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 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. 


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.