|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.
On a Saturday TBD in January, 2019, at 2 pm: Daniel Crouch, rare map,
atlas and book dealer, will reprise the talk he gave at the September
2018 San Francisco Map Fair: “There are three kinds of lies: lies,
damned lies, and statistics”
Venue: Avenues: The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor Boardroom,
11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), New York City.
Daniel's talk will explore some of the earliest and greatest exponents of
cartographic data visualization, including: “the best statistical graphic ever
drawn”: a map depicting Napoleon’s doomed invasion of Russia; maps of
the international cotton trade before, during and after the America Civil
War; the first sociological maps of both the UK and USA; the first
epidemiological map; and the first geological map, culminating in a
discussion of the dispensation of “topographical truth” with Harry Beck’s
famous map of the London Underground, a world standard for graphic
clarity and as “rational as a contemporary Mondrian painting,” proving the
American statistician John Tukey’s point that “the greatest value of a
picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.”
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 2 pm: Members-only Map
Field Trip to the New York Transit Museum to tour their
new exhibition: "Navigating New York"
The Transit Museum is in a decommissioned subway
station at 99 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201,
easily accessible by subway (A, C, G, 2, 3, 4, 5) lines. The
entrance is down two flights of stairs. A second,
wheelchair-accessible entrance is on the corner of
Schermerhorn and Court Streets.
After the tour, join us for appetizers and drinks at a
nearby restaurant, "61 Local," at 61 Bergen St (between
Boerum Pl and Smith St), Brooklyn, NY 11201
|Left to right: Alex
Pinther, Jacob Ford,
and Steve Hanon,
at "61 Local"
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 pm: Christina Dando will speak on
"History of Women in Cartography."
Venue: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman [Main] Building,
5th Ave. at 42nd St., New York City 10018
Christina E. 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. She is interested in gender and
geography: how landscape and environment have long been gendered, as
well as how gender impacts human experience and interaction with the
environment. She is a member of the American Association of
Geographers and of the Society of Woman Geographers.
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.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6:30 pm: Scott Max Edelson will
speak about his book "The New Map of Empire: How Britain
Imagined America Before Independence"
Venue: Avenues: The World School, headquarters, 17th Floor
Boardroom, 11 East 26th St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues),
New York City.
After the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, British
America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the
Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the
West Indies. To better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map
its new territories with unprecedented rigor and precision. Edelson’s
"The New Map of Empire" pictures the contested geography of the
British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and
consequences of Britain’s imperial ambitions in the generation before
the American Revolution.
Saturday, June 8, 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.