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. 


On Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Dr. Cheryl LaRoche, Archaeologist and Historian and Lecturer, University of Maryland, will present Mapping the Underground Railroad.  The most successful escapes of the Underground Railroad depended on shrewdness and knowledge of the landscape. Using a variety of maps, this talk will reveal the unsung role Free Black Communities played in delivering on the quest for freedom from slavery and oppression. The talk is based on Dr. LaRoche’s recent book, Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance.   

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Kimball (Kim) Brace, President of Election Data Services, Inc. will present Red vs Blue, a History of Political Mapping and the Use of Color.  Mr. Brace started his company 39 years ago and since 1986 has been the creator and producer of the large Election Results posters that are published within two weeks of each general election.  These posters grace the walls of most congressional offices, press rooms, and political consultant offices in DC and around the nation.  Mr. Brace has also been involved in redistricting in more than half the nation over the past four decades and works with state and local governments in election administration and utilizes GIS to check voter registration files. 

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:00 PM, P.J. Mode, a long-time student and collector of maps, will present 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/. 

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 7:00 PM, Shelley S. Mastran, Professor in Practice, Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Tech, will present Early Roads and Settlements in Northern Virginia: A Cartographic Perspective.  The 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.