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.
Past meetings now available on YouTube:
  • Scott Max Edelson's February 6, 2019 "The New Map of Empire: How
    Britain Imagined America Before Independence."
February 20, 2021, 2:00 pm Eastern (New York) Time:
Caroline Winterer and Kären Wigen discuss their new book:
"Time in Maps: From The Age of Discovery to Our Digital Era"
Venue: Virtual, via Zoom
(Link will be posted here in February)
Registration is NOT required.
Join Stanford University historians Kären Wigen and Caroline Winterer for an
exploration of how maps organize us in time as well as space. They will    
highlight some of the beautiful maps from their new book, including early maps  
of China and the Aztec empire, the floodwaters of the Mississippi River, and
other curious conjunctions of time and space achieved through the medium of
Caroline Winterer, William Robertson Coe Professor of History at Stanford
University is the author of five books, including "American Enlightenments:
Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason." (Yale, 2016).
Kären Wigen, Frances & Charles Field Professor of History, Stanford
University, teaches Japanese history and the history of cartography.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2 pm Eastern (New York) Time:
Judith A. Tyner on her new book "Women in American
Cartography: An Invisible Social History"
Venue: Virtual, via Zoom
Registration is NOT required.
"The nation’s foremost expert on women’s contributions to maps, mapmaking,
and map use, Tyner draws on her own research and that of others to produce a
comprehensive, well-organized, richly illustrated, and engaging history. The
culmination of decades of research, this book fosters a growing interest among
map historians in the important roles women took on before gender-neutral
geospatial technology canceled gender differences in cartography"
Monomier, Syracuse University)
Judith is Professor Emerita of Geography at California State University, Long
Beach. She taught in the Geography Department for over 35 years, where she
served as Department Chair and as Director of the Cartography/GIS Certificate
Program from its inception until her retirement. While at California State Dr.
Tyner taught beginning and advanced cartography, map reading and
interpretation, history of cartography, and remote sensing.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2 pm, Eastern (New York) Time:
Ana Pulido Rull on her new book: "Mapping Indigenous Land:
Native Land Grants in Colonial New Spain"
Venue: Virtual, via Zoom
Registration is NOT required.
Between 1536 and 1601, at the request of the colonial administration,   
indigenous artists from colonial Mexico crafted more than two hundred maps to
be used as evidence in litigation over land distribution. These land grant maps   
mapas de mercedes de tierra), tell the stories of hundreds of natives and
Spaniards who engaged in legal proceedings either to request land, to oppose a
petition, or to negotiate its terms. Ana Pulido spent years examining these  
striking painted maps and reading the court records from the land disputes at    
the Mexican National Archives
(Archivo General de la Nación). In this talk, the   
author will narrate some of the stories she found most remarkable and will show
that these maps did more than simply record the disputed territories for lawsuits;
they also enabled indigenous communities to translate their ideas about the
contested spaces into visual form; offered arguments for the defense of these
spaces; and in some cases even helped protect indigenous land against harmful
Ana Pulido is Associate Professor of Latin American Art History at the  
University of Arkansas. She is originally from Mexico City and has a Ph.D. from
Harvard University; her research focuses on indigenous maps from pre-
Columbian and colonial Mexico, especially those designed for and used as   
legal evidence in colonial courts of law.
Judith Tyner
Ana Pulido Rull
Caroline Winterer
Kären Wigen
Lindsay Frederick Braun
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 2 pm Eastern (New York) Time:
Historian Lindsay Frederick Braun on (tentatively) "Mapping in
19th Century Africa"
Venue: Virtual, via Zoom
Registration is NOT required.
"My work over the last decade and a half has involved surveying, mapping,  
and struggles over land and landscape in South Africa between the middle of
the 19th century and the First World War."
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 2 pm Eastern (New York) Time:
Cartographic historian and New York Map Society member Chet
Van Duzer on "Shipwrecks, Treasure, and Maps at the End of the
Seventeenth Century: The Manuscript Atlases of William Hack"
Venue: Virtual, via Zoom
Registration is NOT required.
In this talk, following a look at some of the equipment available in the 16th and
17th centuries for recovering material from shipwrecks, I will discuss the
manuscript atlases made by the English cartographer William Hack in the latter
part of the 17th century. Hack’s beautiful maps, copied from a
captured from a Spanish ship in 1680, show the locations of a number of
shipwrecks, which is unusual in seventeenth-century maps. The maps in his     
later atlases include indications of the amount of treasure that was on those
ships. This change was inspired, I believe, by William Phips’ spectacular  
recovery of treasure from a Spanish wreck in 1687. Phips, later the Governor     
of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, arrived in London with his riches a     
hero, and his recovery of the Spanish treasure increased appreciation of
shipwrecks  as a potential economic resource. It seems to have been this
success that inspired William Hack to add information about the values of the
goods on shipwrecks to his maps.
Chet Van Duzer