New York Map Society
Map Exhibitions/Events
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.”
1770 The Ratzer Map
Through March 11, 2018
The New York  Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the
"Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence."
The exhibition was developed by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The
exhibition uses maps,  hand-drawn and hand-printed in the 18th and early   
19th centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political,
and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary
The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and
printed maps from its premier collection
to what is a remarkable selection of
maps at the core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at
the Boston  Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps
drawn in the field by Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of  
the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John
Mitchell’s Map of the British  and French Dominions in North America with   
the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which
John Jay added red lines to indicate proposed boundaries during the
negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
Through March 18, 2018
The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library announces the
opening of
"Beneath our Feet," an exhibition which delves into the
exploration and mapping of a wide variety of underground “worlds,” from
volcanoes, to catacombs, to natural gas pipelines.The exhibition begins with
maps and artifacts related to subjects in the natural sciences, such as  
geology and geological oceanography, displaying efforts to study everything
from the geysers in Yellowstone National Park to underwater features off    
the coast of Boston. Visitors will see how technological advances have
changed our understanding of geology and landscape, and then, in the   
exhibit’s second major theme, how they allowed us to begin altering the
underground world. Maps related to coal mining, transmission lines, drilling,
and natural gas pipelines  explore how humans have transformed the
underground landscape through the particular lens of our energy infra-
structure. Visitors can also see maps related to other human activity under-
ground, from the catacombs of Sicily to the ruins of Pompeii.
Through March 10, 2018
Osher Map Library, Univ. of Southern Maine, Portland,
ME 04104
Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of
Cartography and Creativity."
New York Map Society member Connie Brown is one
of the featured map artists in this group exhibition.
Maps show many versions of our world, for many
purposes, but their simplest purpose is to show the
way from one place to another. The artists in this
exhibition have used the techniques of mapping, and
maps themselves, to show the way to the metaphorical
and the metaphysical. We invite you to explore these
artworks and see where they lead you.
March 22 - May 26, 2018
The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St., New York, NY 10022
J. C. McElveen, member of the Washington Map Society, will curate an
exhibit of his maps and books entitled "Westward the Course of Empire:
Exploring and Settling the American West," at the Grolier Club of New York.
The exhibit, in the 2nd Floor Gallery, will feature some maps and travel
narratives from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the focus of the exhibit will  
be on exploring and mapping the American West in the 19th Century, from
Lewis & Clark to the Pacific Railroad Surveys.
John Jay’s personal copy
of John Mitchell’s Map of
the British and French
Dominions in North
America... (London, 1755),
copperplate engraving
with hand-drawn red lines
added during the
negotiations of the Treaty
of Paris, 1782-1783. New
York Historical Society
Osher Map Library