Latitudes Newsletter June 2017

Washington
Map Society

 

LATITUDES:
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
June 2017
 

 

FREE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MAP LECTURES IN WASHINGTON, DC: 28-30 JUNE, 2017  by Tom Sander

 

In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2-7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases have joined forces with the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division for an international Workshop: ‘Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases.’ This Workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC (USA), from Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June 2017.  Through the presentation and discussion of over 20 peer-reviewed papers, the workshop aims to demonstrate the wealth of maps and charts produced from the early modern period to the – now also historic – 20th century, and the relevance of interpreting them. The history of cartography acts as the overarching motif connecting all the presentations, while toponymy and atlases form its main subthemes.

Typically, there is a substantial registration fee to attend meetings of such stature, and extensive travel and accommodations costs.  Especially for those resident in the Washington DC region, this is an exceptional opportunity to attend quality meetings with presentations by world-respected map experts and scholars.  There is NO CHARGE to attend these three days of meetings at the Library of Congress.  But it is necessary to register, as seating is limited to the capacity of the Madison Building’s Mumford Room (6th Floor).  Please do go to http://history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017/ and on top under the rider “Washington DC 2017” you will find the links VENUE, TECHNICAL TOURS, PROGRAMME, and REGISTRATION.

PROGRAM: The program stretches over three days, and include scholars and experts from all over the world.  They include Matthew Edney, Mark Monmomier, Imre Demhardt, Jan Mokre, Elri Liebenberg, Francis Harvey, and many others.  The provisional workshop program from Wednesday, 28 June, till Friday, 30 June can be downloaded here.
 
REGISTRATION: Registering for the workshop is free of charge and can be done at http://history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017-registration/

 


OUR THANKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WMS ANNUAL DINNER  by Eliane Dotson

 

We had 70 attendees at our 38th Annual Dinner in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, and a wonderful evening was had by all. It started out a bit wet, with a springtime downpour just as guests were arriving, but the congenial atmosphere and open bar helped everyone dry off! After enjoying a lovely dinner, we were treated to an excellent presentation by Stephen Hornsby, from the University of Maine. Stephen took us through a visual history of pictorial maps, with an emphasis on the different types of pictorial maps that were created over the years. If you missed his presentation, both the video of his talk, and his PowerPoint presentation can be viewed on the WMS website - click here. (You must be logged in as a member on the site in order to access the video and presentation. If you are a WMS member but have never logged in before, click here. Find you name in the list and click on it for further prompts on creating a login name and password.)  Another highlight of the evening was the recognition of 5 of the original founding members of the Washington Map Society who were in attendance at the dinner - Eleanor Abbey, Ralph Ehrenberg, Bob Hansen, Herschel Kanter, and Nancy Miller. Ralph Ehrenberg presented a toast to Eleanor Abbey, who turned 100 years old this year! It was a delightful evening that would not have been possible without the hard work of WMS board members Iris Taylor and Bob Hansen who helped put together the event. A big thank you to both of them! We hope you will all join us for next year's Annual Dinner!

 


NEXT WMS MEETING - NEW MEETING TIME!

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 5 PM – Madison Bldg – LoC:  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.

 


IMCoS SYMPOSIUM IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

 

8 - 12 October 2017
IMCOS Web Site: http://www.imcos.org/
Symposium Web Site:  http://www.imcos-2017-hamburg.com/

 

Symposium Venue (Library of Commerce)

 


We will be taking a brief hiatus from Latitudes for the summer, but stay tuned for our next issue in late August.

(Note: For better or worse – probably the latter – all content in Latitudes is the work and wording of editor Bert Johnson, unless specifically noted to be the work of someone else. Bert can be reached at mandraki@verizon.net. Lay-out and transmission is done by Eliane Dotson, Vice President and Program Chair of WMS.) 

 

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