[HistMap-List] APRIL PROGRAMS!  Tuesday 4/6: Wes Brown on Delisle @ 5:30 PM

Rocky Mountain Map Society naomi.heiser at colorado.edu
Sat Apr 3 00:36:18 CEST 2021

4/22: James Akerman on Maps in 20th Century Travel Brochures

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* 4/6/2021
Revealing the Mysterious West:  Delisle's Revolutionary Maps
* 4/22/2021
Reading Maps in 20th Century Travel Brochures: A Primer
* CALL FOR PAPERS!  ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
* So many programs - here's how to keep track!

** 4/6/2021
Revealing the Mysterious West:  Delisle's Revolutionary Maps
(Arranged and hosted by the Rocky Mountain Map Society)

Date/Time: Tuesday April 6, 2021 @ 5:30 PM MT

Topic: Before the French Delisle family published maps of North America, California was shown as an island, the Mississippi River seemed to enter the Gulf of Mexico 500 miles too far west, and the North American interior was little known and confused. As the result of mostly French exploration in the continent’s mid-section around 1700, soon many geographical secrets would be revealed, and myths would be debunked. This 40-minute presentation provides the background and demonstrates how French father and son, Claude and Guillaume Delisle, produced superb maps that revolutionized understanding and were copied for decades.

Speaker: Wes Brown has been a collector and student of old maps for over 40 years. He has published many papers and given scores of talks about the history of cartography. He serves on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Map Society, the Society for the History of Discoveries, and the International Map Collectors Society.

Meeting place: Zoom online
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** 4/22/2021
Reading Maps in 20th Century Travel Brochures: A Primer
(Hosted by Washington Map Society;
organized in conjunction with the Chicago Map Society.
Sponsored in partnership by the Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies)
Date/Time: Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00PM PT

Topic: For the past several decades, the Newberry Library has been collecting travel brochures advertising tourist attractions, points of interest, and other localities of potential interest to leisure travelers. Most of the library’s extensive holdings of these materials (numbering at least 100,000 items) are North American in origin and date from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. This presentation will introduce us to this collection, by focusing on approximately 20 examples, offering a preliminary methodology for describing and drawing meaning from these ubiquitous yet widely disregarded sources at the intersection between mapping, cultural geography, and the history of travel and tourism. The presentation will consider three areas: (1) the physical relationship of the maps to the other elements of the brochure; (2) the authorship, design, and content of the maps; and (3) questions of meaning and interpretation.

Speaker: James Akerman (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library, Chicago. He has taught, curated online and physical exhibits, and published widely in the history of cartography. His research and publications primarily concern the history of travel mapping, popular cartography, and atlases. He is the editor or co-editor of five collections of scholarly essays, most recently, Decolonizing the Map (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Meeting place: Zoom online. Register in advance:

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CALL FOR PAPERS!  ICA Commission on the History of Cartography

September 30-October 3, 2021 - Arlington, Texas

The second regional symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=c862007c81&e=19e98c2644) , the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=9e33300a26&e=19e98c2644) , and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society
(https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=2def824fc8&e=19e98c2644)  will be held at the University of Texas Arlington. The theme is Coordinating Cartographic Collections and the accompanying exhibit will feature recent acquisitions.


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