WMS Meetings Info

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Each presentation held at the Library of Congress will be augmented by special display of rare maps and atlases from the Geography and Map Division collection.  The maps can be viewed prior to and after the presentation.

Program sessions are held in the Geography and Map Division Research Center, B level, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. Please allow adequate time to pass through security. The Library is one block from METRO's Capital South Station (Blue, Orange  or Silver Lines).

Ed Redmond is President of the WMS ( 202-707-8548 or ered@loc.gov ) and Eliane Dotson (Eliane@oldworldauctions.com) is VP and Programs chair.  Ed and Eliane welcome suggestions for future programs and speakers.

Weather:  The WMS follows the closing decisions of the Federal Government. If the Federal Government is closed, our meeting will be canceled. In the event bad weather develops later in the day, we may still be forced to cancel. We will attempt to send out a blast e-mail in that case. Please check your email account for a WMS notice before coming to a meeting when bad weather is predicted. 


November 17, 2016

PJ Mode, a recovering lawyer and map collector, donated his Persuasive Cartography collection to Cornell University, which has digitized the collection, will give a talk on Maps and Messages: Deconstructing Persuasive Cartography. "Persuasive" or "suggestive" maps are those intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send a message - rather than to communicate objective geographic information. Mr. Mode will show and discuss examples published over five centuries regarding a number of subjects, including advertising and promotion, finance, imperialism, politics, religion, war and peace. More information on persuasive cartography and Mr. Mode's collection is available on his website: .  persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/ .

December 8, 2016

Dr. Shelley Mastran, Chair of the Board for the Reston Historic Trust and Museum and holds a PhD in Geography, will present Early Roads and Settlements in Northern Virginia: A Cartographic PerspectiveThe presentation will trace the evolution of European settlement and road construction in Northern Virginia with a focus on Fairfax County.  Early maps help explain the rationale for this development.