Cartography - Archive 2014 Calendar of Events


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January 11, 2014 – 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. What does the Portolan chart reveal about the people for whom they were made and the culture in which they were created? Beautiful and rare, northwestern Mediterranean portolan charts—the earliest existing nautical charts—date from the late thirteenth century. Because portolan charts deviate from known cartographic norms, and because no documentary data survives, these medieval progenitors of Google maps remain enigmatic to modern viewers and scholars.In her talk, Semiology of Portolan Charts: A Narrative of Time and Space, Zhennya Slootskin employs a semiological approach to shed light on portolan charts. She explores the meaning of their geometrical symbology, the toponyms which mark long-extinct cities and towns, and the peculiar topographical shapes used to delineate familiar countries and regions around the Mediterranean Sea. In such an analysis, these intriguing maps not only reveal the nature of their use and cultural context, but also enhance our understanding of the language, signs,and structures used in historic and contemporary cartography.



January 16, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Dr Elizabeth Upper (University of Cambridge) will discuss Colour Printing in the Renaissance: The Strasbourg Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography (1513). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



January 16, 2014 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, to view its map collection with WMS member Dr. Erin C. Blake, the Library’s Curator of Art & Special Collections. Dr. Blake will discuss Map Treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has hosted the Map Society previously (most recently in February 2010), to great acclaim, and the Folger Library is a wonderful spot to spend a Winter evening. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.



January 18, 2014 – Simi Valley, California The California Map Society southern VP John Fleming has arranged a visit to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr. There will be a select group of speakers followed by an extended docent guided tour of the museum. Additional information from Pat Boyce, CMS Secretary.



January 18, 2014 - Windsor, North Carolina A map lecture will be held at Hope Plantation, 132 Hope House Road. Jay Lester will discuss To David Stone and Peter Brown, Esq.: this first actual survey of the state of North Carolina taken by the subscribers is respectfully dedicated: The Story of the 1808 Price-Strother Map, at the Hope Plantation Visitor Center at 1:00 PM. A tour of the house will be provided, in addition to a display of maps currently in the collection at the Visitor Center. Hope Plantation was the home of David Stone, one of the men to whom the Price-Strother map was dedicated.



January 19, 2014 – Montreal A lecture, in French, related to the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography will be held at the Stewart Museum starting at 2 p.m. Maps have always been much more than just simple graphic representations of geographic areas. Ancient cartography gives us access to an exciting world at the crossroads of science, politics and aesthetics. Hélène Buteau will discuss Les plans anciens, outils de recherche et d'interprétation archéologique. Only $8 including access to exhibitions. Free coffee. Reservations required, Monday to Friday, at 514 861-6701, ext. 227. A minimum of 10 persons is required. Places are limited.



January 19, 2014 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will have a social gathering with "show and tell" of mapping items you wish to bring at the home of Bruce and Eleanor Knowles in Williamsburg at 4:00 pm. For a program, we will have opportunity to show some map-related items we may have. Do give some thought about what you might bring to show. Additional information from Ted Edwards.



January 21, 28, 2014 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society program director Chris Lane has organized a pair of RMMS meetings at the new Colorado History Museum, 1200 Broadway. Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 PM on January 21 and January 28, and will be limited to 25 people per meeting because of limited space at the museum. Patrick Fraker will introduce RMMS members to some of the historic maps in the museum’s collection. Please e-mail Chris Lane to make a reservation.



January 22, 2014 – Washington At noon Edward Redmond of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress; and Kimberli Curry of the Interpretive Programs Office will talk about The Buell Map and the Life of Abel Buell. The talk will take place at the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.



January 23, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Catherine Dunlop, Assistant Professor of History, Montana State University, will discuss The Woman Who Mapped the French Republic: Augustine Fouillée’s Cartographic Tour de France. The classroom geography reader “Le Tour de la France par deux enfants” (The Tour de France by Two Children), first published in 1877 and re-printed well into the twentieth century, was one of the bestselling French books of all time.



January 24, 2014 - Westfield, New Jersey The West Fields Chapter, Sons of The American Revolution welcomes the public and members for a discussion on Cartography of Colonial Times 1570-1800. The presentation will focus on European maps from pre-colonization to the early Republic with an emphasis on the period of the War for Independence. An amateur historian, the presenter Ira Jersey is a George Washington Fellow of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as, secretary of the organization's West Fields New Jersey Chapter. He is also on the board of the Association of Blauvelt Descendants, a member of the North American Vexillological Association and a friend of the Holland Society of New York. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m., in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building located at 425 E. Broad St.


February 5, 2014 – Washington At noon Julie Miller of the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, will discuss Indian People and Places on Abel Buell’s 1784 Map of the United States. The talk will take place at the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.



February 6, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Kenneth Morgan (Brunel University) will discuss Flinders and the Cartography of Australia 1795–1815. This meeting is sponsored by the Hakluyt Society. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



February 8-9, 2014 - 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 Hilda Masip, Map Fair Coordinator, at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.



February 8, 2014 – 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. Guest speaker Sarah Farmer will discuss Crisis Mapping. Crisis mappers are online teams who turn Internet data—tweets, Facebook posts, messages sent to crisis mapping sites, satellite images—into usable information which is then broadcast to people affected by the crisis, or analyzed and transmitted to such crisis responders as the United Nations.



February 9, 2014 – Montreal A lecture, in French, related to the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography will be held at the Stewart Museum starting at 2 p.m. Maps have always been much more than just simple graphic representations of geographic areas. Ancient cartography gives us access to an exciting world at the crossroads of science, politics and aesthetics. Stefano Biondo and Joë Bouchard will discuss La fascinante carte polaire de Gérard Mercator: croyances et connaissances sur le Nord du monde au XVIe siècle. Only $8 including access to exhibitions. Free coffee. Reservations required, Monday to Friday, at 514 861-6701, ext. 227. A minimum of 10 persons is required. Places are limited.



February 13, 2014 – Oxford The 21st Annual Series Oxford Seminars in Cartography Field Trip will be a visit to St John's College Archives and Library. Number attending is limited. If you wish to attend, please reply to Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119. 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.



February 15, 2014 – Milan The second edition of the Milano Map Fair, the only specialized map fair in Italy, will be held at the Hotel Michelangelo, piazza Duca d'Aosta (in front of Milan Central Station). Opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. This event brings together around 30 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers.



February 18, 2014 – Brugge The Brussels Map Circle will have an excursion to Brugge Cultuurbibliotheek and Openbare Bibliotheek. At 14.30, visit to the Cultuurbibliotheek, Magdalenastraat 30, where the Librarian, Claude Anthierens, will receive us, to show the cartographic treasures of their collection. The visit will be guided, in Dutch; ad-hoc translation into English will be provided to those members requiring assistance. After the visit, participants could enjoy a meal together, in a good restaurant on the Market place of Brugge. At 20.00, in the Public Library (Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge, Kuipersstraat 3), BIMCC member Jan De Graeve will give a lecture (in Dutch) introducing the cosmography of the 16th century and the book Cosmografia of Sebastian Münster. A fully colored copy of this Cosmografia (Basel: Henricus Petri, 1552) has recently been acquired by the Library and will be exhibited.



February 19, 2014 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire Four centuries ago this year, Captain John Smith — soldier, explorer, Jamestown founder and New World promoter — returned to America in a voyage to the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts Bay. He named the region "New England," gave his own name to the rocky islands we now call the Isles of Shoals and published a map that spurred the region's first English efforts at colonization. The Portsmouth Athenaeum's 2014 Program Series will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Smith's voyage. History buffs and inquiring minds are invited to explore native and European mapping systems; investigate the legacies of New England's early fishing industry; and consider Smith's place in the wider context of European exploration in the first decades of the 17th century. Program Series events begin at 7 p.m. in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square. Call 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations, as seating is limited. These events are free to Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends; $10 for nonmembers. Today Matthew H. Edney will discuss What’s a Portrait Doing on this Map? Reconsidering John Smith’s Map of New England. Few early maps are as burdened with myth and misconception as John Smith’s map of New England; almost every aspect of the map has been misunderstood. For instance, why is there a portrait of Smith on his map when no other maps of the period bear a likeness of their makers? This program will reveal how the map is less a precise record of Smith’s 1614 voyage and more a complex portrait of a man, a region, and a colonial ideal. Matthew Edney is an Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine. Born in Great Britain, he has published widely on the history of maps and mapping.



February 20, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Paul Patraitis will present Mapping Chicago’s Other Lake.



February 20, 2014 – Washington The Washington Map Society will have a Members Map Evening. Up to 12 members of the WMS are invited to bring a map of special significance to them, and describe a bit about it to the assembled group. Please note this is a different program than was originally scheduled for February, and it will be held at a different venue. Those of you who are interested in bringing a map to discuss with the group, please e-mail Ted Callaway or J.C. McElveen and advise one of us which map you would like to bring. The first 12 members to respond will be the presenters. The meeting will be held at 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 PM. For attendees using Metro, Jones Day is located between Judiciary Square and Union Station on the Red Line. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.



February 23, 2013 – San Francisco Bay Area Map Group of the California Map Society will meet with the Book Club of California Library Committee from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Please do bring spouses, partners, and friends. Friends will be free guests. Please RSVP to Len Rothman.



February 25, 2014 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. Jerry Brotton (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London) will speak about The terrestrial globe under globalisation. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



February 26, 2014 – Philadelphia Ms. Anya Galli, Graduate Fellow, University of Maryland Program for Society and Environment, will lay out for the Philadelphia Map Society how the Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station is mapping the network of stewardship organizations serving Philadelphia in coordination with Stew-Maps in other major cities. 5:15 to 7 PM, Center City location to be announced, dinner to follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



February 27, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Dale Kedwards (Department of English and Related Literature, University of York) will discuss A View from the North? The Medieval Maps of Iceland. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



February 27, 2014 – Madison, Wisconsin Exhibition curator Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez will give a lecture, The map is on the edge, the truth is in the margins at 5:30 p.m. in room L140 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem building on the UW–Madison campus. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Marginalia in cARTography.



February 27, 2014 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00 pm. Don Malone will present Mapping the Great Game at the Williamsburg Landing room where we met recently. Some social time and refreshments will follow. Additional information from Ted Edwards.



March 4, 2014 - Madison Wisconsin Panel discussion with Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, Woodward Fellow; Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and Geospatial Data Librarian; Tom Tews, Geography Librarian; and Jude Leimer, Managing Editor, History of Cartography Project. This panel presentation is part of The World at Your Fingertips: Geographic and Cartographic Treasures in Science Hall, hosted by Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, cosponsored by the Robinson Map Library, the Geography Library, and the History of Cartography Project. Discussion is 5:30–6:30 p.m in Science Hall, 550 N. Park St. It will be followed with tours of the Robinson Map Library and Geography Library.



March 6, 2014 – Oxford The 21st 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. John Davies (Editor of Sheetlines, journal of the Charles Close Society) will speak about Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles. 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.



March 7-8, 2014 - Arlington, Virginia The 39th Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair includes maps offered by map and book dealers. March 7 from 5:00-9:00pm; March 8 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission fee. Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive.



March 8, 2014 – New York Join the New York Map Society at 2:30 pm for a very special members-only event: once again, we’re holding a map “show-and-tell” event at a secret location (a different location from last year’s). Fortified by wine, treats, and each other’s company, we’ll settle in while a number of members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown: she will give you the 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. Not a member? RSVP yes to Connie and bring a membership check to the event.



March 8, 2014 – Valletta, Malta The Annual General Meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Pardo Hall, Merchants Street, at 10.30am. Additional information from Rod Lyon.



March 9, 2014 – Montreal A lecture, in French, related to the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography will be held at the Stewart Museum starting at 2 p.m. Maps have always been much more than just simple graphic representations of geographic areas. Ancient cartography gives us access to an exciting world at the crossroads of science, politics and aesthetics. Jean-François Palomino will discuss Cartographes de cabinet. Only $8 including access to exhibitions. Free coffee. Reservations required, Monday to Friday, at 514 861-6701, ext. 227. A minimum of 10 persons is required. Places are limited.



March 13, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Professor George Tolias (Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens) will discuss Adornments and Metaphors: Illustrations on the Early Printed Maps of Greece. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



March 15, 2014 – Boulder, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society has arranged a group tour of the map collection of the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder at 10 AM. The tour will be followed by lunch at Fate Brewing Company at 12:30 PM. RSVPs are suggested, but not required. RSVP to Chris Lane, RMMS Program Director. There is no limit on group size. The group tour will be held in conjunction with the annual RMMS meeting and election of officers.



March 15, 2014 – Brussels The 17th Annual General Meeting of the Brussels Map Circle will be held at 15.30 at Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 80. All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate. The agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail, by our President. To register, please fill the 'Registration form'.
The meeting will be followed by a Map Evening at 18.00. 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'.



March 15, 2014 - Lexington, Massachusetts In the Spring of 2014, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Inc. (National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, is offering the first part of a series of programs related to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps. All programs are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation. Today at 12 noon, in anticipation of Matthew Edney’s lecture at 2 PM, Polly Kienle, Public Programs Coordinator, will lead this Gallery Talk focused on Revolutionary War-era maps from the Museum’s collection. At 2 PM, Matthew Edney, Osher Professor, History of Cartography, Univ. of Southern Maine, will speak about General Hugh, Earl Percy's Use of the Map of New England during the American Revolution. How did British officers know the landscape of New England at the start of the revolution, whether strategically, tactically, or logistically? This public lecture considers the evidence provided by the annotations made on Hugh, Earl Percy's personal copy of the standard map of New England, together with the variety of maps available in the period, to outline the distinct kinds of geographical knowledge possessed by the British military in Boston in 1774-1775.



March 16, 2014 – 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. Valerie van Heest, (Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates, Holland, MI) will speak about the wreck of the steamer “Lady Elgin” in Lake Michigan. Light refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7:00pm.



March 19, 2014 - Charlottesville The Virginia Festival of the Book is a 5-day festival of mostly free literary events that are open to the public as we honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Today at 2 pm in the auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library/Mary and David Harrison Institute on the UVa campus, there is a session titled Jefferson, Geography, and Maps. Joel Kovarksy (The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision) will discuss the foundational importance of geography and maps in almost all of Jefferson's life-long pursuits.



March 20, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Amanda Murphyao, PhD Candidate at Carleton University, will discuss To hell and gone:” Cartoon Maps of Alaska since 1867.



March 20, 2014 – 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. Ira Lourie, a long-time member of the Washington Map Society, will speak on The Development of a Rarity Index for Alvin J. Johnson’s U. S. Maps: A Discussion of the Concept and Implementation. Dr. Lourie has written several interesting articles in issues 49 and 83 of “The Portolan” on the mapping activities of A.J. Johnson, and this presentation will discuss further research Dr. Lourie has done on this 19th century mapmaker and entrepreneur. Dr. Lourie is a Child Psychiatrist who fell in love with maps in the 1970s, and who has been writing on the subject since the 1980s. Both of the Portolan articles, and much more, can be found online. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.



March 24, 2014 - New York The New York Map Society will have a special event at 6:30 pm at 6th Floor Conference Room, Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street: The Art of Cartography: Connie Brown's Hand-painted Maps. For twenty years, Connie Brown has painted custom maps for clients—individuals, organizations, and companies. Each map presents cartographic and aesthetic challenges. She has mapped private properties, favorite places, exotic travels, family genealogies and diasporas, life histories, school campuses, and environmental/historical regions. In this illustrated lecture the audience will see examples of her maps, hear their backstories, and learn how a painter-cum-cartographer combines 21st century geography with traditional manuscript map-making methods. Guest speaker Connie Brown has formal training in neither cartography nor art; years ago, she learned her trade by scrutinizing antique maps and adapting techniques tosuit her needs. She has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, House & Garden, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Forbes FYI, Vogue, and The Times of India. Her maps reside in numerous private collections and in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. Besides making maps, she teaches manuscript map-making workshops in her Durham, Connecticut studio and in New York City. She lectures on her own work and on the internet-fueled 21st century cartographic renaissance.



March 26, 2014 - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Shrewsbury Historical Society presents County Atlases and Maps as Historical Resources with Tom Kelleher at 7 p.m. This free presentation will be held at the 1830 Brick Schoolhouse on the Town Common. Listen to a brief history of map-making in 19th century America, along with illustrated tips on how to use these often overlooked yet readily available resources to research local history. The presentation will also highlight a map of Shrewsbury from 1870 and resources at the library at Old Sturbridge Village. Kelleher is a historian and curator of mechanical arts at Old Sturbridge Village. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Erik at (774) 230-5826.



March 27, 2014 – London During the 19th century, the Great Trigonometrical Survey conducted the longest measurement of the earth’s circumference ever attempted. Presenter John Keay will present The Great Arc: Military Map-makers in India. He will explore their epic undertaking which took 50 years to complete, at great expense and loss of life. Lecture will be at 7.00pm in National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.


April 1, 2014 - Antwerp Stefaan Cloet will present The Cosmographer – A Renaissance Cartographic Itinerary at 19:00 in Auditorium FelixArchief, Oudeleeuwenrui 29. Lecture will be in English. The Cosmographer proposes an innovative sequential iconographic analysis of rare and valuable 15th-17th Centuries documents, through which the roots of 'Christian' European culture are explored, following the trail of the 'Golden Apple', the symbol of Paradise Lost, contrasting the path to forbidden knowledge with the unfulfilled prophecy of the Second Coming of Christ (Parousia). The relentless European grand ambition to create a first Universal Christian Monarchy fails due to the (re)surge of the Inquisition, Humanism, Reformation and Counterreformation, and internal power conflicts amongst European Princes, whether popes, emperors, kings or princes. Time after the crusades, the quest for 'Paradise Lost' reignites, along with a feverish search for the Gold of Solomon’s Ophir needed for the reconstruction of the Temple of the New Jerusalem, thus provoking a religious-military conquest of the 'East'- particularly (via) the Americas, India and China- in order to deliver the final battle against the Antichrist (here the Ottoman Empire), given the imminence of the Final Judgment and the End of Times. A Jesuit mappamundi illustrates a universal attack plan to liberate Constantinople, Jerusalem and the Holy Land in order to prepare for the Parousia of Christ and the installation of the Kingdom of God, as predicted in the Apocalypse. The competing eschatological visions of Islam, Judaism and a divided Christianity, stage a Theatre of 16th Century dramatic events that (re)shaped both the Old and the New Worlds, as reflected in post-Ptolemaic Cartography. During the Eighty Years´ War between Flanders and the Spanish Habsburg Empire, the cartographic skills of Flemish Cosmographer Petrus Plancius (1552-1622) altered the course of history. This fugitive Calvinist minister promotes an alternative Evangelical universal ecumenism, puritan and capitalist. This vision still represents an essential part of our Occidentalized world. 'The past is never dead. It’s not even past.' The universal race to install the City of God, Utopia(s), the City of Ladies, Dar al-Islam or the Kingdom of God is not over. When will the rivers of history finally flow into the ocean-sea? Can a common word or common sense be found? 'Tempus fugit'. The original cosmographic vision of the Cosmographer invites us to a new interpretation of recent geo-political events. For the past five years Mr Stefaan Cloet and his daughter, Isis, (Belgians) have been working on a special project, the visual content of which, the Cosmographer, is entirely based on a private collection gathered over the last 25 years by Cloet during his travels worldwide, and contains rare historical maps, unique manuscripts, atlases, books and paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries.



April 3, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Dr Leif Isaaksen (Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton) will discuss One World, Two Systems: Claudius Ptolemy’s Geographike Hyphegesis and the Birth of Modern Cartography. This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



April 3, 2014 – Washington Chet Van Duzer will deliver a talk titled From the 'Wonders of Creation' to the Holy Land: Maps in the African and Middle Eastern Division, from noon to 1:00 pm in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 220, Library of Congress. The talk is sponsored by the Hebraic and Near Eastern Sections of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Geography and Maps Division. For more information contact Dr. Ann Brener.



April 3, 2014 – Williamsburg Our next Williamsburg Map Circle program will talk about all the advance planning as it stands and relates to the topography and cartography of Mars being undertaken now. The program will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the Jamestown Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing – the same location as our February program. The United States is embarked on a program of sending astronauts to Mars and returning them to Earth safely. The first human mission to Mars is scheduled for launch around 2033. To reduce the risk of a human landing, NASA has embarked on a program to map the surface Mars/ its varied geological features and its topography. Most of the mapping is from high resolution imaging on Mars orbiting spacecraft. The Mars topography is based on the Mars Orbital Lidar Altimeter (MOLA) on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) orbiter. Dr. Levine, Co-Chair of NASA's Panel on the Human EXploration EXploration of MArs Science Analysis Group (HEM-SAG) will summarize what we know about the surface and topography of the Red Planet. Dr. Joel Levine was a senior research scientist at NASA’s Langley Center with responsibility for several Mars projects until his retirement; he now serves as a Professor in William and Mary’s Department of Applied Science. Along the way he used NASA-developed techniques to identify and correct a chemical process which was causing spots on the sealed encasements containing the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. In July 2011, after 41 years as a Senior Research Scientist in the Science Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Levine joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, as a Research Professor in the Department of Applied Science, where he served as an Adjunct Professor for 18 years. Dr. Levine will continue his research program in atmospheric and planetary sciences at the College of William and Mary. Additional information from Ted Edwards, Communications; Williamsburg Map Circle.



April 4-6, 2014 - Lemgo, Germany Kartographie der Frühen Neuzeit - Weltbilder und Wirkungen [Cartography of the Early Modern Period - Views of the World and Impacts] is an International Conference to be held at Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloss Brake. The international conference with leading scientists in the fields of history of cartography, art and film history, cultural sciences, history of science, land surveying, pictorial science and philosophy should open up an interdisciplinary perspective on the subject. The outcome will be published in the conference proceedings and contributes to the preparation of the exhibition »Weltvermesser«. The event is open to the public, with advance registration requested. Phone +49 (0)5261 / 94 50-0 or email.



April 4-5, 2014 – Norfolk The International Map Collectors' Society will have a Weekend of Maps with IMCoS. The weekend will start Friday at 2pm with a visit to the Japanese maps collected by Sir Hugh Cortazzi which now reside in the Lisa Sainsbury Library in Cathedral Close. On Saturday morning we will visit the Norfolk Record Society to see a display of some manuscript maps and also a selection of the county maps from the Raymond Frostick collection which was donated to the city last year. It would be helpful if anyone who would like to come could contact Valerie Newby on +44 (0)1296 670001 or Jenny Harvey on +44 (0)208 7897358.



April 4-5, 2014 - Waco, Texas The spring meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held at Baylor University. For more information contact Gerald Saxon at 817-683-5551.



April 5, 2014 – 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. Our guest speaker is Frederik Muller, owner of Frederik Muller Rare Books and Maps in Bergum, Netherlands He will speak about The Itinerario Maps of Jan Huygens van Linschoten.



April 8, 2014 – Cambridge, Massachusetts The Boston Map Society will meet at Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library. Joseph Garver, Research Librarian, Harvard Map Collection will conduct a tour of the new exhibit Courting Clio: Maps and the Historical Imagination. Additional information from Kris Butler.



April 8-12, 2014 – Tampa, Florida Learn more about Cartography and Cartographic History at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. The meeting will feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. The meeting will take place at the Tampa Convention Center with some sessions also taking place at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel.



April 10, 2014 – Milwaukee Maps & America: The Arthur Holzheimer Lecture Series is held in the spring of each year in the American Geographical Society 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. The 2014 lecture will be by Michel Oudijk, and Sebastián van Doesburg, both of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - The Ixtepeji Scroll: Mapping the Cultural Landscape of a Zapotec Noble Lineage. Reception at 5:00 pm and lecture at 6:00 pm.



April 12, 2014 - Lexington, Massachusetts In the Spring of 2014, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Inc. (National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, is offering the first part of a series of programs related to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps. All programs are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation. Melinda Kashuba (Shasta College) will speak about Organizing Wonder: Using Maps in Family History Research at 2 PM. From sixteenth century maps depicting the location of Irish clans to maps of DNA test results showing ancient migration patterns, family historians use maps in many ways to tell the story of their ancestries. No longer content to use maps for reference, modern genealogists create maps using a variety of software products and social media to research and share their ancestries. Join Melinda Kashuba and explore the wide range of maps family historians employ to research and document their families’ story. You may be inspired to start mapping your own family's journey. After the lecture, the presenter will offer an informal discussion with interested audience members.



April 12, 2014 – Richmond The Spring 2014 Voorhees Lecture at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, will be about Virginia, Maps and Railroads. Speakers are Dr. Maury Klein speaking about “Railroad Maps as Promises of the Future” and Bill Wooldridge speaking about “Tracks on Maps: Showcasing Virginia’s 19th-Century Railroads.” This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. Box lunches will be available for purchase. For more information click here or call 804.692.3561.



April 13, 2014 – Montreal A lecture, in French, related to the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography will be held at the Stewart Museum starting at 2 p.m. Maps have always been much more than just simple graphic representations of geographic areas. Ancient cartography gives us access to an exciting world at the crossroads of science, politics and aesthetics. Pascal Bastien will discuss Posséder les frontières: cartographies et récits de voyage comme objets de divertissement. Only $8 including access to exhibitions. Free coffee. Reservations required, Monday to Friday, at 514 861-6701, ext. 227. A minimum of 10 persons is required. Places are limited.



April 14, 2014 – Cambridge, England Dr John Ash, an ex-submariner with experience in the Arctic and curator of the temporary exhibition Sea Monsters to Sonar: Charting the Polar Oceans, will trace the development and use of maps in the harsh Polar Oceans, looking at how maps are used as tools for survival and the journeys made for scientific discovery at the poles. The lecture, Sea Monsters to Sonar: Charting the Polar Oceans, is 6pm - 7pm at The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road. This is a free event. Book tickets here.



April 16, 2014 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire Four centuries ago this year, Captain John Smith — soldier, explorer, Jamestown founder and New World promoter — returned to America in a voyage to the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts Bay. He named the region "New England," gave his own name to the rocky islands we now call the Isles of Shoals and published a map that spurred the region's first English efforts at colonization. The Portsmouth Athenaeum's 2014 Program Series will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Smith's voyage. History buffs and inquiring minds are invited to explore native and European mapping systems; investigate the legacies of New England's early fishing industry; and consider Smith's place in the wider context of European exploration in the first decades of the 17th century. Program Series events begin at 7 p.m. in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square. Call 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations, as seating is limited. These events are free to Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends; $10 for nonmembers. Today Paul Pouliot will present Abenaki Place Names, Trails, and Native Descriptive Geography. Indigenous concepts of mapping by the Abenaki people used geographic or other land features to provide descriptions of locations and travel directions, much as recent efforts to provide 3-D GPS directions use buildings and landmarks. This program illustrates mapping concept changes, from indigenous descriptive mapping to the “flat world mapping” that has dominated paper maps for centuries, and on to current GPS 3-D and Google Earth mapping. Paul W. Pouliot is the "Sagmo" or Chief Speaker for the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook and Abenaki People and President of COWASS North America. He was employed as a senior mechanical engineer until his retirement.



April 17, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Program to be announced.



April 17, 2014 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in West Dining Room (Dining Room B, Room 621) of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue (the G&M Reading Room will be closed for renovation on this date). The West Dining Room is located on the sixth floor in the Yellow Core. Jen Ziemke, co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers, will speak about Crisis Mapping. She will discuss some of what the network has learned together over the past few years; the core challenges and issues that keep resurfacing, and what might be next in this evolving new area of inquiry. Jen has her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at John Carroll University and Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.



April 22-26, 2014 - Banff, Alberta The ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography and the Canadian Cartographic Association are pleased to announce the 9th Mountain Cartography Workshop, following previous workshops held every two years. It will be at the Hi-Banff Alpine Centre in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The theme of the Workshop is focused on Mapping and Mountain Parks; however submitted talks can deal with any aspect of mountain cartography, or map data related to mountain environments. Many presentation types are possible, from classic research papers to live software demonstrations to map discussions. Additional information from Roger Wheate.



April 23, 2014 - June 25, 2014, Wednesdays only - Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh is offering an open studies course Maps and Mappery in Scottish History, 1100 - 1850. 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.



April 24, 2014 – Williamsburg At 5:00 p.m. in the Jamestown-Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing, Dr. Jim Glanville will speak to the Williamsburg Map Circle on Fitting the 1584 Chaves-Ortelius Map to the Archeology of Modern North Carolina and Virginia. The Berry archaeological site at Morganton, North Carolina, has solidified over the past decade as the location of Fort San Juan, a key seventeenth century Spanish inland outpost. From there, in 1567, Spanish soldiers marched north into Virginia and attacked an American Indian town. The recent finding of evidence of a buried Spanish soldier along the line of march prompted a detailed examination of the Chaves-Ortelius map. This talk describes the manipulation of the northeast quadrant of that map to fit the archaeologically known locations of long-vanished American Indian towns and modern-day geography. Additional information from Theodore Edwards.



April 26, 2014 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at Bartram's Garden, 54th and Lindbergh Blvd. Curator Joel T. Frey will present sketch maps by John Bartram, likely from the 1760s, and discuss Bartram's long journey with Lewis Evans during summer of 1743 up the Susquehanna to Onondaga and Lake Ontario. Evans included the route of that trip on his large map of the colonies. 11 AM to 1 PM, tour of the grounds with lunch to follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



April 30, 2014 - Ann Arbor Chet Van Duzer will give a talk titled Portraying the World Anew: Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina (1516) at 4:00 pm in the Stephen S. Clark Library, which is located on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library on the campus of the University of Michigan. Van Duzer will compare and contrast Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 and 1516 world maps in order to bring out the distinctive features of the later map, and show that it is based on new sources and on a radical re-evaluation of what a world map should be. Additional information from Karl Longstreth.


May 1, 2014 - Hermitage, Thatcham 2014 marks not only the centenary of the outbreak of World War I but also the tercentenary of the accession of the Hanoverians to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. George III (1738-1820), who reigned for sixty years, was a cultured patron of the arts and sciences collecting , among other treasures, military and naval maps and prints of events from Agincourt (1415) to Waterloo (1815). Dr. Yolande Hodson will discuss Graphic Warfare: Images of Five Centuries of War from the Collection of George III. This presentation will feature some of the highlights of the collection, showing how, over the centuries, parts of Europe, including Flanders, have been repeatedly subjected to conflict. The presentation will be at the Conference Centre, Denison Barracks; 18:00 reception including light buffet supper, 19:00 presentation; 20:00 coffee, 20:30 event ends. Book tickets, £15 each, with Major Alan Gower MBE, 5 Hornbeam Close, South Wonston, Winchester, Hants, SO21 3EA; phone 01962-880859. Cheque payable to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.



May 4, 2014 – Montreal A lecture, in French, related to the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography will be held at the Stewart Museum starting at 2 p.m. Maps have always been much more than just simple graphic representations of geographic areas. Ancient cartography gives us access to an exciting world at the crossroads of science, politics and aesthetics. Jean-François Gauvin will discuss Au-delà du trait cartographique: les instruments scientifiques et la mesure de l'espace et du temps. Only $8 including access to exhibitions. Free coffee. Reservations required, Monday to Friday, at 514 861-6701, ext. 227. A minimum of 10 persons is required. Places are limited.



May 5, 2014 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society directors Chris Lane and Wes Brown have created a new RMMS event: Map Month 2014; a lecture series at Denver Public Library, Conference Room B. There will be a map fair 5:00-6:00 PM; and for 30 minutes following the lecture. Lecture will be 6:00-7:00 PM. Today Wesley Brown will speak about 1500: The Year of Eight Distinct World Views.



May 6, 2014 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street at 5.30pm. John Blair (The Queen’s College, Oxford) will discuss Land surveying in the post-Roman West. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.



May 8, 2014 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library. Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe, will discuss You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS the history and future of How We find Ourselves.What does it mean to never get lost? Mr. Bray will examine the rise of our era of navigational omniscience — or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. In a sweeping history of the development of location technology, Bray shows how radio signals created to carry telegraph messages were transformed into invisible beacons to guide ships and how rapidly spinning wheels steered submarines beneath the polar icecap. But while most of these technologies were developed for and by the military, they are now ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Our phones are now smart enough to pinpoint our presence to within a few feet—and nosy enough to share that information with government and corporations. This is the story of how humankind solved one of its oldest problems—only to herald a new era in which it’s impossible to hide. Additional information from Kris Butler.



May 8, 2014 - Kalamazoo, Michigan The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May 8-11 at Western Michigan University. The opening day features two sessions devoted to cartography. Session 31 at 10:00 AM - Mapping with and without Cartography; and Session 99 at 3:30 PM - Mapping the Liquid Element: Water in Medieval Cartography.



May 8, 2014 – Oxford The 21st 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. Heather Winlow (Bath Spa University) will speak about 'Strangers on their own land': ideology, policy, and rational landscapes in the United States, 1825-1934. 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 9-11, 2014 - Braunschweig and Wolfenbüttel, Germany The The 9th International Atlas Days will again bring together collectors and all those interested in atlases published in German-speaking countries, mainly of the 19th and 20th centuries. The accent this time is on atlases produced by Westermann (Diercke Atlases) and other firms in Brunswick. On the first two days (Friday and Saturday), the programme foresees visits to publisher Westermann’s archives, to the Georg-Eckert Institute for International Schoolbook Research, and to the world-famous Herzog August Library in nearby Wolfenbüttel. On the last day (Sunday) a visit to the Brunswick Institute for Regional History is planned. As always, presentations on the subject are foreseen, and a book and atlas fair for participants (no dealers admitted) will be held on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, at which atlases, maps, travel literature and geographical handbooks may be exchanged. Although conducted in German, participants from Belgium, the Netherlands and France regularly attend – everybody is most welcome. Please register as soon as possible, but not later than 1 March 2014 with the organiser Michael Willma who will provide full details of the programme and can assist with suggestions for accommodation. Participation fee of EUR 45.00 is to be paid on arrival. Contact: Michael Willma, Mittelweg 26, D-38106 Braunschweig, telephone +49-(0)171-198 66 41 or +49-(0)531-30 39 71.



May 10, 2014 - Moffett Field, California The California Map Society will be holding its annual Northern California Conference at NASA Ames Research Center. The theme for this all-day meeting will be Mapping the Heavens, and speakers will be experts from the society membership and scientists from NASA Ames. Topics will include the conceptualization and mapping of the solar system and its planets from antiquity up to modern day imaging taken from space probes; terrestrial and celestial globes throughout history; and the detection and mapping of exoplanets in distant star systems. There also will be a student presentation of a World War I trench map, informal discussions by CMS members of their favorite maps, and time to visit the NASA Ames Visitor Center with its museum and gift shop. A continental breakfast, box lunch, and coffee break goodies will be included in the registration fee of $40 ($20 for students). For registration information, go to the CMS website, and for questions, contact CMS NorCal V-P Nick Kanas.



May 10, 2014 – New York The New York Map Society will have a Field Trip to Hispanic Society of America located on Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets at 2:30 pm. Their collection features the Mappamundi of Juan Vespucci (1526). Juan was the nephew of Amerigo Vespucci, for whom the Southern part of the New World was named, in 1507 by Martin Waldseemuller. Juan succeeded Amerigo as the chief pilot for Spain and was charged with updating the Spanish source map with the latest discoveries of the explorers. The Society’s collection of sailing charts by which Spain controlled their overseas possessions is particularly rich.



May 12, 2014 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society directors Chris Lane and Wes Brown have created a new RMMS event: Map Month 2014; a lecture series at Denver Public Library, Conference Room B. There will be a map fair 5:00-6:00 PM; and for 30 minutes following the lecture. Lecture will be 6:00-7:00 PM. Today Christopher Lane will speak about The Unveiling of the American West in Printed Maps.



May 13-14, 2014 - Vienna The civil-military partners Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen and Institut für Militärisches Geowesen cordially invite you to 250 Jahre Landesaufnahme. 2014 is the 250th anniversary of the "issue of orders for first country land surveying on May 13, 1764." The symposium will be held at Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, Schiffamtsgasse 1-3, 8. Stock, Vortragssaal. Please register by 25 April to landesaufnahme-250@bev.gv.at



May 15, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Gerald Danzer, Professor of History, Emeritus at University of Illinois at Chicago, will present The World's Columbian Exposition: A Tour by Way of a Newly-Found Fire Insurance Atlas.



May 15, 2014 – Washington The Washington Map Society will hold its 35th Annual Dinner on the top floor of the Law Offices of Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue NW, overlooking the US Capitol. Mr. John Goolgasian, Director, Foundation GEOINT Group, Source Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has agreed to speak about NGA's latest developments in electronic mapping called Map of the World. For additional information contact Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.



May 15-16, 2014 - Venice Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni (1736-1814) is among the major Italian geographers and cartographers in the modern age. A conference Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni Scienziato del Settecento veneto, organized on the occasion of the bicentenary of his death, will be held at Palazzo Loredan, Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts.



May 15-16, 2014 - Washington The Philip Lee Phillips Society, Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, will hold a two-day conference, titled From Terra to Terabytes: the History of 20th Century Cartography and Beyond. The study and science of cartography and its related geographical disciplines underwent profound technological and conceptual advancements in the twentieth century. These advancements, brought about by the technological innovations in mapping during two world wars, the popularization of automobile and air travel, the advent of computers, the development of newer and faster mathematical and computational algorithms, and the birth of satellite imagery, all contributed to paradigm changes that can be considered revolutionary. Technological and conceptual improvements have generated new forms of data, maps, artifacts and forms of spatial analysis that differ radically from those typically archived in map libraries. This conference will look back at the long history of cartography in the 20th century and glance at what is coming in the future, as we more and more move away from traditional static paper maps, and enter a truly dynamic and computer based cartographic era.



May 16, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society announces the Philadelphia Print Shop West, in conjunction with The Weber Restaurant, features a Mapping the American West Dinner to celebrate Map Month 2014. Dinner is at 7:00 PM at The Weber Restaurant, 233 Clayton Street, Cherry Creek North. Reservations: Call Chris Lane at 303-322-4757 or leave your name at Philadelphia Print Shop West. Cost: $38 for dinner; $50 for dinner with drink pairings. Hear Christopher W. Lane present an overview of mapping of the American West in the nineteenth century, while enjoying foods related to the dominant mapmaking nation of each period specially prepared by Chef Mike Hendricks.



May 19, 2014 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society directors Chris Lane and Wes Brown have created a new RMMS event: Map Month 2014; a lecture series at Denver Public Library, Conference Room B. There will be a map fair 5:00-6:00 PM; and for 30 minutes following the lecture. Lecture will be 6:00-7:00 PM. Today Angel Abbud-Madrid will speak about Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US-Mexico Border.



May 22, 2014 - London The Twenty-Third Series 'Maps and Society' Lectures in the history of cartography are 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. Dr Iris Kantor (Department of History, University of São Paulo, Brazil) will discuss Portable Empires: Atlases and the spatial projection of the Iberian Empires during the Constitutional Revolutions (1776–1825). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith) or Tony Campbell.



May 22-24, 2014 - Ljubljana, Slovenia The National and University Library are delighted to invite you to the 19th Conference of the Groupe des Cartothécaires. The general theme of the Conference is Positioning of Map Libraries in the (geo)Information Society. The aim of the Conference is to present and exchange experiences of different roles and positions of Map Libraries in the rapidly evolving (geo)information society, metadata models and data-exchange standards, access and preservation of born digital maps, web solutions in the field of maps, as well as strategic collection management and benchmarking. The Conference will take place in the City Museum of Ljubljana, Gosposka Street 15.


June 2, 2014 – Denver Rocky Mountain Map Society directors Chris Lane and Wes Brown have created a new RMMS event: Map Month 2014; a lecture series at Denver Public Library, Conference Room B. There will be a map fair 5:00-6:00 PM; and for 30 minutes following the lecture. Lecture will be 6:00-7:00 PM. Today Stephen Hoffenberg will speak about Indian Country: A History.



June 4, 2014 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet 5:30 to 7 PM at University of Pennsylvania Special Collections. Hosted by David McKnight, Head of Special Collections, we will tour the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Our group will convene in the Lea Library, an original Victorian library room of Henry C. Lea that was moved from his townhouse at 20th and Walnut in the 1920s into Penn's Van Pelt library in the 1960s. Dinner nearby to follow. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



June 6, 2014 – London The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its Malcolm Young Lecture and Annual Dinner at the Civil Service Club, 13/15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ. This year’s Malcolm Young Lecture will be given by Nick Kanas on the topic of Mapping the Heavens: Celestial Cartography Through the Ages. The lecture will be at 7.00 pm and the annual dinner will follow. There will be a reception at 6.20pm prior to the lecture and dinner. The IMCoS Helen Wallis Award for 2014 will also be presented.



June 6, 2014 - New Bedford, Massachusetts Chet Van Duzer will trace the history of sea monsters on European maps, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century. One of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, sea monsters are important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the marvelous and of western conceptions of the ocean. It will take place at New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill. There will be a reception and signing of his book "Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps" at 6:00 pm followed by the lecture Perilous Oceans: Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps at 7:00 pm. Register online via our secure Museum store or call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100.



June 7, 2014 - Lexington, Massachusetts In the Spring of 2014, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Inc. (National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, is offering the first part of a series of programs related to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps. All programs are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation. David Bosse (Librarian and Curator of Maps, Historic Deerfield) will speak about Map and Chart Publishing in Boston in the18th Century at 2PM. For much of the 18th century, map publishing in America was a financially precarious undertaking. The same held true in Boston, where individuals from many walks of life ventured into commercial map-making. This lecture explores the work of several Boston mapmakers during this period of ad-hoc publishing.



June 7, 2014 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, at 10:00. We need to have names of all who intend to attend the AGM for registration with the staff at RGS.



June 7-8, 2014 – Hong Kong The Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central, Pier 8, will have an international symposium about The Selden Map. The symposium will discuss new research into the maritime trades, seafaring and underwater archaeology of the Ming Dynasty. Several presentations will be about the Selden Map itself. This symposium is open to the public, allowing the participants to discuss topics relating to the Selden Map of China, underwater archaeological findings in China and the seafaring of the Ming Dynasty with twenty local and overseas academic scholars.



June 7-8, 2014 – London The London Map Fair is the largest antique map fair in Europe, established 1980. It will be held at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. Saturday 7th June; 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Sunday 8th June; 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Admission Free. Author, blogger and collector of 'strange maps', Frank Jacobs, will speak about "The Future of Map Collecting in the Digital Age" on Saturday at 14.30 in the RGS Ondaatje Theatre. Also throughout the weekend, Ashley Baynton-Williams will be giving talks on map collecting for beginners.



June 9-10, 2014 - Rome The Fourth Study Days of the research group « Les atlas dans les cultures scientifiques et artistiques modernes et contemporaines : représenter, organiser, conserver les connaissances et les objets » will study the use of Atlases in Modern and Contemporary Scientific and Artistic Cultures. The conference is organized by Jean-Marc Besse (CNRS/UMR Géographie-Cités, Paris) and will be held at Ecole Française de Rome, Piazza Navona.



June 11, 2014 – Boston The Boston Map Society will meet at Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library. Joel Kovarsky, The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps and Books, will discuss The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision. A philosopher, architect, astronomer, and polymath, Thomas Jefferson lived at a time when geography was considered the “mother of all sciences.” Although he only published a single printed map, Jefferson was also regarded as a geographer, due to his interest in and use of geographic and cartographic materials during his many careers—attorney and regional and national politician—and in his twilight years at Monticello. For roughly twenty-five years he was involved with almost all elements of the urban planning of Washington, D.C., and his surveying skills were reflected in his architectural drawings, including of the iconic grounds of the University of Virginia. He understood maps not only as valuable for planning but as essential for future land claims and development, exploration and navigation, and continental commercial enterprise. The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision charts the importance of geography and maps as foundations of Jefferson’s lifelong pursuits. Although the world had already seen the Age of Exploration and the great sea voyages of Captain James Cook, Jefferson lived in a time when geography was of primary importance, prefiguring the rapid specializations of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century world. In his exploration of Jefferson’s passion for geography, including how our third President was a key participant in planning the route followed and regions explored by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, as well as other expeditions into the vast expanse of the Louisiana Purchase. Kovarsky reveals how geographical knowledge was essential to the manifold interests of the Sage of Monticello. Additional information from Kris Butler.



June 11, 2014 - Valletta, Malta The next committee meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at 6.30pm at Pardo Hall, Merchants Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon.



June 12, 2014 - Paris On the occasion of the commemorations of the First World War, and in association with the exhibition "Summer 14 : Last Days of the Former World", presented in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (from March 25th, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014), the Comité français de Cartographie organizes a one-day symposium The War in Maps focused entirely on the use of cartography during war, according to three main issues :
- the role of maps during the preparation of the war
- the use of maps on the theatre of military operations
- the importance of the map in a civil society during the war.
This one-day symposium will be held at Bibliothèque nationale de France (site François Mitterrand). Papers will be presented in French or English. Additional information from Catherine Hofmann.



June 13, 2014 – Paris The next annual general meeting and International Society for the History of the Map Symposium will be held in cooperation with the Bibliothéque nationale de France and the Comité français de cartographie. It will be held at Bibliothéque nationale de France Richelieu Library, 5, rue Vivienne. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and the symposium Mapping Conflicts, Conflicts in Maps will focus on war related mapping. To register for the conference which is free please write to ishm.contact@gmail.com. The symposium will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of ISHMap.



June 15-21, 2014 - Riviera, Bulgaria Upon very successful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, 5th Jubilee edition of the International Conference on Cartography and GIS is organized in Bulgaria. The aim of the conference is to collect knowledge and share experience about the latest achievements in the field of cartography and GIS. Nowadays, particular attention is paid to the important European region - the Balkan Peninsula. During the conference, ICA commissions will hold their annual meetings and share best practices in their areas.



June 17-20, 2014 – Montreal The 48th Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives is organized by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, UQAM, and the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives. The program will center around the heart of our profession: Preserving and disseminating geospatial knowledge. While producers, distributors, and users organize their efforts to map current geographical phenomena, librarians and archivists also understand the importance of preserving a record of cartographic production from all eras. Geospatial data helps us understand the world around us: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What new knowledge can we gain from digitizing ancient maps and analyzing the resulting data? What are the recommended strategies and pitfalls in the management of collections, including the acquisition, processing and preservation of documents? What standards should be adopted at the dawn of Web 3.0?



June 19, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm. Steven Rowan, Professor of History, University of Missouri at St. Louis, will discuss Egloffstein's Map of the Valley of Mexico in 1864: Color and Display in his Last Contour Map.



June 20, 2014 - Hermitage, Newbury The 8th annual seminar of the Defence Surveyors’ Association will be held at the usual venue of Denison Barracks. The usual mix – chronological and geographical – of subjects this year:
Intelligence Division of the War Office’s maps (latter half of 19th century)
WW1 ‘Photogrammetry, Engineer and Artillery Survey’ for British gunners (vs methods of French and Germans)
WW1 geo-referencing of Western Front trench (larger-scale) maps and GPS/WGS
63 Map Repro Grp IE (Bangladesh to Burma, 1943-45) and 1:25K maps (data from Indian Air Svy Grp)
Senegal/Gambia boundary survey network connection to ‘The 12th Parallel’ by DOS (1976-77)
Secret British urban mapping by the Soviets (1940s-90s) and data gathering
‘Introduction to Field Deployable Geoint (FDG)’
Would-be attendees, ready to shell out £20 (non-DSA members), should contact Mike Nolan.



June 23-27, 2014 - London The London Rare Books School is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke CB have organized a History of Maps and Mapping course. The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger. Lecturers are Peter Barber, Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB, and Laurence Worms. The course is suitable for historians, art historians, geographers, students of literature, librarians, archivists, map dealers.



June 23, 2014 - Raleigh Gary W. Thompson, Chairman of the North Carolina Boundary Commission, will be speaking at the Friends of the Archives annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the State Library Building Auditorium, 109 E. Jones Street. Mr. Thompson’s presentation, History and Reestablishment of the NC-SC Boundary, will provide an overview of the history of the North Carolina-South Carolina boundary that determined how North Carolina got its shape. Information will be provided on the research and survey work performed to complete the recent task of reestablishing the boundary. After the program, a selection of historical boundary maps will be on exhibit in the State Archives’ Reading Room.



June 25-26, 2014 - Hampshire The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium and associated events will be held at Marwell Hotel, Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester.



June 25-26, 2014 - Nottingham Urban Mapping 2014 / Urban Mapping: New Perspectives is a cross-disciplinary workshop on approaches to cartography in the arts and sciences that will be held at the University of Nottingham. Day one will feature “Mapping Histories: Critique and Practice.” Day two will be “Digital Approaches.”


July 6-10, 2014 - Norfolk Island, Australia The International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement will hold a conference about Charting and Mapping the Pacific Paradise of the Pitcairners at the Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel. Additional information from Maria, The Travel Centre, PO Box 172, Norfolk Island 2899.



July 13, 2014 - Austin, Texas Curator Julianne Gilland of the Benson Latin American Collection will be leading a program on the exhibition Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question. She will show us the transformation from colonial to modern Mexico at the Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. Lecture is from 2 – 3 PM.



July 14, 2014 - August 15, 2014 - Chicago The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is now accepting applications for its 2014 NEH summer seminar for college and university faculty and up to three graduate students, Mapping Nature across the Americas. The four-week seminar will be led by James Akerman (Director of the Smith Center) and Kathleen Brosnan (Travis Chair of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma). Participants will explore the interplay between mapping and environmental knowledge across the Americas from the transatlantic encounter into the 21st century. By bringing together environmental history and the history of cartography, this institute will illuminate their essential relationship, broadening participating summer scholars’ understanding of how maps and depictions of nature shaped and were shaped by diverse cultural and historical contexts. Applications are encouraged from college and university faculty teaching a broad range of courses and involved in a diversity of research topics. Qualified independent scholars and scholars engaged in museum work are also eligible to apply. A limited number of spaces are also available for full-time graduate students in the humanities. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3900 to help defray travel and housing expenses. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2014.



July 20, 2014 - Austin, Texas Jose Montelongo, Mexican Materials Librarian at the Benson Latin American Collection, will be leading a program on the Mexican maps in the exhibit Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question. The lecture will be 2-3 pm, in Spanish, at the Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St.



August 3, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will have a Summer Home-Hosted Visit at 6:00 PM by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hoffenberg. There will be a reception and tour of their map collection. RMMS Members will be notified of details.


August 31 - September 2, 2014 - Glasgow, Scotland The Society of Cartographers 50th Annual Summer School Conference will be at University of Glasgow. Click here for full details and Programme. The SOC 50th Anniversary Annual Summer School Conference is open to members and non-members and is a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with current issues in Cartography, Mapping Technology & Map Design and to network with fellow map-makers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 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 3-5, 2014 - Auckland The New Zealand Cartographic Society and the Australian and New Zealand Map Society are proud to announce the 7th National Cartographic Conference, 42nd ANZMapS Conference and 3rd ICA Symposium on Cartography for Australasia and Oceania - GeoCart'2014. The event will be held at the outstanding facilities of the University of Auckland. GeoCart'2014 aims to bring together a wide cross section of professionals, researchers and enthusiasts engaged in cartography, map curatorship and research, geovisualisation and GIScience, to promote new techniques in, and a greater understanding of cartography and mapping. The Conference will host the National Cartographic Exhibition and GeoExpo'2014 - a Commercial Exhibition focused on the latest innovations related to technology, products, applications and services offered by the top national and international manufacturers and vendors.



September 3-6, 2014 - Lisbon The 12th International Conference on Urban History will take place in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The official languages of the conference are French and English. One of the sessions will be devoted to Cities Without Maps: Reconstructing Early Urban Morphologies and Appropriations of Space in Portuguese Colonial Cities.



September 4, 2014 – London Maps have played an important role in many aspects of the British government’s work for centuries. The National Archives in Kew is now home to one of the world’s richest holdings of historical mapping, covering places throughout the world. In their new book, Maps: their untold stories, due out on 11 September, archivists Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes offer a fascinating and unusual journey through some of the most intriguing examples of maps from within the archives. This exclusive pre-publication talk explores the diverse landscapes portrayed on these maps, from great cities such as London to quiet country estates. Rose and Andrew examine who made these maps, why they were made, and their significance as historical documents. This seminar will be preceded by the AGM and will be followed by more drinks and nibbles. Talk at 6:00pm (doors 5:30) - 8:30pm at London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB. Advance booking is essential. Please guarantee your place by contacting Jeff Gerhardt at 020 7332 3879. This seminar is free to all AfL members, non-members £5 (payable on the door).



September 4-5, 2014 - Budapest The ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage and the Eötvös Loránd University are pleased to invite you to the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held at the National Széchényi Library. This Workshop is addressed to scholars, researchers, map-curators, map-collectors, map-librarians, administrators, digital industry / market operators and students coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds (humanistic, scientific, arts and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affined to cartographic heritage. The Workshop will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how the digital revolution and modern information and communication technologies can or could be used and contribute to cartographic heritage in terms of acquisition, processing visualization and communication of relevant digital data. The Workshop language is English.



September 7, 2014 - Raleigh Dale Loberger will discuss Applying Technology in the Search for Colonial Roads at 2pm at Joel Lane Museum House, on the corner of St. Mary’s and West Hargett Streets. Historic maps contain both fact and fantasy. Dale Loberger's personal fascination with the contents of maps has led him on a surprising journey of fanciful curiosity and hardcore investigation. This presentation tells the story of how he was finally able to tease valuable information from old documents that were never intended to reveal such specifics. Through his quest, he learned an appreciation for the historic construction of maps to allow him to properly deconstruct them for use in modern Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. It describes his path of discovery through a unique application to 'predict' historic paths.



September 8-9, 2014 – London Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100–1600 is the subject of a two-day seminar at Queen Mary, University of London. The study of the history of cartography in Europe and the Islamic world has proceeded to date on parallel lines. Yet while scholars have tended to specialise in one or the other tradition, relations of exchange and influence between Islamic and European cartography have consistently been asserted. At the same time, institutional and linguistic barriers to comparative study have impeded systematic examination of the connections between Islamic and western mapmaking. The Leverhulme Network Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World aims to promote comparative, cross-disciplinary scholarship on Islamic and European cartography by bringing together experts in these two fields for a symposium. Additional information from the conference convenors Alfred Hiatt, Jerry Brotton, or Yossi Rapoport.



September 9, 2014 – Birmingham, England The Map Curators' Group of the British Cartographic Society is delighted to announce Training Day: Feral Maps and How to Tame Them. Do you know any feral maps—those that were once part of a proper collection but which have now gone wild due to lack of resource? Have you been asked to “look after the map collection” and need some guidance? The Map Curators’ Group is here to help with another of its popular and productive training events! Queries to Ann Sutherland or Paula Williams.



September 10-11, 2014 - Birmingham, England The Map Curators’ Group of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop. The workshop theme will be Hands across the Map: Co-operation and Partnership in Map Collections. The organisers are calling for proposals for presentations to be given at the Workshop, on the following themes:
• Partnership working between institutions e.g. delivery of joint web resources, sharing expertise|
• Partnership within individual institutions and libraries e.g. merger of work teams, shared reading room delivery
• Collaborative initiatives in map collections
• Future developments in map collections
• Any other topic relevant to the subject!
Additional information from Ann Sutherland, Convener, Map Curators’ Group, or Paula Williams.



September 10, 2014 - Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at the Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 8711 Germantown Avenue, from 7:30-9 PM. Christopher W. Lane, co-owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop, will present Shaping the American West. In 1982, Chris and Donald H. Cresswell founded the Philadelphia Print Shop in Chestnut Hill, selling antique maps and prints. In over thirty years, Chris has authored books and myriad articles, as well as given lectures around the country. Don and Chris have also been the map and print experts for the Antiques Roadshow for the last eighteen years. In 2010, Chris’s wife got a job in Denver, Colorado, so Chris opened a branch of his shop there, The Philadelphia Print Shop West. Naturally specializing in western material, Chris has done extensive research in the development of the American West, and prints and maps showing that. This lecture provides an overall picture of that development as reflected in period maps. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the United States was limited to lands east of the Mississippi River. The vast region which today is the country’s trans-Mississippi West was at that time divided in French Louisiana, northern New Spain, and a somewhat disputed, British Columbia District. By the end of the century, these would all be part of the United States, divided into 23 political states and territories. The story of the changing political configuration of the trans-Mississippi West between 1800 and 1900 is a complex and fascinating one and this lecture will tell that tale, illustrated by contemporary maps. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



September 11, 2014 – Boston Susan Schulten (University of Denver) will discuss Educating a New Nation: Maps and Knowledge in 19th Century America in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street from 6:00-7:00 PM. A reception will follow. In the nineteenth century, Americans began to use maps in radically new ways. For the first time, medical men mapped diseases to understand and prevent epidemics, natural scientists mapped climate and rainfall to uncover weather patterns, educators mapped the past to foster national loyalty among students, and Northerners mapped slavery to assess the power of the South. After the Civil War, federal agencies embraced statistical and thematic mapping in order to profile the ethnic, racial, economic, moral, and physical attributes of a reunified nation. By the end of the century, Congress had authorized a national archive of maps, an explicit recognition that old maps were not relics to be discarded but unique records of the nation’s past. All of these experiments involved the realization that maps were not just illustrations of data, but visual tools that were uniquely equipped to convey complex ideas and information. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of epidemic disease, slavery, census statistics, the environment, and the past demonstrated the analytical potential of cartography, and in the process transformed the very meaning of a map. RSVP to Cathy Wood at 617-859-2387.



September 13, 2014 - Lexington, Massachusetts Reinventing the Map, a lecture by University of Denver professor Susan Schulten will take place at 2 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road. The lecture is free due to the sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation. It is part of a series related to the Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps. In her talk, Schulten will reveal how beginning in the 19th century, Americans began to use maps not only to identify locations and represent the landscape, but to organize, display and analyze information. Through maps of the agricultural data, the distribution of slavery, census results, and the path of epidemics, Americans gradually learned to view themselves and their nation in altogether new ways.



September 18, 2014 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Suzanne Karr Schmidt will discuss Printing Renaissance Maps, Volvelles, and Scientific Instruments. You may think “paper engineering” as seen in pop-up books is a relatively recent development, but five-hundred years ago, printers often crafted woodcuts that could be deployed in several dimensions to serve as sundials, compasses, astronomical instruments and globes. Maps themselves are a kind of scientific instrument, and some of the great cartographers of the sixteenth century (including Peter Apian, Sebastian Münster, and Caspar Vopel) designed and engineered such paper devices. Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, has studied such “movables” extensively, and will share some of the highlights with us.



September 18, 2014 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. The first presentation of the 2015-2016 Program year kicks off with an Evening Open House in the newly renovated Geography and Map Division, home to monthly Washington Map Society meetings since 1981. Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will briefly describe G&M's new Research Center and Reading Room, and staff will provide tours of the public areas as well as the new Vault facility. For additional information contact contact Ed Redmond.



September 18, 2014 – Williamsburg The first meeting this season of the Williamsburg Map Circle is at 5:30 p.m. where we have often met before in the Jamestown Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing -- in the main building near the Front Desk. Our speaker for this lecture will be Joel Kovarsky: The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision. Joel Kovarsky is an early map specialist at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library of the University of Virginia. He is the owner/operator of The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps & Books. He is also the compiler of the thrice yearly “Recent Publications” column for The Portolan (journal of the Washington Map Society), and periodically teaches a course on the history of cartography for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia. Joel is the author of “The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision,” published in July 2014. He has taught courses in the history of cartography and is a founding member of the International Society for the History of the Map. Additional information from Ted Edwards.



September 19-21, 2014 - Civitella del Lago, Italy The Associazione Roberto Almagià [Italian Map Collector Society] will have its Annual Meeting in Sala Brizzi. This year is the bicentenary of the death of the great Italian XVIII century astronomer and cartographer Rizzi Zannoni. An exhibition of his maps will be displayed during the meeting. Additional information from Vladimiro Valerio or info@civitellarte.it.



September 20, 2014 – Princeton The New York Map Society and Philadelphia Map Society will have a Field Trip to Princeton University Library, One Washington Road. John Delaney, Curator of Historic Maps at the Library will lead us through an exhibition of A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888. Dinner will follow across the street at Triumph Brewery. If you plan to attend the tour alone or the tour and dinner, RSVP to Connie Brown. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.



September 23, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Tom Overton, Past RMMS President will speak about Maps Ahoy. Yo-ho-ho and a Rhumb Line! [A whimsical look at pirate maps]. Did you know that the famous English explorers, Francis Drake and William Dampier, were both pirates? In the 17th century one could be both. Tom will bring some period maps to illustrate where the pirates were operating, as well as some authentic pirate artifacts for people to look at. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.



September 24-27, 2014 – Bogota, Columbia The 5th Ibero-American Symposium on the History of Cartography will be organized by the Universidad de los Andes and Razón Cartográfica. The subject of the symposium will be Art, Politics and Cartography. Following the tradition of previous Symposiums registration for the event will be free to all speakers and attendees. Official languages are Portuguese and Spanish. Additional information from 5siahc@uniandes.edu.co.



September 25, 2014 - London Who can resist an ancient map? Its very inaccuracy is its greatest appeal. Map-makers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. Three mapping fanatics talk to us about how maps shaped us and vice versa. Tim Bryars and Tom Harper are the co-authors of "A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps." These 100 maps tell many stories, revealing changing social attitudes towards the unfamiliar and unconventional, from Jewish London at the turn of the century to women in the workplace, and from the Edwardian opium trade to gay London in the 1980s. Jerry Brotton is the author of "A History of the World in Twelve Maps," which covers maps from ancient Babylon to a photograph taken in 1972 by an astronaut on Apollo 17. This fascinating discussion How Maps Shaped the World will be held at 4:00 PM at Soho Theatre Company Ltd, 21 Dean Street. Booking can be done on line.



September 25, 2014 - Surrey Drawn from seven centuries of maps of places around the globe held in The National Archives, Maps: their untold stories offers a fascinating and unusual journey through the world of maps. Hear from authors Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes as they explain who made these maps, why they were made and what they tell us about the politics of the time. Mapmakers range from a native American and a Maori priest to Captain Cook and George Washington. Subject matter includes London before the Great Fire, a map of Czechoslovakia that Hitler gave to Neville Chamberlain, beautifully hand-drawn estate maps, battle plans from the First World War and earlier conflicts, and perhaps the earliest depiction of Santa Claus on a map. Lecture is at 14:00 at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond. After the talk the authors will be signing copies of their book at our onsite bookshop. Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes are specialist map archivists at The National Archives and have many years of experience in advising the public on maps and related records. They have written and spoken about a broad range of map-related topics based on the rich holdings at The National Archives, from the use of maps in sixteenth century law courts to the Second World bomb census survey.



September 28, 2014 - Milwaukee The Wisconsin Map Society will meet at 2 PM at the American Geographical Society Library, Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Michael Blanding will peak about The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps. Michael Blanding will talk about his recently published book, which chronicles the true story of the infamous Forbes Smiley case. His book includes an exclusive interview with Smiley himself, along with new information about the case gleaned from map dealers, collectors, curators, and law enforcement officers. Reception with light refreshments precedes the program at 1:30.



October 7, 2014 – London Tim Bryars and Tom Harper will discuss their book, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps. Tim Bryars is a well-known mapseller, with premises in London’s Cecil Court, while Tom Harper is a curator at the legendary Map Library at the British Library. The lecture will be 4:00-5:00 PM at the Sunday Times Garden Theatre, located in the Imperial Gardens Festival site. Booking can be done on-line.