Latitudes Newsletter March 2017

Washington
Map Society

 

LATITUDES:
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
March 2017
 

 


NEXT MEETING (NEW INFO)

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10 AM – National Museum of the American Indian:  The Society will meet inside the museum (4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560) in the Potomac Atrium on the ground floor 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.
 

 

ON THE WMS HORIZON (NEW INFO)

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

Please Note: This meeting will begin at 6 PM, not the usual 7 PM. This is an experiment to determine if the earlier hour makes it easier for people to attend.
 
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).

 


OVER THE WMS HORIZON (NEW INFO)

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017; 6 PM; U.S. Capitol Visitor Center: Although plans for the annual dinner in May has not yet been finalized, we can relate that 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.  The event will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center and will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 PM, followed by a seated dinner and our guest speaker.  Stay tuned for more details to come!

 


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

 


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/

 


WINTER CONTINGENCY CLOSING INFORMATION

 

Personal note: After a February in which there were more days with highs above 60 than there were with highs below 32, this warning seems almost pointless. But the ancient ones who have lived in the DC area since the dawn of time have always warned, “Don’t turn your back on March.” As we go to press, the weather mavens are predicting 1-5 inches in the DC area in the next few days.  Herewith, one last notice.

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.

 

 

Cartographic Quotes:


“There are few results of man’s activities that so closely parallel man’s interests and intellectual capacities.”


Artur H. Robinson, as cited by Matthew H. Edney (2008) in “Putting 'Cartography' Into the History of Cartography: Arthur H. Robinson, David Woodward, and the Creation of a Discipline”

 

 

 

(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.)