New York Map Society
Map Shows & Lectures
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.”
"The Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System"
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows  
Corona Park, Queens NY 11368. Phone: (718) 592-9700.
walk from Willets Point stop on the # 7 subway. Parking available)

For the 1939 World’s Fair, city agencies were invited to produce
exhibits for the New York City Pavilion, now the Queens Museum.
Each exhibit shared “what the various branches of municipal
government are doing to serve the citizens of today.” To educate
New Yorkers about the water supply system, the Department of
Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, created the relief map now
displayed at the Queens Museum. A team of cartographers began
work in 1938 with a depression-era budget of $100,000, roughly $1.5
million in today’s dollars. But at 540 square feet, the model was too
big for the allotted space. Ten years later, it made its only public
appearance in the City’s Golden Anniversary Exposition at
Manhattan’s Grand Central Palace. In 2008, after decades in
storage, the 27-piece relief map was in desperate need of
conservation. The model was sent to McKay Lodge Fine Arts
Conservation Lab in Oberlin, Ohio and restored to its original
brilliance. In collaboration with the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection, it will now remain on long-term loan in its
originally intended home in the New York City Building.
Courtesy Queens Museum
At the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
"Mapping a Growing Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784" featuring the first
map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in  
America by an American. The exhibition is in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of    
the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell
map also  was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map   
are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most
frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North
America  by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were
created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large
wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine
months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.
At the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
"Exploring the Early Americas" featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first     
map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which
includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also       
on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner
Sammelbund, a bportfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials.   
The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.

"Remembering Road Maps"
AACA Museum, Inc.,161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling   
up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our
destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles,
motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they
relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, convenience stores, tire
companies, banks, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, rental car companies, and many
other businesses. Many of these businesses provided these maps as a form of advertising    
to get customers to visit their attraction or gas station brand.
John W. Docktor's Cartography Calendars is a comprehensive listing of
cartographic meetings and exhibitions around the world, including those of the
New York Map Society. We list below exhibitions and lectures in the northeast
corridor, and include listings for shows at art galleries that include map imagery.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, check each venue before attempting to visit.