New York Map Society
Upcoming Meetings
Our Primary 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 admission fee.

Our Secondary Meeting Place:
Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street, between
Madison and Fifth Avenues. RSVPs are requested.

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.
Our 2017-18 program-year-end members-only Summer Field Trip &
Social Hour is scheduled for: Saturday, September 15, mid-day, at
the Harlem Yacht Club, established 1883, and the third-oldest
continuously functioning yacht club in the City of New York, the first   
being The New York Yacht Club, which was founded in 1844.
Venue: 417 Hunter Ave, City Island, NY 10464.

After sharing a drink and appetizers, a lucky ten members, chosen in  
advance by lottery, will shove off on one of two two-hour cruises  
graciously offered to society members by New York Map Society member
Roger Karlebach on his sailboat "Ilene." His

We're limiting this event to 20 current members, of which ten will be  
sailors. RSVP to, specifying whether you
wish to be on one of the two cruises, or just attend the Social Hour.
I'll create a waiting list.

Harlem Yacht Club
The rest of the society's Fall 2018 event schedule will be finalized  
over the next two months. Stay tuned!
Harlem Yacht Club.
Photo by Jenny Green
Roger Karlebach
The Ilene, in Maine
Saturday, October 6, 2:00 pm: our 2018-19 program year begins with  
a free and open-to-the-public book talk by Mark Monmonier: "Patents
and Cartographic Inventions: A New Perspective for Map History."
"Avenues: The World School," headquarters, 11 East 26th Street,
between Madison and Fifth Avenues, New York City.
RSVPs to are requested.

In Mark's own words: "Patents and Cartographic Inventions" explores an
arena of cartographic creativity largely ignored by map historians: the
patents system, whereby an inventor can lay claim to a novel idea and
control its use for two decades."
Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University’s
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he teaches
courses on map design, geographic information policy, environmental
hazards, and map history. His site:

A review: “Mark Monmonier reveals and organizes, for the first time, a
wealth of information about how many ingenious persons in modern
America responded to the social and technological challenges and
opportunities that everyday map use presented, from how to fold a map to
how to conceptualize the world.”
(Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the
History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine, USA)
Mark Monmonier
"Patents and Cartographic
Inventions: A New
Perspective for Map
Palgrave Macmillan, 2017