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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)chicagomapsociety.org>.
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)oldworldauctions.com.
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)gmail.com>.
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)comcast.net) 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)gmail.com>.
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)chicagomapsociety.org>.
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)tonycampbell.info > 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)gmail.com> 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)leventhalmap.org 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.
February 3-4, 2018 - Miami The 25th Annual Miami International Map Fair, the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, will be held at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler Street. Dealers from around the world exhibit and sell antique maps, globes, atlases and rare antiquarian books. Speakers this year are Chet Van Duzer and Neal Asbury on Saturday; and Neil Safier on Sunday. Visitors are invited to bring in a map of their own for expert opinions and attend educational presentations by map experts. While many of the attendees are serious map collectors, this event is building awareness of antique maps and encouraging new collectors. For information contact Hilda Masip (HMasip(at)historymiami.org), Map Fair Manager at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; telephone: 305-375-1618.
February 7, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) from 6:30-7:30 pm. Book talk/signing by best-selling author Colin Harrison: "You Belong to Me". Author and map collector Colin Harrison's latest novel, "You Belong to Me," features a protagonist who is a devoted collector of the maps of New York City.
February 10, 2018 - Gent The Brussels Map Circle will visit the exhibition Under time's spell - In de ban van de tijd with Jan De Graeve. No registration, we meet at 13.45, Sint-Pietersabdij, Sint-Pietersplein 9; Entry 7,50 euro.
February 13, 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. Joseph Kerski: will discuss The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography. What would you include in this list? Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore his list, revealing how critical Geography is in the 21st Century. Some discoveries were historical moments with a significant impact on our understanding of our world, including specific maps, technologies, and explorers of ancient times. Others led to the founding of organizations such as U.S.G.S, and for the exploration of new frontiers in digital mapping, surveying, remote sensing, crowdsourcing, and the Internet of Things. Some of the items in the list may be expected; others might surprise you. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
February 14, 2018 - Bern You are invited to the book launch Ptolemaios: Handbuch der Geographie, der älteste Kartenatlas Faksimile-Ausgabe des Codex Seragliensis GI 57 [Ptolemy: Handbook of Geography, the oldest map atlas / Facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57] at 16:15 until about 17:30 in Room F 021 in Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36 (Länggasse), 3012 Bern. In November 2017, after many years of preparation, the facsimile edition of the Codex Seragliensis GI 57 was published by the Boyut publishing house in Istanbul. The Codex Seragliensis GI 57 dates from the 13th century and is now kept in the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. Next to his sister manuscript in Rome, this is the most important Greek manuscript of Ptolemaic geography.
February 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carl Kupfer will speak about Land Surveying and Mapmaking Transformed. The science and art of land surveying, which started with rudimentary instruments, techniques, and hand-drawn paper plats and maps, has evolved into a realm and creation of highly accurate and virtually automated data platforms that rely on satellites for three-dimensional spatial positioning, interact with geographical information systems (GIS), generate digital data and mapping products, and alas, can spit out paper maps and charts on demand. Mr Kupfer will review the fascinating history of surveying from earliest times to the present, presenting examples of unusual surveys, instruments, techniques, and methods used to produce the end-product documents. He will then discuss surveying and mapping in the twenty-first century, and explain how the science of geographical information management in the digital age has transformed the fields of land surveying and classic cartography. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
February 15, 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. Dr Emma Perkins (Affiliate Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) will speak about Early English Globe Making: A Social Study of a Terrestrial Globe by Morden, Berry and Lea, c.1685. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.
February 15, 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. Leslie Trager will present Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps. The talk will be largely based on Trager's online book of the same title which deals with evidence that Hudson had maps from surveys made about 5000 years ago, or around 3000 BC. It will also deal with the Cree interaction with Hudson, as conveyed in their oral history. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
February 15, 2018 - Whitchurch-on-Thames A talk on historic maps of Oxfordshire will be given by John Leighfield immediately after Whitchurch and Goring Heath History Society’s annual meeting at the village hall at 8pm.
February 15, 2018 – Williamsburg The Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00 at our usual place in Williamsburg Landing. Ralph Ehrenberg, who some of us know from our trips to the Library of Congress Map Vault, is coming to Williamsburg. He will discuss “Follow your Flight”: Souvenir Airline Passenger Maps from the Golden Era of Flight. One of the least known categories of popular pictorial cartography is the complimentary airline route map that was designed to inform and entertain air travelers before the emergence of in-flight radios, movies, and iPhones. Dating from the beginning of commercial aviation following World War I, these maps evoke a time and place when air travel was novel and exciting, and commercial aviation catered to their customers. Welcome aboard as we fly with American Airlines, Air France, BOAC, Imperial Airways, UAL, and other pioneer airlines on Ford Tri-Motors, Lockheed Constellations, and Boeing 707s exploring the world of early airline route maps. Additional information from Theodore Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>.
February 21, 2018 - Manila The Philippine Map Collectors
Society will have our first 2018 General Membership Meeting in Arya
Residences, Terrace Level Function Room, McKinley Pkwy, Taguig, 1634
at 6:00 PM. Presentations:
1. Illusions, Confusion and Delusion: The Mythical Island of St. John by Marga Binamira
2. An Introduction to Enrique Abella y Casariego’s Mapping of Panay by Popo Lotilla
We will also have a "Show-and-Tell” session where Peter Geldart will show “Two manuscript U.S. Army Maps of campaigns during the Moro Rebellion in 1903”. Additional information from Rudolf J. H. Lietz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 23, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 3pm and will have on display the original 430 year old Urbano Monte 1587 map long with its 10 feet by 10 feet facsimile and its virtual derivatives at the Center. This will be followed by a talk at 3.30 pm by Chet van Duzer, History of Cartography scholar and recent David and Abby Rumsey Fellow at the David Rumsey Map Center and the John Carter Brown Library in Boston. Chet will be presenting on his research conducted over the course of 3 months on the Urbano Monte 1587 map. The talk is entitled: Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587. Urbano Monte's map of 1587 is a spectacular creation, designed to be assembled into an image of the world 10.5 feet in diameter, on an unusual projection, intended to be rotated about its center, and elaborately decorated with images of sovereigns, sea monsters, and animals. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will present new research how Urbano Monte went about making the map: the events and works that inspired him, the sources from which he borrowed, and his own statements about the map. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.
February 25, 2018 - Wiscasset, Maine Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine and director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin, will speak on Mapping the Coast of Colonial Maine: Local Colonists vs. Imperial Agents,” with special attention to George Sproule’s 1772 map “From Kennebec River to Round Pond.”" Lecture will be at 1:00 PM in the Wiscasset Communications Building (911 Center) behind the County Court House on Route 1.
February 27, 2018 - Arlington, Massachusetts For the next of the Arlington Historical Society’s evening lecture series, learn about maps from Adam Kurowski, director of geographic information system for the town of Arlington. The lecture, History and Modern History of Map Making, will take place 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. Attendees will take a journey through time to learn how maps changed perceptions of the world, saved lives, built empires and improved operations in the town of Arlington. Attendees can also participate in a real-time mapping exercise using the town’s mobile mapping software, get hands-on with historic maps, and see a GPS unit capable of pinpointing locations on earth to an accuracy of 2 centimeters. The event is free for members of the Arlington Historical Society and $5 for nonmembers.
February 27, 2018 – Cambridge The Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography will meet in Gardner Room, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, at 5.30 pm. Paul Laxton (formerly University of Liverpool) will speak about Michael Alexander Gage and the mapping of Liverpool, 1828–1836. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the seminar. For further information contact Sarah Bendall (sarah.bendall(at)emma.cam.ac.uk) at tel. 01223 330476.
February 27-28, 2018 - San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain The Atlantic is a space that has two coasts and one of them is that of the new continent discovered: America. But before 1492? How was it represented and defined the Atlantic before 1492? How was that "Liquid space" before the Age of Discovery? Is it possible to trace the series of elements that made up the knowledge and the perception of the Atlantic before the discovery of America? This is the general theme of reflection that we propose as the basis for the research seminar Edad Media, Atlántico e insularidad atlántica: nuevas perspectivas [Middle Ages, Atlantic and Atlantic Insularity: new insights] to be held at the Instituto de Estudios Canarios, Calle Juan de Vera, 4.
March 6, 2018 - Aberdeen - Calling all map lovers in the north east... A free talk: From Gordon to Google - Four Centuries of Mapping Aberdeen at 6pm, Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct. Join us for Scottish Local History Week as Christopher Fleet, Map curator at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), will look at the main maps of Aberdeen over the last 400 years, from James Gordon’s stunning map of the 1661 to today’s digital mapping. Over the centuries, maps were made for very different purposes, by different people and, by looking at who made these maps and why, we can reach a greater understanding of them. The talk will conclude with a brief demonstration of the National Library of Scotland’s maps website, where most of these maps can be viewed. Free event. Booking essential. To book, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents(at)aberdeencity.gov.uk
March 8, 2018 – Boulder, Colorado Rocky Mountain Map Society Director Chris Lane will be giving a presentation titled A Century of View of Colorado, 1820-1920. The lecture will take place at Benson Earth Sciences Building, Room 180, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., on the CU-Boulder campus. There will be a reception prior to the presentation. The building is located at 2200 Colorado Avenue.
March 8, 2018 - Derry The Friends of the Derry Walls - History and Heritage talk takes place at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry’s city centre. In her talk, Mapping the Plantation, Dr Annaleigh Margey, author and lecturer in history at Dundalk Institute of Technology will discuss the place of the Walls in landscape and in perception, with a particular focus on the livery company maps of the ‘Londonderry Plantation.’ Near the end of 1618, Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the official Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland, was appointed to survey the progress of the Ulster Plantation and specifically, the Works and Plantation performed by the City of London in the City and County of ‘London-Derry’. The event is free, you you are asked to book your place.
March 8, 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. John Hessler will give a talk on Mapping Indigenous Spaces: The Rare Codex Quetzalecatzin Comes to the Library of Congress. The Codex Quetzalecatzin, is an extremely rare, colored Mesoamerican map and one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of the Americas to become available in recent history. As is typical for an Aztec, or Nahuatl, codex of this early date (circa 1570-95), it relates the extent of land ownership and properties of a family line. Acquired by the Library Congress in 2017, this important piece has now been made available to the public digitally, for the first time in more than one hundred years. The lecture will explain the acquisition by the Library of the Codex, its history, and new research on its origins and use. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
March 14, 2018 - Edmonton The next meeting of the Edmonton Map Society will be in the Lounge at Claridge House, 11027 87 Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Visitors Lot, to the west of the building. Please remember to sign in on the logbook (between the elevators). The recently installed intercom system does not connect to the lounge. Please phone 780 224-1860 from the entrance and David Jones will let you in. We have two speakers: Charlene Nielsen who will talk about her dissertation research on the geography of 'being born too small" and Sophie Norris will talk about her recent publication and map - Glacial landforms of northwest Saskatchewan. Contact David Jones at djones(at)ualberta.ca for additional information.
March 15, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Towner Fellows’ Lounge in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Don & Tanya Smith will speak about Treasures from the Archives of Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith. Established in 1854 by Samuel Greeley, Greeley-Howard-Norlin & Smith (GHNS) is the oldest land surveying business in the Chicago metropolitan area. Located in Flossmoor, Ill., the firm’s surveyors have walked virtually every block in Chicago and a good number of suburban properties as well. And, in its over one-hundred-sixty years in business, GHNS has accumulated an extensive archive that includes 250,000 plats of surveys, over 10,000 copies of plats of recorded subdivisions, and thousands of pages of other survey-related documents and maps. In fact, GHNS has survey plats of Chicagoland from before the Great Chicago Fire, including a number of plats and maps connected to the legal work of an Illinois attorney by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Please join us as the firm’s owners take us on a tour of what is likely the most complete archive of the Chicago metropolitan area in existence today. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
March 15, 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. Dr Thomas Horst (Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), Lisbon) will speak about Putting Saxton into Context: State Surveys in Early Modern Europe with Particular Reference to Palatinate-Neuburg (Bavaria), Saxony and England. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.
March 15, 2018 - Stanford, California The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 4.15 pm for a 4.30 pm talk by Dr. Len Rothman, Exemplars of cartography through maps of the Holy Lands from The Leonard and Juliet Rothman Holy Lands Map Collection. The Rothmans have been collecting maps of the Holy Lands for 40 years. Their collection spans from the late 15th to the mid 20th century and encompasses 956 maps of which 456 are individual sheets while the rest are in atlases and books of the Holy Lands. These maps are the product of humankind's quest for visual identification of locations and events noted in the Bible. Holy Lands maps are categorized into World, Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Arctic/Antarctic, Holy Lands, and Celestial sub-categories. The maps are noted for their multiple printing techniques, artistry and variation in size, orientation and coloration. They provide an observational window of the broad field of historical cartography. Dr. Len Rothman is the former President of the California Map society, member of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, the International Map Collectors Society and the Washington D.C. Map Society. Dr Rothman is also a Founding Friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. He also collects map globes and maps on neckties. His collection was scanned and is available at Stanford University's catalog, SearchWorks. The talk is free, but requires advance registration.
March 17, 2018 - Floriana, Malta The Malta Map Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 10.30 am at the Malta Historical Society headquarters at 41 Lion Street. Additional information from Rod Lyon at galleon(at)onvol.net.
March 19 and 21, 2018 - Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, and Glasgow
Barbara Bond will speak about MI9’S Escape & Evasion
Maps Of WWII. She describes the historical background and purpose
of MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme –
the maps they produced, the covert help they were given by a famous
Scottish map publisher, how maps were smuggled into the prisoner of
war camps and how they were instrumental in some remarkable escapes,
particularly that of Airey Neave from Colditz. The presentation will
March 19 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Kirkcaldy – School of Midwifery, University of Dundee Fife Campus, 5 Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5YS. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM in George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9LX. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 21 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3EW. Tickets are available on the night, at the door and online via Eventbrite.
March 20, 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. Catherine Olkin will present The Mapping of Pluto and Its Moons. Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system, specifically planetary atmospheres and surfaces. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission. Contact Lorraine Sherry (lorraine.sherry(at)comcast.net) for additional information.
March 24, 2018 – Brussels The Brussels Map Circle Annual General Meeting open only for Brussels Map Circle active members will be held 10.00 – 11.45 at Royal Library of Belgium, Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg. The 2018 Map Afternoon will follow the meeting. Members and non-members are invited to bring an antique map, a contemporary map, an atlas, a globe, a cartographic instrument, or an interesting book on cartography and present it at the Map Afternoon. The details of your item and your presentation, if any, should reach Henri Godts <henri.godts(at)godts.com> or Jean-Christophe Staelens <jcs(at)staelens.biz> by 1 March 2018. You are expected at 12.00 for a convivial drink and sandwich lunch. The Royal Library closes at 17.00 sharp. Prior registration on our website is requested here.
March 24, 2018 - New Haven The Connecticut Map Society will kick off spring and our 2018 season with a must-see event at the Beinecke Library : a tour of Yale University’s renowned cartographic treasures, including the 1489 Marcellus Map (an important early world map showing the New World); the Codex Reese (a mid-16th century map of Mexico City with a great backstory); and William Clark’s 1810 Lewis and Clark Expedition Map (the original!). Join us for the rare opportunity to view these maps and many others. Beyond that, we’ll learn how to engage the Yale map collection online or in the Beinecke Library reading room. Our hosts for the event will be George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana; and Michael Morand, Beinecke Public Relations & Communications Officer. We will meet at 2 pm, at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. We suggest that you allow 20 minutes for parking: plan to arrive in New Haven at 1:30 for time to park and arrive at the Beinecke by 1:50. Connie, Maryann, and Brian will be in the lobby to greet you and sign you in. Space is limited to 40 guests: first come, first served. RSVP to ctmapsociety(at)gmail.com or call Connie: 860 575 4640. First priority is given to the Connecticut Map Society, then to members of our sister organization, The New York Map Society.
March 24, 2018 – Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society announces it's next workshop - John Smith's Map of Virginia and It's Many Derivatives - at 10:00-11:30 am at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. We hope you will plan to join us. Captain John Smith published a map of Virginia in 1612 to accompany a booklet entitled “Map of Virginia.” As engravers made changes to the copperplate from which the map was printed, several states of the map entered into circulation. It became the “mother” map of Virginia, influencing European mapmakers as they printed maps of the colony for inclusion in atlases. As a result, multiple derivatives entered the book market. Cassandra Britt Farrell, the Library’s senior map archivist will explore the differences between the states of Smith’s map of Virginia and its many derivatives, including the fascinating images displayed on these pictorial maps. Please register in advance.
March 27, 2018 - Zurich An evening tour Around the Globe will take place at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Zähringerplatz 6, from 18:15 to 19:30.
April 5, 2018 - Prague Malta Map Society members Joseph Schiro and Bernadine Scicluna have been invited by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, PhDr. Ilja Smid,for the ceremonial handover of the certificates of Memory of the World International Register confirming the inscription of Giovanni Francesco Camocio’s maps of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 to the prestigious Memory of the World Register for the preservation of this exceptional documentary heritage. The nomination of the Camocio maps was prepared as a transnational nomination from Malta and the Czech Republic through the cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta and Charles University in Prague. The ceremony will be held at 11.30am at the Nosticky Palace. Both parties will be delivering speeches during the ceremony.
April 5, 2018 - Stanford The spring meeting of the California Map Society will have a lecture, featuring Imre Demhardt, to be held at the David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the student essay competition. Professor Demhardt’s topic at the Rumsey Center is Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. Schedule; Doors open 3.15 pm; 3.30 pm: Student Essay Competition Speaker; 4.30 pm: Professor Imre Demhardt; 5.45 pm: Center Closes. The talks are free, but require advance registration.
April 6, 2018 - La Jolla, California Professor Imre Demhardt of the University of Texas, Arlington will speak at 7 pm at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 7825 Fay Ave. He will discuss Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long. There is no charge for the lecture, but reservations are required.
April 7, 2018 - Altadena, California Professor Demhardt will speak at 11 AM at the Monte Cedro Auditorium, 2212 El Molino Ave, under the auspices of the California Map Society. He will talk about the centuries-long search for a NW and NE passage around North America. In Search for the NW and NE Passages: Assumptions, Surprises and Discoveries in the Arctic is a timely topic that will certainly capture our attention and imagination.
April 9, 2018 - Golden, Colorado Christopher J.J. Thiry, Map & GIS Librarian, Colorado School of Mines will speak about Historic Mining Maps in the Arthur Lakes Library at 4-5 PM at Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines,1400 Illinois.
April 12-13, 2018 – Cambridge The International Map Collectors' Society will visit Cambridge where we will visit Emmanuel College, Cambridge University Library, Scott Polar Institute Museum, and Whipple Museum. The Museums will be visited in the afternoon of 12th April, and the College and Library on Friday 13th April. In addition, Dr Sarah Bendall will give a lecture at Emmanuel College entitled Oxford and Cambridge Colleges as map-makers and map-users c. 1550-1850. The Collectors’ Meeting will be held in the early evening of 12th April at the Hilton Hotel, Cambridge City Centre. The cost of the visits and the Collectors’ Evening together will be £35 per head. To register please download the form, complete the form and send it to Peter Walker (Financial Secretary, address on the form), or contact IMCoS Financial Secretariat (financialsecretariat(at)imcos.org). Attendance at the Collectors’ Meeting only will cost £15 per head. Participants should arrange their own accommodation (but see note concerning the Hilton below). The timetable is available on-line. The Hilton Hotel has offered IMCoS 10 bedrooms with breakfast at a special price for the night of 12th April, first come, first served. 5 of these rooms are singles. Click on the link on the IMCoS/Events/Cambridge web page to access the Hilton’s offer: Cambridge Hilton offer. Alternatively we suggest the Ibis Hotel. This is a recommended 3 star hotel next to the station. (2 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2GA. Tel 01233 320960).
April 12, 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. Mark Monmonier will discuss Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Map historians have paid little attention to patents even though over 300 patents for devices intended to promote the use of maps and map information were issued by the U.S. Patent Office from the mid-19th century through early 20th century. This talk will review the principal areas of invention and highlight one emblematic entrepreneur, John Byron Plato (1876-1966), whose 1915 patent for a method that assigned rural residences a unique address led to the Index Map Company. For additional information contact Eliane Dotson at eliane(at)oldworldauctions.com.
April 19, 2018 - Bruges Jan De Graeve will speak about The Meridian of Struve at 20:00 at Cultuurbibliotheek, Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Magdalenastraat 30. The degree measurement of Struve is a remarkable example of collaboration between scientists from different countries and between different heads of state. It is named after the German-born Russian astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793-1864). On his recommendation between 1816 and 1855 triangles were measured between 265 measurement and observation points, which could be tens of kilometers apart, stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to Stara Newrasovska at the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km. The chain was established and used to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. At that time, the chain passed merely through two countries: Union of Sweden-Norway and the Russian Empire. The Arc's first point is located in Tartu Observatory in Estonia, where Struve conducted much of his research. These points were indicated by markings in rocks, iron crosses, stones and obelisks. 34 of these still exist today and have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a tangible memory of this enormous project known as the Geodetic Arch of Struve.
April 19, 2018 – Chicago The Chicago Map Society will meet at 5:30 PM in Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Carme Montaner will speak about The Maps of the Peruvian Amazon made by the Franciscans in the Second Half of the 18th Century and Their Contribution to the Later Printed Maps of South America. Carmé Montaner’s talk will address the first detailed maps of the hydrographic network of the Amazon River made by the Franciscans of the Ocopa College in Peru. Dr. Montaner will also discuss the implementation of the hydrographic network in the general maps of South America that were published at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Additional information from Robert A. Holland <contact(at)chicagomapsociety.org>.
April 19-22, 2018 - Dresden The 13th Atlastage [Atlas Days] will be held. Additional information from Jürgen Espenhorst (panverlag(at)t-online.de).
April 19, 2018 - Vienna The Austrian Society for the History of Science will sponsor a talk by Dr. Stefaan Missinne at 18:00 at University of Vienna, Postgasse 9. Dr Missinne will speak about America's cartographic "birth certificate" and the globe of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) from the year 1504: the newest scientific findings.
April 20, 2018 - Glasgow The next Scottish Maps Forum day seminar will be at the National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow: Constructing the paper landscape: Recent research in historical maps of Scotland. This day seminar brings together a set of nine speakers who have all been engaged on new research or projects relating to historical maps of Scotland. In the morning, the focus will be on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, looking particularly at surveyors and the practicalities of their work. How did they earn a living, where did they work, what were the main drivers behind their mapping, and which sources survive today which can shed light on their work? In the afternoon, the focus will shift partly to broader and more general themes, as well as on later nineteenth and twentieth century map-making. These papers will consider the central value of maps in researching urban history and river boundaries, recent doctoral research on Bartholomew and their mapping of Edinburgh, and a look at current web-mapping and geographic technologies in Historic Environment Scotland. Programme and booking form are available on-line.
April 20, 2016 – Williamsburg The
Williamsburg Map Circle will meet at 5:00pm at our usual place in
Williamsburg Landing. Jack Spain, native of North Carolina,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1960; Harvard Law
School, 1963, Retired Partner at Hunton & Williams, Attorneys,
Richmond, Va, (now Hunton, Andrews & Kurth); collects Chinese
artifacts and books and maps about Virginia, Richmond, King and Queen
County and travel to China, including Marco Polo’s travels.
Traveled to China in 1983, 1985 and 2010. He will talk about Marco
Polo and the Catalan Atlas of 1375:
1. The Catalan Atlas of 1375: what it is, where and how it was created.
2. The Atlas’s use of Marco Polo’s Book
3. The Atlas’s Place in the World of Mapmaking and Exploration.
Additional information from Ted Edwards <williamsburgmapcircle(at)gmail.com>
April 24, 2018 - London The IHR Digital History seminar is pleased to present from 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm GMT, online and in the John S Cohen Room (N203), second floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street: Bram Vannieuwenhuyze – The ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ of early modern urban maps and bird’s-eye views. In this presentation, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze will first explain the basic assumptions and methodological principles of the ‘Digital Thematic Deconstruction’ more profoundly. Afterwards, he will show some concrete examples and results, based on his research and the work of his students on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century urban maps and bird’s-eye views of the Low Countries. Finally, he will demonstrate how the method can also be used for unlocking and making the content of old maps accessible to the general public. Livestream video link: https://youtu.be/tgJLmHhcYFs
April 24, 2018 – Stanford The David Rumsey Map Center will open at 12.45 pm for a 1:00 pm seminar Understanding Ice: The James B. Case Memorial Symposium. Huge ice sheets cover Antarctica and Greenland. Glaciers and snowpack act as frozen reservoirs providing water for surrounding communities. We hear about ice when glaciers recede or ice sheets break off, but what are the processes governing these changes? What role does ice play in the behavior, evolution and stability of the earth system? Three Stanford faculty will address these topics focusing on their cutting edge research in the geology, geophysics, and modeling of ice. Join Rob Dunbar, Dustin Schroeder, and Jenny Suckale as they explain what is known about how ice works. This afternoon symposium is in honor of James B. Case, a glacial surveyor and expert in photogrammetry, who donated his glacier map collection to Stanford Libraries in 2017. The talks are free, but require advance registration.
April 25-28, 2018 - Quito, Ecuador The 7th Iberoamerican Symposium on the History of Cartography Cartography and itineraries: Maps, images and memories based on the route will be at the San Francisco University of Quito. Continuing with the tradition of previous symposium, the official languages of the event will be Portuguese and Spanish. Additional information from Sabrina Guerra Moscoso at 7siahc(at)usfq.edu.ec.
April 26, 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. Professor Dr Ferdinand Opll (formerly Director, Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv; now Honorary Professor of Medieval History and Historical Auxiliary Sciences, University of Vienna) will speak about Early Modern Town Plans and Views of Vienna and Their Importance in an International Context. Enquiries: Tony Campbell < tony(at)tonycampbell.info > 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.
April 26, 2018 - Mardela Springs, Maryland A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut in Mardela Springs on April 26. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History. The first talk, Early Maps of Delmarva and What They Reveal About Early Settlers, will be delivered by Mike Hitch, well known for his local research on early families and groundbreaking research on mapping all the early patents of the lower eastern shore of Md and Delaware with his colleague John Lyon. Some of the earliest maps include a wide variety of information valuable to family historians, genealogists, and historians, but often are overlooked by researchers. Following the talk, members of the audience are invited to ask questions, make comments, and join in a discussion of the topic. Lecture will be will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church, 110 Main Street, at 2:30.
April 26, 2018 - Milwaukee The 29th Holzheimer "Maps and America" Lecture will be held at 6pm, with a reception starting at 5:30pm, in the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Third Floor, East Wing, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. The speaker will be Carme Montaner and the title of the lecture will be 18th Century Missional Maps in the Amazon Basin: The Case of the Ocopa Monastery in Peru. Additional information from Marcy M Bidney <bidney(at)uwm.edu>.
April 28, 2018 - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Map Society will meet in the Longwood Gardens Visitor Center at 10 AM (note time change for event--not 10:30 as previously listed) and purchase a garden ticket which provides all day access to the conservatory, restaurant and grounds. David Sleasman, Director, Library and Information Services will escort us from the Visitor Center to the non-public library building attached to the conservatory. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for this ten minute walk. David will present maps from their Rare Books (likely to include European garden designs and plans), early maps of the property (circa 1916 or so), and mapping of the plant collection will be discussed in depth by the Plant Records Manager. We plan lunch in the cafe at 12:15 PM and feel free to tour the always sensational conservatory and grounds in the afternoon. Friends, colleagues and family are welcome and please include them in your RSVP count to Barbara Drebing Kauffman at philamapsociety(at)gmail.com.
April 28, 2018 – New York The New York Map Society announces a free and open-to-the-public event that will be held at Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) at 2 PM. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, specializing in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems, will speak on Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular. Additional information from Andrew Kapochunas <kapochunas(at)gmail.com>.
April 28, 2018 - Richmond The Fry-Jefferson Map Society asks that you save this date for the 15th Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography which will take place at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street.