THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 7 PM – Madison Bldg – LoC: Dr. Sven Fuhrmann, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University, will give a talk on How to Fold a Map. The year 2016 was designated the International Map Year, a worldwide recognition of maps, mapping products and their roles and uses. While the history and achievements of mapping products were certainly celebrated; the International Map Year also encouraged exploring new challenges and opportunities to further develop spatial visualization techniques and products. Dr. Fuhrmann has been involved in such development for the past 15 years and has significantly shaped cartography and geovisualization research. His presentation will reflect on past geovisualization challenges and achievements and highlight research in virtual and augmented realities. (To view Dr Fuhrmann’s web site click here.)
ON THE HORIZON (NEW INFO)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10 AM – National Museum of the American Indian: The Society will meet at the museum (4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560) to learn how maps are integrated within an exhibit environment. The tour will be led by Daniel Cole, who has served as the Research Cartographer for the Smithsonian since 1986 and as the Institution's GIS Coordinator since 1990. The field trip will visit two exhibits with discussions about the maps involved in each: "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire" and "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations."
The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Afterward members can tour the museum at their own pace. On the premises are the Mitsitam Café, open daily 11 AM–3 PM; closed December 25 and the Mitsitam Coffee bar, open daily 10 AM-5:30 PM. The museum will begin closing at 5:15 PM.
Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Please note there may be a line to enter the building on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Security page.
OVER THE HORIZON (NEW POST)
Thursday, April 20, 2017; 7 PM; Madison Bldg, LOC: 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).
NEW CHIEF FOR THE GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION ANNOUNCED (NEW POST)
Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. Dr. Hasier has nearly 20 years of library and geospatial information program management experience, most recently as branch chief of the U. S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Research Center and Pentagon Map Library. She is the ninth person and first woman to lead the division since its creation in 1897.
Dr. Hasier earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Northern Illinois University, and a Master’s of Science in History and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She received her doctorate in Transatlantic History from the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on early French Mapping of the United States.
Moving to the Washington DC area, Dr. Hasier worked in the private sector as manager of Education and Member Services at OCLC CAPCON, then to Advanced Resources Technologies, Inc. in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
She entered federal government service with the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), first serving as a Lead GEOINT Analyst and then supervising daily operations of the GEOINT Research Center and map libraries. Dr. Hasier managed an estimated one million maps both at NGA and at the Pentagon Map Library, with approximately 90% of the maps digitized to ensure access. She successfully introduced a model to integrate GIS within the daily work of the map library, ensuring the library’s relevance in an age where online availability of geospatial data is paramount.
Much to the relief of all who know him, retiring division chief Ralph Ehrenberg will not be going far. He and Tess will remain in the Washington area and he will volunteer for special projects and research down at the division. His last day is 10 February.
OUR THANKS TO WMS MEMBERS WHO PRESENTED AT MEMBERS' MAP NIGHT (NEW POST)
On 12 January, the Society held its Members Map Night. Here are the presenters and topics: Pete Porrazzo: Ogilby's Road Map, London to Portsmouth, 1680. Phil Pasquiri: Jo Mora's 1927 Pictorial Map of California. Stan Rodbell: Maps used in US vs. Morris in a case before Supreme Court. John Huennekens: A US Geological Survey map of DC and vicinity, the “Automobile Edition," of 1917. Lorna Hainesworth: History of some strange discrepancies in the boundary between Tennessee and Kentucky. Les Trager: Henry Hudson and possible interplay between Cree history and ancient maps. Dennis Gurtz: Two large maps of DC by Boschke. Ed Redmond: Manuscript map of travels by George Washington and companions in the Shenandoah Valley. Bert Johnson: Map of Tripoli, Libya, by Paolo Forlani, in 1567, after the Knights of St John had been driven out by Ottoman forces. (Note: the maps discussed do not necessarily belong to the speaker who addressed them. They may be LoC maps that the speaker is researching at the time.)
PHILIP LEE PHILLIPS MAP SOCIETY TO PRESENT THE KING OF MAPS ABOUT ITS NAMESAKE ON 22 FEBRUARY 2017 (NEW POST)
The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the LoC will present The King of Maps, a lecture about the first two acquisition trips made its namesake in 1903 and 1905. The presenter will be Cheryl Fox, a history specialist in the LoC’s Manuscript Division.
Phillips was the first Superintendent of Maps when the Hall of Maps and Charts was established in 1897. Some of the materials he purchased are among the Geography and Map (G&M) Division's earliest acquisition treasures. The presentation will also touch on Phillips’ childhood during the Civil War and on his Jewish-American family’s origins in South Carolina. Selected items that Phillips acquired will accompany the presentation.
The talk will take place at Noon in the LoC Geography and Map Division. No reservations not needed. The Division is in the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave SE, Room LM B01. For more info, Ryan Moore at rymo(at)loc.gov or 202-707-7779.
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.
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
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 (NEW POST)
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.
It’s still early days yet, and plans for the annual dinner in May are still taking shape, but we can relate that the dinner will be held on Thursday, May 25. Our speaker will be Dr. Stephen Hornsby, Trustee Professor at the University of Maine and author of the soon to be published Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps. A venue will be announced when it has been confirmed.
INT'L CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY - BELO HORIZONTE BRAZIL, 9-14 JULY 2017
We had a major article on this in the previous Latitudes, and since then the latest Portolan has arrived with a feature article containing even greater detail. We will not repeat that here, except to say that if you intend to attend, please start now to make your plans. The registration, air and hotel reservations, visa application, etc. are best done well when they are not done quickly. Also, the reduced registrations fees are in effect only until 28 February 2017. Go to http://www.fafich.ufmg.br/ichc2017/
HOW TO FIND EXHIBITS AND EVENTS NEAR YOU (NEW POST)
Many WMS members already know this, but others may not. For over two decades, WMS member John Docktor has maintained two web sites used by map aficionados and scholars all over the world. These are by far the most important and best known sites in the map community for this purpose, not only in the United States but around the world.
The first of these is Cartography – Calendar of Exhibitions (found at http://home.earthlink.net/~docktor/exhibit.htm). The others is Cartography – Calendar of Meetings and Events (found at http://home.earthlink.net/~docktor/index.htm). Use of these sites does not require registration, passwords, or any other hassle. Just open them and read them. They are in order by date of opening. If you are not certain of the date, do a word search. It’s that easy.
The only thing John asks is that you notify him if you know of a meeting or an exhibit which is not listed. The more info the better the notice will be, and certain items are necessary to list it at all: date, time, location, etc. A web site reference is also preferred. Information should be sent to John at email@example.com.
WMS FACEBOOK PAGE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS (NEW INFO)
A couple of years ago we began to resuscitate the WMS FB page. At that time we had somewhere short of 200 page readers. By the end of 2015, it had grown to 218 readers, and a year later to 397 members. On 4 January 2017 we went over the 400 readers. As of 30 January 2017 we have 412. We assume that no one reads everything, but with over 175 posts per month, there is something for everyone. If you are on FaceBook and would like to join, or just take a look, hunt us down at Washington Map Society.
SPECIAL FEATURE - WMS BY THE NUMBERS - PART TWO (NEW POST, OR RATHER, NO POST)
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, wrote Scot poet Robert Burns gang aft a-gley. Meaning they just don’t work out. The second part of WMS by the Numbers has been canceled. It was to have discussed the libraries, universities, and other institutions which subscribe to the Portolan, but after talks with the editor, this will be saved for the Winter 2017 issue of that August journal. Why? Because that will be Issue 100 of the Portolan and there will be articles about its past, present, and future. I will still be writing it, but there will be more space to explore some of the intricacies than we have in Latitudes.
WINTER CONTINGENCY CLOSING INFORMATION
The Washington Map Society follows the closing decisions of the Federal Government. If they are closed due to bad weather, our meeting will be canceled. If bad weather develops on the day of our event, and the Government authorizes early release, we will probably still be forced to cancel. (If the Madison Building is closed, there’s not much we can do.) We will attempt to send a blast e-mail in that case. Please check your email before coming to a meeting when bad weather is predicted. You can also check the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/ Finally, you can call the OPM status hotline at 202-606-1900.
A Word of Warning: Predicting snowfall in the DC area is an imperfect science at best. We have cancelled meetings and then not a single drop of snow fell. That is always disappointing and irritating, but it doesn’t happen very often, and this is still the most workable system we have come up with over time.
“Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory, or the fantastic landscapes of dreams.”
Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story
of Cartographic Crime
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Lay-out and transmission is done by Eliane Dotson, Vice President and Program Chair of WMS.)