New York Map Society
Upcoming Meetings
Our typical Meeting Place (PRE-PANDEMIC) is free and open to the public for our
events, but entry to the building requires photo ID.

Avenues: The World School
, Headquarters, 11 East 26th Street (between Madison and
Fifth Avenues)
, 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 has been extended to the end of December
2020 to compensate for rescheduled Spring 2020 programs. All current
paid members have had their membership extended to the end of 2020.
Beginning 2021, our  program and dues year will be the calendar year.
Past meetings now available on YouTube:
Saturday, 2 pm, October 31, 2020
Lars Grava on: "At the Edge of Empires - Maps of the Baltic States"

Venue: Virtual, via Zoom.
REGISTRATION is required.

The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been at the
crossroads of neighboring powers for centuries. Antique maps of these
countries depict the diverse geographic, political, societal, cultural and
economic features that have determined the course of their history. Lars
Grava will present highlights of his collection of 400 maps of the region
(with a special focus on Latvia) which was started by his father in the
1960s and Lars continues to this day.

Lars Grava
Saturday, 2 pm, December 5, 2020:
Members-Only Field Trip + Holiday Social

(Depending on weather and CDC guidelines):
  • Virtual Field Trip to tour the David Rumsey Map Center, plus a
    Holiday Social with catered appetizers/drinks at Avenues HQ
  • Onsite Field Trip to see "The Relief Map of the New York City
    Water Supply System" and "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)
Please RSVP to

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.
"Relief Map of the NYC Water
Supply System"
Courtesy, Queens Museum
Saturday, 2 pm, November 21, 2020
Dr. Larry Tise will speak about his recent co-authored book:
"Theodore de Bry -- America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602"

Venue: Virtual, via Zoom

Registration will be required.

Dr. Tise will discuss his research in writing the book and will show many
of the beautiful maps and native Americans depicted.
Dr. Larry Tise
Jean Brubaker
"Panorama of the City of
New York"
Courtesy, Queens Museum
  • Scott Max Edelson's February 6, 2019 "The New Map of Empire: How
    Britain Imagined America Before Independence."