Cartography - Archive 2008 Calendar of Events

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January 12, 2008 - Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 11:00 am in Ruggles Hall, will have Ricardo Padrón (University Of Virginia) discuss The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain. Cartography, the science of making accurate maps, was still in its infancy during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. This meant that one of the great historical endeavors of that period-the discovery and conquest of the Americas by Spain-was carried out using "maps" that were more often verbal than pictorial. Padrón identifies cartographic sensibilities within sixteenth-century epic poems, explorers' travel accounts, and other literary texts and demonstrates how these verbal maps are better understood as extensions of medieval than as modern ways of conceptualizing and representing space.

January 12, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society's first meeting of the new year is at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Mysterious Mapmakers: Exploring the Impossibly Accurate 16th-Century Maps of Antarctica and Greenland will be discussed by New York Map Society member Les Trager. He will discuss maps published in the 16th century that clearly show Antarctica and Greenland. Yet no known explorer had reached either place at that time. Les will try to answer a few intriguing questions: From what maps did the early cartographers copy? Who made the surveys in the first place? Contact John Woram for additional information.

January 17, 2008 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. A Member's Map Evening will be held. This was very popular the last time we had such an event; a great learning opportunity for all. Members are invited to bring a map and discuss it with fellow WMS members. Library of Congress experts - and WMS members - Ed Redmond, Jim Flatness and Heather Wanser will be available to address questions about your map, about use of the references available in the G&M Reading Room, or to discuss your map's conservation needs. Bring a favorite map or one on which you need an expert view (which could also come from a fellow WMS member). Library of Congress staff members will ensure that members will be able to leave the building with their maps. For additional information, contact Ed Redmond at 202-707-8548.

January 18, 2008 - Strasbourg Journée d'étude: Expériences de terrain et compétences cartographiques : pour une approche heuristique de la numérisation des cartes et plans (HistCARTO), organized by Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l'Homme - Alsace (MISHA).

January 19, 2008 - Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, at 11:00 am in Ruggles Hall will have Alessandro Scafi (University of London) discuss Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth. When early Christians adopted the Hebrew Bible with its story of Genesis, the Garden of Eden became for them a paradise on earth, situated in real geography and indicated on maps. In Mapping Paradise, Alessandro Scafi explores medieval intellectual conditions that made mapping paradise possible. He also accounts for the transformations in theological doctrine and cartographic practice that eroded belief in a terrestrial paradise and led to historical and regional mapping of the Garden of Eden, beginning in the Reformation and continuing today.

January 19, 2008 - Indianapolis The Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, is offering a workshop on Using Maps to Discover Your Family History from 10 am to noon. Participants will learn how to use various kinds of maps (including plat books, Sanborn maps and topographical maps) in their research. The workshop will be led by Betty L. Warren of the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library and immediate past-president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. Registration is $8 for IHS members; $10 for non-members. Registrations must be received by January 11. To register for the workshop, or for more information, call (317) 232-1882 or (800) 447-1830.

January 19, 2008 - McLean, Virginia William Stanley (U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, Ret.) will talk about The Nation's Chartmaker: 200 Years of Service by the U. S. Coast & Geodetic Survey at the meeting of National Capitol Department of the Council on America's Military Past. The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m., Alford Auditorium, Vinson Hall, 6251 Old Dominion Drive. Contact Paul Peak, phone 703-970-3847, if you wish to attend the dinner at 5:30 p.m. or for additional information.

January 24, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - Professor Valerie Kivelson (Department of History, University of Michigan). Angels in Siberia: Maps and Empire in the Age of Peter the Great - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.

January 26, 2008 - Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, in Ruggles Hall, will have Ruth Watson (University of Auckland) present The Art of Mapping the Heart. Ruth Watson is a New Zealand/Australian artist and a prizewinning scholar in historical geography. For more than fifteen years, her art has focused on how maps construct our ideas of the globe. In an illustrated talk, she will discuss how she has used salt, images of her tongue, and other unconventional media to create works of art based on the cordiform, a heart-shaped projection of the globe developed in the sixteenth century.

January 26, 2008 - Los Angeles The California Map Society will hold its winter meeting at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. Additional information from vice-president Greg McIntosh, phone 562-405-5099..

January 26, 2008 - Washington Arthur Dunkleman, Curator of the Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress, will host Washington Map Society members for a special tour of the exhibit, Early Americas. This exhibit features the famous and recently-acquired 1507 Waldseemüller world map, which was the first map to use the name America, and items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Arrive at the visitor's entrance, at the carriage-way under the grand staircase, Jefferson Building, on 1st St., SE, facing the Capitol. Allow some time to pass through security. Immediately after passing through security, you will be on the Ground Floor; assemble at the Visitors Information Desk (near cloak rooms and toilets) not later than 10:30 a.m., when the tour will begin. Following the tour, interested participants will gather for lunch at the nearby Hunan Dynasty Restaurant.If you wish to participate in the lunch, please notify Howard Lange 703-532-1605.

January 29, 2008 - Newark, Delaware Martin Brückner, University of Delaware associate professor of English, will speak on Finding Maps: Carto-bibliography in American History and Practice, at noon in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in the Morris Library. The talk will include a description of the modern history of the cartographic archive and the institutional development of map collections, from John Adams' official call for a federal map collection to modern digital databases. Throughout, special attention will be given to the bibliographical challenges, such as authorship and materiality posed by maps. The lecture is part of the University of Delaware Library Assembly of Professional Staff's Scholar and Library Series and is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring brown bag lunches, and light refreshments will be available.

January 31, 2008 - Oxford The 15th Annual Series of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography meets from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. Emilie Savage-Smith (Professor of the History of Islamic Science, University of Oxford) will discuss The 'Book of Curiosities' revisited: the seventeen 11th-century maps and diagrams after five years of study. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139.

February 1-3, 2008 - Miami The Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130. 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. Speakers include Richard Betz (map dealer) The Mapping of Africa to 1700, Jonathan Potter (map dealer) Why Collect Old Maps and How, and Zsolt Török (Dept of Cartography, Eotvos University, Budapest) Introduction to Renaissance Map Printing. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information and registration materials, contact Marcia Kanner, Map Fair Coordinator, at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida using the above address or by telephone at (305) 375-1492; facsimile: (305) 375-1609.

February 1-2, 2008 - Vienna The International Cartographic Association is forming a new working group on Art and Cartography. It proposes to foster closer collaborations between artists and cartographers. The symposium, Art and Cartography Symposium, will bring-together practicing artists, architects and cartographers and those involved in research and education in the fields. Organisers are William Cartwright, Georg Gartner and Antje Lehn.

February 2, 2008 - Salem, Oregon As the U.S. expanded west of the Mississippi River, cartographers were busy making sense of the world by drawing maps showing rivers, mountains, and Native settlements. While these maps helped educate people about the unknown West, many of their features were inaccurate or completely fictitious. Join Robert Hamm at 1 PM as he gives an illustrated talk on the contents of the Mapping the Northwest exhibition at Mission Mill Museum 1313 Mill St SE

February 7, 2008 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have a Field Trip. Hilary Turner will be speaking on the Bodleian Library's recently-acquired Sheldon Tapestry map of Gloucestershire. Space limited - for further details, please contact: Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139.

February 9, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. Guest speaker Ron Grim will discuss Bird's-eye View Maps. Mr. Grim is the Curator of Maps at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Formerly, he worked at the Library of Congress in the Geography and Map Division. Contact John Woram for additional information.

February 9, 2008 - Fort Collins The Rocky Mountain Map Society will have a special meeting at Colorado State University, Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building, Pitkin Street. We will visit the exhibit Impressions of Place: Prints and Cartography from the Dave and Lily Cole Collection. Our own RMMS president, Dave and Lily Cole have built an impressive collection, one that continues to grow, of prints from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Broad in scope, the Cole Collection includes multiple printmaking processes and subjects, from intaglio prints to lithography, and from landscape to genre images. Included in the collection are examples of works by acclaimed artists such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and William Blake, and lesser known practitioners of the printmaking arts. The exhibit includes 30 fine art prints, and 10 antique maps from Dave and Lily's personal collection. Wes Brown is also lending a complete 1542 book in the original binding containing Sabastien Munster's Ptolemy atlas, "Geographia". Among other important maps is Novis Orbis, the first printed map to focus on the Western Hemisphere with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Pacific Ocean named for the first time on a printed map. The RMMS will have a buffet lunch in the museum, at noon, with introductory comments by the art dept. and museum curator. Lunch will be from noon to 1:00, private to the RMMS. At 1:00 the museum will open to the public, but RMMS members are welcome to linger. RSVP Required. Please RSVP to Dave Cole at 970-203-1264.

February 10-13, 2008 - Wellington, New Zealand The International Map Collectors' Society will hold its 26th international symposium, Te Taki o Autahi - Under the Southern Cross, at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It will be held jointly with the Australian Map Circle and the New Zealand Map Society.

February 11-15, 2008 - Lenk, Switzerland The 6th International Cartographic Association Mountain Cartography Workshop. Additional information from

February 18, 2008 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Espaces médiévaux - Encyclopédisme et image du monde au Moyen Âge - Séminaire 2008 - Géographie des textes et géographie des manuscrits : enquêtes sur les encyclopédies latines by Baudouin Van den Abeele, Université catholique de Louvain, and La bibliothèque d'un cartographe : recherches sur les manuscrits de Gerard Mercator by Jan De Graeve, Brussels, Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle Member, Université catholique de Louvain, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres. Conference is in French from 10.00 to 12.30, room b140 (Salle de Musique), Collège Erasme, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, Place Blaise Pascal 1. Additional information from Godefroid de Callataÿ or Baudouin Van den Abeele.

February 20-21, 2008 - Oxford The Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity announces two lectures about the Peutinger map by Professor Richard Talbert (North Carolina):
On Wednesday 20 February - Rome rules the world: Peutinger's map reconsidered, 5 pm, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Lecture Room, 66 St Giles.
On Thursday 21 February - Peutinger map problems: Cartography or art?, 5 pm in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

February 21, 2008 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Stephen Potter will present Rethinking John Smith's Map of Virginia. This is one of America's most famous colonial maps. For over a century, historians, cartographers, anthropologists, and archeologists have used the map mainly as a guide to locate the sites of Native American towns shown on it. But there is much more that we can learn from and about the map. By using historical linguistics, historical chronology, and new interpretations from ethnohistory and anthropology, Dr. Potter transforms Smith's map from a static geographical representation of Indian settlements to a dynamic cultural landscape upon which to interpret a rapidly changing aboriginal world. Dr. Potter is Regional Archeologist for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and has done archaeological fieldwork in DC and a number of states, including Maryland and Virginia. His research interests include the eastern United States, the southern Algonquian Indians, the 17th and 18th century frontiers, and the American Civil War. For further information, contact Howard Lange 703-532-1605.

February 28, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - Dr James Kelly (Worcester College, University of Oxford). Daniel Defoe's Captain Singleton (1720): Spectacular Speculative Geography - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. This meeting is also sponsored by the Hakluyt Society.

February 29-March 1, 2008 - Estoril, Portugal The 2008 International Map Trade Association (EAME) Conference and Trade Show.

March 1, 2008 - Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle 10th Annual General Meeting will start at 16.00 h at a new venue - House of the Belgische unie van landmeters-experten van onroerende goederen / Union belge des géomètres-experts immobiliers, Rue du Nord/Noordstraat 76. As always, this Annual General Meeting will be followed by the Map Evening at 17.30 h. Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps - members as well as non-members - for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle. Wine and snacks will be served; participants are asked to pay EUR 10.00 at the door for expenses. Please contact before 16 February 2008 Vice-President/Secretary Eric Leenders if you plan to attend.

March 1, 2008 - Houston The Texas Map Society will have their spring meeting. Contact Kit Goodwin for additional information.

March 4, 2008 - Boston Ronald Grim, Curator of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, will speak, at 5:30 PM in the Abbey Room of the Library, about Which Way North. The lecture will be followed by a gallery tour of the exhibit Boston and Beyond, A Bird's Eye View of New England.

March 8, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. Mike Shannon will discuss Maps of Ireland. Contact John Woram for additional information.

March 8, 2008 - Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street, will host the 2008 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography. A tour and boxed lunch starts at 11 AM. Dr. Matthew H. Edney, Director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Osher Professor of Geography in the History of Cartography, will present two lectures: John Mitchell, His Map, and the Eighteenth Century Culture of Geography, and 'The History of Cartography': The Challenges posed by the History of Maps in the Modern World (after 1650). The lectures, at 1 PM, and an accompanying exhibit, are free and open to the public, although reservations are recommended. There is a $10 charge for the tour and boxed lunch. For more information on the lecture or to make your reservation, please call 804-692-3813 or visit

March 9, 2008 - Urbanna, Virginia Tobacco Warehouse Museum, Virginia Street. In conjunction with the 2008 Voorhees Lecture, a Virginia Historical Marker will be dedicated at 1 p.m., honoring John Mitchell and his map of North America. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public.

March 11, 2008 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet at 5.30pm in Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Nicholas Baron (Lecturer in History, University of Nottingham) will present Mapping the Soviet: cartography and the construction of Stalinist space, 1928-1953. All are welcome. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476. Refreshments will be available after the seminar.

March 11, 2008 - Raleigh, North Carolina Complementing Philip Burden's presentation last spring, The Men Behind the Maps, the William P. Cumming Map Society is extremely honored to have Mary McMichael Ritzlin visiting us for a presentation entitled The Women Behind the Maps. Since March is National Women's History Month, the topic and the location (Meredith College) are ideal. Many of you may already know Mary through George Ritzlin Antique Maps and Prints. For those who haven't yet made her acquaintance, it should suffice to know that she is one of the foremost world authorities on women involved with pre-20th century cartography. This will be a superb lecture, scheduled at 7 PM in Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College, with a reception at 8 PM at Gallery C in Ridgewood Shopping Center on Wade Avenue. Please RSVP to Gallery C by phone (919-828-3165 ) or email if you plan to attend.

March 12, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will have a special meeting at 6:30 pm, New York Society for Ethical Culture, Ceremonial Hall, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West. Guest speaker Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Syracuse University, will discuss Mapping Hazards in America: Earthquakes, Coastal Storms, and Sea Level Rise. Professor Monmonier will use a variety of maps to explore cartographic strategies for coping with earthquakes, coastal storms, and rising sea levels.

March 13, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - David Milbank Challis and Andy Rush (Industrialogical Associates / Railway Record of the British Isles). Mapping the Railway: An Overview and Case Study of Britain's Extensive and Largely Unexplored Record - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.

March 13, 2008 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Richard Betz and Penelope Betz will present The Cartobibliographic Process used for The Mapping of Africa: Sebastian Münster's 1540 Map of Africa as a Case Study. Dr. Betz has recently written "The Mapping of Africa: A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700." His book is the first major undertaking to systematically categorize and describe all printed maps of the African continent to 1700, and Dr. Betz will describe the process of research and compilation. The Betz's will illustrate with a case study: Sebastian Münster's double-page map of Africa, which is present in all four editions of his "Geographia" from 1540 to 1552, and in all twenty-nine editions of his "Cosmographia" from 1544 to 1578. They discovered no less than 15 variants of the map, and they will use this example to discuss the major elements of a cartographic entry. Dr. Betz has offered to date any examples of Münster's Africa that members bring to the meeting. Richard and Penelope Betz have had a lifelong attraction to Africa. They lived on the continent for twelve years while Richard was engaged in promoting economic development. His doctoral work concerned rural enterprise in Africa. Penelope taught art and English in various international and American schools and has written and edited textbooks and training materials. For further information, contact Howard Lange 703-532-1605.

March 18, 2008 - Boston Debra S. Block, Director of Education of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, will speak, at 5:30 PM in the Abbey Room of the Library, about Time Shifts: A Changing America, 1855-1900. The lecture will be followed by a gallery tour of the exhibit Boston and Beyond, A Bird's Eye View of New England.

March 19, 2008 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina David Rumsey, an historical map scholar and collector, will share how he turned his private map collection, one of the largest in the U.S., into a public resource at the second annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science. Rumsey, president of Cartography Associates and Chairman of Luna Imaging, Inc., will present, Turning Private Collections into Public Resources Using Digital Technologies and the Internet in the Auditorium of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at 2 pm. A reception will follow. The lecture is hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Please send your RSVP via e-mail to or call 919.962.8366.

March 20, 2008 - Hampden-Sydney, Virginia The Hampden-Sydney College Library will have a Cartographic Symposium honoring an extraordinary collection of early maps of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia given to us by Henry Spalding of Richmond and an Hampden-Sydney College grad. This one day event will include two talks on antique globes by Katy Register (Biology/Longwood and a collector of globes) and Kim Soerensen (scholar, collector and advisor on antique globes), Dabney Hand (collector and HSC grad who will share some of his collection with us), Sharon Goad (an anthropologist and collector of embroidered map samplers) and then Marianne McKee and Henry Spalding talking about their collection. The first two speakers will be at 11:30AM, the second two at 4:00PM and the final two at 7:00PM. This is open to the public and the 46 maps in the Spalding collection are now hung on the 4th floor of the new Hampden-Sydney College Library where the symposium will take place. We invite you all to join us. Additional information from Sharon Goad.

March 25, 2008 - Baltimore Ceremonies commemorating the founding of Maryland, honoring the Marylander of the Year and celebrating the opening of Borders and Boundaries: The Mason-Dixon Line exhibition will be held at 12 noon at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street. Details to be announced. Call 410-685-3750 ext. 338 for more information.

March 25, 2008 - Edinburgh Deputy Map Curator (National Library of Scotland) Chris Fleet will speak about Early Route-ways and Roads in Scotland at 7 PM in the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. He will examine the various economic, social and military purposes for which roads were built and how maps illustrate these purposes, revealing much about the maps and their makers along the way. To book your free place(s), please phone 0131 623 4675 or email:

March 27, 2008 - Stanardsville, Virginia Evelyn Edson's presentation, Medieval Mapmakers: Putting America on the Map, discusses mapmakers in the 14th and 15th centuries who were changing the form and layout of the traditional world map, making room for the discoveries that would follow the voyages of Columbus, Bartholomew Diaz, Vasco da Gama, and their successors. Talk will be at 6:00 PM in the Greene County Library, 222 Main Street; phone (434)985-5227.

April 3, 2008 - Buckinghamshire The British Cartographic Society Historical Military Mapping Group (in association with the Medmenham Club, and with kind permission of the National Trust) offer a Study Day entitled "Your Target for Tonight" Secret military mapping programmes in the Chilterns, 1939-45, at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Only 15 places are available and these are offered on a first come - first served basis. The day will include talks by leading experts in their fields, including Mrs Barbara Bond (formerly MCE (RE) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office) and Mr Mike Mockford (Medmenham Club); an assembly of contemporary mapping and air surveying artefacts to view and discuss; and time to share experiences, correct the modern day "experts" and re-kindle acquaintances. The talks will put the work at Hughenden into context and cover the two other major programmes based in the Chilterns, the M.I.9's escape and evasion mapping work at Beaconsfield and the target modellers at R.A.F. Medmenham who products included the models used for the Dambusters Raid. For further details and a Booking Form contact Ken Atherton, British Cartographic Society, Administration, 12 Elworthy Drive, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9AT; Tel/Fax 01823 665 775.

April 3, 2008 - London The Archives for London Seminar this month is Reviewing Tithe Records, The Cheshire Approach by Paul Newman, Cheshire Record Office. Tithe maps and apportionments are a major source for family, community, economic, house and landscape history. They can tell you who owned what, who lived where and what the land was used for. Come along to Archives for London's free seminar to hear about a cutting edge digitisation project that has put one county's tithe maps online and linked them to contemporary documentary evidence from the tithe apportionment schedules, the ordnance survey and modern aerial photos. Paul Newman will talk about the HLF-funded project, E-mapping Victorian Cheshire, which has digitised Cheshire's 500 19th century tithe maps and made them available online, attached to information about land use, occupancy and ownership from the accompanying tithe apportionments and with links to Ordnance Survey and modern aerial photos. He will explain what tithes were and touch on the problems in collecting them which resulted in the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 and subsequent drawing up of the maps and apportionments. He will then move on to talk about how Cheshire Record Office went about digitising the maps and capturing the data from the apportionments, finishing with a tour of the website. Doors open at 5.30pm and the talk follows at 6pm. Freemasons Hall is in Great Queen Street, close to Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations. Enter by the main entrance and ask at Reception for directions to the Grand Robing Room This free seminar is an open forum - following the talk, you are welcome to ask questions, exchange news, and discuss matters of interest. Please let Nicola Avery at 020 7332 3816 know if you are coming.

April 3-5, 2008 - Chicago Matthew Edney, director of the History of Cartography Project, has organized a session, Maps and the Visions of Space and Place in Italy, for the 54th annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. The session features four "The History of Cartography, Volume Three" authors: Victoria M. Morse (Carleton College) will examine how local traditions of representing space in northern Italy changed in the fourteenth century to accommodate new political realities; David H. Friedman (MIT) will discuss the impact of new representation technologies on the process of urban design in mid-sixteenth century Rome; Francesca Fiorani (University of Virginia) will explore the different systems of representation, modes of description, and signs used in Renaissance Italian mapping; and Tom Conley (Harvard University) will be the respondent. The session has been dedicated to the late History of Cartography Project co-founder David Woodward. For more information see the meeting page.

April 4-5, 2008 - Houston and La Porte The Texas Map Society's Spring 2008 meeting will be held at San Jacinto Battleground near Houston. For information on the program and registration, follow this link:

April 4, 11,18, 25, May 2, 9, 2008 - Charlottesville The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations will be taught on six consecutive Friday mornings, 9:30-11:00 AM, by Joel Kovarsky under the auspices of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia. Two of the six segments will be held at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library of the University of Virginia. The remaining four sessions will be held in the Jefferson Library at Monticello. Specific registration details are posted on the website. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

April 5, 2008 - Charlottesville The Washington Map Society and William P. Cumming Map Society will have a field trip to an exhibition at the University of Virginia Library. Members are invited to a guided tour of the exhibition, "On the Map": American Maps from 1500 to 1800 from the Seymour I. Schwartz Collection, in the main gallery of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia at Charlottesville. "On the Map" will feature three centuries of early American maps from the Schwartz collection. The exhibition brings together a selection of rare, significant maps that chronicle the Age of Exploration, European empire-building, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. "On the Map" explores the many layers of information contained within maps - highlighting the artistry of their production, the history of cartography, and changes in printing and navigational technologies. Several icons of early cartography of the Americas will be on display: Ruysch, Popple, Cortes, Champlain and Hennepin, among others. For additional information contact Joel Kovarsky.

April 9, 2008 - Boston Alex Krieger, Professor of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design: Principal, Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, will present As Though in Flight: 19th Century American Urban Views in the Abby Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, at 5:30 PM. The lecture will be followed by a gallery tour of the exhibit Boston and Beyond, A Bird's Eye View of New England.

April 9, 2006 - Philadelphia Guest speaker Harold Brodsky, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Affiliate in Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, will speak about Hidden Messages in the 1695 Map of the Exodus at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place at 6 PM. He will take us on a journey through Holy-Land mapmaking in the 17th century and will illustrate some of the "hidden messages" on the bar Yaacov Exodus map. The 1695 Haggadah, printed in Amsterdam, includes a map in Hebrew of the Exodus from Egypt, showing the itinerary through the wilderness and the distribution of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. This engraved map dates from the golden age of cartography in the Netherlands and Belgium when virtually every mapmaker vied to produce an attractive map of the Holy Land. Most mapmakers copied ideas from each other. This was also true of the Jewish maker of this map, Avraham bar Yaacov, who based his geography on Christian sources, but who included some representations from Jewish sources such as the Talmud and the Kabbalah. These references are so subtle, even hidden, that an 18th-century Haggadah illustrator mistook them as cartographic errors.

April 10, 2008 - College Park, Maryland Maps Librarian Michael Fry will speak about the Historic Maps in the US Congressional Serial Set, a collection of more than 330,000 official documents published by the US Government since 1817, at the University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Room 7121, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. The Serial Set includes 52,000 maps depicting fundamental aspects of early American life - westward expansion, territorial boundaries, war, foreign affairs, urban growth, public health, rivers and harbors, geology and mining, weather, agriculture, and demographics. He'll give researchers what they need to find the maps in the UM Libraries' print and digital collections. For more information, contact: Joan Ruth Bornstein Stahl at 1 301 405 9065.

April 10, 2008 - London The International Map Collectors' Society's Collectors' Evening will be held at the Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL (nearest underground stations Embankment or Charing Cross). Start time 6pm. Food and refreshments will be provided. Do come along and bring a map, or maps, from your collection to discuss with like-minded members. Francis Herbert, formerly Map Librarian at the Royal Geographical Society, will be in the chair. £15 payable at the door. Further information from Caroline Batchelor (0)1372 72755.

April 10, 2008 - Toronto The Upper Canada Map Society will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Toronto Robarts Library, Room 4049, 130 St. George Street. Cathy Moulder, Director of Library Services, Maps, Data and GIS, McMaster University Library will speak about The Honourable Robert Edward Clifford (1767-1817): Maps and Mysteries. The renowned map collector Robert Clifford lived a quiet scholarly life in Paris during the French Revolution and early years of the Napoleonic era. But his correspondence with John Graves Simcoe reveals an exciting escape from France in 1803 with a trunk of secret maps and plans. Could the maps in McMaster University Library's collection have been part of that daring escape? Cathy Moulder will tell this mystery tale and show a few maps from the intriguing Clifford collection. Additional information from Marcel Fortin, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Map Librarian, University of Toronto 5038 Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5; fax: 416-946-0522.

April 12, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, lower level auditorium. Joop Varekamp will present Adriaen Block, the discovery of Long Island Sound and the New Netherlands colony: What Drove the Course of History? Johan ("Joop") Varekamp is the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Sciences, Chair of the Earth and Environmental Studies Department, and Adjunct Professor of Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Contact John Woram for additional information.

April 16, 2008 - Washington Max Edelson, Kislak Fellow, will give a lecture titled Mapping the New Empire: Britain's General Survey of North America, 1763-1782, at 12 noon in Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Britain's decisive victory in the Seven Years' War dramatically enlarged its American empire. Once confined to the coastal plain, British North America extended after 1763 from Hudson's Bay to the Florida Keys and past the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River, at least on paper. To understand these new territories and bring them under control, the Board of Trade launched the General Survey of North America. The maps and charts created by this vast cartographic project were intended as blueprints for an expansive new empire. Although the unfinished Survey collapsed during the chaos of the American Revolution, its findings were incorporated into the famed Atlantic Neptune atlas and appeared on maps issued to British commanders. Through the War for Independence and beyond, the General Survey provided a critical foundation of geographic knowledge about the continent.

April 17, 2008 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 with a reception, and 6 PM lecture at the Towner Fellows' Lounge, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. John Power will discuss Mapping the World from Jacksonville, Illinois: The Cartographic Career of Henry C. Tunison.

April 17, 2008 - Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 7PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Dr. Francesca Fiorani will address the Society on The Places of Renaissance Mapping. Renaissance maps combined different systems of representation, different modes of description and different signs, commingling features of medieval cartography with the quintessential feature of modern mapping, the grid. How shall we account for the ways in which places were represented in European maps? Dr. Fiorani will discuss an approach to Renaissance maps that takes into account simultaneously their spatial and cultural context. She believes that the meanings of cartographic artifacts from individual prints to painted galleries and atlases are best understood by combining an investigation of the maps themselves and the spaces that contain them with an analysis of mapping in relation to other forms of knowledge and representation. Francesca Fiorani received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Art from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and joined the University of Virginia in 1995. She has written extensively on Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance cartography and mapping, scientific culture in Renaissance courts, and artistic theory. Her recent book "The Marvel of Maps. Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Italy," focuses on two compelling map murals of the Renaissance - the Guardaroba Nuova of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, and the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican. For further information, contact Howard Lange 703-532-1605.

April 21-25, 2008 - Mexico City The Instituto de Geografía, UNAM will hold the Second Latin American Symposium of the History of Cartography at Palacio de Minería, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.

April 22, 2008 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at the Denver Public Library on the fifth floor in the Gates Room at 6:00 p.m. Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US-Mexico Border will be presented by Angel Abbud-Madrid, Ph.D. At the end of 1847, representatives from the governments of the United States and Mexico gathered on a small town near Mexico City to negotiate the terms of a peace treaty to end the war between the two countries. At stake was an enormous land cession from Mexico of more than half of the US pre-war territory corresponding to the modern-day states of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. Used as an integral part of the hard-fought negotiations was a commercially successful, but seriously flawed map on which the new borderline was drawn. Using maps, government reports, and other relevant material from American and Mexican sources (which will be on display after the talk), this presentation will explore the long-lasting impact of the various interpretations of this most unique map on subsequent borderline mapping efforts and on the convoluted political, social, and economic relations between the US and Mexico for the last 160 years. Additional information from Jim Hensinger.

April 22, 2008 - Edinburgh Planning the Scottish Townscape will be presented 10.00-16.30 at the National Library of Scotland, Causeway Building, 33 Salisbury Place. The focus of this seminar, sponsored by the Scottish Maps Forum, is Scottish town plans. Pat Dennison draws on her work for the Scottish Burgh Survey, while Edwina Proudfoot, with local and archaeological knowledge, assesses Geddy's 16th century plan of St. Andrews. Charles McKean highlights the architecture of burgh public buildings. We look at the 19th century with Paul Laxton who considers public health issues, while Malcolm Bangor-Jones examines a little studied resource, feuing plans. Please reserve your place with, or get additional information from, Scottish Maps Forum, Map Library, National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SL; phone: 0131 623 3970, fax: 0131 623 3971.

April 23-26, 2008 - Oldenburg The German Cartographic Society e.V. [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie e.V.] holds an annual Deutscher Kartographentag [German Cartographic Conference], which includes an European Forum. In lectures and discussions current themes dealing with all areas of cartographic interest are reviewed to inform about the situation and development in special, regional and European questions. Map exhibitions, company presentations, sight-seeing tours and excursions also belong to the program of a typical Deutscher Kartographentag. The annual general meeting of the society also takes place during this event.

April 24, 2008 - Bruges The Cultuurbibliotheek is organizing a conference by Dr. Noël Golvers (KULeuven) about Martino Martini and his "Novus Atlas Sinensis." The talk starts at 20.00, it will be in Dutch, at Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30.

April 24, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - Dr Nick Baron (School of History, University of Nottingham). "Miracles on a Geographical Map": The Cultures of Soviet Cartography under Lenin and Stalin, 1918-1941 - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.

April 24-27, 2008 Oldenberg and Emden Freundeskreis für Cartographica will visit two cities. There will be a visit to a map exhibition in the Landesbibliothek Oldenburg, Pferdemarkt 15, in Oldenberg; and a visit to Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Kirchstr. 22, in Emden. The program is available online.


April 26, 2008 - Baltimore State archivist Edward C. Papenfuse will discuss Maps: Finding Maryland's Place in the World at 2 PM in the Graham Auditorium, Walters Art Museum, 600 N Charles Street. Papenfuse will describe how Maryland developed into its current place on the map as well as how the immediate neighborhood of the Walters Art Museum has evolved. In a multi-media presentation that superimposes historical maps on Google Earth, Papenfuse will explore Maryland's efforts to establish its geographical boundaries. With historical maps and photographs, he will then demonstrate the transformation of John Eager Howard's estate into Mount Vernon Square and the creation of the Walters. Papenfuse has held the positions of Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents since 1975. He teaches at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Law School, and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of numerous articles and books.

April 27, 2008 - Villanova, Pennsylvania The Radnor Historical Society has a annual meeting at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Sue and John Smith, One Wistar Road. Maps guide us, intrigue us, and tell us stories. The Smiths will open their home, and host an exhibition of antique and modern maps from John's extensive collection. The exhibition will take us on a six-century journey from the pre-Colombian world, through the Age of Discovery, to modern satellite-generated imagery. Sometimes starkly, sometimes beautifully, these maps describe the halting, adventurous, and occasionally laughable way in which we have come to understand our planet. There will also be maps of regional and local interest. Refreshments will be served.

April 29-30, 2008 - West Lafayette, Indiana Presenting historic maps using CONTENTdm, JPEG2000, and Google Maps will be presented by Terri Holtze, and Rachel Howard (University of Louisville). This is one of the presentations at the 2008 Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group meeting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. If you have questions, please contact: Carl Snow, Purdue University, 1-765-494-2764.

April 30 - May 4, 2008 - Gotha A Workshop and International Atlas Days 2008 will discuss Justus Perthes and More. For additional information and registration contact Jürgen Espenhorst, Villigster Str. 32, 58239 Schwerte; Tel.: 02304 / 72284, Fax: 02304 / 78010.

May 3, 2008 - Baltimore The Washington Map Society will have a field trip to Baltimore. In the morning, at 10:30 am, we will visit the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument St., to view an exhibition that will include its original Mason-Dixon map. A curator will discuss the map of the "boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania," printed by Robert Kennedy in Philadelphia in 1768. The map documents a survey by astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon that took the two men took almost six years to complete. Commissioners for both colonies signed this print of Mason and Dixon's "true and exact" plan in 1768 and affixed their wax seals. (Three of them were later to sign the Declaration of Independence.) The exhibit will feature additional historic maps and documents recording the eighty-year dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania, alongside samples of surveying instruments of the day. At 2:00 pm, we will visit the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles St., just three blocks from the Historical Society, for a tour of Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. This is the most significant map exhibition in Baltimore since the great show more than 50 years ago. Organized by The Field Museum and the Newberry Library, this special exhibition will draw on the outstanding exhibitions that recently closed in Chicago. It will include some of the world's greatest cartographic treasures, not only maps made by great cartographers of the Middle Ages and the age of exploration, but also seldom-seen artifacts that broaden our knowledge of the almost universal human activity of map-making. Highlights include three maps by Leonardo da Vinci, J. R. R. Tolkien's map of Minas Tirith, and Thomas Jefferson's map of the proposed contours of the states of the Union. Our guide to the exhibition will be Will Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books. Please register for one or both of these tours. Restaurants for lunch are convenient to the museums. There should be ample parking at the Maryland Historical Society. Group rates per person for the tours are $8 for the Walters and $3 ($2 for seniors) at the Maryland Historical Society. Sign up with Howard Lange at 703-532-1605.

May 6, 2008 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet at 5.30pm in Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Tom Koch (Adjunct Professor of Medical Geography at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University) will present Cholera mapping from 1819 to 1854: before John Snow and the Broad Street outbreak. All are welcome. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at tel. 01223 330476. Refreshments will be available after the seminar.

May 8, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - Professor Tom Koch (Department of Geography, University of British Columbia; and Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University, B.C.). Cholera in 1850s London: John Snow, His Contemporaries, and the Broad Street Map Revisited - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.

May 8, 2008 - London Join Simon Foxell to hear his lecture Mapping London at 19.00, as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) London City lectures. For more than 500 years, London's mapmakers have restlessly invented new ways of showing the untameable city they live in. Simon explores how London thinks about itself as a city as seen through the amazing array of maps, old and new, created to describe it. All RGS-IBG members welcome. Non-members are also invited, there is no charge for entry but places must be pre-booked by contacting Joanna Wells. The lecture is being held at Chartered Accountants Hall at One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA. Doors open 18.00, bar available.

May 8, 2008 - Oxford Rouben Galichian will give an illustrated talk entitled Armenia in old maps and Old Armenian maps. The talk will take place at 5 pm in the Oriental Institute, Lecture room 1, Pusey Lane.

May 8-11, 2008 - Kalamazoo The 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place at Western Michigan University. Included will be papers that address geography, travel, cartography, and imagined worlds.

May 9, 2008 - London A Cryptosphere Symposium will mark the closing of the exhibition and completion of the first artist residency at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. During his 15 month residency, Simeon Nelson investigated thousands of the Society's extensive map collection dating back to the fifteenth century. He focused on maps that consider mythical places as physical locations and the evolution of Western cartography. This symposium will consist of a talk by the artist in front of his installation and presentations by Dr Alessandro Scafi, Warburg Institute and University of Bologna and Professor Felix Driver, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway College, University of London. A panel discussion will follow moderated by Dr Catherine Souch, Head of Higher Education and Research at the RGS-IBG. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. The symposium will look at the motivations of the artist and his experience at the RGS-IBG as artist in residence. Nelson is interested in what he describes as the 'Cryptosphere', which he perceives as, 'the sum of all withheld and hidden information in a given system'. He has developed new body of work, specifically locating the mythological and ornamental within the physical and temporal world: Paradise, Utopia and Hell are addressed alongside the development of cartography as a science via a large gallery installation in which a cartographically-inspired architectural grid attempts to contain ambiguous ornaments that, unwilling to be held by the grid's rigid embrace, spill out over the pavilion floor. To book a place please contact Vandana Patel on 020 7591 3052.

May 10, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. Guest speaker Michael Buehler will discuss Strategies for Collecting Old Maps, including conditions and costs as well as establishing a relationship with a dealer. Mr. Buehler is an antiquarian dealer specializing in antique and rare maps of New England and the North East. Map dealing for Michael is not only a business, but also a passion which he enjoys sharing with others. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABBA), the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MARIAB), the Boston Map Society, the Washington Map Society, as well as the North American Historic Print Collectors Society. Contact John Woram for additional information.

May 10, 2008 - Seattle In light of new evidence contained in recently discovered maps and shipwrecks, 2008 China in Asia Workshop: Maritime Asia in the Early Modern World considers the connections of maritime Asia to world history in the early modern era and China's relations with Southeast Asia in particular. This is the second in a series of annual meetings on China in Asia jointly sponsored by the UCLA Asia Institute, the UW East Asia Center, and the USC East Asian Studies Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. The symposium is from 9:00AM to 5:00PM at Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications 202, University of Washington. Three of the six talks are about cartography. For further information, please contact Prof. William Lavely or Prof. R. Bin Wong.

May 13-16, 2008 - Vancouver Carto 2008 Conference is a joint conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA), to be held at the University of British Columbia. Both organizations cover a variety of interests with some overlap. ACMLA is interested in map collections and cartographic archives including such topics as: acquisition, "cataloguing", GIS, digitization, training, research, etc. CCA has several interest groups including education, map design, graphic literacy, and the history of cartography. The late Dr. Richard Ruggles was one of the founders of CCA, and he and Ed Dahl started the History of Cartography Interest Group. With the formation of that group, there was less historical cartography and geography at the ACMLA conferences, which thereafter tended to concentrate more on the uses of computers in map production and in map librarianship for map access and control, and assisting patrons in locating needed maps, or creating maps to meet their needs using available data. CCA has undergone similar changes. The full program is available online. There are 13 sessions, involving 32 papers, plus the Keynote address by David Rumsey, and a Poster Session (1 of the 5 posters is of historical interest). There are 5 papers in the 2 History of Cartography sessions, with Rumsey the first speaker in the first session. In addition to the paper sessions, one evening is devoted to orienteering (a CCA favourite), one afternoon to an optional field trip (to Steveston, a former fishing village with two historic sites: a cannery and a shipyard. Steveston is now a part of the city of Richmond, just south of Vancouver). ACMLA has usually featured a field trip, which might be a map producer, a special map collection, or an introduction to the local historical geography.

May 15, 2008 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 with a reception, and 6 PM lecture at the Towner Fellows' Lounge, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Kim Flagstad (President FIS Tracking Services) will present Mapping Sailboat Races in Real Time. While sailboat races are adrenaline-producing occasions for the crew, for interested parties ashore, those hours are about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once a boat disappears over the horizon, friends, family, and spectators are effectively in the dark until the boat comes in sight of the finish, hundreds of miles away. Now, through an exciting new application of GPS and web-based tracking displays, it is possible for folks on shore to view an entire race in real time. FIS Tracking Services, LLC, of Rolling Meadows developed the "Flash Tracker" race tracking system which has been used to map the Chicago-Mackinac races since 2005. Other world-class races followed by "Flash Tracker" include the 2007 TransPac, a race from Long Beach to Honolulu, one of the top three long distance races in the world. Kim Flagstad, the President of FIS Tracking Services, will explain the underlying tracking technology and demonstrate the kinds of animated maps produced.

May 15-17, 2008 - Greenwich, London International interdisciplinary conference at the National Maritime Museum, Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552-1616): life, times, legacy. This interdisciplinary conference will address the significance of the work of Richard Hakluyt, the prolific collector and editor of first-hand discovery and adventure narratives, and author of "The Principall Navigations" (1589), expanded as "The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation," 3 volumes (1598-1600). Jointly organized by the National Maritime Museum, The Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Plenary Speakers include Professor Mary Fuller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Professor Peter Mancall (University of Southern California), Dr Joan-Pau Rubiés (London School of Economics), and Professor Sarah Tyacke (Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow). Additional information from Research Administrator, National Maritime Museum.

May 16, 2008 - Washington The Washington Map Society will have its Annual Dinner at the Law Office of Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Ave NW, with a dramatic view of the US Capitol and Capitol Hill. Cocktails at 6:15 PM and dinner at 7 PM. President Bill Stanley will talk about James McNeill Whistler: Cartographer. A registration form is available online. For further information, contact Howard Lange 703-532-1605.

May 22, 2008 - London The Department of Geography at the University of Portsmouth, and the Great Britain Historical GIS, are collaborating with the Institute of Historical Research to offer a one day introduction to maps and geographical information. This is not a "GIS training course", and much of the focus will be on the different ways of working digitally with historic maps. There will also be a strong emphasis on data standards that need to be addressed in map digitisation projects. Two of the course tutors are cartographic historians, and we hope that the course will attract librarians as well as academic historians. The course is open to postgraduates, academics and all who are interested in using geographical information for historical research purposes. More details and booking form at:

May 22, 2008 - Oxford The 15th Annual Series of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography meets from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. Giles Darkes (Cartographic Consultant) will discuss From A-uo to Zyryan: mapping the world's languages. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. Additional information from Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139.

May 23, 2008 - Los Angeles The UCLA Department of Geography will hold a Memorial Day for Denis Cosgrove. During the day, from 10.30am-5pm, will be a symposium on landscape studies, held under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt chair of Geography, of which Denis was the inaugural holder at Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum. Then, at 5pm, will be a more personal memorial service. If you should have any questions, please contact

May 28-30, 2008 - Ghent and Leuven Belgisch-Nederlands Genootschap voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis will have a colloquium Current Issues in Early Modern Cosmography.

May 29, 2008 - London Maps and Society Seventeenth Series Programme - Rose Mitchell (The National Archives, London). Castles in the Air? Sixteenth-Century Fortification Plans in The National Archives - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The International Map Collectors' Society, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography.

May 29, 2008 - Oxford One of the papers at the Medieval Visual Culture Seminar this term is on medieval maps of Jerusalem. Dr Hanna Vorholt (Warburg Institute, London) will give a paper entitled Copying the Holy Land: Remarks on some English maps of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries at the Medieval Visual Culture Seminar. The seminar takes place between 13.00 and 14.00 in the Goodhart Seminar Room, University College. Please feel free to bring a sandwich lunch.

May 30, 2008 - London A special event to celebrate the career of Denis Cosgrove (1948-2008), Denis Cosgrove: Geography and Vision, will take place at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. It will include the launch of Denis' new book, "Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World" (I.B. Tauris, 2008). There will be a series of informal talks on aspects of Denis' work as a researcher, teacher and colleague. Speakers include Steve Daniels, Felix Driver, David Pepper, David Atkinson, Neil Roberts, Catherine Delano-Smith, Jim Duncan, Peter Jackson, Ola Söderstrom, Jerry Brotton, Luciana Martins, Veronica Della Dora, Emily and Isla Cosgrove. Tea and coffee will be served from 4pm, presentations are scheduled for 5pm, and a wine reception/book launch will take place from 7pm. All welcome. The organizers would be grateful if those planning to attend could send an email to

May 30, 2008 - Milwaukee The American Geographical Society Library will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its move to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a dinner, an awards ceremony, and the annual Holzheimer Maps and America lecture, this year presented by Alastair Pearson, University of Portsmouth (UK) and Michael Heffernan, University of Nottingham (UK). Their presentation is entitled Ordering the South: The Mapping of Hispanic America by the American Geographical Society. One of North America's foremost geography and map collections, the AGS Library was transferred to the UWM Libraries in 1978 following a nationwide selection process by the Society. Medals will be awarded to two AGS members, one posthumously, instrumental in the preservation of the Library and its move to Milwaukee: Richard H. Nolte (1920-2007), diplomat and Middle East expert, and John E. Gould, Chairman of the AGS Council. The nineteenth annual Maps and America lecture, sponsored by Art and Jan Holzheimer of Highland Park, IL, begins at 4:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Both are free and open to the public, and will be held in the AGS Library, third floor east wing of the Golda Meir Library. The celebratory dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center and costs $45 per person. Reservations are required by May 16. For more information on the dinner or the other events, please call 414-229-6282 or contact Christopher Baruth, Curator of the AGS Library

May 30, 2008 - June 1, 2008 - Sant'Anatolia di Narco The third meeting of the Italian Map Collector Society, at Sala Conferenze Istituto Tecnico Agrario della Valnerina, will have as its theme I costruttori di mappe - Arte, Scienza, Immaginazione e modelli culturali nell'opera del cartografo [The designing of maps - Arts, Science, Imagination and cultural patterns of the cartographer]. There will also be an exhibition, at Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie, of Regional Maps of Italy of the XVI Century with a printed catalog. A map and book fair will be held May 31 and June 1 at Palestra Comunale. Additional information from Comune di Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Anna Napoleoni, tel. 0743.613149 - fax 0743.613148.

May 31, 2008 - Sausalito, California The California Map Society will visit the Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway. Additional information from Philp R. Simon.

June 3, 2008 - New York The New York Public Library, Mercator Society, cordially invites you to Collecting the Best, What makes a map Important? What makes a map an icon?, with special guest, W. Graham Arader III, at 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. program; South Court Auditorium, The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. W. Graham Arader III, one of the world's preeminent map dealers, will reflect on quality in map collecting. Space is limited. RSVP by May 23, 2008., Phone: 212-930-0856

June 4, 2008 - London. Map, revering the land, a free lecture by Beth McKillop, Director of Collections and Keeper, Asian Department, V&A Museum, in connection with the exhibition 'Antique Korean maps, since 1600', at 6.30 PM at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand. Advance booking advised - 020 7004 2600.

June 6-7, 2008 - London The International Map Collectors' Society's June weekend will start on Friday, June 6th at the East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LH. First we will have the Malcolm Young Lecture by Nick Millea, Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. His talk will be The Gough Map: Britain's oldest road map or a statement of empire. This will be followed by our annual dinner and presentation of the IMCoS-Helen Wallis Award. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 7th at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW1 2AR at 10am. Registration forms will be included with your Spring issue of the IMCoS Journal.

June 7, 2008 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society will have a Field Trip to the Morton Arboretum, to view exhibition and hear a presentation on Mapping Pre-Settlement Vegetation in Illinois. Times, directions, and further details to come.

June 7-8, 2008 - London The London Map Fair is held at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. It will be open on Saturday June 7th from 12.00-19.00 and on Sunday June 8th from 10.00-17.00. Still the only specialist map fair in the UK and the largest in Europe, with 40 international exhibitors offering maps, charts, town plans, atlases, globes, views and reference books of all periods and to suit all pockets. Tickets for the map fair can be printed off at the Map Fair web page. There will be lectures at 14.30 daily in the Ondaatje Theatre. All are welcome. Our distinguished inaugural guest speakers are Peter Barber and Laurence Worms.
Saturday June 7th: Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections, British Library: Fixing the image: the mapping of London 297-1900. The mapping of London has been marked by the appearance of a limited number of influential images that provided the model for subsequent commercially-published maps. These 'great maps' were intended to impress and they carry interesting cultural and political messages about the times in which they were created. Side-by-side were the smaller maps generally created in London for use by Londoners. These reveal very different Londons from the images contained in the big maps. Taken together they provide an interesting commentary on Londoners and their relations with the wider world through the ages.
Sunday June 8th: Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books & the London Rare Books School: Fixing the Map Trade: The London of the 18th Century London Mapmakers. An exploration of the locally produced maps of London of the eighteenth century, not as a means of defining London, but as a means of defining the map trade itself - in terms of location, local preoccupations, collaboration and rivalry, increasing sophistication, growing ambition, and ultimate maturity.

June 10, 2008 - Golden, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet 6:30-8:30 PM at the Colorado School of Mines, Map Collection, 1400 Illinois; phone 303-273-3697. Chris Thiry, the Librarian, will be our host. The Map Room has over 209,000 maps. The jewels of the collection are the over 1,200 unique, mostly hand-drawn maps. The majority of the collection covers Colorado and the Intermountain West and pertains to gold or silver. There will be a tour of the Map Room and a show-and-tell featuring some of the more unique items. Everyone will be welcome to explore the collection and examine the maps. Additional information from Dave Cole at 970-203-1264.

June 21, 2008 - Newbury Following the success of their 80th Anniversary Seminar in June 2007, the Defence Surveyors' Association has decided to run another, similar, seminar at the Royal School of Military Survey, Denison Barracks, Hermitage, Nr Newbury, Berks, entitled Maps & Surveys 2008. The seminar will include subjects from the spectrum of mainly British military surveying and mapping in the 19th to 21st centuries. The seminar will consist of seven 35 minute presentations running from about 10-30a.m. to 5-00p.m. Tea and coffee during morning and afternoon breaks and a finger-buffet lunch will be included in the entrance fee which will be £12. Further details from the seminar organisers Col. (Retd.) M.A. Nolan, Tel (01635) 253167; or Maj. (Retd.) A. Gordon, Tel (01264) 359700.

June 26-27, 2008 - Barcelona The 3rd International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage will be held at the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya. Additional information from Evangelos Livieratos.

June 30, 2008 - July 4, 2008 and July 14-18, 2008 - London The Institute of English Studies in the University of London will run the second London Rare Books School, 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. One of the week 1 courses (30 June - 4 July) will be A History of Maps and Mapping with course tutors Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Mrs Sarah Tyacke. On week 2 (14 July - 18 July) Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Mrs Sarah Tyacke will tutor Mapping land & sea before 1800.

July 1, 9, 16, 17, 2008 - United Kingdom The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and The British Cartographic Society (BCS) are pleased to announce 4 joint events to be held around the UK in July 2008. Entitled Better Mapping, these one day seminars, featuring a number of expert presenters, will introduce a range of topics and easy methods that will demonstrate how good cartographic practice can greatly improve the quality, accuracy and effectiveness of your digital and hard copy maps. The use of geographic information, digital mapping software and GIS is ever increasing. Never before has the importance of understanding the fundamentals of good map design been more important. A poorly designed map can at least diminish effective communication of information to users and at worst mislead, perhaps seriously. Split into two halves, the morning's session entitled 'The Making of a Map' will look at issues such as basic principles, communication, clarity and accuracy. The afternoon session entitled 'How to Create a Better Map' will draw from material from one of Britain's leading cartographic designers, Mary Spence MBE, President of BCS. This will include selecting the correct information for maps plus design issues such as line styles, weights, colour and text. AGI and BCS believe these events will be of tremendous interest to all individuals involved in creating and outputting maps and welcome you to attend one of the following venues and dates:
1st July: Cardiff - Millennium Stadium
9th July: Edinburgh - Scottish Health Service Centre
16th July: Leeds - Thackray Museum
17th July: London - Royal Statistical Society

July 3, 2008 - London The latest Archives for London seminar provides a fascinating insight into London's most significant maps. John Fisher, head of prints and maps at Guildhall Library, shares his knowledge and experience of London map history at the Archives for London July seminar. John will provide a history of the most significant large scale printed maps of London, 1560s-1860s. He will demonstrate the importance of maps for archival research discussing the historical value of each of the maps, and particularly how they can reveal alternative insights into family and local history. John will illustrate his seminar with a chance for attendees to examine and compare original maps from the period. This is great opportunity to inspect the 16th century picture map, Ogilby and Morgan's plan (1676), Rocque's plan (1746), Horwood's plan (1799-1819) and the large scale Ordnance Survey plan of the 1860s/70s. Lecture is at 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) - 7:30pm at London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road. Refreshments will be available. The seminar is an open forum and you are encouraged to ask questions and exchange news. Please guarantee your place by contacting Nicola Avery: t: 020 7332 3816 AfL seminars are free to all, but preference is given to members if events are oversubscribed. If you book but are then unable to attend please let Nicola know so someone else can join us

July 8-10, 2008 - Greenwich Dr Luciana Martins' (Birkbeck College, University of London) lecture Geographical exploration and the elusive mapping of the Amazon is one of many lectures to be given at the Scientific Voyaging: Histories and Comparisons conference. This is a major international conference on relations between maritime exploration and the sciences between the eighteenth century and modern times sponsored by the National Maritime Museum, in association with the Royal Society and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

July 12, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street for Our Second Annual Summertime Social. Well, actually behind the Library, in Bryant Park, at 2:30 pm. If you like, bring your own snack and drinks. Map Society Secretary Heather Kinsinger will lead an informal discussion on members' and attendees' personal map collections and interests. We'll also compare notes, offer assistance and recommendations, and chat about your - and our - plans for the future. At 4:00 pm, those of you who'd like to, will adjourn to the historic Oyster Bar in the lower part of Grand Central Terminal. The Oyster Bar is a historic and scenic piece of New York City history. We will meet at the bar area. We hope to see you all there. Members and non-members are welcome to this meeting. In case of rain, we'll meet at the Oyster Bar at 2:30 pm to enjoy some indoor socializing. Contact John Woram for additional information.

July 15, 2008 - Washington How the States Got Their Shapes to be discussed at the Library of Congress. Why does West Virginia have a finger creeping up the side of Pennsylvania? Why are California and Texas so large when so many of the states in the Midwest are roughly the same size and shape? Why are Alabama and Mississippi almost exact mirror images of each other? Mark Stein will provide answers to these questions, and many more, when he discusses and signs his new book, "How the States Got Their Shapes," at noon in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave.

August 10, 2008 - Batesville, Arkansas Pete Musgrave, Independence County surveyor, will speak on Land Surveying Then and Now at 4 pm at the Old Independence Regional Museum, 380 South Ninth Street.

August 11-13, 2008 - Cambridge, England Dr Lucy Donkin will teach a course Mapping the Middle Ages. The course explores the medieval worldview through a wide range of cartographical material, from illustrated itineraries to mappaemundi, paying particular attention to the treatment of the British Isles. Questions of context and function will be discussed with reference to the ways in which the maps reflect geographical knowledge; express religious and cultural ideas; and represent the past and present. Additional information from Courses Registrar, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire; phone 01954 280399.

August 13-15, 2008 - Copenhagen. Ways of knowing the field: International Conference on the History of Fieldwork, Cartography and Scientific Exploration, at Carlsberg Academy, organized by the Danish Network for the History and Sociology of Scientific Fieldwork and Expeditions, and the Danish Research School in Philosophy, History of Ideas and History of Science. This conference aims to bring together leading historians from a number of disciplines to explore different ways of knowing the field as they have been conducted within a range of technological and scientific practices.

August 14, 2008 - Littleton, Colorado Lorena Orvananos Donohue, a Rocky Mountain Map Society member, and the Deputy Director of the Littleton Historical Museum has graciously invited the RMMS membership to a wonderful presentation by Jim Jereb at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends Lecture Hall, Littleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St.; phone 303-795-3950. The program will begin with examples of the three main lithographic surfaces: traditional stone, aluminum plate, and the newest, polyester sheets. With the polyester sheets, Jereb will demonstrate the inking and printing of a prepared plate to illustrate the nature of the lithographic process. This will be followed by a power point presentation showing lithographic images from the late 18th century to the present. The presentation will focus on artistic applications, with references to the processes employed in commercial applications. Mr. Jereb holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Wyoming, Laramie where he served as an Instructor Assistant from 1985-1990. From 1990 to the present he is Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking Department, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. He repairs works of art on paper for museums and private collectors and serves as the historical and technical consultant for the printing section of the Wyoming Territorial Prison Historical Site in Laramie, Wyoming.

August 19, 2008 - Richmond Cassandra Farrell, the Library of Virginia's map specialist and a senior research archivist, will discuss More Than Just a Pretty Picture: The Map Collection at the Library of Virginia in the Conference Room of the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street from noon to 1 PM.

August 23, 2008 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina The William P. Cumming Map Society will gather for a program from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm in the Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Our hosts and speakers will include Elizabeth Chenault, Co-manager, Rare Book Collection and Librarian for Public Services, and Nicholas Graham, North Carolina Maps Project Librarian in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives. Libby will discuss and show a variety of maps neatly tucked away in "non-map" books. She will have on display a number of examples from the remarkable Rare Book Collection in the Wilson Library. These maps, though frequently garnering less attention than their atlas siblings, include some true cartographic gems. Nick will give us a preview of the extraordinary work he has been performing as head of a three-year collaborative effort between the North Carolina State Archives, the UNC-Chapel Hill Library, and the Outer Banks History Center. This prodigious project, North Carolina Maps, will eventually digitize around 1,500 maps from the three partner institutions, including nearly all original NC maps published prior to 1923. Following the presentations there will be lunch at 1:00 p.m. (North Carolina barbecue). Lunch will be about 4 miles north of UNC campus, no cost to attendees though transportation will not be provided. If anyone wants to bring a favorite map, we could have "show-and-tell" after lunch. If you anticipate attending please contact Jay Lester for detailed directions and parking tips.

August 27-29, 2008 - London The Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference will have the theme Geographies that Matter. The 3-day event attracts over 1,000 geographers from around the world.

September 1-4, 2008 - Aberdeen, Scotland The Ancient University of Aberdeen is the venue for the 44th Annual Summer School of the Society of Cartographers. Plans are in progress to provide a programme to interest every delegate and offer the well-established mix of lectures, workshops, visits and social gatherings. Additional information from Mike Wood.

September 1-3, 2008 - Auckland, New Zealand GeoCart'2008 National Cartographic Conference and SIRC 2008 at the University of Auckland. The theme of the Conference is "Geospatial Vision: New Dimensions in Cartography". The Conference will host the National Cartographic Exhibition and GeoExpo'2008 - a Commercial Exhibition. In addition, there will be a book associated with the conference, collating internationally refereed papers presented at the Conference and published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. On behalf of the Organising Committee you are extended a warm invitation to participate in GeoCart'2008 and SIRC 2008. For additional information, visit our website or contact Igor Drecki, New Zealand Cartographic Society.

September 3-4, 2008 - Newport Pagnell, England The British Cartographic Society Map Curators' Group Workshop is to be held in the morning at the De Vere Harben House Hotel . The theme this year is the map library as a GIS lab. In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Military Intelligence Museum at Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire. The Military Intelligence Museum as a whole comprises 5 collections. These are the Intelligence Corps Museum, the Medmenham Collection. The 'Y' Service at Chicksands display, the USAF AT Chicksands display and the BRIXMIS display. In addition there are also escape and evasion maps from World War II and the red volume produced by MI9 during World War II. The Curator Mrs Helen O'Hara will be available on this afternoon to host the visit. Additional information from Ann Sutherland.

September 3-6, 2008 - Newport Pagnell, England The British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium, Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps, will be held at the De Veres Harben House. For more information contact

September 5-7, 2008 - Budapest The International Map Collectors' Society will make a trip to this city for a map symposium - IMCoS Hungary Weekend. It will include a visit to the Baroque Reading Room, a special map exhibition and a bus tour to the Hungarian plains. Before leaving we will visit Lake Balaton and taste the fiery Hungarian wine on its shore. Additional details from Dr. Zsolt Torok.

September 8-11, 2008 - Shepherdstown, West Virginia The Cartography and Geographic Information Society invites cartographers, geographers, geospatial analysts, GIScientists, and others conducting research on the cutting edge of the geospatial sciences to attend AutoCarto 2008, an international research symposium on computer-based cartography. The seventeenth in the AutoCarto series, the symposium will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center --only an hour from Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport. Registration must be made by August 14, 2008. You may register online, with your credit card, or print the downloadable registration form to pay by check at Payments by wire transfers can be accepted (for an additional fee). For more information on payments by wire transfers, please send your request to

September 10-12, 2008 - Portsmouth The International Cartographic Association Commission on the History of Cartography is planning a Symposium on the History of Cartography entitled Shifting boundaries - cartography in the 19th and 20th centuries which will take place at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The meeting will be open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the history of cartography in the 19th and 20th centuries.

September 13, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society will meet at 2:30 pm, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center. Barbara Mundy will discuss Mapping the New World for The Spanish Kings: Indigenous Artists and the Creation of Colonial Cartography. Dr. Mundy is an associate professor in the department of Art History and Music at Fordham University in New York City, specializing in pre-Columbian and Latin American art. Contact John Woram for additional information.

September 13, 2008 - Richmond The Library of Virginia Foundation's Fry-Jefferson Map Society seeks to develop, enhance and promote the cartographic collections of the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street. The fall meeting will feature Henry Taliaferro and Willie Balderson. Taliaferro will consider the landmark Joshua Fry-Peter Jefferson map in its social and historical matrix, asking why cartographic progress in Virginia stagnated or stultified at the end of the 17th century, and why and how conditions changed or evolved to lead to the creation of the magnificent Fry-Jefferson map in the mid-18th century. Henry G. Taliaferro is author of "The Atlas of John Custis 1698" in Degrees of Latitude, Mapping Colonial America (Williamsburg 2002) and other studies. He also is a principal in the New York antiquarian map firm of Cohen and Taliaferro LLC. Willie Balderson will present/reenact the steps involved in taking up land in Virginia. Willie Balderson is a specialist in 18th century surveying techniques for Colonial Williamsburg. The schedule is:
11:00 a.m. - Behind-the-scenes tour in library, including some cartographic rarities in Special Collections
12 noon - Box lunch
1:00 p.m. - Speakers. Henry Taliaferro talk, Q&A; break; Willie Balderson presentation, Q&A
3:00 p.m. - Informal reception in Library
3:00 p.m. - (Concurrent with reception.) Series of brief tours of the exhibit From Williamsburg to Wills Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map.
There is a $15 charge for lunch. The program itself is free to Fry-Jefferson Society members; $5 charge for others. For reservations (mandatory for box lunch) and more information on the Fry-Jefferson Society, call 804-692-3900.

September 19-20, 2008 - Denver The Rocky Mountain Antique Map Fair, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society, will be held at the Denver Central Library, 13th & Broadway. Open Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. In conjunction with the Map Fair, Tom Overton will present a free lecture, The Changing Face of Colorado: County Boundaries from Statehood to the 20th Century at 1 PM Saturday, September 20th in the Gates Room of the Denver Central Library. Using original maps, he will address the development of the counties in Colorado. The seventeen original counties have been re-defined, re-named, and sub-divided into the present sixty four. Original maps will be available for viewing. Please contact Myron West, 307-631-8599, for additional information.

September 25-27, 2008 - Berne The second conference of the Forum Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa (FOSE) will be an Interdisciplinary Conference: Mapping Eastern Europe. It is aimed especially at new scholars and at experts on Eastern European history, but also at scholars from all disciplines that deal with Eastern Europe and its cartographic representation through the ages. Conference proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV with a list of publications, are accepted until September 30, 2007. Papers can be presented in German, English or French. A publication of the conference proceedings is planned. Additional information from Forum Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa (FOSE), c/o Schweizerische Osteuropabibliothek, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3000 Bern 9.

September 25-28, 2008 - Cleveland The joint conference of Online Audiovisual Catalogers and Music OCLC Users Group will take place between Friday, September 26 and Sunday, September 28, 2008. Paige Andrew presents an all-day Map Cataloging Preconference on Thursday, September 25. Since space is limited, those interested in attending are urged to register promptly. Attendees of the full conference will enjoy four workshops on cataloging various non-book materials, keynote speech by Lynne Howarth (former Dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto); closing address by Janet Swan Hill (Associate Director for Technical Services, University of Colorado); and a session on RDA, to name just a few highlights.

September 25, 2008 - 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. Prof. Kenneth Martis will make a presentation titled The History of the Election Map. Election district boundary maps emerged as early as the 1790s in the United States, but the first real election map probably appeared in France circa 1870. Prof. Martis will trace the emergence of statistical maps of U.S. presidential election results by counties in the 1880s, through intricate and artistic renderings of election mapping in Germany in the early 20th century, publication of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States in 1932, development of spatial statistical analysis and modeling in the 1950s and 60s, to the impact of Geographical Information Science today. Prof. Martis will draw illustrations and analysis from his forthcoming article in the multivolume "History of Cartography." Kenneth C. Martis is a Professor of Geography at West Virginia University and is the first awardee of that institution's highest academic honor, Benedum Distinguished Scholar. He has taught at West Virginia for over thirty years. He is the author or co-author of six award winning books on the United States Congress and American politics, including "The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts: 1789-1983;" "The Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-1989;" and "The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress:1789-1989." For further information, contact Dennis Gurtz, 301-926-1743.

September 26-27, 2008 - Berlin Die Macht der Karten - oder: Was man mit Karten machen kann [The power of maps - or: What you can do with maps] is a series of lectures sponsored by Frithjof-Voss-Stiftung in cooperation with the map department of the Staatsbiblitothek zu Berlin. Lectures will be at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Simon-Bolivar-Saal, Potsdamer Str. 33. Preregistration is necessary.

September 26-28, 2008 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will have a meeting on Surveying and Cartography. There will be panel discussions and displays of surveying and mapmaking techniques that compare today's technology with that of 200 years ago. For more information call Rebecca West (888) 701-3434.

October 3, 2008 - Arlington The biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures in the History of Cartography will be held at Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. The topic of the lectures will be Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict, 1800-1900. We have an outstanding program planned, with presentations by John Logan Allen, University of Wyoming; Samuel Truett, University of New Mexico; Ronald Grim, Boston Public Library; Paul D. McDermott, Montgomery College; John R. Hébert, Library of Congress; and Ben Huseman, University of Texas at Arlington. Contact Carolyn Kadri for additional information.

October 4, 2008 - Arlington The Texas Map Society will have a joint meeting with the Philip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress at Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Contact Carolyn Kadri for additional information.

October 4, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 PM at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Nikolas Schiller will discuss Digital Scrapbook of Maps, Past, Present and Future. Here's your chance to see what sets the New York Map Society apart from other map organizations. Unlike most other societies, we are interested in all aspects of mapping, not just antiquarian maps. Freelance consultant and digital map artist Nikolas Schiller is an outstanding example of what the latest technology in mapping and creativity can do. Have a look at his "The Daily Render" blog, where Schiller combines that technology with U. S. Geographical Survey maps to create and manipulate map-like images in hopes of making the viewer look at the world in a whole new way. At our meeting, he'll talk about some of the unique maps he's made over the last four years. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. Our usual meeting place is either Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center, or in the lower-level auditorium, accessible via stairway and elevator adjacent to the classroom area.

October 4, 2008 - Richmond The Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, from 10 AM-12 noon, will offer the program From Compass to GPS: The History and Future of Mapping in Virginia. This program is given in conjunction with the exhibition From Williamsburg to Will's Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia. Learn about the history of surveying, as well as contemporary tools, techniques, and applications for current mapping technology. See historic interpreter Willie Balderson as he portrays an 18th century surveyor. Members of the Virginia Association of Surveyors will demonstrate modern surveying equipment and techniques. As an added benefit for educators, Teaching American History Fellows will also demonstrate methods for using GIS mapping technology resources to teach history and social studies. Visitors can also view the sources and sequels of 1755 Fry-Jefferson map, created by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, as well as land surveys, and antique surveying equipment. The program is free and parking is available underneath the Library. The Library of Virginia. For directions or further information please contact Susan Gilliam at 804-692-3999.

October 5-7, 2008 - Arlington The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting immediately after the Virginia Garrett Lectures in the History of Cartography and the joint meeting of the Texas Map Society and the Philip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress For additional information contact Gerald Saxon.

October 8-11, 2008 - Missoula, Montana The annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society will have mapmakers, map users, map librarians, and map enthusiasts gather to share research, recent projects, and expertise from around the nation, the continent, and the world. The conference's compelling cartographic workshops and presentations will engage the most seasoned cartographer and inspire the mapping novice.

October 16, 2008 - Los Angeles Bring your lunch and from 12:15 p.m.- 1 p.m. we'll talk about Cool Maps of L.A. and Beyond. The discussion is in conjunction with the new exhibit L.A. Unfolded: Maps From the Los Angeles Public Library. There, you'll see things like a 1791 Spanish explorers' California coast map, a 1975 Goetz Guide to the Murals of East Los Angeles and gorgeous illustrated maps from the '30s and '40s. Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., meeting room A, phone (213) 228-7241. Validated parking rates are available in the 524 S. Flower Street garage with an LAPL library card.

October 17, 2008 - New York Dr. Nessa Cronin of the National University of Ireland will be giving a lecture Old Landscapes, New Geographies: Decoding the European Colonial Map. The lecture, sponsored by the Renaissance Studies Program, will take place at 3 PM in the French Department, Room 4202, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 34th Street). A reception will follow the lecture.

October 18, 2008 - Winchester, Virginia The Washington Map Society will make a field trip to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. An exhibition entitled Jed Hotchkiss - Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker will feature about 60 maps and sketches by this important mapmaker. The exhibition will include manuscript maps from the Library of Congress and The Handley Regional Library, Winchester, as well as high quality digital images. Richard W. Stephenson (Library of Congress, retired), who is co-curator along with Robert Grogg (National Park Service, retired), will lead a tour of the exhibition beginning at 11:00 am. Following lunch in the tea room on the grounds, Mr. Stephenson will make an illustrated presentation, after which we will have a tour of the 18th century mansion built by Robert Wood, son of the surveyor and founder of Winchester, James Wood. The grounds of the museum, which includes the mansion, are most attractive. With the foliage in its full fall glory, this should be a delightful outing! Please register with Howard Lange at 703-532-1605. The total cost of admission, lunch in the Tea Room, and the presentation is only $29. Please send your check payable to "WMS" by October 11 to the WMS Treasurer: Don Perkins, 5904 Mt. Eagle Drive, Apt 118, Alexandria, VA 22303-2535.

October 24, 2008 - Leiden The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will visit Leiden University Library's Bodel Nyenhuis Map Collection. Bodel Nyenhuis (1797-1872) was a pioneer in cartography. He worked in the book business and collected books and maps. He left his collection to the University of Leiden. The Bodel Nyenhuis Collection has a new curator, Martijn Storms. He is willing to prepare a special map exhibition during the afternoon. He will guide us through the collection, rich with van Keulen manuscript maps, sea charts, VOC maps, colonial maps a.o. He will also show us the library. The visit will, as usual, be free of charge and is limited up to 20 participants, with preference for paid-up BIMCC members. The visit is conducted in English. The registrations will be dealt with a first come, first served basis. Registrations can be sent by email.

October 24-25, 2008 - Salisbury, Maryland The Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American Geographers plans a regional meeting. The Salisbury University Geography Department will host us. There will be paper and poster sessions and panel discussions and field trips.

October 28, 2008 - London The annual EGR Taylor lecture will be at 18.30 at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore. 'For those in peril on the sea': marking and mapping of the Scottish seas before 1787 by Dr Alison Morrison-Low of National Museums Scotland. Joint event with SNR, Hakluyt Society and RIN, telling how the Scots presented their local maritime dangers to mariners, from early times until the first lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, in 1787. Booking & tickets: Lecture and supper £25 (cheque made payable to RGS-IBG). +44 (0) 20 7591 3100.

October 30, 2008 - 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. Jeremy Pool, WMS member and new president of the Boston Map Society, but more relevantly the publisher of the Antique Map Price Record, will address the Society on the 25 year history of the Price Record. His talk will give a sense of how and why the Antique Map Price Record began and how it has changed over the years. He will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Price Record, such as: What data is included, and why? Is it a price guide? Does it have uses other than looking for price information? Are dealer and auction data handled in the same way? Do dealers like or dislike the availability, to collectors, of the Price Record? Can it be used to judge rarity? He will also discuss insights into trends in the antiquarian map trade provided by the over 120,000 records. Finally, he will describe the recently added Map Collection Manager which allows collectors to catalog their own collections. Jeremy became publisher of the Map Record in 2001. He has since retired as a software developer, but remains an active collector of Arctic and North Atlantic maps.

November 6, 2008 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Graham Dolan, F.R.A.S. (Senior Educational Officer, The Greenwich Observatory, London) On the Meridian of Greenwich: When did it Move, and Why, and Where is it?- at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.

November 6-8, 2008 - Hamburg 14. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium Museum für Kommunikation Gorch-Fock-Wall 1; Organizer: Arbeitsgruppe D-A-CH. For additional information contact: Dr. Markus Heinz, Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage, Map Department, Potsdamer Str. 33, D-10785 Berlin; Phone ++49-30-266 2725, Fax ++49-30-266 3010.

November 8, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 PM at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. Artist and map collector Dorothy Raphaely is one of the most-respected and sought-after map colorists in her profession. At today's meeting Ms. Raphaely will fill us in on the details of Coloring Maps, including a look at the controversy which surrounds the practice of altering an original work. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. Our usual meeting place is either Classroom B, in the South Court's Celeste Bartos Education Center, or in the lower-level auditorium, accessible via stairway and elevator adjacent to the classroom area.

November 8, 2008 - Paris The seventh edition of the Paris Map-fair will be held again in Hotel Ambassador, 16, Blvd Haussmann, in the heart of Paris; just 2 minutes from the famous Opera Garnier and the major department stores, also located near Montmartre and the Louvre museum. Opening hours are 11.00 - 18.00. The fair is organized by Loeb-Larocque and Agnès Talec. This year the fair will be enlarged with a fine selection of travel books. With participants from France, UK, Spain, Italy, USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. The fair is a one-day event with an cocktail reception and dinner on Friday night, November 7th. Reservation for the dinner is required and open to all, seat availability is limited, reserve now.

November 10, 2008 - Cambridge Hanna Vorholt (Warburg Institute) An unpublished map of Jerusalem in the British Library: Observations on its place in the history of Cartography. The Paper will be devoted to a twelfth-century map of Jerusalem which constitutes the earliest surviving English example of a set of medieval maps of the city. The paper will address questions of origin and date, it will discuss how it relates to other maps, and the extent to which its design and inscriptions are unique. Particular attention will be given to the manuscript context in which it appears. The seminar will take place at 5:30pm at the History of Art Graduate Centre, 4a Trumpington Street. All welcome!

November 13, 2008 - Amsterdam The Vrije Academie voor Kunsthistorisch Onderwijs has organized a conference around the theme of Blaeu's World Atlas. The conference will be held 11:00-15:00 at Bijzondere Collecties UVA, Oude Turfmarkt 129 where there is an exhibition featuring the works of Blaeu.

November 13, 2008 - 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. Zeno's Mice: Martin Waldseemüller, Johannes Schöner, and the Rise of Theoretical Cartography 1490-1525 is the imposing title of the talk that John Hessler, of the Library of Congress, will present. One of the most remarkable features of the extant manuscripts of the astronomer and mathematician Johannes Schöner, who was the original owner of the Waldseemüller 1507 and 1516 world maps now in the Library of Congress, comes from his annotations in the various editions of Ptolemy's Geography that he owned. This literature is characterized by a great number of handwritten corrections and complex annotations that show his thinking about theoretical cartography and the state of the art in the early sixteenth century. Schöner's library contained some of the most important books on cartography and geography that were available at the time, including copies of the 1482, 1509 and 1513 editions of Ptolemy's Geography, the Cosmographiae Introductio, and of course the only surviving copies of the 1507 and 1516 World Maps by Martin Waldseemüller. John will examine many of Schöner's manuscripts and show for the first time how he used the Waldseemuller maps and other materials in his library not only for the production of his globes but also in the development of new methods of mathematical cartography. By examining Schöner's manuscripts and by looking closely at the complex mathematical and cartographic problems that he was trying to solve, John we will show the difficulties of researching Renaissance cartography and try to dismiss many of the myths and platitudes that have plagued Waldseemüller scholarship for more than a century. Dr. John Hessler is Senior Reference Librarian in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. He has written extensively on the history of Renaissance cartography and is the author of a new translation of and commentary on Waldseemüller's seminal text the Cosmographiae Introductio, entitled, The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio (2008). He is currently at work on a biography of Johannes Schöner (forthcoming, 2009). For information please contact Jim Lightfoot at 301-932-9004.

November 14, 2008 - Amsterdam Geo-informatie Nederland-Werkgroep for the history the Cartography will have a seminar about Blaeu in the Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam starting at 13.30.

November 14, 2008 - Boulder, Colorado Dave Sobel, science journalist and author, will discuss The Quest to Measure Longitude as part of the NIST Colloquium Series. Lecture will be at 8:30 am in Room 1-1107 in the main NIST building on the NIST-NOAA campus at 325 Broadway.

November 14-15, 2008 - Fuengirola, Spain The "Congreso Internacional: Un viaje de ida y vuelta. El Estrecho de Gibraltar a lo lagro de la historia" meets for two days. On the second day at 5 pm, Chet Van Duzer will present Rebasando los Pilares de Hércules: El Estrecho de Gibraltar en la cartografía histórica [Passing the Pillars of Hercules: The Strait of Gibraltar in the History of Cartography]. The speaker following him will be Dr. Francisco Cabrera Pablos who will speak about Cartografía moderna en el Mediterráneo occidental [Modern cartography in the western Mediterranean] beginning at 6 pm. Additional information from Chet Van Duzer, 12177 Winton Way, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024-6431; tel (650) 941-7411, fax (650) 948-9472.

November 14, 2008 - London Anna Marie Roos (Wellcome Unit, Oxford University) "Spider Man": The Virtuosity of Dr Martin Lister, an Early Royal Society Luminary. Dr Martin Lister (1638-1712), vice-president of the Royal Society and court physician, is best known as England's first arachnologist and conchologist. This talk will also address some of his lesser-known discoveries, including his invention of the histogram and the stratigraphic map. The lecture at 1 p.m., is free and open to the public. 'However space is limited, so please reserve a place by registering online or phoning the Library on 020 7451 2606. Each event will last an hour, and will take place in the Library reading rooms at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace.

November 19, 2008 - Charlottesville Noted map collector David Rumsey will present Giving Maps a Second Life with Digital Technologies at 4pm in Harrison-Small Auditorium in the new Special Collection Library, University of Virginia. Mr. Rumsey will show how technology has transformed his work as an historical map scholar and collector. Using imaging software, GIS, and popular applications like Google Earth and Second Life, Rumsey has given new life to old maps, both in their dissemination and in our ability to analyze and understand them in a variety of disciplines. He will demonstrate how he offers rare maps and innovative software tools on his free, public website. Come early to the talk for a guided tour of the Seymour I. Schwartz collection of North American maps: On the Map, beginning at 3pm in the main gallery of the Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections Library: And stay late for a reception to follow Mr. Rumsey's presentation!

November 19, 2008 - Edinburgh Ever wondered how Ben Nevis got its name? In this talk, Peter Drummond, author of 'Scottish Hill Names', talks about the early mapping and naming of Scotland's mountains and hills. He will explain how their names add to our knowledge of the country's rich social and cultural history over the past 500 years. Talk will be at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 7pm, free. To book your free place(s), get further information, or join the events mailing list, please phone 0131 623 4675 or email.

November 19, 2008 - Leiden Alexander Bick will present his paper Writing Mercantile History. Johannes De Laet and the Dutch West Indies Company at 16.15 at Sieboldhuis, Rapenburg 19. Johannes de Laet's "Historie Ofte Iaerlyck Verhael van de Verrichtinghen der Geoctroyeerde West-Indische Compagnie," first published in Leiden 1644, remains the primary contemporary history available to scholars of the early years of the Dutch West Indies Company. Written at the apex of Dutch influence in the Atlantic, the text offers a methodical accounting of the company's activities and a celebration of its service to the Republic. But it is also an unusual text, focusing on the history of a mercantile company, rather than a state or prince - a format that de Laet himself had chosen in several other books composed or edited for Elsevier during the preceding decade. The paper explores this format, placing the Iaerlyck Verhael within the context of contemporary political and economic debates over the future of the West Indies Company and offering an analysis of the relationship between commerce, empire, and historical writing. Mr. Bick is currently working on his Dissertation: 'Dutch Mercantilism in the Atlantic, 1590-1648' at Princeton University under advisor professor Anthony Grafton. In 2005 Mr. Bick was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies. Your presence at this reading is appreciated. Reservations are recommended because seating is limited. You may reply by email or telephone 071 5272905.

November 19, 2008 - Lincoln, Rhode Island Tom Greene, an expert on Rhode Island maps, especially panoramas and the O.H. Bailey Company that produced them, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. The meeting will be held in North Gate, the Society's home at 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246) at 7 p.m. The session will be held in the upstairs hall. The program is free and open to the public. Mr Greene will talk about The View from Above - Panoramic & Birds Eye Maps of Rhode Island. As part of his talk, the Society will display a newly-restored panoramic view of Saylesville. Saylesville is a mill village in Lincoln.

November 19, 2008 - Oxford Surekha Davies (Birkbeck / Warburg Institute) Representations of Amerindian Civility and Savagery on Dutch Maps with Decorated Borders, c. 1598-1626 - Oxford Art History Seminar, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum at 5 pm (open to the public).

November 19, 2008 - Washington It may come as a surprise to the average American to realize how much geography matters. Linking maps to information digitally allows scientists and analysts to extract patterns and trends - in defense, climate change, land management, business, politics and more. In short, geographic information systems (GIS) help manage the world. At the Library of Congress, GIS can be used to examine the past, learn more about the present and analyze any phenomenon that can be spatially imagined. The Geography and Map Division uses GIS and other geographic-and-statistical-modeling software in projects as varied as tracking the Lincoln-Douglas debates and studying the origin of medieval sailing charts. The Congressional Cartography Program uses GIS to provide Congress with geospatial information regarding legislative and policy issues. The Library will celebrate GIS Day and demonstrate uses of the technology in a program titled Research Orientation to GIS from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Geography and Map Reading Room in the basement of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. The program's first two presentations will focus on mapping technology applications to resolve geographic conflict in historic maps and charts. Portolan Charts - maps of the Mediterranean Sea from 1250 to 1600 - exhibit a unique rotation when compared with projected maps of the period. John Hessler, a senior reference librarian in G&M, will discuss computer modeling and the statistical research that he has been conducting on these medieval charts, in an effort to solve the mystery of why they are rotated and how they might have been used. The Library's Interpretive Programs Office, which mounts exhibitions, asked CCP to create maps relating to important events in President Lincoln's life. The inquiry led CCP cartographer Nicholas Jackson to implement a digital process known as "rubber sheeting." Jackson will explain the process, which he used to rectify historic maps and geo-reference them to contemporary state maps. An additional presentation by CCP cartographer Jacqueline Nolan will focus on software tools available for data analysis, as applied to population data, disease statistics and geospatial data. The final presentation will feature librarian Edward Redmond, who will conduct a hands-on demonstration of software technology available to patrons through the G&M Reading Room who are interested in developing their own GIS projects.

November 20, 2008 - Oxford The Oxford Seminars in Cartography will have Richard Oliver (University of Exeter) discuss At the end of the queue: the Ordnance Survey one-inch in the later nineteenth century. Seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm in the Board Room, University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road. For further details contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139. The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, and the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment.

November 20, 2008 - Richmond Bill Barker of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will be portraying Thomas Jefferson at 6:00 P.M. at the Library of Virginia. This program is being offered in connection with the exhibition, From Williamsburg to Wills Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map, that will be on display at the Library. Mr. Barker will speak on Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, and work by his father, Peter Jefferson, on the Fry-Jefferson map created in 1755. The program is free and parking is available underneath the Library. The Library of Virginia is located at 800 East Broad Street. For directions or further information please contact Susan Gilliam at 804-692-3999.

November 20, 2008 - New York The New York Public Library Mercator Society cordially invites you to an evening with Vincent Virga, the author of Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations and Historic Maps and Views of New York - 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6:00 p.m. Program; Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. by November 13, 2008 to (212)930-0856.

November 25, 2008 - Cambridge, England The Cambridge Seminar in the History of Cartography 2008-2009 meets at 5.30 pm in the Harrods Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street. Spike Bucklow (Hamilton Kerr Institute) will speak on technical aspects of the Hereford mappa mundi. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Bendall at 01223 330476.

November 26, 2008 - Vienna The annual meeting of the General Assembly of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place at the Palais Mollard, 2nd floor, Herrengasse 9 at 5.00 pm.

November 28-30, 2008 - Berne The International Conference: Historic maps and imagery for modern scientific applications is a conference where scientists from several different disciplines meet to discuss their research which is partly or even completely based on the analysis of historical data, i.e. imagery, maps or city models. A wide variety of topics from Archeology, Geodesy, Geomorphology, History, and other disciplines are presented in four thematic blocks tied together by the use of similar data sources and analysis methods. The interdisciplinary approach allows to present potential data sources (archives), to learn about analysis of available data (imagery, maps, city models, etc) and to understand what for what kind of research question historic data may be utilized.

November 28-29, 2008 - Breda The 11th European Map and Book Fair will be held at Grote Kerk. Open Friday 28 November 14.00 - 20.00; Saturday 29 November 11.00 - 17.00. Additional information from Foundation Historical Cartography of the Netherlands, Seeligsingel 10, NL-4811CN, Breda, tel. +31.76.5228428.

December 1-5, 2008 - Sao Paolo In honor of the centennial of the birth of Pierre Monbeig, pioneering Professor of Geography in the University of Sao Paulo, there will be an international history of geography seminar entitled Geografia: Tradições e Perspectivas [Geography: Traditions and Perspectives] at the Department of Geography, University of Sao Paulo. There will be a session about history of cartography. Additional information from Ana Pereira or Clenes Louzeiro at 3091-1134 or 3091-3775.

December 3, 2008 - Washington The year 2008 marks the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution and resulted in the reshaping of modern North America. Please join the Washington Map Society at 7:00 PM at the National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW, when the National Archives, in partnership with the Washington Map Society presents a panel discussion on the topic The Treaty of Paris and the US/Canadian Border as well as The Mitchell Map and its Role in Shaping History. This program is in conjunction with a special exhibit, 1783: Subject or Citizen?, commemoration the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, created by the U.S. National Archives and the Library and Archives of Canada. Moderator John R. Hébert, Chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, will be joined by Stephen J. Hornsby, Director, Canadian-American Center, Professor of Geography & Canadian Studies, University of Maine, and author of "British Atlantic/American Frontier;" Francis M. Carroll, Professor of History Emeritus, St. John's College, University of Manitoba, and author of "A Good and Wise Measure: The Search for the Canadian/American Boundary 1783-1842;" and S. Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of "Mapping the New Empire: Cartography and Colonization in British America 1763-1782." By special arrangement, the exhibit will be open from 5:45-6:45 PM, prior to the 7:00 PM panel discussion. For information please contact Pete Porrazzo at 703-883-1843.

December 4, 2008 - London Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme - Professor Francesca Rochberg (Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley) New Light on the Maps and Mapping in Ancient Mesopotamia - at University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. This lecture series in the history of cartography is convened by Dr. Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). The programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The International Map Collectors' Society, and Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd.. It is supported by Imago Mundi: the International Journal for the History of Cartography. Enquiries to +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano Smith) or Tony Campbell.

December 4-5, 2008 - Berlin The fields of cartography and geoinformation, like other fields of Science and Technology, face a growing need for preservation and archiving policies, methodologies, procedures and practices. The workshop on Archiving in Digital Cartography and Geoinformation brings together international and national experts to discuss
- state-of-the-art digital archiving
- technological, organizational, and legal prerequisites
- creation of archive input data
- document and multimedia archiving
- database archiving
- digital archive organisation, digital archive prototypes, archives management
- archive use, permanent and long-term accessibility
and other topics related to the application of digital archiving in the fields of cartography and geoinformation. On the first day, international aspects will be discussed in English language; on the second day presentations and discussions will be in German language. Additional information from Horst Kremers, DGfK Berlin-Brandenburg, P.O. Box 20 05 48, D- 13515 Berlin; phone +49 172 3211738.

December 5, 2008 - Paris The history of cartography commission of the Comité français de cartographie has planned a one-day colloquium on the following theme: Maps, Climate, and the Environment from Antiquity to the Present, which will take place at the Archives Nationales, 11 rue des Quatre Fils. Here is the pre-programme:
1. "Cartes, climats et physique du globe"
- Danielle Lecoq : les mappemondes à zones
- Angelo Cattaneo : « La réflexion sur les climats et les projets d'expansion et de navigation dans les mappae mundi et les traités de philosophie naturelle du XVe siècle »
- Pierre Lamandé : "L'introduction rédigée par Sylvestre Lacroix pour la 2nde édition française de la Géographie moderne de J. Pinkerton : une nouvelle vision de la géographie influencée par A. de Humboldt"
- Fabien Locher : "Un outil fondamental d'étude de l'atmosphère et du climat : la cartographie isoligne, de Humboldt aux simulations numériques"
- Matthias Dörries : "Cartographier la physique du globe"
- Marie-Françoise Aufrère, Pascal Marty, Marie-Claire-Robic : « Quelle démarche cognitive pour réaliser la « carte des régions privées d'écoulement vers l'océan » ? Les enseignements de la correspondance Aufrère-De Martonne »
2. "Cartes et risques naturels"
- Denis Coeur : "L'ingénieur, la carte et l'inondation du XVIIe au XIXe siècle"
- Saïda Temam, Stéphane Grivel et Emmanuèle Gautier-Costard (LADYSS): "De la carte outil à la carte source. Représentation et gestion du fleuve Loire, du XVIIIe au XIXe siècle"
3. "Cartes, faune et flore"
- Axelle Chassagnette : "Echelles et paysage : la représentation des éléments naturels dans les cartes allemandes à grandes et moyenne échelle au XVIe siècle"
- Paul Rey : "Histoire de la cartographie de la végétation en France, de De Candolle à la cartographie écologique"
- Ronan Loarer, Chantal Croguennec et Claire Rollet (IFREMER) : "Un siècle de cartographie de la faune et des végétaux marins" (XXe s.)
- Paul Rouet (directeur d'études, APUR) et Marie-Thérèse Besse (cartographe, APUR), et Rémi Corfini (télédétection, société Digitech): « La couverture végétale du coeur de l'agglomération parisienne : une approche par la télédétection de précision ». (Source des données : société InterAtlas)
Additional information from Catherine Hofmann, Secretary of the history of cartography commission of the Comité français de cartographie, Département des cartes et Plans, Bibliothèque nationale de France, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris; Tél : 00 33 1 53 79 83 59, Fax : 00 33 1 53 79 83 61.

December 8, 2008 - Portland, Maine Michael Hermann, senior cartographer at the University of Maine (Orono), will give a presentation based on his forthcoming book, An Insiders Look at the Cartography of the Historical Atlas of Maine. His lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m., in the University Events Room in the University of Southern Maine Glickman Family Library.The lecture is free and open to the public.

December 9, 2008 - Boston The Boston Map Society meets at Place: Boston Public Library at 5:30 - 8:00 PM. William Ginsberg will speak about Maps of Scandinavia. Refreshments will be served. Additional information from Ky Kylander.

December 9, 2008 - Denver Planning For the disposition of Your Map Collection or What to Do with the Good Stuff when your Kids aren't Interested - The Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS) will have a panel discussion on planning for the disposition of your map collection. Have you wondered about selling over the Internet or donating your collection to a non-profit? Get the tax perspective from Bill Bostrom, an RMMS member and lawyer who specializes in tax and estate planning. Hear the ins and outs of appraising and liquidating from Curtis Bird, an RMMS member and co-owner of The Old Map Gallery. Dr. Wendel Cox, also an RMMS member and DPL's Senior Special Collection Librarian, Western History and Genealogy, will discuss what institutions want from donors. Bring your Questions! Meeting is at 5:30pm at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor.

December 11, 2008 - Chicago The Chicago Map Society meets at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Street. Do you have a particular map or map-related item you wish to share? Curious about what others are collecting? Here's your opportunity. On this special night we invite Chicago Map Society members to showcase their interest in maps, be it through a one of a kind item bargained for at a flea market or the long sought after piece that ties your collection together. If you would like to contribute to a show and tell list for all to peruse, please submit by 4 December the title or description of the item you intend to bring. Copies will be made available at the meeting.

December 11, 2008 - London The Proctor Memorial lecture will be given by Sarah Tyacke at 5.15 pm at at Lloyds Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS. The title of her lecture is The cartographic struggle for the northern passages 1550-1650. Admission to this lecture is solely by ticket, available from Proctor Lecture, GMI, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LS.

December 13, 2008 - Brussels The Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle will have its annual major cartographical event: a study session with several very interesting topics this year. Programme:
Peter van der Krogt (Prof. Utrecht University): Latin and cartography. This will be a practical session and not a grammatical course. He will translate and comments short Latin cartouche texts. He has published a superb article on the use of Latin on maps (available in Dutch and English).
Martijn Storms (Curator Bodel Nyenhuis Collection Leiden): Compass-windroses. He will lead us through the world of the wind and compass roses. He will also trace them back to their regional origin and tell us whether there is a connection with the rhumb lines on portolans.
Eric Leenders (M.D.) & Jan De Graeve (Surveyor and historian in surveying techniques): Topography in practice. They will demonstrate the true first topographical trials by triangulation realised by J. van Deventer on his regional maps. These maps were reconstructed to wall maps on which we will demonstrate some triangles. The precise results obtained by the grandissimo geografo will surprise you.
Francis Herbert (Former Curator of maps at the Royal Geographical Society): Maps on the north pole. He will update his thesis and present the evolution of maps of the north pole, from the imaginary black stone from Mercator to a more realistic view, namely masses of packed ice blocking the entrance of the Bering Straits. He will describe the failed passage trials to the east and west.
H. Decleir (Prof. Geography, VU Brussels): North pole maps in the future. Our generation is witnessing for the first time how climate is changing the earth and will ultimately necessitate new maps. Ice is melting fast. Already a passage to the west of the Arctic looks feasible in our lifetime - the one to the east will be witnessed by our children. This is already leading to the creation of not only new landscape maps but also geological ones due to the presence of oil under the north pole.

All presentations will be held in English. Each presentation will last approx. 35 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions. A conference hand-out with the professional profile of each speaker and an abstract will be distributed. Conference is from 9.30 - 16.00 at House of the Belgian Union of Expert Surveyors, Rue du Nord / Noordstraat 76, 1000 Brussels (Metro Madou or Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet). Admission is free for paid-up BIMCC Members; non-members pay EUR 10.00 at the reception desk. This includes the traditional apéritif. Participation in the Speakers' lunch at own expense (about EUR 30.00). Registrations can be sent by email.

December 13, 2008 - New York The New York Map Society meets at 2:30 PM at Richard Arkway, Map Dealers, 59 East 54th Street, Suite 62; 1-212-751-8135. For over 30 years, Richard Arkway, Inc has been a leader in antiquarian maps, atlases, globes and voyage books. We will have the privilege at this meeting to learn more about the world of map collecting and dealing from a world class establishment.

December 14, 2008 - Washington Conrad Rudolph, professor of medieval art history, University of California at Riverside will talk about Time, Space, and the Progress of History in the Medieval Map at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Concourse, Large Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, at 2:00 PM.