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The New York Map Society's Online Newsletter

A What Line?

According to wikipedia, our newletter's name is a synonym for a loxodrome, a line crossing all meridians (latitudes) at the same angle. More details (and a hint about our logo) can be found at the web site of Instituto Camões.

Please see our selection of feature articles by Society members and friends.

Coming Events

From time to time this section will provide brief information to New York Map Society members and other site visitors about events that may be of interest. However, these events are not sponsored by the Society. The New York Map Society's own meeting schedule is given on our Meetings page.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Putting History on the Map

Connecticut Historical Society,
One Elizabeth Street,
Hartford, CT 06105
Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm (and monthly thereafter)
$5 member, $15 non-members

As the Connecticut Historical Society concludes its ambitious project to digitize and catalog its large collection of maps, visitors will get a glimpse into the project, the new storage facilities, and some of the most significant pieces in the collection, including Abel Buell's first map of the United States, Dutch maps from the 1600s, and the earliest published maps of Connecticut. Join us every Second Saturday of the month for a different sneak peek into non-public storage areas and see some of the Connecticut Historical Society collection not currently on exhibit. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. Don't be disappointed—buy tickets in advance!

Tickets are available online until noon the day prior to the tour. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman at

Map Quest: FBI Seeks Owners to Return Stolen Maps

The FBI now holds almost sixty rare maps and books§ stolen by Edward Forbes Smiley III and subsequently recovered. According to Bonnie Magness-Gardiner of the FBI, “ … we donít want to keep them. Even though we have tried to find the rightful owners over the years, we are making another attempt.” If you think one or more of these items might be yours, have a look at the FBI's Map Quest page for more details. You'll find it here:

§ Recently "down-sized" to 28 items at the above link.