Latitudes Newsletter April 2017

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LATITUDES:
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
April 2017
 

 

 

NEXT WMS MEETING

Thursday, April 20, 2017; 6 PM; Madison Bldg, LOC:

Please Note: This meeting will begin at 6 PM, not the usual 7 PM.
 
This will also contain our annual business meeting. This usually takes no more than 15 minutes at the beginning so it will be more than offset by our early start.


Ed Redmond, Specialist of Cartographic Reference and Curator of the Vault Collections in the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress, will present George Washington’s Manuscript Maps and Surveys: 1748-1799. In addition to his service as an officer in the Virginia Regiment, as commander of the Continental Army, and as President of the United States, George Washington was a prodigious surveyor, map maker, and consumer of geographic information. This talk will focus on George Washington’s early professional land surveys (1748-1752) as well maps Washington prepared for his personal land speculation activities (1769-1799).

 


ON THE HORIZON BUT COMING UP FAST! (NEW INFO)

WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY 2017 ANNUAL DINNER

 

 

Please join the Washington Map Society in the beautiful Capitol Visitor Center for our 38th Annual WMS Dinner. Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM (EDT)
 
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center Room HVC-201AB
First Street Northeast
Washington DC 20515

 
6:00pm - Cocktail hour (open bar)
7:00pm - Dinner (buffet style)
8:00pm - Presentation by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby (University of Maine)
 
Dr. Hornsby will be discussing his most recent book, Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, showcasing a diverse array of vivid and popular pictorial maps, Hornsby has unearthed the most fascinating and visually striking maps the United States has to offer!
 
Tickets are $75 per person. Tickets purchased after May 18 will increase to $85, so we encourage guests to R.S.V.P. early! There are two ways to register for the event:

  1. Pay by Check: Checks can be sent to Peter J Porazzo, WMS Treasurer, 1924 Tysons Trace Drive, Vienna, VA 22182.  Please make checks payable to the "Washington Map Society" and mail to the above address before May 18, 2017.
  2. Pay by Credit Card: If you wish to pay by credit card, click here to register and pay for tickets online on the secure Eventbrite website. Please note there is a small additional fee to pay by credit card.

 


OTHER NON-WMS OPPORTUNITIES

 


ANNUAL ALAN M. AND NATALIE P. VORHEES LECTURES WILL BE HELD IN RICHMOND, VA ON 29 APRIL 2017

 

The late Alan Voorhees was a longtime member of WMS and a generous supporter of the map collection at the Library of Virginia. The map room at LVA was endowed by the Voorhees, and this annual lecture series was founded in their honor. Many WMS members attend each year.  It is sponsored by the Fry-Jefferson Society, the support group for the map collection. The venue, as always, will be the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. This year’s title is Richmond: Evolution of a City.
 
Schedule:
10:00 – Noon: Map appraisals by Old World Auctions.
10:00 – 4:00: Exhibit of Richmond Maps
10:15 & 11:15: Tours of Special Collections (registration req.)
Noon – 1:00: Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00: Voorhees Lectures
 
The Speakers/Topics:
Marianne McKee – From Survey to Settlement: Maps of the City of Richmond, Virginia
Lyle Browning – LVA Maps & Archaeology: Going From The Known To Find The Unknown Or The Lost, The Forgotten, The Misbegotten
Leslie Courtois – Conservation of Richard Young’s Manuscript Maps of Richmond

 


2017 GEOGRAPHIC NAMES CONFERENCE TO MEET IN RICHMOND, VA ON 8-12 MAY 2017

 

The Council on Geographic Names Authorities (GCNA) will hold its annual conference at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, May 8 - 12, 2017. The theme will be The Old Dominion and Beyond: Four-Hundred Years of Settlement and Naming. This conference moves from place to place and it will be the first time it is held in the Old Dominion, although they have been staged in Washington, DC(1990) and Baltimore (2002). Delegates attend from throughout the United States and abroad.
 
From the COGNA web site: The annual conference of COGNA is open to anyone with an interest in any aspect of geographic names. In attendance at the conference are representatives, deputies, members and staff of state authorities, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names (USBGN), other state and federal agencies; advisory groups; academia; and representatives from federal or state/province agencies of other countries. The following items are normally included in each conference providing information for anyone with an interest in geographic names:
1. A meeting of the Domestic Names Committee of the USBGN;
2. The State/Federal Round Table Workshop;
3. A meeting of the hosting state’s geographic names authority;
4. The annual business meeting of the Council;
5. Geographic Names workshops;
6. Academic papers;
7. Educational-Toponymic tour.

 
For more info click here

 


CHARTING THE COSMOS OF CARTOGRAPHY: HISTORY - NAMES - ATLASES
WASHINGTON, DC, 28-30 JUNE, 2017

 

In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2-7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases would like to invite you to attend their joint pre-conference Workshop ‘Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases’. This Workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington, DC (USA), from Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June 2017. The call for papers was closed on 15 February.
 
VENUE: The Workshop will take place in the Mumford Room of the Madison building of the Library of Congress, where the Geography and Map Division is also located.
 
TECHNICAL TOURS: As part of the Workshop program, participants are given the possibility to register for two technical tours. Because of the limited capacity of the map vaults that will be visited, places on both tours will be awarded strictly in the order of receipt of registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Tour of the Map Vault of the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress (same building as workshop venue) Thursday 29 June at 13:00 – 14:45 Maximum capacity: 20 persons
 
Tour of the Treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library (across the street from the workshop venue) Friday 30 June 30 at 9:00 – 10:00 AM, maximum capacity: 16 persons This leading research institution on the Shakespearean culture (www.folger.edu) also owns an excellent collection of early modern (pre-1800) maps and atlases; a selection of the treasures will be on display for a special private tour.
 
REGISTRATION: Registering for the workshop is free of charge and can be done at http://history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017-registration/
 

 


INT'L CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY - BELO HORIZONTE BRAZIL, 9-14 JULY 2017

 

 

 

For information please see the conference web site at http://www.fafich.ufmg.br/ichc2017/

 


IMCoS SYMPOSIUM IN HAMBURG, GERMANY (NEW INFO)

 

8 - 12 October 2017
IMCOS Web Site: http://www.imcos.org/
Symposium Web Site:  http://www.imcos-2017-hamburg.com/

 

Symposium Venue (Library of Commerce)

 

 

Cartographic Quotes:


“...no Army officer worth his rank can resist a map. Proper study of a map will win the battle, increase potency, pick a Derby winner and cure warts. A map is The Future - to those who can read.”


Gavin Lyall
English officer and author

 

 

(Note: For better or worse – probably the latter – all content in Latitudes is the work and wording of editor Bert Johnson, unless specifically noted to be the work of someone else. Bert can be reached at mandraki@verizon.net. Lay-out and transmission is done by Eliane Dotson, Vice President and Program Chair of WMS.) 

 

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