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.

Unless otherwise stated, program sessions being at 1700 hours and 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).  Due to ongoing construction, one should ensure their line is running on schedule.

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. 


On Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Christian J. Koot will present "A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman's Chesapeake." Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial British America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman, the map pictures the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. Christian Koot's talk follows the map from the waterways of the Chesapeake to the workshops of London and offers new insights into the creation of empire in North America.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Leslie Trager will present “Henry Hudson: Cree History and Ancient Maps.”  The talk will be largely based on Trager's online book of the same title which deals with evidence that Hudson had maps from surveys made about 5000 years ago, or around 3000 BC.  It will also deal with the Cree interaction with Hudson, as conveyed in their oral history. 

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Mark Monmonier will discuss "Patents and Plato: Map-related Patents in General, and One Clever Inventor in Particular." Map historians have paid little attention to patents even though over 300 patents for devices intended to promote the use of maps and map information were issued by the U.S. Patent Office from the mid-19th century through early 20th century. This talk will review the principal areas of invention and highlight one emblematic entrepreneur, John Byron Plato (1876-1966), whose 1915 patent for a method that assigned rural residences a unique address led to the Index Map Company.  Mark Monmonier is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He specializes in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems. His popular written works show a combination of serious study and a sense of humor. Most of his work is published by University of Chicago Press.

Click HERE for Professor Monmonier's interesting website.

On Friday May 4, 2018, the Washington Map Society’s 39th Annual Dinner will be held.  The guest speaker will be Dr. S. Max Edelson of the University of Virginia, author of the recent book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence (see review in issue 100 of The Portolan).