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. 


On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Dr. Shelley S. Mastran, Chair of the Board for the Reston Historic Trust and Museum, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Practice, Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), will present Early Roads and Settlements in Northern Virginia: A Cartographic PerspectiveThe 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.

January 19, 2017

The Society will host a Members' Map Evening, where members are invited to bring a special map to share and discuss.  Up to 10 members are invited to bring a map of special significance to them, describing the map to the assembled group.  Those of you who are interested in bringing a map to share should prepare a short commentary on the map (no more than 5 minutes).  Please contact Eliane Dotson at eliane@oldworldauctions.com to sign up to present a map.  The first 10 members to respond will be presenters.


February 16, 2017

Dr. Sven Furhmann, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University will give a talk on "How to Fold a Map."  2016 marked the International Map Year, a worldwide recognition of maps, mapping products and their roles and uses. While on one hand the history and achievements of mapping products were celebrated; the International Map Year also encouraged exploring new challenges and opportunities to further develop spatial visualization techniques and products. Dr. Fuhrmann has been a member of geovisualization developments for the past 15 years and has significantly shaped cartography and geovisualization research. His presentation will reflect on past geovisualization challenges and achievements and highlight research in virtual and augmented realities.

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) at 10:00 AM 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 to the National Museum of the American Indian 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.