New York Map Society
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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,
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
Andrew Kapochunas, Secretary/Webmaster of the New York Map
, inspired by the New York Map Society's Alice Hudson map
awards, has decided to sponsor a yearly cash award, to be given to a
resident of Lithuania, for the best environmental-themed map  
depicting a problem in Lithuania, a map whose dissemination he  
hopes will raise awareness and a drive for remediation. He will   
present the first award on November 22, 2019, in Vilnius, Lithuania, at
the yearly CartoCon of the Lithuanian Cartographic Society, of which
Andrew is the only U.S. member. He also will give a presentation at  
the conference: "The Death and Resurrection of New York City’s
Newtown Creek: A Chronicle in Maps and Photographs," which will  
rely heavily on information from the Newtown Creek Alliance, of which
Andrew is a member. In addition, he
has had published, in March
, the fifth article in his series "The Maps and Mapmakers that
Helped Define
 20th-Century Lithuanian Boundaries," for the Journal  
of the Lithuania Philatelic Society. You can read "The Role of Ethnic
Maps and Their Makers in Determining Lithuania's Post WWI Borders"
PJ Mode, New York Map Society member, was interviewed on August
19, 2019, by
JSTOR Daily. PJ is the map collector (and donor) behind
Cornell University Library’s "PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive
The image at left: James Gillray, “The Plumb-Pudding  in Danger,”
1805. PJ Mode Collection, Cornell University Library.
1919 Vladas Daumantas:
(Dzimidavičius): "Carte
de la Lituanie"