Philadelphia Map Society

Dear Philadelphia Map Society,
Wow! We must thank Mary Anne Eves for arranging this most alluring event on our behalf.  Please RSVP before Nov 28 for talk and indicate if you also wish to attend the Yuletide tour. Be sure to mail me your check so I may provide one check total to Winterthur.

From Mary Anne:
Join the Philadelphia Map Society for an exclusive afternoon and evening of events at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library on Wednesday, December 7th beginning at 2:00 p.m.
We will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a talk and tour with Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Curator of the current exhibit at Winterthur, "Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia."  

Dennis is an expert on Aztec/native Mexican mapping traditions.  Along with Mary Miller and Barbara Mundy, Dennis literally wrote the book on the subject, Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing, and Native Rule (Yale Press, 2013). Traditional Mexican maps are featured on one of the exhibit's signature pieces, one of a twin set of desks made in Mexico in the mid-16th-C.  Dennis will give us a short talk on Aztec/native Mexican mapping then take us into the gallery for an exclusive curator's tour, highlighting the work on this exquisite desk.
Your admission also includes several other unique opportunities at no additional expense:
You may elect to go on Winterthur's one-hour Yuletide house tour.  You will be scheduled for the tour between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit galleries are open through 8:00 p.m. that evening and you may remain in them following the Curators' Tour.  You may return to them following the Yuletide tour or at any point until they close for the evening.
Yuletide Jazz Night in the Gallery Building begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Galleries Reception Atrium with live jazz and a cash wine and beer bar; and fruit and cheese for purchase. The Winterthur galleries will be open through 8:00 p.m. for Jazz Night. Also on view in the galleries are:
            Embroidery: The Language of Art
            Striking Beauties: American Shelf Clocks and Timepieces
            Lasting Impressions: The Artists of Currier & Ives
You may also wish to attend Dennis Carr's 6:00 p.m. talk in Copeland Lecture Hall, "New Worlds Collide: Asia, America, and the Arts of the First Global Age."  Dennis will share some of the incredible global stories of the objects in the exhibition and explore how the rich cultural interchange of the colonial period in the Americas created an early crucible for the development of a new global artistic culture.

Following the talk you may return to the Galleries Building for Jazz Night and additional exhibit viewing until 8:00 p.m.

Cost is $20.00 per person.  Registration and pre-payment are required at NO LATER THAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28.  When you make your reservation you must let us know if you plan to take the Yuletide tour following the gallery tour so enough guides may be scheduled.  Once registered, checks should be payable to Barbara Drebing Kauffman and mailed to:

Barbara Drebing Kauffman
323 North Swarthmore Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081. 

TO GET THERE: Winterthur ‘s address is 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.  For in-car GPS and online mapping services, use that address.  FYI Kennett Pike is DE Route 52.  Winterthur recommends using Mapquest for directions as Google Maps sometimes gives inaccurate directions. If you are using a GPS, please make sure your GPS directs you to Route 52/Kennett Pike and Winterthur Road, the front entrance of Winterthur.

Please arrive at Winterthur’s Visitor Center no later than 1:45 p.m. where you will be checked in and take the shuttle bus to the Galleries Building.  Our program will begin in the Rotunda promptly at 2:00 p.m.  Ask for the Rotunda when you arrive in the Galleries Building.  We look forward to seeing you for this wonderful opportunity.

Hope to see you all!

With warm wishes,



Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30 PM: Speaking at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (219 S. 6th St, Phila. 19106) Adam Levine will present some of his favorite finds over the past ten years of searching for maps in City offices, focusing on the historical topography and landscape of the city prior to urban development. These maps include everything from original land surveys from the 18th century to property lot subdivisions from the 1950s, and include fascinating information as well as beautiful draftsmanship. 

Thank you to Bruce Laverty for making this event possible.  We hope Adam and Bruce may be able to join us for dinner nearby following the talk.

Sat., April 22, 2017 @ 11 AM, tour the Germantown Historical Society: David Moore served as Librarian there several years ago and will share, among other items, Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown railroad maps, a small three dimensional plaster of the Battle of Germantown, a map prepared by Map Society member Jim Duffin on colonial landowners, and Christopher Saur's 1743 German Bible, the first Bible in a European language made in America. Individual entry fees apply. Time to be announced.

Lunch will follow with David Moore as our guest.

Wed., May 24, 2017 @ 6 PM, discover Benjamin Hayes Smith at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania: talk on mapmaker Benjamin Hayes Smith, surveyor, collector of specimens and land researcher who prepared manuscript maps of Delaware County, by Dr. Kathy Hornberger as she prepares to publish her research on Smith.We thank Torben Jenk for proposing this talk. 

HSP will present the original twenty-seven manuscript maps drawn by Benjamin Hayes Smith for the Atlas of Delaware County 1703-1880 and eight additional maps (apparently never printed) showing the Great Welsh Tract. These maps include the names of plantations not generally known, as well as the Okehocking Indian Reservation and its subsequent subdivision in Willistown.

A long table dinner will follow nearby; we hope Dr. Hornberger and Torben will join as our guests.

Look forward to seeing you!  Feel free to include colleagues in your RSVP.

Barbara Drebing Kauffman