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.

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.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Ed Redmond will
present
“George Washington’s Manuscript Maps and Surveys:
1748-1799.”
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.
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November 15, 6 pm: Chet Van Duzer, noted map historian
and author:
"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."
RSVP to kapochunas@gmail.com
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Ed Redmond
Washington Map Society
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
signing.
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December 9, 2 pm: Members -- who have paid for the 2017-18
program year, only
-- Field Trip to the New York Historical
Society, 170 Central Park West, to tour the exhibition
"Mapping
America's Road from Revolution to Independence" The exhibition,
originated by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, 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 --
which has
added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier
collection
-- will provide a private tour for members (with our society
picking up all charges)
conducted by Nina Nazionale, Director of
Library Operations and Curator of the exhibit.
Afterwards, join  
fellow members for a drink and Holiday Social Hour at a nearby
bar and grill: The Gin Mill. RSVP for both the tour and social
hour to kapochunas@gmail.com
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Wednesday, March 7, 6 pm:
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.
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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
Colin Harrison in his
Brooklyn brownstone.
Photo:Tony Cenicola,The New York Times
Chet Van Duzer
Library of Congress
Saturday, April 28, 2 pm:
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.
Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the
Maxwell School of Syracuse University, specializing in toponymy,
geography, and geographic information systems, will speak on
"Patents and Cartographic Inventions: A New Perspective for  
Map History"
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Mark Monmonier
Syracuse University,
Department of Geography