Latitudes Newsletter May 2017

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Washington
Map Society

 

LATITUDES:
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
May 2017
 

 


NEXT WMS MEETING

WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY 2017 ANNUAL DINNER

 

 

Please join the Washington Map Society in the beautiful Capitol Visitor Center for our 38th Annual WMS Dinner on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:30 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)
7:45pm - 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!

The dinner will include beef tenderloin, grilled salmon, salad, sautéed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and assorted dessert tarts. A vegetarian entrée is available upon request.

 

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 Porrazzo, 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

 


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

 


FREE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MAP LECTURES IN WASHINGTON, DC: 28-30 JUNE, 2017  by Tom Sander

 

In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2-7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases have joined forces with the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division for an international 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.  Through the presentation and discussion of over 20 peer-reviewed papers, the workshop aims to demonstrate the wealth of maps and charts produced from the early modern period to the – now also historic – 20th century, and the relevance of interpreting them. The history of cartography acts as the overarching motif connecting all the presentations, while toponymy and atlases form its main subthemes.

Typically, there is a substantial registration fee to attend meetings of such stature, and extensive travel and accommodations costs.  Especially for those resident in the Washington DC region, this is an exceptional opportunity to attend quality meetings with presentations by world-respected map experts and scholars.  There is NO CHARGE to attend these three days of meetings at the Library of Congress.  But it is necessary to register, as seating is limited to the capacity of the Madison Building’s Mumford Room (6th Floor).  Please do go to http://history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017/ and on top under the rider “Washington DC 2017” you will find the links VENUE, TECHNICAL TOURS, PROGRAMME, and REGISTRATION.

PROGRAM: The program stretches over three days, and include scholars and experts from all over the world.  They include Matthew Edney, Mark Monmomier, Imre Demhardt, Jan Mokre, Elri Liebenberg, Francis Harvey, and many others.  The provisional workshop program from Wednesday, 28 June, till Friday, 30 June can be downloaded here.
 
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

 

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:


“A map is the greatest of all epic poems. Its lines and colors show the realization of great dreams.”


Gilbert H. Grosvenor,
Editor of National Geographic (1903- 1954)

 

 

(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.)