WMS Meetings Info

Member and non-member information

Non-members always welcome!




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. 

Program Structure: After considerable discussion by WMS board members, the structure of the WMS program was altered as follows:

a. September, October, and November:  one speaker in each

b. December: no program

c. January: field trip

d. February: no program

e. March, April, May:  one speaker or field trip in each

NEW LOCATION FOR OUR MEETINGS:  Unless otherwise noted below or posted to WMS website and social media, meetings will be held on varying days of the week and will be held at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.  Our new meeting site, the Naval Lodge Building, 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast, Washington DC, is two blocks from METRO's Capital South Station (Blue, Orange and Silver Lines).  Eliane Dotson (president@wmsdc.org) is President and Ron Grim (ronald.grim@rgeographics.com) is the Programs chair.  Eliane and Ron welcome suggestions for future programs and speakers. There is no admission cost; you need not be a member to attend. Please join us.


No program this month.


Field Trip to Mount Vernon

The Washington Map Society has been invited to a special visit of Mount Vernon that includes several exclusive activities geared towards WMS members.


10:00 AM: Library tour with a talk on Washington's globe and a visit inside the library vault to view cartographic artifacts (Cost: $10 per person)

11:15 AM: Guided tour of the Mansion (Cost: included with library tour)

12:30 PM: Buffet lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant with fellow WMS members (Cost: $24 per person)

Please note that you are not required to attend all of the activities on the field trip, and you may simply join us for a portion of the itinerary if you prefer.

Advance registration is required for this event, and space is limited to the first 40 people. Due to these space limitations, each WMS member may bring one non-WMS guest. For more details and to register, please contact Eliane Dotson at president@wmsdc.org and indicate the name(s) of the attendee(s) and whether you will be attending all portions of the itinerary or only select activities. To pay by check, please make the check payable to Washington Map Society and mail to Peter Porrazzo, WMS Treasurer, 1924 Tysons Trace Dr, Vienna, VA 22182. If you would like to pay by PayPal or credit card, please indicate that in your registration email to Eliane and she will send you instructions. Please note that there is a $1 service fee for paying by PayPal or credit card.


No Program due to typically poor weather.


NOTE:  Date and location to be confirmed

Title: Vacationing in Virginia, 19th Century Style:  Plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs with Proposed Building Lots

Speaker:  Cassandra Britt Farrell, Senior Map Archivist, Library of Virginia

Earlier this year, the Library of Virginia acquired a manuscript plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs. Cassandra Farrell will discuss her research regarding Fauquier White Sulphur Springs and the surveyors involved in the plat's creation. See http://exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu/springs/fauquier/

APRIL                                                                                                                                                Date, program, and location to be announced.


Title: Washington Map Society 41st Annual Dinner

Location:  Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at Tysons II Galleria in Tysons, Virginia                   Our speaker, Dr. Larry Tise, co-author of Theodore de Bry—America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602, will share his insights on the writing of the book and the many colorful images of early maps and native American populations depicted therein.