New York Map Society
Upcoming Meetings
Our typical Meeting Place is free and open to the public for our events, but entry to the
building requires photo ID, and RSVPs to are recommended.

Avenues: The World School
, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth
, New York, NY 10011. Photo ID required for entry. The boardroom seats 40+, and
has a 75-inch 1080p wall-mounted electronic screen. It is available for society events Monday
and Wednesday to Friday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. RSVPs to are requested, but not required.

(We hope -- in a few years, once renovations to the Mid-Manhattan Library are completed -- to
again have our meetings at The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main]
Building, 42nd Street and  Fifth Avenue, New York City.)

Field trips to map sites, special events, and 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 Shows and Lectures" page for map-related events.
Our 2019-20 program year began September 1, 2019. We hope you'll
join your fellow map lovers as a member, or renew, so that we can
continue bringing members quality lectures and field trips.  

Please take a moment now to renew or join at our
"Join Us" page.
The balance of our 2019-20 Program Year:
Saturday, 2 pm, April 18, 2020:
Lars Grava on: "At the Edge of Empires - Maps of the Baltic States"
Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Lars, in a reprise of his Fall 2019 presentation to the Washington Map
Society, will discuss how maps have more than two dimensions, as they
also illuminate political, societal, cultural, and economic features of the
geographies they depict. The Baltic States, located at the crossroads of
geographic interests, were often caught between two different powers,
religions, or other competing parties, and hence the importance of the
region.  His collection, which now comprises over 400 maps, was begun
by his father, Professor Sigurds Grava. Although his father passed away
10 years ago, Lars' study of Baltic maps helps him continue his special
relationship and bond with his father.
Saturday, 2 pm, February 29, 2020:
New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster Andrew Kapochunas
"New York's Newtown Creek: Death and Resurrection -- A
Chronicle in Maps and Photographs"
Venue: Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Andrew, Secretary/Webmaster of the New York Map Society, collects antique
maps of the area of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which existed
1569-1795. He also built and maintains the website After  
he and his wife moved to Long Island City, New York, in July 2018, he became   
a member of the environmental action group Newtown Creek Alliance. This
presentation is an expanded English-language version of a talk he gave in
Vilnius, Lithuania, in November, 2019, at the yearly CartoCon of the Lithuanian
Cartographic Society, of which he is a member.
Andrew Kapochunas
Saturday, 2 pm, March 14, 2020:
Eric Sanderson, author of "The Mannahatta Project" and "Terra
Nova," presents an update on his projects
Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Eric W. Sanderson is a landscape ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation  
Society at the Bronx Zoo, director of the Mannahatta Project and the author of
"Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City." In 2013 his book "Terra Nova:
The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs," was published.

Photo: Markley Boyer/Mannahatta
Project, Wildlife Conservation Society
Eric Sanderson
Lars Grava
Saturday, 2 pm, May 9, 2020: Field Trip to see "The Relief Map of
the New York City Water Supply System"
and the "Panorama of the
City of New York"

Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows  
Corona Park, Queens NY 11368. Phone: (718) 592-9700. (15-min.
walk from Mets/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.
Detail: 1845 Bache:
"New York Harbor"
From David Rumsey
"Relief Map of the NYC Water
Supply System"
Courtesy, Queens Museum
Saturday, 2 pm, June 13, 2020
Dr. Larry Tise will speak about his recent co-authored book:
"Theodore de Bry -- America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602"
Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues), 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Dr. Tise will discuss his research in writing the book and will show
many of the beautiful maps and native Americans depicted. His book
will be available for signing and sale.

Dr. Larry Tise
Jean Brubaker
Grand Voyages,
vol 6 plate 5
Grand Voyages,
vol 2 plate 25
"Panorama of the City of
New York"
Courtesy, Queens Museum