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. 


May 25, 2017

Please join the Washington Map Society in the beautiful Capitol Visitor Center for our 38th Annual WMS Dinner. Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM (EDT)
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center Room HVC-201AB
First Street Northeast
Washington DC 20515

6:00pm - Cocktail hour (open bar)
7:00pm - Dinner (buffet style)
8:00pm - Presentation by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby (University of Maine)
Dr. Hornsby will be discussing his most recent book, Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, showcasing a diverse array of vivid and popular pictorial maps, Hornsby has unearthed the most fascinating and visually striking maps the United States has to offer!
Tickets are $75 per person. Tickets purchased after May 18 will increase to $85, so we encourage guests to R.S.V.P. early! There are two ways to register for the event:

  1. Pay by Check: Checks can be sent to Peter J Porazzo, WMS Treasurer, 1924 Tysons Trace Drive, Vienna, VA 22182.  Please make checks payable to the "Washington Map Society" and mail to the above address before May 18, 2017.
  2. Pay by Credit Card: If you wish to pay by credit card, click here to register and pay for tickets online on the secure Eventbrite website. Please note there is a small additional fee to pay by credit card.

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Chet van Duzer, who is currently on an NEH-Mellon Fellowship at the Library of Congress, will present “Lighting the Way from Henricus Martellus to Martin Waldseemüller: Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography.”  The talk will discuss how multispectral images allowed researchers to explore the relationship between Henricus Martellus' world map of 1491 and Martin Waldseemüller’s world map of 1507.  Through the use of multispectral images, researchers were successfully able to reveal damaged text on the map that had since faded to illegibility, thereby illuminating how Waldseemüller had relied on the earlier map.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Lorna Hainesworth, an ambassador for the Surveyors Historical Society and an independent scholar studying American history, will give a talk on "Meriwether Lewis’s Survey at Cumberland Gap."  This presentation was triggered by a survey Meriwether Lewis conducted at Cumberland Gap in November 1806.  The talk describes the anomalies in the dividing line between Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, the major contributors to the line’s survey, and the controversy arising from the line’s placement.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Dr. Donald L. McGuirk, a retired physician with a keen interest in early world maps and cartographic myths, will discuss "A Survey of the Stars and Stripes on Early Maps, 1777-1795."  The first official definition of the United States flag reads: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." The purpose of this survey is to identify, illustrate, and discuss maps that depict, in part or in whole, a flag meeting that definition.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017 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.