Philadelphia Map Society

Sat., Oct 13, 2018 @ 11 AM at Laurel Hill Cemetery (rain date Oct 20): 2nd annual walk featuring mapmakers' graves with Rich Boardman.  Rich has researched new stops on our 2nd annual tour which will be a shorter path than last year. We will note achievements of those who helped make Philadelphia a map making center, starting with surveyor, astronomer and scientific instrument inventor David Rittenhouse (1732-1796) who on his lawn in June 3, 1796 with Benjamin Franklin viewed the transit of Venus from which he calculated the distance of the earth to the sun to be 93 million miles. Rich will be our guest at lunch following the walk.

Wed., February 27, 2019  @ 5:30-7:30 PM: HSP. UPenn Prof. Dr. Amy Hiillier of UPenn's Cartographic Modeling Lab will share the multi-year development of an exemplary online research tool "The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward." Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in 1896 was hired by the University of Pennsylvania at the behest of Susan P. Wharton to study residents of the Seventh Ward where the African American population was then focused, between Spruce and South Street, from Sixth to Twenty-Third. He conducted door-to-door interviews, preparing hand-drawn maps noting economic status and identifying the small portion of criminal class, in contrast to what he felt were city founders' biases that city crime arose in the Seventh Ward.

Amy's team correlated Dr. Du Bois' maps with census and other data to provide detailed profiles of residents.  Please review maps and analysis in W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899, 1996) prior to this talk. Amy will join us for dinner nearby.

Wed., April 3, 2019 at HSP: Dr. Larry E. Tise, Historian, East Carolina University, will present "How Maps Made America."  Larry has researched both manuscript and printed maps generated by explorers, surveyors, and real estate promoters ranging from the earliest European ventures to North America to the locations of river dams and transportation systems in the twentieth century.  He will share with us some of his unusual discoveries, including the origins of hand-colored engraved maps beginning in the 16th century.

With warm wishes,

Barbara Drebing Kauffman