WMS Meetings Info

Member and non-member information

Non-members always welcome!




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 1900 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).

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. 


March 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM (Saturday Field Trip)

The Society will meet at the National Museum of the American Indian (4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560) to learn how maps are integrated within an exhibit environment. The tour will be led by Daniel Cole, who has served as the Research Cartographer for the Smithsonian since 1986 and as the Institution's GIS Coordinator since 1990. The field trip will visit two exhibits with discussions about the maps involved in each: "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire" and "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations."
The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Afterward members can tour the museum at their own pace. On the premises are the Mitsitam Café, open daily 11 AM–3 PM; closed December 25 and the Mitsitam Coffee bar, open daily 10 AM-5:30 PM. The museum will begin closing at 5:15 PM.
Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Please note there may be a line to enter the building on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Security page.

April 20, 2017

Ed Redmond, Specialist of Cartographic Reference and Curator of the Vault Collections in the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress, will present “George Washington’s Manuscript Maps and Surveys: 1748-1799.”  In addition to his service in the Virginia Regiment, the Continental Army, and as President of the United States, George Washington was a prodigious map maker and consumer of geographic information.  This talk will focus on George Washington’s early professional land surveys (1748-1752) as well maps Washington prepared for his personal land speculation activities (1769-1799).

May 25, 2017

Annual Dinner: cocktails at 6pm, dinner at 7pm, and presentation to follow dinner.  Guest speaker is Stephen Hornsby, a Trustee Professor of the University of Maine and author of the forthcoming “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” who will discuss American cartography in the early 20th century.  (Location TBD)