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.

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.
Monday, January 22, 6:30 pm: free and open-to-the-public lecture  
at the Program Room, Mid-Manhattan Library, Fifth Ave. & 42nd
St., by Connie Brown,
New York Map Society member and
founder of the
Connecticut Map Society, and by wildlife
conservationist Katie Losey

"Can an illustrated map be a call to action?
"This was the question mapmaker Connie Brown asked herself two
years ago. She resolved to make a map celebrating the magnificent
and imperiled African elephant, a creature she had depicted frequently
in her work creating commissioned painted maps. She wanted to
create a pro bono work with rhetorical strength, one which—through
cartography and illustration—would educate, enhance awareness, and
spur viewers to action. Though she had the requisite cartographic and
artistic skills, she needed a collaborator who was knowledgeable about
African elephants and their plight. To that end, she reached out to
wildlife conservation champion Katie Losey. Together they determined
the map’s thematic choices, aided by experts in the field, as well as
journalists, a nature poet, and photographers.

"In this conversation, Connie Brown and Katie Losey discuss how the
maps came to be, detailing the themes, cartographic sources, the
design traditions which inspired them, and more. The conversation will
be followed by a Q&A."

The Elephant Map Project site.