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 27th 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, perhaps best in the
solitude of nasty winter weekdays. It incorporates history, geography,
ecology, and culture, and the narrative uses words,  pictures, maps and
Through April 23, 2017
New York Map Society President Steve Hanon recommends
an  exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York:
"I had a
chance to check out the exhibition on the 100th Anniversary of
the New York Zoning Resolution at the Museum of the City of
New York today (Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street).  It was very
interesting and provides interesting insights into how the zoning
process has evolved and impacted the current skyline.
On the
100th  anniversary of America’s first comprehensive zoning
Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning,
examines   the effects of the evolving law and chart
the history of the city’s zoning rules and debates to the current
day, illuminating how the tools of zoning have reflected a century
of evolving ideas about what constitutes an “ideal” city.
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
Through May 19, 2017
"Expanding Earth" at
University of Pennsylvania's
Kislak Center, Philadelphia: Globalization is no recent phenomenon.    
People, ideas, and objects have always been on the move, encountering   
and changing one another as a result. This exhibit presents some of the
textual and material residues of these encounters and travels, characteristic
of past as well as present human activity and curiosity. Focusing on the   
years 1400 to 1800, the exhibit examines and looks beyond familiar
Eurocentric ideas of exploration, conquest, and "discovery." Using
manuscripts, printed books, drawings, maps, and artifacts, Expanding     
Earth highlights the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods across the
world in their own words and in material objects.
1770 The Ratzer Map
Photos by
Steve Hanon