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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.


The Washington Map Society is pleased to announce that David Fedman, a PhD. candidate in history at Stanford University, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Ristow Prize in the history of cartography. His paper, entitled “Mapping Armageddon” The Cartography of Ruin in Occupied Japan,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Portolan. Anouk Vermeulen, a PhD. candidate in the School of Classics at St. Andrews University in Scotland, received Honorable Mention for her essay, “Landscapes in Stone and Bronze: A New Interpretatin of Four Monumental Formae.”

The 2015 competition for the Ristow Prize is now open for applicants. Full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or first-year postgraduate students attending any accredited college or university worldwide are eligible to submit papers. Submissions are due June 1, 2015, and should be sent to Dr. Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A. Visit the Washington Map Society home page: , and click on “Ristow Prize, or send inquiries to

Of Interest

From Chet Van Duzer:

News Story about the Lenox Globe Project

Lenox Globe Photos

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 don’t 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.