Philadelphia Map Society

Dear Philadelphia Map Society,

We are invited to get involved:

Tanya Livshultz (Curator in the botany department at the Academy of
Natural Sciences) and colleagues are embarking on a project looking at
the "Midatlantic Megalopolis". This project will involve
extensive mapping.

Here's more about the project:

It's not too late to RSVP for:


Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:30 PM 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 7:15 PM dinner at JONES (700 Chestnut St, 19106) following the talk. 


Please note CHANGE IN TIME to 10 AM:


Sat., April 22, 2017 @ 10 AM, tour the Germantown Historical Society (5501 Germantown Ave, 19144):  David Moore served as Librarian there several years ago and will feature a variety of maps to introduce the breadth of collection.  For example, Edwin Jellett's multi-volume scrapbook on the Wissahickon Park, Volume 1 contains a map he prepared. We may also view Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown railroad maps, a small three dimensional plaster of the Battle of Germantown, a map prepared by Jim Duffin on colonial landowners, and Christopher Saur's 1743 German Bible, the first Bible in a European language made in America. We will have access to the handicapped entrance to avoid stairs. Entry fee has graciously been waived and contributions accepted.

The historic Valley Green Inn (Valley Green Rd at Wissahickon, 19128) will welcome us for 12:30 PM lunch, on the porch if it's sunny, with David Moore as our guest.  RSVP by April 10.


Wed., May 24, 2017 @ 6 PM, discover Benjamin Hayes Smith at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1300 Locust St, 19107):  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. Many thanks to Torben Jenk for proposing this event. 

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.

7:30 PM dinner at El Vez (121 S. 13th St, 19107) is a short walk. We hope Dr. Hornberger and Torben will be our guests. RSVP by May 10.

Look forward to seeing everyone!

Best wishes,

Barbara Drebing Kauffman