Washington Map Society



Program sessions will be held in the Reading Room, Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. Please allow adequate time to pass through the security checkpoint at the Library's entrance in time to be seated for the start of the meeting. The Library is one block from METRO's Capital South Station (Blue and Orange Lines). The Chairman of the WMS Program Committee is Ted Callaway, phone 202-879-5418.

Special Note on Bad Weather: The WMS follows the closing decisions of the Federal Government. If the Federal Government is closed, our meeting will also be canceled. In the event bad weather develops later in the day, we may still be forced to cancel. We will attempt to send out a blast e-mail in that case. Please check your email account for a WMS notice before coming to a meeting when bad weather is predicted.

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7:00 PM, Peter Barber (MA, FSA, FRHistS) will present a special lecture on John White's maps of Raleigh's Virginia Colony: Patches, Patrons, Presentation, Planning. The recent discovery of a concealed symbol on John White’s manuscript map of Raleigh’s Virginia colony has led to renewed interest in the mapping of England’s earliest American colony established on Roanoke Island in 1585. In a Powerpoint presentation, Mr. Barber will place all of John White’s maps of the colony into the context of English sixteenth-century mapping. On the basis of comparison with contemporary maps and documents, he will suggest their distinctive functions in the overall enterprise. It seems that the map with the patches was not originally intended to accompany the ethnographical and ecological drawings and the other maps with which it has hitherto been associated. Far from being just a passive, if amazingly accurate, portrayal of the colony and its environs, Mr. Barber will argue that it played a crucial role in determining the future of England’s lasting presence in north America. Mr. Barber has been head of the map collections at the British Library since 2001.

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Ron Grim, Curator, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, will lead WMS attendees on a tour of the exhibit Torn in Two: the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at Ford’s Theater. We will gather in the meeting room on the 5th floor of Center for Education and Leadership, 514 10th Street, NW, for Mr. Grim’s introductory presentation at 7:00 p.m. before touring the exhibit. Torn in Two opened at the Boston Public Library in 2011 and is now traveling to select cities.

On Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. S. Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will be speaking on The Course and Mapping of the Line Established by the Proclamation of 1763. Per Wikipedia, “The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III following Great Britain's acquisition of French territory in North America after the end of the French and Indian War/Seven Years' War, in which it forbade settlers from settling past a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains. The purpose of the proclamation was to organize Great Britain's new North American empire and to stabilize relations with Native North Americans through regulation of trade, settlement, and land purchases on the western frontier.“ Professor Edelson specializes in Colonial British America, History of Cartography, Slavery and Plantation Societies, and is the author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Tom Touchton, who has been an active collector of maps of Florida for 30 years and a driving force behind the building of the Tampa Bay History Center, will speak on Florida in Maps. Mr. Touchton will speak about his collection, tell some interesting Florida history stories and use a Power Point presentation to show images of some of his maps and the museum. He will also describe the major exhibition of Florida maps that will open at the Tampa Bay History Center in September, 2013.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Society will hold its Annual Dinner meeting at the Metropolitan Club, 21st and H Streets, N.W. The Guest Speaker will be Richard Pflederer. Additional information to come.