New York Map Society
Area Map Exhibitions
New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster Andrew Kapochunas
recommends "Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps: The Ratzer
Maps at
Brooklyn Historical Society." August 27, 2016, marked the 240th
anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major battle of the American
Revolutionary War. In honor of this occasion, the Brooklyn Historical  
Society is displaying two rare Revolutionary War era maps that chronicle   
the landscape of 18th-century Brooklyn in remarkable detail.
New York Map Society member Jack Eichenbaum recommends you see
the Museum of the City of New York exhibition:
"NY at its Core: 400 years
of NYC History."
 Jack says: "I found it AWESOME (a word I use with
discretion!). This exhibit will require multiple visits,
and incorporates history,
geography, ecology, and culture, and the narrative uses words, pictures,
maps and objects.”
Through August 27, 2017
Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has a new exhibition:    
"Regions  and Seasons: Mapping Climate Through History" exploring  
the long and storied history of mapping climate and related weather events.
Visitors are invited to explore the evolution of cartographic innovation  
across five centuries, comparing the gradual sophistication of climatic data
mapping  with modern day digital technology and the varying impacts of   
their findings. Regions and Seasons features over sixty maps and three-
dimensional objects related to the capture of weather data and depiction of
the mapping of climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents and more,
dating from the 15th century to present day. Visitors will learn about climate
and weather-related imagery found on maps throughout history, starting    
with the “Venti”, the wind personas of the classical era, long thought by
sailors to direct the seas, and “Horae”, the goddesses of the seasons who
were thought to determine the natural order of events. Next, throughout the
age of Enlightenment, cartographers began to depict recurring weather
events as well as seasonal trade winds, when efficient navigation was   
critical to the success of the frequent expeditions from England to Asia. As
science moved to the forefront during this era, the increased focus on data
capture  is reflected in the more complex maps of the time and beyond,
representing vast amounts of statistical information to further public
understanding of the varying climate patterns of different geographic
William C. Woodbridge
“Isothermal Chart, or, View of
Climates and Productions;
Drawn from the Accounts of
Humboldt & Others,” in Modern
Atlas, on a New Plan, to
Accompany the System of
Universal Geography
Hartford, CT, 1831
Map of Arkansas : from
government and other
authentic sources
Author: Blaisdell, F. L.
Publisher: Arkansas.
Bureau of Mines,
Manufactures, and
Agriculture. Date: 1919
1770 The Ratzer Map
June 28 - 30, 2017
"Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases"
In conjunction with the 28th Annual Cartographic Conference, held in
Washington, DC July 2 - 7, 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 free-of-charge
workshop, to be held in the 6th floor Mumford Room at the Library of
Congress (Madison Building).
As of June 18, 2017, registration has closed.
Through October 28, 2017
"To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War," at the Osher
Map Library, Portland, Maine.
Americans relied on print images to
understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in March
1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by
propaganda maps and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow
the war’s battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of the
Western Front were vital to the success of the American Expeditionary
"To Conquer or Submit..." commemorates and explores American
participation in the Great War—the “War to End All
  Wars”—with a sample
  informative and propagandistic posters, maps, and atlases from the
collections of USM’s Osher Map Library.
Through September 29
"Parts But Little Known - Maps of the Adirondacks from 1556" at the
Kelly Adirondack Center, Schenectady, NY. The show includes a 1556
Italian map of the Northeast with nearly unrecognizable landmasses and
fanciful drawings of fish and sailing ships. Also featured is the wall-sized  
3D relief map of the Adirondacks created by preservationist Paul Schaefer.
Mid-19th century maps of the High Peaks, with surprisingly accurate peak
elevations, are the work of surveyor Verplanck Colvin. More modern maps
show land use, hiking trails, canoe routes and snowmobile trails.
Through September 27
"Manuscript Maps: Hand-Drawn Treasures of the Harvard Map
 is on display at Posey Library, Harvard Map Collection,
Harvard Yard. Whether made in surveying land, fighting wars, learning
geography, planning cities, preparing for publication, or presenting beautiful
maps to the public, manuscript maps emphasize the process by which they
came into being and the individual stories they carry with them.