|New York Map Society
Our Meeting Places -- both are free and open to the public for our events, but they may
require an RSVP to attend:
Avenues: The World School, Headquarters, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues), New York, NY 10011. Photo ID required for entry.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main] Building, 42nd Street and Fifth
Avenue, New York, NY 10018.
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 Exhibitions" page for map-related events in the New York area and beyond.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 pm: Christina Dando will
speak on “Maps in Motion: American Public Map
Making of the Progressive Era.”
Venue: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman
[Main] Building, 5th Ave. at 42nd St., New York City 10018
“The Progressive Era (1890-1920) was a time when
Americans of a wide range of classes, races, ethnicities, and
genders worked towards social and political reform.
Geography and mapping were part of many of these reform
efforts. This presentation will examine mapping by American
women, Black Americans, and Native Americans as part of
their work to better their worlds, constructing their own
geographic knowledge and sharing it to meet the needs of
Christina Dando is Professor of Geography at the University of
Nebraska Omaha. She received her B.A. in Geography and English
from the University of North Dakota, and her M.S. and Ph.D.s in
Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research
interests include the impacts of media and technology on human
perception and interaction with the environment, and exploring the
intersections of landscape, media, and gender. She is the author of
"Women and Cartography in the Progressive Era" (2018). When not
researching and writing, she enjoys exploring new landscapes and
reading for sheer pleasure.
Free and open to the public, but The New York Public Library
will ask for an RSVP.
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 pm: Matthew Edney will speak on
"The History of Cartography Project"
Venue: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main]
Building, 5th Ave. at 42nd St., New York City 10018
Edney is a professor of geography and (since 2007) the Osher Professor in
the History of Cartography, with responsibility for courses in map history. He
is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for
Cartographic Education, Portland, Maine. Since 2005 he has directed the
History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Saturday, June 15, 2 pm: Members-Only "Show and Tell, followed by an end-of-program
year Social Hour at a TBD nearby bar
Avenues: The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between
Madison and Fifth Avenues), New York City.
We already have four presenters out of a planned ten: Miklos Pinther, Jacob Ford,
Lawrence Stelter and Andrew Kapochunas.
If you'd like to present a map, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd just like to attend, please RSVP to: MapSocietyNY@gmail.com
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00 pm: Susan Schulten will speak on
“How Maps Illuminate and Complicate the Past”
Venue: Avenues: The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor
Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), NYC.
"Across five centuries, America has been defined through maps.
Whether handmaidens of diplomacy, tools of statecraft, instruments of
reform, or advertisements, maps document particular moments in time
but also shape the course of history. Join us as we explore a diverse
array of materials that both illuminate and complicate our understanding
of the past."
Susan is an American historian and professor at the University of Denver. She
graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A., and from the Univ. of Pennsylvania,
with a PhD. In 2010 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books include:
"The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950," 2001; "Mapping the
Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America," 2012; and "A
History of America in 100 Maps," 2012, all published by Univ. of Chicago Press.
Free and open-to-the-public but please RSVP to:
The Map as a Weapon
After the completion of the transcontinental
railroad, Chinese workers became the
target of vicious prejudice throughout the
west, particularly in California. The city
fathers of San Francisco designed this map
to characterize the residents of Chinatown
as the scourge of the city, taking care to
identify houses of prostitution, gambling,
and opium dens.