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.

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,"
at a free and open-to-the-public event at the New
York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 5th Ave.
and 42nd St., the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum. Advance
registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have
registered in advance.

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.
Jeremy Apgar
NY-NJ Trail Conference
map: Bear Mountain:
1935 vs. 2016
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Ed Redmond will
“George Washington’s Manuscript Maps and Surveys:
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 15, 6 pm: Chet Van Duzer, noted map historian and  
: "With Savage Pictures Fill their Gaps’: On Cartographers’
Fears of Blank Spaces"

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.
"Historians of cartography occasionally refer to cartographers’ horror
vacui -- their fear or hesitancy to leave spaces blank on maps that
might be filled with decorations. Some scholars have denied that this
impulse was a factor in the design of maps, but the question has  
never been examined carefully. I will undertake such an examination,
showing that horror vacui was indeed an important factor in the   
design of maps, at least for some cartographers, from the sixteenth    
to the early eighteenth century."
Ed Redmond
Washington Map Society
Our 2017-18 program year begins Tuesday, September
19, at 6:00 pm
, with Katharine Harmon speaking on
“Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC,” at the
New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman
(Main) Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, at
42nd St. at 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. Attendance is free.

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.
"A sight-
seers' map
of Manhattan"
1946, Paul Savitt
True Magazine
Rick Meyerowitz
February (date to be determined):
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.
Colin Harrison, best-selling author and map collector, whose latest
novel, "You Belong to Me," features a protagonist who is a devoted
collector of the maps of New York City (as is Mr. Harrison, as you can
see in this interview in
The New York Times) will do a book talk and
December, Saturday afternoon (date/time to be determined):
Members-only Field Trip to the New York Historical Society, 170
Central Park West, to view the exhibition
"Mapping America's
Road from Revolution to Independence" The exhibition was
developed by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in
commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act.
The exhibition uses maps, hand-drawn and hand-printed in the 18th
and early 19th centuries,  to illuminate the tremendous changes—
geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during,
and just after the Revolutionary War. The New York Historical Society
has added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier
Afterwards, join fellow members for a Holiday Social
Hour at a nearby pub.
RSVPs to required.
Wednesday, March 7:
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.
Priyamvada Natarajan, professor of astronomy and physics at Yale
University, and author of "
Mapping the Heavens: The Radical
Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos," will recount the evolution   
of celestial map-making and show how maps literally track our ever-
evolving cosmic view, tracing our understanding of the universe, its
contents and its evolution.
Priyamvada Natarajan
John Jay’s personal copy
of John Mitchell’s Map of
the British and French
Dominions in North
America... (London, 1755),
copperplate engraving with
hand-drawn red lines
added during the
negotiations of the Treaty
of Paris, 1782-1783.
New-York Historical Society
"New Yorkistan"
Cover art for the
Dec. 10, 2001 issue
The New Yorker
by Maira Kalman
and Rick Meyerowitz
Colin Harrison in his
Brooklyn brownstone.
Photo:Tony Cenicola,
The New York Times
Chet Van Duzer
Library of Congress