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Leslie Trager, New York Map Society member, has published "Henry
Hudson: Cree History and Ancient 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 passage.
Fredric Shauger, President Emeritus, member of the Board, New York
Map Society,
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
stephenmbanker@gmail.com
Andrew Kapochunas, Secretary/Webmaster of the New York Map
Society
, inspired by the New York Map Society's Alice Hudson map
awards, in 2019 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 presented
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. The winning presentation for 2019
was by Danas Augutis of the Lithuanian Nature Fund, analyzing trees
in Kaunas Oak Forest, and proposing treatment and maintenance to
keep the trees in good shape. His presentation -- in Lithuanian -- is
here. Andrew also gave a presentation at  the conference: "The Death
and Resurrection of New York City’s Newtown Creek: A Chronicle in
Maps and Photographs," which relied heavily on information from the
Newtown Creek Alliance, of which Andrew is a member.
He'll present
an English-language version of the presentation February 29,
2020, to the New York Map Society.
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
Cartography."
The image at left: James Gillray, “The Plumb-Pudding  in Danger,”
1805. PJ Mode Collection, Cornell University Library.
2019 CartoCon,
Vilnius, Lithuania
Audience at
CartoCon, with
Andrew in the middle
of the first row, in a
white shirt
Presenting the award
to Danas A
ugutis