[HistMap-List] TOMORROW: April 22 @ 5:00 PM: James Akerman program on Maps in 20th Century Travel Brochures

Rocky Mountain Map Society naomi.heiser at colorado.edu
Wed Apr 21 15:36:40 CEST 2021

New map programs for May!

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* 4/22/2021
Reading Maps in 20th Century Travel Brochures: A Primer
* 5/17/2021
Tilting Washington’s National Mall
* California Map Society Spring Conference - 5/1 & 5/15
* CALL FOR PAPERS!  ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
* So many programs - here's how to keep track!

** 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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As a reminder, in order to join this WMS meeting, you must register (click here:
to receive an email with the meeting ID and passcode. If you have any questions, please contact John Docktor at washmap at gmail.com (mailto:washmap at gmail.com) .

** 5/17/2021
Tilting Washington’s National Mall

(Sponsored in partnership with the Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies)

Date/Time: Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT/
5:00 PM MT/4:00 PM PT

Topic: One of the major decisions the Senate Park (or McMillan) Commission made in 1901 was to create a new centerline for the National Mall, around which to shape its design. Instead of drawing it directly east/west from the Capitol, continuing the line of East Capitol Street, they deflected it southward to pass through the Washington Monument. This was to cope with the design flaw of the misplaced Washington Monument. This was not entirely new... a few others seem to have considered this as a solution before the Commission did. But most other planners had a raft of other ideas whether to or how to cope with the "misplacement" of the Washington Monument, generally designing around it, but not reorienting the entire landscape.This new centerline (and the width of the Mall proposed by the Commission) became a key design element and determined the location and (even) design of the buildings on the Mall--including the Department of Agriculture and the New National Museum (now the National
Museum of Natural history). It was a factor in the location of the Grant Memorial. It determined the location of the Lincoln Memorial. In the process, the highest politicians in the land were involved. And ultimately, President Theodore Roosevelt was required to make the decisive move to enforce it.

Speaker: Matthew Gilmore. Washington, DC, author, columnist, speaker, and blogger.

Meeting place: Zoom online.  Please email washmap at gmail.com (mailto:washmap at gmail.com) to register.

** California Map Society Spring Conference - 5/1 & 5/15
May 1, 2021
* Benjamin Grant, Founder of Overview (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=7afa075ae4&e=19e98c2644) , on How We Change The Earth.  (Ben's TED talk here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=d01d60a335&e=19e98c2644) and Ben's books here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=b7213155d4&e=19e98c2644) .)
* Daniel Crouch, Co-Founder of Daniel Crouch Rare Books (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=17f77f0221&e=19e98c2644) , on Contagious Cartography, A Panorama of Pandemics & Plagues. (Prior talks by Daniel here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=123cecff7a&e=19e98c2644) .)
* Steve Hanon, President of New York Map Society (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=dfc73cab8d&e=19e98c2644) , on Maps of Spain in the Age of Discovery. (Steve's prior presentation to CMS here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=b4e5ebf644&e=19e98c2644) . Steve's website here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=79738b82ce&e=19e98c2644) .)

May 15, 2021
* Jim Schein, Founder of Schein & Schein (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=0085a29d6a&e=19e98c2644) , and Tom Paper, Founder of The Digital Gallery (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=b0177852ba&e=19e98c2644) , on The Cartographic History of San Francisco. (Jim's book here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=b15b5cbe65&e=19e98c2644) .)
* Courtney Spikes, Historian and CMS Vice President, on The History & Cartography of Waterloo. (Courtney's prior presentation to CMS on Paris here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=2a086e0625&e=19e98c2644) .)
* Susan Schulten, American Historian, and Professor at University of Denver (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=ad6e3249c2&e=19e98c2644) , on How Maps Made America. (Susan's books here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=02e1254654&e=19e98c2644) and here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=3c26d3338a&e=19e98c2644) .)

Meeting place: Zoom online.
To register for the sessions, click here (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=0560c5c352&e=19e98c2644) .

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=e580743d2f&e=19e98c2644) , the 12th Virginia Garrett Lectures (https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=c02e9a056a&e=19e98c2644) , and the Fall meeting of the Texas Map Society
(https://rmmaps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995470b33b27fbff4316e5145&id=faa83a1dfc&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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