|New York Map Society
Our Meeting Place:
The New York Map Society most often holds its lectures on Tuesday or
Wednesday evenings at the New York Public Library's Stephen A.
Schwarzman [Main] Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Meetings there are free and open to the public, but space limitations
may require an RSVP to attend.
Field trips to map sites, special events, and occasional lectures may
held on weekends. Some events are reserved for current-paid
members only, and some field trips are at venues that may require an
See our "Map Exhibitions" page for map-related events in the New York
area and beyond. Contact the sponsoring organization for further details
about those events.
Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm: Jeremy Apgar,
cartographer for the New York- New Jersey Trail Conference, will
speak on: "Trail Maps Then & Now: Looking Back at 100 Years of
Mapping Trails, and How Trail Maps Are Made Today" at a free
and open-to-the-public event at the New York Public Library.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is known for its
high-quality trail maps for parks throughout the New York metropolitan
area. Learn about the history of trail mapping in the region over the
past 100 years, how maps are made today, and why Trail Conference
maps are considered the gold standard for trail maps in the region,
and beyond. Trail maps from the New York Public Library's collection
will be on display.
Jeremy Apgar has been the cartographer for the New York-New Jersey Trail
Conference for 10 years, creating maps to assist with all aspects of building,
maintaining, and educating people about trails.
|NY-NJ Trail Conference
map: Bear Mountain:
1935 vs. 2016
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Ed Redmond will
present “George Washington’s Manuscript Maps and Surveys:
1748-1799.” This free and open-to-the-public event will be held at
Avenues: The World School, 17th Floor, 11 East 26th St. (between
Madison and Fifth Avenues), New York City.
In addition to his service in the Virginia Regiment, the Continental
Army, and as President of the United States, George Washington was
a prodigious map maker and consumer of geographic information.
This talk will focus on George Washington’s early professional land
surveys (1748-1752) as well maps Washington prepared for his
personal land speculation activities (1769-1799).
Ed Redmond is President of the Washington Map Society, member of the New
York Map Society, and Specialist of Cartographic Reference and Curator of the
Vault Collections in the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress.
November and December, 2017: TBD
Washington Map Society
Our 2017-18 program year begins Tuesday, September
19, at 6:00 pm, with Katharine Harmon speaking on
“The Armchair Cartographer: Illustrated Maps of the
City,” at the New York Public Library's Stephen A.
Schwarzman (Main) Building, Margaret Liebman Berger
Forum, at 42nd St. and Fifth Ave.
To accompany the exhibit of pictorial maps currently on
display in the library's Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal
Map Division, guest curator Katharine Harmon will
present a visual survey of highlights from the NYPL's
illustrated map collection. Spanning 180 years, the
selected maps reflect the artistry and inventiveness of
their creators. Illustrator and humorous cartographer
Rick Meyerowitz will join Harmon for a conversation
about the uses of imagery and humor in maps, and how
the language of maps can enhance illustration.
Katharine Harmon is the author of several books on creative
cartography, including the bestselling “You Are Here: Personal
Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination,” and “The
Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography.” Her
latest book is “You Are Here – NYC,” a wide-ranging collection
of 200 maps of the world's most inventively mapped city.
Rick Meyerowitz is an illustrator, author, and irrepressible
humorist. For 21 years he was the most prolific contributor of
illustrated articles to the National Lampoon, and is the author of
“Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead,” a history of the magazine. He
has written and illustrated numerous humor and children's
books, and is a frequent collaborator with Maira Kalman,
producing editorial and humor pieces including the iconic “New
Yorkistan” cover for The New Yorker.
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