|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. (15-min.
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.
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. Learn more about this
interesting collecting topic
Through December 29, 2019
"Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic"
American Philosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The exhibition traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to
investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning.
It features historical maps, surveying instruments, books, manuscripts, and other objects to show
how maps were used to create and extend the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of
the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities in the Early Republic.
|Through November 3, 2019
"America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century"
Norman B. Leventhal Map Collection, Boston Public Library
This exhibit is presented in two chapters:
"The United States Expands Westward, 1800-1862, through November 2019
From Homesteads to Modern Cities, 1862-1900, November 2019-May 2020
The maps in this exhibition were created predominantly by Euro-American
cartographers, and published by government agencies or commercial profit-
seeking companies. They promote Euro-American culture and perpetuate
certain interpretations of history. This was at the expense of other points of
view – especially of indigenous peoples, those that were enslaved, and
immigrant laborers, among many others. Unseen here but equally vital are
stories of heroic resilience, resistance, and cultural preservation.
|1908 Frank Bond: "United
States showing routes of
principal explorers and
early roads and highways."
Norman B. Leventhal Map
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.
Through November 26, 2019
"Maps Everywhere" Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City
Curated by New York Map Society member Donna David
Artists include Connie Brown and Jacob Ford
October 23, 6 - 7:30 pm: Artist’s Talk and Live Painting Demonstration by David
Nuttall. Open to the public.
November 20, 5:30 - 7 pm (in the Auditorium): Panel Discussion GIS: “Mapping
as a Communicative Art”:
"A Walk in
|Through November 26, 2019
"Mapping Life" Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University
Reception: October 17, 5:00 –8:00 p.m
In conjunction with "Maps Everywhere" in the Visual Arts Gallery, Mapping
Life sheds light onto contemporary artists’ varied use of cartographic methods
and forms in translating people’s lives, actions, and memories into their work.
|"Michi" (Unknown Place)
October 25, 2019 - May 2, 2020
"War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution"
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut
A new exhibit shares the little-known story of Revolutionary War patriot and mapmaker Bernard
Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War,
surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. He became a supporter of American
independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the
British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was
captured by the British and died mysteriously, while a prisoner, in 1784. Incredibly rare maps from
the CHS collection, published by Romans and his contemporaries, as well as earlier Connecticut
maps from the 17th and 18th centuries, will be displayed.
Through October 31, 2019
"Prints of Towns and Villages in the Perigord,
By Keith Godard
Almondine Patisserie, 85 Water St., Brooklyn, NY
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm