February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 18, May 2, 16, 2015 –
Rostock, Germany There will be
a series of map
talks at 14.00 at the the
Cultural History Museum in conjunction with its exhibition
Vermessen. Mecklenburg auf Karten 1600 bis 1800 [Superb Surveying.
Mecklenburg on Maps 1600-1800].
February 14 - Tilemann Stella, 1576
February 28 - Johann Laurember, 1622
March 14 - Bertram Christian von Hoinckhusen, 1700
March 28 - Warener Flurkarten, 18. Jh.
April 18 - Karte der Berliner Akademie, 1764
May 2 - Schmettau, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1780-82
May 16 - Schmettau, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, 1788-93
March 1, 2015 - Greenwich, Connecticut The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, will host Jack A. Somer at 2:00 pm speaking about (Re)Discovering the “New World”: A Conversation with the Collector. Somer will discuss the antique maps and sea charts from his private collection that are currently on view at the Museum in (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration. The select maps, all original works published between 1511 and 1757, highlight the discovery and early exploration of the Americas. Somer’s talk will provide an in-depth look at these antique maps, which present a fascinating study in geographic and human progress, and is a rare opportunity to hear from the collector himself.
March 3, 2015 - York In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales. To celebrate the bicentenary of the map, John Henry (Chair of the History of Geology Group, Geological Society) will give a lecture, William Smith, Father of English Geology: his maps, for the Yorkshire Philosophical Society as part of their regular lecture programme. Lecture is at 7:30 PM in Tempest Anderson Hall.
March 4-6, 2015 - Barcelona The Fourth International Workshop History of Iberian Cartography (WIHCI), like the previous meetings organized in Portugal, is an initiative whose main objective is the advancement of knowledge in the history of mapping. This time the theme is Cities, Regions and Oceans (XV-XX Centuries). The conference is organized by the Grup d’Estudis d’Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) of the University of Barcelona and the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT) of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC).
March 7, 2015 – Denver Trails
to the Shining Mountains is a Saturday morning symposium
co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain
Map Society and the Oregon-California
Trails Association – Colorado Cherokee Trail Chapter. It
will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Four Mile Historic Park,
located conveniently at Four Mile House, 715 South Forest Street. The
program will include four speakers:
Robert Lowdermilk, a Trustee of Four Mile Historic Park: Welcome Presentation.
Tom Noel: "The South Platte River Road." Tom Noel is Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Wesley A. Brown: "How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map." Wes Brown is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
Christopher Lane: "Maps of the Ways West." Chris Lane is the owner of Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver, the appraiser of maps and prints on Antiques Roadshow, and the program director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
The symposium is free to all current members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. RSVP: Camille Bradford at 303-460-9503.
March 7, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will have its Annual Show and Tell. Join us for a very special members-only event: once again at a beautiful, map-filled Manhattan apartment. Fortified by wine, treats, and each other's company, we'll settle in while 6 or 7 members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you'd 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 served for presentations. 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 share interests. Not yet a member? RSVP anyway--bring a check to the event and become a member there.
March 9, 2015 – Manila The Philippine Map Collectors Society meets at Last Chucker, Manila Polo Club at 6:30 PM.
March 12, 2015 -Bruges At the end of the 18th century, Empress Maria-Theresa of the Hapsburg Empire commissioned a large-scale map of the Austrian Netherlands, one of her dominions that coincided more or less with the current territory of Belgium. The artillery corps of the Austrian Netherlands, under the guidance of its director-general, count de Ferraris, carried out this mapping project between 1770 and 1778. Its end products were twofold: first, three copies of a very detailed manuscript map (1:11 520), entitled Carte de cabinet, which was reserved for use by the imperial cabinet; second, a smaller-scale engraved map without military details (1:86 400), known as the Carte marchande, which was intended for sale to a larger audience to cover part of the production costs. Ferraris’s mapping project is a good example of the extensive surveys by specialist engineers that started to emerge in the 18th century, associated with the transition from siege warfare to a more extensive kind of military campaign. The lecture, The French contribution to the 18th c. Ferraris maps, will focus on this exchange of cartographic knowledge across international borders by looking at the extent to which the formal aspects of the maps (their symbols, scale, sheet lines) and their surveying procedure were inspired by the French. The results of recent research into the maps' semiotics and geometric accuracy will also be discussed at length. Venue: Cultuurbilbiotheek, Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 38, 8200 Brugge. Language: Dutch. Time schedule: 20.00.
March 12, 2015 - Edinburgh The Human Geography Seminar will be held at the Old Library, Drummond Street, University of Edinburgh, at 15:30. Imre Demhardt (School for Advanced Study, London) will speak about Unveiling the Earth's Face: August Petermann and the Golden Age of Explorative Cartography. It might not be politically correct today, but in nineteenth century exploration men made history and maps. And one of their favoured playgrounds was the Arctic with the ultimate quest for the North Pole. Taking August Petermann (1822-78) - eminent cartographer, journal editor, gate keeper of geographical exploration in his time and, last but not least, in 1845-47 with Edinburgh's own cartographic firm W.&A.K. Johnston - as pilot and cartographic chronicler the lecture navigates through the polar regions from renewed interest in the Northwest Passage in the 1810s to the most disputed 'conquest' of the Pole in 1908/09.
March 12, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth 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. Katherine Parker (Department of History, University of Pittsburgh) will discuss A Tricky Passage: Navigating, Mapping, and Publishing Representations of Tierra del Fuego in the Long Eighteenth Century. 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 14, 2015 - Oxford Mapping the history of Oxford: a day course at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, will be held from 9.30am - 4.45pm. This Day School, run in collaboration with the Oxford Preservation Trust will launch a new Historical Atlas of Oxford. It will feature a range of topics from the earliest history of Oxford to the development of the modern city and its suburbs and include consideration of the challenges and special insights that can be gained from a cartographical approach to historical study. If you have any questions about this course, please email or telephone +44(0)1865 270380. Registration is required and can be done on-line.
March 19, 2015 – Charlottesville Dr. Seymour Schwartz, surgeon, author, UVA benefactor and extraordinary collector, will give the Williamsburg Map Circle a private presentation drawn from some of his favorite maps now lodged in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at University of Virginia. The presentation will be from 10:30 AM until noon. Dr. Schwartz will give a public talk about Cadwallader Colden (a physician, farmer, surveyor, botanist, and a lieutenant governor for the Province of New York ) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Special Collections Library. Additional information from Ted Edwards.
March 19, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Wesley Brown will speak about 1500: The Year of Seven Distinct World Views. Remarkably, there was one time in history, around 1500 AD, when eight very different types of maps were being produced. Although some were contemporary printings of ancient maps, all were being made to represent geographical information for contemporary use and study, not as ancient specimens but as contemporary ways to understand geography. They are 1) Greek and Roman maps, 2) maps of Claudius Ptolemy, 3) classical Islamic Maps, 4) Biblically based European maps, 5) portolan charts, 6) maps of European Renaissance, 7) Chinese maps 8) Asian Indian maps. The presenter will explain each of these forms of maps, their time of use, and show illustrations of original examples from his collection.
March 19, 2015 – 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. Rob Shenk, President of New Media, and Eric Benson, GIS Specialist, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon will discuss their new Washington’s World, an online map describing the life and history of George Washington. The web site is a modern version of the George Washington Atlas, published in 1932 for the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, and edited by Col. Lawrence Martin, Chief, Geography and Map Division. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
March 21, 2015 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle invites you to a Map Afternoon. You are expected at 12.30 for a convivial drink and sandwich lunch. (Members may attend the Annual General Meeting which preceeds this meeting at 11:00-12:15) We kindly invite you to bring a map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument or an interesting book on cartography and to present it and talk about it during the Map Afternoon. We are equally interested into antique maps as into ordinary or contemporary maps as there is always something interesting, even in the simplest maps or cartographic items. If you are a newcomer and you would like to know more about an item you will bring along, the members of the Circle will be pleased to study it carefully and share their cartographic knowledge with you. Venue: Raadzaal, Salle du Conseil, Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts, Kunstberg, Boulevard de l'Empereur 2, Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussel. Registration as well as prepayment on our bank account before 1 March 2015 are required. Additional information from Jean-Christophe Staelens.
March 26-28, 2015 - Berlin The 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 4. Elizabeth Ross, University of Florida, will have a session Early Modern Art and Cartography (1400-1600). How did the production and circulation of maps and cartographic texts in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries affect the visual arts, especially pictorial works (painted, printed, or woven)? These centuries saw the circulation of multiple mapping systems and cartographic texts in new and traditional formats through the printing trade as well as court and other elite patronage. European voyages generated new geographies (physical, cultural, economic, etc.) that were integrated into maps and works of visual art. How did cartographic culture and the visual arts overlap and inform each other?
April 1, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will convene at 5:30 PM, with dinner nearby afterwards, in the Philadelphia Free Library Map Division for Rich Boardman's presentation of Non-Traditional Maps. There are many ways to interpret or visualize the idea of a “map”. There’s always some element of geography but just what that is and how it’s presented, and why, is limited only by imagination and vision. Beyond the practical use of traditional maps to travel from one place to another, maps can be used as allegory and metaphor, ideological symbols or subtle tools of persuasion. Map formats can be changed to better illustrate a point and how we view a particular geography is unlimited. We’ll be looking at a variety of “non-traditional maps” that include maps of the imagination but that have their very own point of view, architectural renderings that change map formats and illustrations that blur the line between maps and views. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
April 9, 2015 - Washington Jay I. Kislak Lecture in the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas will take place 6:30- 8:00 PM in the Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress. John Hessler, Mike Toth, Fenella France, William Noel, and Chet Van Duzer will discuss Shedding Light on Antiquity: The Forensic Imaging and Study of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Manuscripts. Advanced digital imaging capabilities developed from forensics, remote earth resource satellites, and national security applications have recently become effective tools for the multidisciplinary study of manuscripts, maps, and other documents dating from antiquity to the present. The use of these techniques has not only helped reveal hidden and previously unavailable information, but has also changed and advanced the way scholars in the humanities and scientists interact with each other across disciplines. The use of these new techniques has also presented challenges for institutions working to digitize and integrate data for study, storage and preservation of these ephemeral examples of cultural heritage.
April 10-11, 2015 – Galveston The spring meeting of the Texas Map Society will be held in the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St. More information to come. Additional information from Ben Huseman.
April 11, 2015 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St; (212) 874-5210. Wendy Brawer of Green Map System will speak. She's an old friend of the map society.
April 14, 2015 - Rostock, Germany Prof. Dr. Gyula Pápay will talk about Das Germania-Kartenprojekt Tilemann Stellas at 17.00 at the Rostock Cultural History Museum.
April 16, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Chet Van Duzer will speak about Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. No wonder that early cartographers felt the need to depict such creatures on their maps, whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation. Long a subject of fascination to collectors and map aficionados, these beasts are now, for the first time, getting the scholarly attention they deserve. Chet Van Duzer, a highly-regarded cartographic historian with books to his credit on Martin Waldseemüller and Johan Schöner, will cast a critical eye on the sea monsters that appear on early maps. His review begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century, highlighting the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.
April 16, 2015 – 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. Antiquarian Map Acquisition and Sales: Panel Discussion with Eliane Dotson (Old World Auctions, Glen Allen, VA), Bill Stanley (Cartographic Associates, Fulton, MD) and Harry Newman (Old Print Shop, Washington, DC) The panel will informally discuss the growth of map collecting and the map trade. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
April 17-19, 2015 - Esslingen an Neckar, Germany The 10th International Atlas Day 2015 - Workshop and Weekend will be held at Salemer Pfleghof. Contact Reinhard Urbanke for additional information.
April 17-18, 2015 – Perth, Scotland Why not join members of the International Map Collectors' Society for a Spring Break in Scotland? We are planning a two-day trip based on the "Fair City" of Perth. The current plan is to arrive on the 16th and then spend the following day with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) to view their map collections and artifacts and to have a tour of their premises including the 16th century Fair Maid's House which has recently been restored. There will be a reception in their Shackleton Room, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton who was secretary of the RSGS in 1904. On Saturday, 18th April, we will travel by coach to the stunning fairy tale Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl, where there is a fine collection of 18th century estate maps by the surveyor James Stobie. We will also have a tour of rooms open to the public including the vast ballroom and Great Hall. There may also be time for a tour of the Hercules Garden with its view of Ben Nevis. On our return to Perth we will stop for tea at the small town of Dunkeld with its part-ruined cathedral, second-hand bookshop and Thomas Telford's famous bridge over the River Tay. Saturday evening we will gather for a farewell dinner and you will then be free to travel back to Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland on Sunday. A booking form will go out via e-mail in the New Year but if you like the idea in principle please contact the organiser, Valerie Newby at (0)1296 670001 so that we can get an idea of the numbers involved.
April 18, 2015 – Richmond The topic of the 2015 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lectures on the History of Cartography is The Transformation of Cartography in the Civil War Era. Lectures will be held at Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street. Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, the lectures will feature Susan Schulten, history professor and map scholar at the University of Denver, and Cassandra Farrell, map specialist at the Library of Virginia. Schulten will discuss the effects of the sectional crisis on map production and uses. Farrell will highlight the different types of maps published, produced, used, and perused during and after the Civil War from the Library of Virginia’s collections, with special emphasis on recently acquired maps made for field use. Both lectures complement the Library of Virginia’s current and upcoming exhibitions, “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade and Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.” This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks (11:00 AM–4:00 PM) and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. Experts from Old World Auctions, specialists in antique maps from the 15th through the 19th centuries, will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of the condition of the map. Due to time constraints, each participant is limited to one map for evaluation. For more information, please visit www.lva.virginia.gov/maps or call 804.692.3561.
April 21, 2015 – Cardiff In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales. To celebrate the bicentenial of this map, Dr Tom Sharpe will discuss William Smith (1769-1839): 200 Years of the 1st Nationwide Geological Map at 6:00pm at Cardiff University, Room 1.25, Main Building, Park Place.
April 22-25, 2015 - London The History of Geology Group is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015 to celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago. The meeting will be held at Burlington House. William Smith (1769 –1839) was an English geologist who created the first nationwide geological map. In 1794, working as a surveyor on the construction for the Somerset Coal Canal, Smith recognised that each stratigraphic horizon contained a unique assemblage of fossils. This enabled him to work out the order of strata from the fossils they contained. From 1799 he mapped local strata, eventually creating the first geological map of England and Wales, published in 1815. During the conference we aim to visit Smith’s fossil and rock collections at the Natural History Museum, and to unveil a plaque on Smith’s London house. An evening celebratory dinner is also planned. On Saturday 25 April we will visit the Smith Archive at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Smith’s birthplace and the Smith Heritage Centre in Churchill village. For further information please e-mail: John Henry.
April 23, 2015 - Milwaukee The annual “Maps and America” lecture at the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, 2311 E. Hartford Avenue, features Stephen Hornsby speaking about Picturing the Wold: American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1970. Lecture is at 6:00 PM, reception at 5.30 PM.
April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015 – Canberra The 43rd annual conference of the Australian & New Zealand Map Society has the theme The Power of Maps. It will be held in conjunction with The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia, and will be hosted by The National Library Of Australia. Additional information from Brendan Whyte at +61 2 6262 1192.
April 30, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth 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 Stephen Daniels (School of Geography, University of Nottingham) will discuss Reforming Cartography: John Britton and The Topographical Survey of the Borough of St Marylebone (1834). 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 2, 2015 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet at 1:30 PM at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St. Jefferson Moak will present A Harmony of Talents: The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry in the 19th Century. This event is free to our members but direct reservation is required. Reserve your spot by calling 215-925-2688. Our long table lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman.
May 4, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Jim Akerman will speak about A Luddite's view of the history of cartography in the 20th century. It will be held at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2. The Twentieth Century was arguably the most transformative century in the history of cartography since the Renaissance. The 1900s saw the rapid expansion of mapmaking in both the commercial and governmental spheres, the emergence of cartography as a professional and academic field, and the related development of map libraries, map librarianship, and the field of the history of cartography itself. A century that began in the midst of an industrial revolution in cartographic printing ended in the midst of a digital revolution. For years experts and prognosticators have been predicting the demise of the paper maps. But neither the paper map – nor for that matter, the manuscript map – has disappeared from the scene. In his talk Dr. Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library in Chicago, draws on wide range of maps to ask whether the technological, professional, and social developments truly transformed mapmaking and map use over the course of the past century; and if so, if this is a good thing. He doesn’t have easy answers to these questions, but like fellow Luddites, he thinks they are worth asking. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 5, 2015 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College) will speak about Maps and seafarers in the English Channel (eighteenth century). Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476.
May 7, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography will have a TOSCA field trip to the Weston Library. Space limited on the field trip - for further details, please contact Nick Millea at 01865 287119.
May 9, 2015 - Hartford The New York Map Society will have a field trip to the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street. We will meet there at 2:30 pm and Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics will show highlights of their considerable map collection.
May 11, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Susan Schulten will speak about How an artist reinvented the map. Lecture will be held at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room. More Americans came into contact with maps during the Second World War than in any previous moment in American history. From the elaborate and innovative inserts in National Geographic to the schematic and tactical maps that filled daily newspapers, maps were everywhere. While war has perennially driven interest in geography, World War Two was different. The urgency of the war, coupled with the advent of aviation, fueled the demand not just for more but different maps. The most important innovator to step into this breach was actually not a cartographer at all, but an artist. Beginning in the late 1930s Richard Edes Harrison drew a series of elegant and gripping images of a world at war, and in the process persuaded the public that aviation and global war really had fundamentally disrupted the nature of geography. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 14-17, 2015 - Kalamazoo, Michigan Laura Whatley (Kendall College of Art and Design) and Chet Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Library) are organizing two panels about maps at the International Congress on Medieval Studies which takes place at Western Michigan University. The panel topics are "Rethinking Medieval Maps I: The Unmapped, Marginalized and Fictitious" and "Rethinking Medieval Maps II: Evidence for the Use and Re-Use of Maps." Additional information from Laura Whatley or Chet Van Duzer.
May 14, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth 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. Richard Smith, M.A. (Retired businessman and IMCoS member) will discuss Getting Lost and Finding the Way. The Use, Mis-use and Non-use of Maps in the Peninsular War (1807–1814). 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 14, 2015 – Washington The Washington Map Society Annual Dinner will be held at the Law Offices of Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. The featured speaker is Pam Scott, one of the leading architectural historians of Washington DC, who will present an illustrated lecture on Benjamin Latrobe: Architect and Surveyor of the United States Capital. More details on the Annual Diner to follow. For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
May 14-15, 2015 – Washington This year’s annual meeting of the Philip Lee Phillips Society will be at the Library of Congress. The topic is Finding the Antipodes: The Cartographic History of Polar Exploration from 1500 to the Present. Click here for additional details.
May 18, 2015 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society, the University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of lectures about Mapping in the early 20th Century. This joint event includes four Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Curtis Bird will speak about Pictorial Maps, a history and overview. Lecture will be held at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room. The beginning of the 20th century marks amazing developments in our precise understanding of the earth and its complex geographical structures. And at this same time the genre of “pictorial” maps charted a different vantage of geography, looking at life, culture and the perspectives that define areas to us. While pictorial cartography can be colorful and whimsical, full of illustrations, it can also pull back the veil on culture and perception at the time. In this talk we will look at several different “streams” of pictorial map making that can define the genre. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 19, 2015 - Pueblo, Colorado Dr. Ronald Gibbs will discuss On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution with the Rocky Mountain Map Society. During five critical months in late 1776 and very early 1777, the entire future of our country hung by a mere thread as George Washington and his Continental Army battled to preserve the American Revolution against the seemingly invincible British Redcoats and their Hessian mercenaries. You know the ultimate outcome—we won! But this lecture, featuring maps from Dr. Gibbs’ personal collection as well as great historic paintings, will bring the personalities and events of these critical times to life. Come hear about what really happened at Bunker Hill, the Battle of New York, and Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware. 7:00 PM in the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library, 100 East Abriendo Ave. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
May 21, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 5:30 pm. Jorge Macle, the Curator of Maps at Cuba's National Archives, will be the speaker. Details will be posted soon.
May 27-29, 2015 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island The Canadian Cartographic Association annual conference will be held at the Hotel on Pownal.
May 27-29, 2015 – Corfu The 10th Jubilee Commission's Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage will be held at Ionian University and Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece in the historical centre of Corfu. It is hosted by the History Department of the Ionian Univesrity, a Supporting Institution of the Commission in cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Cartographic Heritage Group. The 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, geo-political, social, artistic, scientific and engineering) whose work is either focused on or affined to cartographic heritage, an inportant component of cultural heritage.
May 28, 2015 – London The Twenty-Fourth 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 Diana Lange (Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig) will discuss Putting Tibet on the Map: A 19th Century Cartographic Depiction by a Local Artist. 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 29-31, 2015 - York Place and Space in the Medieval World Conference to be held at King’s Manor. ‘Space’ and ‘Place’ are terms that have had a ‘renaissance’ within medieval scholarship in recent decades, becoming increasingly employed to describe the cultural and intellectual landscape of the Middle Ages. However, despite the widely recognised importance of these terms, of late, various factions of scholars have begun to debate whether one has primacy over the other in terms of its agency and usefulness in determining how we conceptualise and discuss the medieval world. While taking into account these vagaries, this conference will extend the conversation surrounding these terms and ideas, considering the extant visual and textual sources alongside the contemporary scholarly discussions of this milieu. Additional information from Heidi Stoner and Meg Boulton.
June 1, 2015 – Denver The
Rocky Mountain Map Society, the
University of Denver, and Denver Public Library present a series of
lectures about Mapping
in the early 20th Century.
This joint event includes four
Monday evening presentations, two map-related exhibits, and a
mini-map fair. Today at 6:30 PM, Bill Wyckoff will speak about
cartographies: the Clason Map Company and the American West,
1903-1931. Lecture will
be held at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2. George Clason
built the largest commercial map company west of Chicago between 1903
and 1931. In his years as a Denver-based map publisher and booster of
western economic development, Clason produced millions of road maps,
state maps, city maps, promotional circulars and maps for mining
companies, land companies, and state and local governments. In this
paper, Bill Wykoff examines the business relationships Clason forged
with private companies and public institutions and how textual and
visual material within Clason’s maps communicated enduring
ideas about the West’s economic potential and regional
character. He suggests that Clason’s maps formed a powerful
cartographic narrative focused on promoting development in the West
that reflected his own belief in progress and the merits of
individual effort within a largely capitalistic economic system. He
also examines how these same economic principles shape Clason’s
later career as a writer of self-help essays on achieving financial
independence. These essays became accepted household wisdom to
millions of Americans between 1925 and 1950 and remain in print
today. Bill Wyckoff suggests that Clason’s cartography
reflected the same economic principles he made famous in his later
essays about saving money and building capital.
A Map Fair will be held before Bill Wyckoff’s lecture at 5:30 PM and following the lecture. Local map dealers will have a selection of their inventory on display and available for purchase. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
June 5, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual Dinner and Malcolm Young Lecture will be held at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard. The 2015 Malcolm Young Lecture is to be given by Rose Mitchell, from The National Archives of the UK at Kew. There is a wealth of material at Kew drawn from seven centuries spanning medieval manuscripts, early estate maps, sea charts, military maps and maps from treaties. Rose will explore a selection from around the world, examining in each chosen case who the mapmakers were, why the maps were made and what this tells us of the politics of the time. This lecture will precede the annual dinner. Due to the rules of the Civil Service Club we do need you to register for this event. Please email either our Secretary, David Dare, or the Vice-Chair, Valerie Newby, in advance
June 6, 2015 – London The International Map Collectors' Society Annual General Meeting will be held at Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore.
June 6-7 2015 - London The London Map Fair is the largest antique map fair in Europe. It will be held Saturday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. It will be held at historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore. This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.
June 9, 2015 – London Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington; Seng Tee Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow) will speak about Charting Manifest Destiny: 19th-century exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West at 17:30 – 19:00 at the School of Advanced Study, University of London Senate House, Wolfson Room I (NB01), Malet Street. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the lost War of 1812 inevitably turned expansionism of the booming United States continental westwards before, having reached the Pacific coast and digested these acquisitions, the US-Spanish War of 1898 paved the way to global imperialism. After setting the socio-political framework, the lecture aims at a tour d’horizon on ‘how the West was won’ by focusing on the army’s topographical engineers. They not only were charged with the military reconnaissance of conquest but also the survey of infrastructural key projects like the trans-continental railroad arteries. Free to attend, but please register in advance.
June 11, 2015 – Oxford The 22nd Annual Series Oxford Seminars In Cartography runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Imre Josef Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington), will speak about From cosmopolitan exploration to colonial penetration: Germany and the colonial turn in the cartography of Africa. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119.
July 5-10, 2015 - London The International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 will be held at Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). Plenary speakers will include William Cronon (University of Wisconsin), Catherine Hall (UCL) and Simon Schaffer (Cambridge University). The Conference will include a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips within and beyond London.
July 6-9, 2015 – Leeds, England The twenty-second International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds University, and its special thematic strand is Reform and Renewal. After four very solid years of attendance and participation, the Mappings block of sessions has become a go-to component of the Congress. Additional information from Felicitas Schmieder or Dan Terkla.
July 8-11, 2015 - London For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London. In addition to the paper sessions to be held at the Senate House of the University of London and the Conference Center of the British Library, the Annual Meeting will be complemented by excursions to the Royal Geographical Society, the Map Room of the British Library, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A detailed program including information on scheduled excursions, online-registration, and recommended accommodation close-by the paper session locations will be published in due time on the Society’s website. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.
July 11, 2015 – Antwerp Meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM) and the Annual General Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap) will be held. More details to come.
July 12-17, 2015 – Antwerp The 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be hosted by the City of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp. It is organized under the main heading Theatre of the World in Four Dimensions / Space-Time-Imagination-Spectacle. Inspiration was derived from the title of the very first modern atlas, which was published in 1570 by the Antwerp mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. For additional information contact Felix Archief, Oudeleeuwenrui 29, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel.: +32 3 338 94 11.
July 26-31, 2015 - Washington The Rare Book School offers a course From Manuscript to Woodblock: The Art and Science of Cartography from Ptolemy to the Age of Copernicus, 200-1550 CE to be taught by John Hessler at the Library of Congress. This course will introduce students to the earliest forms of cartography. We will examine in detail the construction methods of some of the masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, such as the 1507 and 1516 world maps by Martin Waldseemüller, and other examples of early cartography found in the Library of Congress. Students will look closely at the making of portolan charts and take full advantage of new analytical research on their make-up. In addition to close scrutiny of the maps themselves, class discussion and reading will consider medieval and early Renaissance theories of the earth and the relationship of cartography to contemporary developments in astronomy and navigation, as well as the social and cultural aspects of patronage and production. You can find out more about the course and information about how to apply online.
August 17-21, 2015 - Moscow The International Geographical Union will meet in Moscow this summer for the third time since the International Geographical Congress of 1976, when over 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in the Soviet capital for lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions. The pace of global change has since accelerated in directions that once seemed unimaginable. At the 2015 IGU Regional Conference, participants will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in light of current political-environmental challenges. The conference theme is Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth and it will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Alexey Postnikov is a local convener of History of Geography and Geopolitics Sessions and additional information can be obtained from him.
August 20-21, 2015 – Rio de Janeiro Prior to the 27th International Conference of the International Cartographic Association, the ICA Commission On The History Of Cartography will have a Pre-Conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography. Additional information from Elri Liebenberg, Chair: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography.
August 23-28, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro The 27th International Cartographic Conference and the 16th General Assembly of International Cartographic Association will take place at the SulAmérica Convention Center. Additional information from Congrex do Brasil.
September 1, 8, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 2015 - Charlottesville Joel Kovarsky will be teaching The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations again for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia on six Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. This course is intended as an overview of the history of cartography, with a general focus on the printed map. There will be discussion of the overlapping appeals for art, history, politics, and geography, coupled with the fundamental importance of maps for society and the building and maintenance of nations. The bulk of the material discussed will be pre-20th century. Four of the six 1.5 hour sessions will be held at the Jefferson Library (Monticello) and two sessions at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia (to see some of their specific holdings). There will some focus on Virginia material. All sessions will provide the opportunity to see examples of original maps. Additional information from Joel Kovarsky.
September 12-13, 2015 - Lemgo, Germany Verein Freundeskreis für Cartographica will meet at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18. We will have our annual meeting and tour the exhibition Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography].
September 15, 2015 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society meets 5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Camille Bradford will speak about William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his Later Years. William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. From 1929 until his death, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. His iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years. Camille Bradford is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Oregon- California Trail Association (OCTA) and an active member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. She is also the stepdaughter of Howard R. Driggs. This presentation will include photographs, correspondence, maps and movie clips from the Howard R. Driggs Collection at Southern Utah University. Additional information from Lorraine Sherry.
September 17, 2015 – 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. Petra Svatek (Department of History, University of Vienna, Austria) will be speaking on Geography – Geology – Medicine – Archaeology: Academic Cartography in Vienna 1848-1900. The presentation will focus on thematic maps produced by geographers, geologists, physicians and archaeologists of the University of Vienna and other Viennese scientific institutions between 1848 and 1900. The first boom of thematic cartography set in around 1850, when several scientific institutions and professorships were established and right from the beginning made the production of thematic maps part and parcel of their work and research activities. But how was the interplay with politics, the development of specific methods and was the map-production organized in an interdisciplinary fashion by involving numerous scientists from many different institutions and fields of study? For additional information contact Ed Redmond.
September 23-26, 2015 – Dresden The 13th Symposium
of the International
Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place in
cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer
Salon. The symposium will address all aspects of the study of
globes – especially the history of globes and globes in their
historical and socio-cultural context, as well as globe related
instruments such as armillary spheres, planetaria, telluria and
lunaria. Languages: German and English (no interpreters available).
23 September: afternoon: guided tour through Dresden; evening: informal gathering.
24 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers.
25 September: forenoon and afternoon: papers; evening: symposium dinner.
26 September: trip to Leipzig including the visit of the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde.
For further information please contact: International Coronelli Society, c/o Jan Mokre, Austrian National Library, Globe Museum, Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Vienna, Austria; Tel: +43 1 53410 298, Fax: +43 1 53410319.
October 3, 2015 – Arlington, Texas The Texas Map Society fall meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington Library. More information to come. Additional information from Ben Huseman.
October 19-21, 2015 – Cape Town The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium will have the theme 400 Years of cartography of travels to and in Southern Africa, from the Portuguese explorers (c. 1500) to the Boer War (c. 1900). It will be held at the Centre for the Book of the National Library of South Africa, 62 Queen Victoria Street. Presentations will include Early Charts of European travel to the Far East and Antarctic; The stars of Southern African cartography; Mauritius and the first accurate map in the Southern Hemisphere; David Livingstone’s maps of exploring the Zambezi River and beyond; Monomotapa, Myth, Money and Miniature Maps; A raconteur’s map of travels in Southern Africa; Mapping ’The Hitherto Unknown’; bitter rivalry in mapping the Cape of Good Hope. Additional information including contact information can be found on the website.
October 23-25, 2015 – Chicago The Chicago International Map Fair fair will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art at 820 N. Michigan Avenue in their main exhibit hall. The fair will begin with a Friday evening preview night (with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar). The preview night will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The fair will open to the general public Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will also consist of 4 lectures, a sponsored exhibit from the MacLean Collection, and two tours of the Newberry Library Map Collection. Tickets are free to those who register for the fair before July 1st. After that, they will be $10 for the weekend.
November 7, 2015 – Paris The14th Paris Map-Fair will be held 11.00 – 18.00 at Hotel Ambassador, 16, Bd Haussmann.
December 12, 2015 - Brussels The Brussels Map Circle International Conference is about Turkey. The Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe’s history, will no doubt allow us to show splendid cartographic specimens. Don’t miss our Europalia contribution this year! Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels from 09.30 - 16.30. Language: English. Additional information from email@example.com.
February 5-7, 2016 - 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. Registration is available on-line. For information contact Hilda Masip, Map Fair Coordinator, at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flager St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.
Spring 2016 - Riga The Map & Geoinformation Curators Group will meet at the National Library of Latvia. Details to be announced.
October 6-9, 2016 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. Additional information from Ben Huseman.
October 2016 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will play host to a major event - a conference celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures, the International Symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society, and the Chicago Map Fair. A large attendance is anticipated. Further details to be announced.
July 2-7, 2017 – Washington The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Additional information from Lynn Usery, Conference Director.
July 9-14, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - the 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and will be coordinated by Professor Junia Furtado. The proceedings will be in English. This is the first time that the conference, founded in 1964, will take place outside Europe and North America. Belo Horizonte is the capital city of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil, and the country's third largest urban conglomerate after Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Its selection underlines the growing importance of the history of cartography in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking Latin America. Further details will be made available in 2016.