Cartography - Archive 2018 Calendar of Events

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January 4, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Towner Fellows Lounge in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. The members of the Chicago Map Society and the Caxton Club are pleased to present a special evening with Peter Hiller, who will share with us The Life and Work of Jo Mora, along with a very interesting Mora connection to The Newberry Library. Peter has been enamored, if not obsessed, with Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon his cartes (maps) in the mid-1990s—to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo currently published by the Book Club of California. Hiller’s immediate intrigue arose from his amazement at Jo Mora’s creative versatility and the outstanding quality of Mora’s artistic efforts. From pictorial maps, book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, printmaking and writing, Mora’s artistic talents were boundless. After growing up on the east coast, Mora ventured west to explore what he considered to be the changing west of the cowboys and Indians he was so fascinated with as a child. It was at this time that he passed through Chicago and would later make connections, the evidence from which remain in Chicago, and will come to light during this presentation. Jo’s later life centered around the history of California, his family and his abounding creative abilities that enabled him to provide food, clothing and shelter for them. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)>.

January 11, 2018 – Washington The Washington Map Society meets at 5 PM in the Geography and Map Division, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Christian J. Koot will present A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman's Chesapeake.Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited” is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial British America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman, the map pictures the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. Christian Koot's talk follows the map from the waterways of the Chesapeake to the workshops of London and offers new insights into the creation of empire in North America. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)

January 13, 2018 - New York The New York Map Society will meet 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Aves.). For the first time since March 12, 2016 -- Members Show & Tell. While presenters are limited to current-paid-members-only, anyone can attend. Current "Sustaining" and Board members get priority, but any current-paid (2017-18 program year) member can request time -- 6 - 10 minutes to present a map -- which can be antique or contemporary, an original or a reproduction -- and its story. Email requests to Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)>.

January 16, 2018 – Denver The Rocky Mountain Map Society will meet at Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave Parkway, at 5:30 PM in the Gates Room. Vincent Szilagyi: will speak about The Scramble for Africa: Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork. In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by World War I, 90% percent of the continent was controlled by European Powers. This rapid expansion of Colonial power was unprecedented; it was tremendously important for Africans, Europeans and the world as a whole. The history of the Scramble is a fascinating tale, and one best explored through maps. The maps of Africa from this time period are renowned for their accuracy, utility and beauty, all of which are self-evident when you see them yourself. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at) for additional information.

January 17, 2018 – Floriana, Malta The next meeting of the Malta Map Society will be held at Headquarters of the Malta Historical Society, 41 Lion Street, starting 6pm. Additional information from Rod Lyon <28triqsikka(at)>.

January 18, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Dennis McClendon will speak about Beyond Google Maps: Map Usage in the 21st Century. Google Maps is not the only way to navigate the modern world—even on your phone. Cartographer Dennis McClendon will present a variety of other online resources—some worldwide reference maps, some on specialized themes—to make us informed travelers and hometown explorers. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)>.

January 18, 2018 - London The Twenty-Seventh Series of “Maps and Society” lectures in the history of cartography are convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), Peter Barber (Visiting Fellow, History, King’s College, formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are held at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB, at 5.00 pm. Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Giles Darkes (Cartographic Editor, British Historic Towns Atlas) will speak about Maps, and Miasma: Henry Acland’s maps of Cholera in Oxford in the 1850s. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at) > or +44 (0)20 8346 5112 (Catherine Delano-Smith). This programme has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of an Anonymous Benefactor, The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Educational Trust and The International Map Collectors' Society.

January 19, 2018 - Wabern, Switzerland The map collection of Swisstopo includes much more than the three known National map works. In addition to the more than 50,000 map sheets, there are some treasures and even unexpected ones. At this colloquium we will show you a selection of these treasures that have been treasured or rediscovered over the years. You will learn the background of the objects and have the opportunity to view a selection of these original maps. Colloquium will be 10:00 to 11:30 in Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Seftigenstrasse 264.

January 20, 2018 – Milan The VI Milano Map Fair,organized by Associazione Culturale Civitellarte with the collaboration of Associazione Roberto Amalgià - Museo della Cartograpfia Lombarda will be held at Hotel Michelangelo Milano, Piazza Duca d'Aosta from 10.00 – 17.00. Free entry.

January 22, 2018 - New York Katie Losey and Connie Brown created a pro bono stewardship map about African elephants; sold as archival prints and posters, 100% net profits benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Losey and Brown will speak at 6:30 pm at New York Public Library's Mid-Manhattan Library, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), how the maps came to be, detailing the themes, cartographic sources, the design traditions which inspired them, and more. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

January 24, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida More than 500 years before GPS, cartographers and geographers would painstakingly, by hand, chart roads, rivers and oceans that few had ever traveled. 100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States can be seen Cotilla Gallery, second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. Neal Asbury will present, The Discovery of the Americas and The Founding of the United States, at 6 p.m. at the Nova Southeastern University library on the main campus in Davie. There will be a reception and exhibit viewing from 6 – 7 p.m., followed by Asbury’s colorful commentary.

January 28, 2018 - Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will have its annual social event which is one of the best attended events of our calendar. Last year we changed our format somewhat, and because the event was received so well, we decided to continue with the new venue. The social will be held at the Two Rivers Country Club in Governors Land where we will be enjoying Sunday brunch, a bit of socializing and the sharing of a few maps that are special favorites of our members. The details are: Two Rivers Country Club, Cypress Room, 12:00 – 2:30 pm. The menu for the buffet brunch includes a wide selection of breakfast goodies such as bacon, sausages, eggs, fruit, French toast, etc., and the price is $24.00 per person including tax and gratuity. The capacity of the venue is somewhat limited, so we recommend that you reserve your place now. To do so, please send a check in the name of Williamsburg Map Circle to Mr. Dan Paterson. Contact Ted Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)> for Dan's mailing address.

January 29, 2018 – Boston Historians of cartography occasionally refer to cartographers’ horror vacui: their fear or hesitancy to leave spaces blank on maps that might be filled with decorations. Some scholars have denied that this impulse was a factor in the design of maps, but the question has never been examined carefully. In this illuminating talk, With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps”: On Cartographers’ Fears of Blank Spaces, cartographic historian Chet Van Duzer will undertake such an examination, arguing that horror vacui was indeed an important factor in the design of maps, at least for some cartographers, from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. 5:30 pm Refreshments on the Boston Map Society’s tab at the Newsfeed Café on the first floor of the Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Talk in the Commonwealth Salon. The Leventhal Map Center gallery will remain open until 8:00 pm. RSVP: info(at) or 617.859.2387. This event is presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society.

January 30, 2018 – Friborg Marino Maggetti will talk about The canton of Friborg on historic maps at 18:00 at he Library of the University of Fribourg, Joseph-Piller 2.