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Calendar of Events

This calendar lists events arranged by and sponsored by the Washington Map Society. For a list of other map-related events around the world, please check out the Cartography Calendar of Meeting Events compiled by John Docktor, member of the Board of Directors of the WMS.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 05, 2022
    • Saturday, October 08, 2022
    • Arlington, Texas

    From the International Map Collectors' Society and the Texas Map Society:

    13th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography

    Have you ever wanted to learn about the southwestern United States with its rich Spanish and Mexican tradition, the development and history of Texas, and how it became such a unique place? Wouldn’t it be great if you could do so through something you love: maps? Now you can.

    The Central Library of the University of Texas at Arlington has teamed up with the Texas Map Society and the International Map Collectors' Society to bring you a special series of lectures and programs to learn about Texas and the southwest. Registration, detailed agenda, cost, and hotel information for this special symposium are now live online!

    Dates
    The main events take place between October 5th and 8th. However, there is both a pre-conference visit and a substantial post-conference trip.

    Place
    Most of the programs will take place in Arlington, with side trips to surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth.

    Format
    The event is both virtual and physical. The physical events naturally cluster around the main presentations, but with exciting trips after both the Friday and Saturday groups of lectures.

    Invitation
    An excellent 2.5 minute invitation video about the symposium has been produced on YouTube. Watch it to whet your appetite for attending! Click here to watch.

    Registration
    The registration link here also gives details of the Symposium’s selected hotels/preferential rates, and the various trips.

    Please note that several of the associated trips have limited availability, so please do act promptly on these. It would also obviously be of great help to the organizers for you to register as soon as you are able.

    • Thursday, October 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Sponsored in partnership with the Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies

    (Arranged with the assistance of the Philip Lee Phillips Society)

    Location: Zoom

    Time:  7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT/5:00 pm MT/4:00 pm PT

    Title: "Will Work for Maps": A History of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Special Map Processing Project

    Speaker:  Laura McElfresh, Cartographic Metadata Librarian, University Libraries, University of Minnesota

    (Based on a recent Journal of Map and Geography Libraries article co-authored with Paige Andrew and Linda Musser.) After World War II, the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division acquired large quantities of military-related maps through the U.S. Army Map Service and similar agencies, resulting in many duplicate or otherwise expendable cartographic materials. To manage this surplus, G&M founded its Special Map Processing Project, recruiting hands-on staffing assistance from geography students, faculty, and librarians. In return for their labor, Project participants selected surplus “duplicate” maps for their home institutions, thus strengthening, enlarging, and sometimes “seeding” map collections throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. McElfresh will review the Special Project's origins, structure, impacts, and outcome.

    Planning to attend?   

    RSVP to John Docktor at washmap@gmail.com to receive the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.


    • Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Sponsored in partnership with the Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies

    (Arranged with the assistance of the Philip Lee Phillips Society)

    Location: Zoom

    Time:  7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT/5:00 pm MT/4:00 pm PT

    Title: The Amazing (Hi-)Story of the Bavarian Army Library Map Collection – Reconstructed 60 Years After Its Restitution to Germany

    Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Horst (CIUHCT/FCUL), Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, Department for History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal

    On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the restitution of the Bavarian Army Library to Germany, this paper reconstructs the amazing story of one of the largest collections of military books and maps, that survived destruction during World War II and was taken by American soldiers in 1946 to the US, where it was stored in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for more than a decade, until its restoration to Germany in 1962. Dr. Horst will shed new light on the history of this special collection (going back to the beginning of the nineteenth century) and its diverse provenances. He will also present exemplarily (manuscript) maps that are currently dispersed in different Bavarian institutions.

    Planning to attend?   

    RSVP to John Docktor at washmap@gmail.com to receive the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.


    • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Sponsored in partnership with the Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies

    Location: Zoom

    Time:  7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT/5:00 pm MT/4:00 pm PT

    Title: The Birth of Moon Maps: Looking Through the Telescope, 1610-1696

    Speaker:  Francis (Frank) Manasek, retired professor, Dartmouth Medical School; former antiquarian map dealer; author of Collecting Old Maps and A Treatise on Moon Maps

    Moon maps had a discrete beginning in 1610 when the telescope was first turned to the Moon. Selenography (Moon mapping, lunar geography) is not in the lineage of terrestrial cartography but was the product of natural philosophy and the “scientific revolution” of the 17th century. The images produced by the newly invented telescope revealed terrain that was completely alien, having never before been seen by humankind and having no coherent theoretical basis. Such images are not self-declarative. Comprehending telescopic images in the early 17th century required a new paradigm that also required both a new visual and linguistic vocabulary if there was to be creation of meaning and a representation of that meaning. This is in stark contrast to the “New Worlds” of terrestrial exploration where the languages of both Europeans and existing inhabitants had adequate descriptors. Moreover, Moon maps were made by intercalating a new instrument, the telescope, between object and observer, requiring new tacit knowledge. This was revolutionary and not part of terrestrial mapmaking which had a long evolutionary history. With fifteen Moon maps from 1610 to 1696, I explore some different visual languages used to portray the lunar surface, and implicitly ask if there are any defining elements that link Moon maps to the historiography of terrestrial maps. I also attempt to argue against a presentist approach to selenography and try to show the validity of each image in its context.

    Planning to attend?   

    RSVP to John Docktor at washmap@gmail.com to receive the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.


Past events

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Les Trager: “Maps of the Ancient Explorers and Climate Implications"
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Lena Denis: “The Foundation and the Gateway: What Maps Show and Hide about Baltimore and American History"
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Washington Map Society Annual Business Meeting
Friday, May 20, 2022 Washington Map Society 41st Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Matthew D. Mingus
Friday, May 20, 2022 Phillips Society: "The World of Ptolemy and the Birth of the Cartographic Atlas"
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Julie Sweetkind-Singer & Gregory March: “World War II Captured Maps"
Tuesday, March 08, 2022 Asa Simon Mittman: “Seeing Across the World: How Medieval Mapmakers Brought Their Monsters Home"
Thursday, February 10, 2022 Barbara Belyea: “Papering the Landscape: Maps of Regime Change in North America"
Thursday, January 13, 2022 Benjamin B. Olshin: “Indigenous Mapping: Cultural and Psychological Sources"
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Peter A. Cowdrey, Jr.: “The Florida Origins of North American Cartography"
Saturday, November 13, 2021 Mapping Ourselves: A Cartographic Introduction to the 2020 Census & Tapestry Segmentation Analysis
Thursday, October 07, 2021 Anthony Mullan: “How Tourist, Business, and Colonization Maps Shaped North American Views of Cuba, 1898-1913"
Thursday, September 09, 2021 Andrew J. Rhodes: “James Monteith: Cartographer, Educator, and Master of the Margins"
Thursday, June 24, 2021 Leah Thomas: “nearly in a circular form”: Mapping the Cherokee Nation through John Marrant’s Narrative (1785)
Monday, May 17, 2021 Matthew Gilmore: Tilting Washington’s National Mall
Monday, May 17, 2021 Washington Map Society Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, April 22, 2021 James Akerman: Reading Maps in 20th-Century Travel Brochures: A Primer

Have an idea for a program?  

Please send suggestions to Ronald Grim, WMS Program Chair by Clicking Here.


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