New York Map Society
Member Map News
Connie Brown, New York Map Society member -- and now a founder of
Connecticut Map Society!
"As ever, I spend most of my time painting custom wall maps: travel
maps, property maps, biographical maps, genealogical maps, and
stewardship maps. Clients commission maps for themselves, their
organizations/ companies, or as special-occasion gifts. With my
husband Duncan Milne's help, I also make custom globes. Contact me
( if you'd like a map or a globe."
Chet Van Duzer, New York Map Society member and map historian, is
co-organizing an international conference this Fall titled
Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping.”
It will take
place at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia   
November 13 and 14, 2017. The conference foregrounds the
commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of
Canada in 1867 with a look at the early exploration and mapping of   
the territory that now forms the country. Chet's co-organizer is Lauren
Beck, Chet Van Duzer is at
Detail from Desceliers'
1550 map of the world,
from Chet Van Duzer
Leslie Trager, New York Map Society member, has just published (as
Maps." The book relates, for the first time, Cree and Inuit history as
they encountered Hudson during his exploration of Hudson Bay. This
information is based upon the information given to a pilot who flew
many trips into the Hudson Bay area when he was transporting
material to the various radar sites set up in Northern Canada during  
the late 1950's and 60's. The author learned this information from the
pilot because both had an interest in Hudson and were members of  
the Explorers Club. The book describes how the Cree witnessed the
mutiny and rescued Hudson and his remaining men. The book also
shows that knowledge of the Hudson Bay area existed before Hudson
arrived there in 1610 based on maps existing years before that date
showing Hudson Bay. It also examines the Champlain Map of 1632  
and demonstrates that the part showing the eastern portion of   
Hudson Bay shows the land as it looked thousands of years before
Hudson   got to Hudson Bay. The author estimates that the map on
which the Champlain map is based was surveyed at least 3000 years
earlier. The book also shows that Hudson most likely had some of
these early maps in his possession when he went to Hudson Bay.
These maps likely indicated the possibility of valuable ore, for the  
route Hudson traveled showed that Hudson was interested in the  
metal resources of Hudson Bay and not in finding the Northwest
Fredric Shauger, President Emeritus, member of the Board, New York
Map Society,
has had his fourth book review published in the Winter
2016 issue of
The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society:
"Abraham Ortelius, 1527 - 1598, Life, Works, Sources and Friends,"  
by Marcel Van den Broecke. You can read it
Stephen M Banker, New York Map Society Treasurer,
recently made a presentation to a class of five-year
olds at Rye Presbyterian Nursery School who had just
completed a unit on maps. The presentation included
40 images centered around the themes (i) what is a
map, including a broad perspective, (ii) how are maps
made, including a historical perspective, and (iii) what
are the many uses of maps, including place, planning,
information and persuasion. The presentation
concluded with a discussion of projections, topped by
a demonstration of the impossibility of preparing an
accurate flat map of the world. The children were
riveted, and asked great questions. Anyone interested
in a similar presentation can contact
PJ Mode, New York Map Society member, invites society members to a
lecture at the Grolier Club:
"I gave a presentation on my collection of
Persuasive Cartography last spring at the Grolier Club for members of
the Club and the New York Map Society. I'm writing to invite members  
of the Map Society to another event at the Club (47 E. 60th, between
Park & Madison), on Wednesday, June 7, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
This is a program regarding websites created by and for collectors: how
and why to post collections and research online to encourage access  
and visibility. It is organized and will be presented by me and Grolier
Club member Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum (whose collecting interests are
not map-related). The two of us have recently created websites  
featuring our own collections and research. We will demonstrate those
sites and speak about the process, benefits, costs, techniques,
alternative approaches, and content. Reception follows. There is no
charge, but r
eservations are required by email to Maev Brennan,