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Washington Map Society 42nd Annual Dinner - Guest Speakers: Andrew Adamson & Frank Licameli

  • Friday, May 19, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, Tysons II Galleria, McLean VA


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Please Join the Washington Map Society for our 42nd Annual Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening of fine food & drink, camaraderie and an enlightening presentation

Date: May 19, 2023

Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, Tysons II Galleria, McLean VA


5:30 pm - Social Hour (cash bar)

6:30 pm - Italian Feast

8:00 pm - Presentation

Cost: $85 per person (includes 1 drink ticket for beer/wine/soft drink)

Registration: You must register online by clicking the "Register" button above. You will be given the option to pay online by credit card or to mail a check (made payable to Washington Map Society). Registration will be limited to 72 people. RSVP required by Friday, May 13.

Speakers:  Andrew Adamson, principal, Heritage Charts, and Frank Licameli, Enrollment/Recruiting Operations Officer, Department of Military Science, George Mason University.

Presentation:  "F. W. Des Barres’ Great Folly: An Examination of Des Barres’ Foray into the Realm of Political Mapping and the Little-known Plans He Created to that End"

In 1776, J. F. W. Des Barres made a brief, previously undocumented, move away from the ‘representational context’ of topographical mapping he is known for with his magnificent production the Atlantic Neptune into the ‘political context’ of military mapping. At the center of Des Barres’ significant change of direction into the competitive world of political or current affairs mapping are three little-known, and even less well understood, plans which are currently held in the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and the Library of Congress. The plans were made by Des Barres to present a contemporary account of the military action in New York between June and November 1776. This talk will examine Des Barres’ intentions in drawing up the plans, the obstacles he faced including cost, sources and timing, along with the construction and making of the plans. Lt. Col (Ret.) Frank Licameli will contribute commentary on the military detail Des Barres' included on the plans.

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