own stories with Google’s mapping tools.
September 8-10, 2013 – Fairbanks The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Northern Studies, and the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library will host the International Map Collectors' Society 31st international symposium: Frozen Dreams and Delusions: 400 years of Arctic Cartography. Conference will be held at River's Edge Resort, 4200 Boat Street. There will be an opening reception at 6:00 pm on September 8, and lectures start the next morning. The closing dinner will be held at Pump House Restaurant 6:30 pm on September 10. As usual there will be a wide variety of optional trips and excursions on offer. Additional information and registration details can be found on the website.
September 12, 2013 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30 in the Boston Public Library. Stephen Hornsby will discuss his two books on the Atlantic Neptune.
September 13, 2013 – Gotha A workshop about The Cartographies of the Holy Land in the 19th Century has been organized by Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography and the Tel-Hai College in Israel in cooperation with the Perthes Collection. It will be held at Schloss Friedenstein.
September 14, 2013 - Hartford Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Putting History on the Map at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. As the Connecticut Historical Society concludes its ambitious project to digitize and catalog its large collection of maps, visitors will get a glimpse into the project, the new storage facilities, and some of the most significant pieces in the collection, including Abel Buel's first map of the United States, some of the earliest published maps of Connecticut, and other gems of the collection that tell a story while surveying the ground. Curator of Graphics Nancy Finlay will lead this very special tour at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Tickets available online. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.
September 19, 2013 - Chicago Catherine Akeroyd is PhD student at the Australian National University, Canberra and a fellow at the Newberry Library. Catherine will be giving a talk titled Three visual strategies used to present the Southern Continent. The talk will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St., between 5.30-7pm and is sponsored by the Chicago Map Society.
September 19-20, 2013 - Rome The ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage and the Società Geografica Italiana are pleased to invite you to the 8th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. The Workshop will take place at the Italian Geographic Society (SGI), Villa Celimontana.
September 19, 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. Anthony Páez Mullan, Reference Specialist, Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress, will present A Web of Imperial Connections: Some Eighteenth Century Surveyors and Planters in Eighteenth Century Dominica. He will focus on a detailed and striking eighteenth century estate map in Dominica by Isaac Werden. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
September 20, 2013 – Washington The Society of Cincinnati is having a free lunch lecture about 18th-century Maps of North America at 12:30 pm at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue. Join Rachel Jirka, research services librarian, for a look at 18th-century maps of North America in the Society's library collections, focusing on the history and significance of the cartouche. The presentation features the first map of the independent United States of America, published by Jean Lattré in Paris in 1784.
September 21, 2013 – Milan A Map Fair will be held at Hotel Michelangelo Milan, Piazza Luigi di Savoia, 6, from 11:00-18:00 hours.
September 24, 2013 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave., 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Mylynka Kilgore Cardona will speak about Alexandrine Tinne: A Dutchwoman in Search for the Source of the Nile. There will be an informal dinner following Mylynka Kilgore Cardona’s presentation. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Tom Overton. Additional information from Christopher Lane, Meetings & program coordination.
September 26-29, 2013 – Istanbul 2013 is the 500th anniversary of Piri Reis’ world map. International symposium on Piri Reis and Turkish Maritime History will be organized by Turkish Historical Society in order to commemorate this great cartographer, sailor and scientist of the Turkish World. In addition, this symposium aims to increase awareness and provide new and different knowledge sharing by putting forward his contributions to both Turkish and world cartography, geography and maritime history. Additional information can be found online or from Aytaç Yürükçü or Selin Eren.
September 27-28, 2013 – Dallas The Texas Map Society Fall Meeting will be held at SMU's DeGoyler Library. Contact: Gerald Saxon.
September 28-29, 2013 - Chicago The first annual Chicago International Map Fair will be held at Primitive Gallery, 130 N. Jefferson Street. Two floors of antique maps will open to the public from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Spend the day or weekend browsing and/or purchasing antique maps, globes, atlases, and prints provided by dealers from across the U.S. and Europe.
October 2-4, 2013 - Barcelona The History of Cartography Study Group, University of Barcelona, will have a conference about Cartographic representation of the cities of the Iberian Peninsula / 17th-19th centuries. More details are available on-line.
October 3, 2013 - Lancaster, South Carolina Allan Jon Zupan from the South Carolina Geodetic Survey office will be speaking on the history of South Carolina boundaries and current boundary issues at Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street at 6 pm. A cocktail reception will follow at a nearby historic home. This program is being held in conjunction with “The Shaping of South Carolina” exhibit sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society. For information please contact Virginia Ellison, SCHS Events and Outreach Archivist, by telephone: (843) 723-3225.
October 8, 2013 – Milwaukee The Map Society of Wisconsin will meet in the American Geographical Society Library, 3rd floor, east wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Prof. Mirela Altic, Institute of Social Sciences, Centre for Urban and Local History, Zagreb, Croatia will discuss Cartography Between Imperial Politics and National Movements: 19th Century Mapping of Croatia. Light refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7:00pm.
October 9, 2013 – Lake Forrest (Chicago) The Chicago Map Society will meet at Barry MacLean Collection, 13820 W. Polo Trail Rd., Lake Forest. The program will begin with a talk by Connie Brown, creator of custom hand-painted cartographic works, about Orbis Vexillorum: The Birth of a Globe. She will describe how she and her colleagues transformed a damaged Weber globe to meet Mr. MacLean’s vision of a globe whose countries are defined not by conventional geographic content, but by their national flags. The Orbis Vexillorum will be on display at the lecture. Refreshments at 6 PM, Lecture at 6:30 PM.
October 10, 2013 – Newport News, Virginia Chet Van Duzer will give a talk on his book “Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps,” recently published by the British Library, at 7-9 pm, at the Mariners’ Museum. The event is free and open to the public; members of the Museum are encouraged to reserve seats by calling (757) 591-7715. For more information, please contact Bryan Hill at (757) 591-7749.
October 11, 2013- Williamsburg Chet van Duzer will speak on The Difficulties of Mapping Discovery: Columbus and the New World in Asia to the Williamsburg Map Circle at Lane Auditorium at 5:00 pm. Maps and globes provide more striking evidence than any verbal account could of how long after Columbus's Fourth Voyage (1502-04) confusion persisted over just what it was that Columbus had found -- a new world or the eastern part of Asia. The confusion produced very different cartographic representations of the land discovered. Chet's most recent work is “Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps” (London: The British Library, 2013). Cassandra Farrell will be coordinating this program. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
October 11-12, 2013 - Winterthur, Delaware The Winterthur Museum together with the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware is hosting the conference, Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience. Join us on a journey that examines maps in everyday life and material culture, a journey that traces maps from rare collectibles to ubiquitous objects central to men's and women's senses of self. Presenters include: James Akerman (Director, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library), Martin Brückner (Professor of American Literature and Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware), Diane Dillon (Assistant Director of Research and Education, Newberry Library), Matthew Edney (Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, and Director, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Nenette Luarca-Shoaf (Guest Curator, Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Visiting Research Associate, McNeil Center for Early American Studies), Margaret Pritchard (Curator of Maps and Prints, Colonial Williamsburg), Jennifer Roberts (Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Chair, Program in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University), and Susan Schulten (Professor of History, University of Denver). Workshops with: David Bosse (Librarian and Curator of Maps, Historic Deerfield), Christian Koot (Assistant Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Towson University), Joan Irving (Paper Conservator and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Winterthur Museum) and Chela Metzger (Conservator of Library Collections and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Winterthur Museum), Emily Guthrie (NEH Associate Librarian responsible for the Printed Books and Periodicals Collection) and Jeanne Solensky (Librarian, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera). For additional information call 800.448.3883 or visit winterthur.org.
October 12, 2013 – New York The New York Map Society will have a members-only field trip at 2:30 pm to Graham Arader Galleries, 29 East 72nd Street (at Madison Avenue). Graham Arader is one of the world's most prominent dealers in rare maps, original watercolors, and prints. We will meet at his beautiful gallery, where we’ll be shown a selection of his cartographic treasures. See his maps and learn about his educational/philanthropic endeavors. RSVP required: email Connie Brown.
October 14, 2013 - Loveland, Colorado Angel Abbud-Madrid will discuss Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US/Mexico Border at the Loveland Historical Museum, 503 North Lincoln Avenue, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
October 16, 2013 – Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society will meet at 5:30 pm in Harvard's Pusey Library where we will tour the exhibit Not So True North: Early Mapping of the Arctic. Jeremy Pool, former president of the Boston Map Society, will give a talk related to the new exhibit at the Harvard Map Collection for which he is the guest curator. The exhibit explores over 400 years of mapping the arctic. Beginning in the late 15th century, a time when the polar areas were completely unexplored and cartographers filled the arctic regions on their maps with theory or fantasy, the exhibit proceeds to show how exploration and commercial activity (particularly whaling) fed information back to the map-making centers of Europe and gradually, though often in fits and starts, transformed our geographic understanding of the far north.
October 17, 2013 – Venice The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana for autumn ushers in a new initiative entitled "Le Mappe del Tesoro. Incontri di cartografia marciana": a series of events on a monthly basis with the intention of presenting to the public some of the most famous and important maps stored in its warehouses. Meetings will be held in the Library Sansoviniana (entrance from Piazzetta San Marco 13/a) from 17.00 to 18.30, and will be conducted by Piero Falchetta, Head of the Map Library. Todays topic is Vedere dall'alto. La veduta di Venezia di Jacopo de' Barbari dell'anno 1500.
October 17, 2013 – Washington Due to the unknown duration of the shutdown of the Federal Government, the Washington Map Society meeting location has changed for the October meeting to the law offices of Jones Day. Please use the 300 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. entrance between Louisiana Ave. and D Street, N.W. Our program meeting will start at the usual time, 7:00 p.m. For attendees using Metro, Jones Day is located between Judiciary Square and Union Station on the Red Line. J. C. McElveen will speak on The Use of Maps in Legal Proceedings. From high-profile murder trials to tort cases to property disputes and more, maps have long played a role in lawsuits and other types of legal proceedings. Mr. McElveen will explain how maps have been used to assist fact finders in some of these cases, using examples from the mundane to the unsavory. J. C. McElveen, currently President of the Washington Map Society, is a retired lawyer and map collector who has used maps in a number of his own cases. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.
October 19, 2013 - Valenciennes, France The Brussels Map Circle will have an excursion to the map collection of prince Emmanuel de Croÿ (1718-1784). Bibliothèque de Valenciennes, 2 rue Ferrand, is housed in a nice eighteenth century building which belonged to a Jesuit college created during the Spanish period. Among other treasures, this library houses the collections of Emmanuel de Croÿ who was a prince of the Holy Empire, but also led a military career in France where he received the grade of marshal. A learnt gentleman interested in science and in all the new discoveries of the eighteenth century, he collected books and maps; these were seized in his chateaus near Valenciennes during the Revolution. At 14.00. The visit will be guided, in French, by Marie-Pierre Dion, Director of the Library, who researched the life of Emmanuel de Croÿ; ad-hoc translation into English will be provided to those members requiring assistance. To register, please fill the Registration form before 7 October 2013.
October 22, 2013 – New York The
New York Map Society will meet in the evening at a time and place to
be announced. John Hessler and Chet Van Duzer will present 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, the portfolio that contained the 1507 and 1516 world
maps, and perhaps the most important collection of cartographic
materials to survive from the early 16th century. Hessler will
speculate on the use and reception of Waldseemüller's 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. He will also
discuss 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 maps, that the 1507 map was largely based on a 1491 world map by Henricus Martellus, while the 1516 Carta Marina took its outlines from a ca. 1504 nautical chart by Nicolò de Caverio. He will show that the Carta Marina is the result of Waldseemüller’s radical re-evaluation of what a world map should be.
October 23, 2013 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will see the first showing of completed scans of the collaborative Philadelphia water mapping project we've heard so much about. Hear from the team: Adam Levine, Jeff Cohen, Jim Duffin, Jefferson Moak and Aaron Wunsch. 5:15 to 7 PM, location to be announced, congratulatory dinner to follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
October 24-26, 2013 – Chicago The 18th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The subject will be The War of 1812 and American Cartography. The series, beginning on Thursday evening and running through Saturday morning will consider how the evolving geopolitical ambitions of the United States that underpinned the War of 1812 were linked to the emergence of an American national cartography. North Americans on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border are commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in 2012-15. But while Canadians remember the war as a formative national event, Americans remember it (if at all) as a comparatively minor event in their history, overshadowed by the memory of the Civil War, whose sesquicentennial is also currently being commemorated. Similarly, the War of 1812 has barely raised a ripple in American carto-historiography. Yet the decades immediately preceding and following the war, roughly encompassing the years 1800-1830 embraced the first exploratory expeditions organized by the federal government; expansive mapping devoted to settlement, migration, and the improvement of infrastructure; the beginnings of American pedagogic, historical, and commercial cartography; and the formation and entrenchment of state and federal agencies devoted to surveying and mapping. The seven invited contributors to this eighteenth series of the Nebenzahl Lectures will explore these and other themes, asking whether and in what ways the War of 1812 and its aftermath was a formative period in American cartography and its representation of American geopolitical ambitions and identity. The Nebenzahl Lectures are free. However, we do ask that all persons wishing to attend make a reservation. For reservations and further information please contact Kristin Emery, The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610; phone 312-255-3657. Additional information from Will Gosner.
October 22, 2013 - Lisbon Joaquim Gaspar will discuss The representation of the Western Indies in the early Iberian cartography: a cartometric approach at FCUL, Campo Grande, Edifício C4 (Biblioteca Central), sala 4.2.07, at 14:00.
October 29, 2013 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society kickoff event is being hosted by Bruce Laverty, Curator of Architecture at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, (219 S. 6th Street) from 5:30- 7:30 PM - Manuscript Map Discoveries From Philadelphia's Archival Collections - Join Adam Levine, Aaron Wunsch, James Duffin, Jefferson Moak, and Jeffrey Cohen, as they each present some of their favorite maps from this collection. Since 2009, this small group of archivists, academics and map lovers has been exploring the remarkable set of maps and surveys held in city collections. They began with those at the Department of Streets, particularly a few hundred manuscript examples that date between the late 18th- and the mid-19th century. These plans document the incremental extension of the city’s grid into its peripheries, detailing creeks, property ownership, building footprints, sewers, and topography. Many are large and unique--some more than 10 feet long--and were beautifully rendered in ink and vivid watercolors for presentation and approval at various points in time. Many of these plans have not been seen by the public for many years, if ever, so this can be considered an unveiling of some long-lost-but-now-found cartographic treasures. A long table dinner will follow at a nearby restaurant. Feel free to invite colleagues for this unique opportunity to share the remarkable collaboration of our members. RSVP to Barbara Drebing Kauffman as soon as possible so the Athenaeum may accommodate our group.
October 31-November 3, 2013 – Tampa The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting at the Tampa Bay History Center. Additional information from Ron Fritze.