Cartography - Calendar of Meetings and Events

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Please submit your meeting notices to John W. Docktor.
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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.

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 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 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 - 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 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 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 – 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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 4-5, 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 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 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 13, 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.

September 18-19, 2014 – Philadelphia A conference titled Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period will be held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street. The goal of the conference is to bring together scholars and experienced authorities who have looked at several different aspects of handcolored books and printed maps from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Subjects to be addressed include the materials and techniques used in hand-coloring, the connoisseurship of hand-coloring, and how color alters the meaning of a printed work-how the addition of color represents an interpretation or reinterpretation of the work. We believe that the subject is one of strong intellectual interest that has not received the critical scholarly attention it deserves. We hope for a fruitful exchange of insights and ideas, and an event that will attract a wide audience including art historians, historians of the book, historians of cartography, special collections librarians, dealers in rare books and maps, and collectors. Additional information from the organizers Chet Van Duzer, Invited Research Scholar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912; or Larry E. Tise, Distinguished Professor of History, Brewster 312-A, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

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. Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will discuss Mapping Mr. Madison’s War. At the start of the hostilities between the United States and Great Britain on June 18, 1812, which New Englanders blamed on President James Madison, the small United States Army lacked proper map making or surveying capability. Following the successful conclusion of the War for American Independence, the Army was dramatically reduced and General George Washington’s “Geographers Department” was disbanded. The War of 1812 forced the Army to reestablish a small body of competent topographical officers to conduct military surveys and construct fortifications. Mr. Ehrenberg will describe selected battle and reconnaissance maps, fortification plans, and topographic surveys from the holdings of the National Archives and the Library of Congress that were drawn during the War, and also the cartographers, Army officers, and military engineers who prepared them. He will conclude with a discussion of the contributions by the topographical engineers, which laid the foundation for the Army’s famous Corps of Topographical Engineers. Following the lecture, Mr. Ehrenberg 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 Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.

September 23, 3014 – 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].

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

October 9-11, 2014 - Eichstätt The 17. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium will be held in collaboration with the chair for Ancient History of the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Registration is required. Contact Dr. Markus Heinz, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Kartenabteilung, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin; Tel.: 030 / 266-435500, Fax: 030 / 266-335401.

October 10-12, 2014 - Chicago The 2nd annual Chicago International Map Fair will be held at Loyola University Museum of Art, 111 E. Pearson, just steps from Michigan Ave. The fair will begin with a Friday evening cocktail party & Preview Night featuring a premium open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Hours are 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday & 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday. Aside from browsing the antique maps, the fair will also feature a six part educational series with lectures by some of the antiquarian scholars of the Chicago Map Society and Loyola University. On Saturday, the Newberry Library will offer two tours of their historic building and world renown antique map collection.

October 16-17, 2014 – Arlington, Texas The University of Texas at Arlington will host the 9th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography on the theme The Price of Manifest Destiny: Wars in the American Southwest, 1819-1865. This will include a joint meeting with the Texas Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Immediately following that, on Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday, the 19th there will be a Map Fair in Dallas. Additional information from Ben Huseman, Cartographic Archivist, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Box 19497, 702 Planetarium Place, Arlington, TX 76019-0497; Email:; Phone: 817 272-0633.

October 21-24, 2014 – Seoul The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium is titled Maps, Voyage to the East Asia. It will be held at the National Library of Korea and coordinated by The Korean Research Association of Old Maps. During the symposium, we will be pleased to offer a general viewing of map collections, such as in Map Library of Korea, Royal Books Archives ( Kyujanggak), National Museum and Seoul Historical Museum. There will be pre and post-symposium tours.

October 25, 2014 – Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, will sponsor a map symposium. The speakers will be Martin Bruckner (U of Delaware) and Max Edelson (UVA). They will be speaking on geographical concepts in the early days of the republic. Additional information to come.

October 30-November 2, 2014 – Austin, Texas The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting at the Texas State History Museum. Details to come. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.

November 17, 2014 - Mulhouse, France A conference Clio en cartes 2 will be held at Université de Haute-Alsace. Additional information from Odile Kammerer.

December 2, 2014 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM. Dr. Ronald Gibbs will speak about On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution.

December 2-6, 2014 – Ghent and Brussels, Belgium The ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, and the Brussels Map Circle are organizing a joint international symposium entitled Cartography in Times of War and Peace. The symposium will consist of three events focusing on military cartography, each hosted by one of the contributing partners. For more information and the call for papers please visit


February 6-8, 2015 - 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.

April 23-24, 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.

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 8-10, 2015 - London The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting at the University of London. Details to follow. Additional information from Imre Demhardt.

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.

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.

Fall 2015 – Cape Town The International Map Collectors' Society international symposium will be held in this city. Additional information will be coming.

October 11-13, 2015 – London October 11, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first publication of “The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation” in New Haven and London by Yale University Press in 1965. Vinland Map Symposium will gather a select group of international experts and other interested professionals - from all sides of the argument - for a "brain-storm" across all the relevant fields of research, including but not restricted to: ink, palaeography, paper/parchment, fakes, wormholes, conservation, chemical analyses, bookbinding, cartography and history. The aim is to secure an up-to-date assessment of the Vinland Map and the manuscripts it was associated and/or bound with, the Speculum Historiale and the Tartar Relation - thereby taking an important step forward in bringing to an end the debate on authenticity and provenance, which has now been going on for nearly 50 years. To this end, a potentially very important discovery was made last year about the provenance of the manuscripts with which the Vinland Map has been associated, and was allegedly bound together with, before they first appeared in London in 1957. It has been established that the manuscripts in question were on public display in Madrid in 1892-93 during an event marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America in 1492. This is documented in one of the catalogues for the Expositión Histórico-Europea, held at the Real Academia de la Historia in Madrid. But no map is mentioned in this catalogue entry. This means that the enigma of the provenance of the Speculum Historiale and the Tartar Relation - now kept at Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library - may now finally be resolved. However, it still leaves open the questions about the provenance and authenticity of the Vinland Map itself. The VMS will be coordinated by Jørgen D. Siemonsen, Chair of the VMS Steering Committee, Copenhagen, in association with The Hakluyt Society, London, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. The Co-Chair designates of the Symposium are Tony Campbell, London, former Map Librarian of The British Library, together with William Fitzhugh, Smithsonian Institution. Please note: The venue and outline programme for the VMS will follow in due course, together with a Call for Papers on relevant topics. Preliminary expression of interest to Jørgen D. Siemonsen.



July 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 next year.

July 2-7, 2017 – Washington The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association on the History of Cartography will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Additional information from Lynn Usery, Conference Director.

Last Updated on April 16, 2014 by John W. Docktor