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    
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
 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 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 Forces. "To Conquer or Submit..."
commemorates and explores American participation in the
Great War—the “War to End All   Wars”—with a sample of   
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
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 Collection,"
 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.
"A Plan of the Borough of
Harvard Map Collection
Curator Cal Welch at the
Kelly Adirondack Center
Photo by Cindy Schultz
"Order of Battle on the Western Front,
11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918"
Osher Map Library
November 3, 2017 – 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 War.  
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.
October 19, 20, 21
The first Ruderman Conference on Cartography being held at the David Rumsey
Map Center, Stanford University. An international group of speakers will discuss
the latest in the history of cartography and related fields. The opening reception
will be held on Thursday evening followed by a keynote speaker and then two full
days of talks on Friday and Saturday. The registration fee is $100, $25 for
students. Registration for the general public is now open. Seated is limited so
register as soon as you can at:
November 18 @ 2 pm
Philadelphia's Franklin Institute curators will illuminate perforations in the
"Heraldic" Star Globe by German mathematician and astronomer Erhard Weigel
(1625-1699), one of eighteen globes known remaining in the world. Weigel
developed a system for renaming constellations with the coat of arms of
European rulers and added civil insignia, creating metal globes now studied as
documents of cultural history.  We will also view some circa 1862 movable Star
Charts produced by Henry Whitall, who received a Scott Medal from The   
Franklin Institute in 1883, and a pocket sundial. The precise room location is to  
be announced. Museum entrance fee required. Dinner to follow nearby.
Non-members of the Philadelphia Map Society are welcome to attend, but
must RSVP to Barbara Drebing Kauffman:
September 22–November 15, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, September 21, 6–8 PM
"You Are Here NYC:  NYC: Art, Information, and Mapping"
Curated by Katharine Harmon, author of
"You Art Here – NYC: Mapping the
Soul of the City," with Jessie Braden, Director, Spatial Analysis and
Visualization Initiative, Pratt Institute