Our meetings are now held at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, in their sixth-floor Conference Room. The Library is diagonally across the street (and about 500 feet) from our former meeting place—see photo below if you need directions.
With the exception of field trips and special events, our regular meetings are on the second Saturday of each month (except June, August and December). Our meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.
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See our Newsletter for other map-related events in the New York City area that may be of interest to members. Contact the sponsoring organization for further details about these events.
NOTE: The New York Public Library provides meeting space to the New York Map Society, but the Society receives no financial support nor sponsorship from the Library. Likewise, the New York Map Society and the Mercator Society are entirely separate organizations, with no financial or other business ties between them. The New York Map Society is financially supported solely by dues paid by its members, and no elected officer is employed by the Library.
What does the Portolan chart reveal about the people for whom they were made and the culture in which they were created? Beautiful and rare, northwestern Mediterranean portolan charts—the earliest existing nautical charts—date from the late thirteenth century. Because portolan charts deviate from known cartographic norms, and because no documentary data survives, these medieval progenitors of Google maps remain enigmatic to modern viewers and scholars.
In her talk, Zhennya Slootskin employs a semiological approach to shed light on portolan charts. She explores the meaning of their geometrical symbology, the toponyms which mark long-extinct cities and towns, and the peculiar topographical shapes used to delineate familiar countries and regions around the Mediterranean Sea. In such an analysis, these intriguing maps not only reveal the nature of their use and cultural context, but also enhance our understanding of the language, signs,and structures used in historic and contemporary cartography.
Ms. Slootskin, a cartographer and web designer, has created hundreds of maps concerning urban waterfront issues. The guidebook Going Coastal NYC, to which she contributed maps, details every mile of New York City coastline and was awarded the EPA Environmental Quality Award. Her New York City kayak map was featured in the New York Public Library cartography exhibit Mapping New York's Shorelines. Ms. Slootskin completed her Masters in Geography at City University of New York Hunter College and received the Society of Women Geographers fellowship for her thesis, Semiology of Portolan Charts. She serves on the board of the New York Map Society and contributes to the dissemination of cartographic knowledge.
We're working on our Winter 2014 program schedule, and the preliminary details which follow will be updated as more information becomes available.
Guest speaker Sarah Farmer (Details to follow)
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For twenty years, Connie Brown has painted custom maps for clients—individuals, organizations, and companies. Each map presents cartographic and aesthetic challenges. She has mapped private properties, favorite places, exotic travels, family genealogies and diasporas, life histories, school campuses, and environmental/historical regions. In this illustrated lecture the audience will see examples of her maps, hear their backstories, and learn how a painter-cum-cartographer combines 21st century geography with traditional manuscript map-making methods.
Guest speaker Connie Brown has formal training in neither cartography nor art; years ago, she learned her trade by scrutinizing antique maps and adapting techniques tosuit her needs. She has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, House & Garden, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Forbes FYI, Vogue, and The Times of India. Her maps reside in numerous private collections and in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. Besides making maps, she teaches manuscript map-making workshops in her Durham, Connecticut studio and in New York City. She lectures on her own work and on the internet-fueled 21st century cartographic renaissance.
Our guest speaker is Frederik Muller, owner of Frederik Muller Rare Books and Maps in Bergum, Netherlands (more details to follow)
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John Delaney, Curator of Historic Maps at the Library will lead us through an exhibition of “A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888.” Limited editions of his companion book, Nova Caesarea, will be available for sale, or may be ordered now. To do so, download the Adobe Acrobat Brochure and Order Form. If not already installed, viewers can download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. [Note the optional offer for McAfee Security Scan Plus software and clear the check box if not desired.]
This illustrated talk features sixteenth-to-nineteenth century European maps of Africa, the Nile River and the European quest to find the river's source. A mystery to the ancient Greeks, it continued to intrigue Europeans for centuries, with interest intensified as nineteenth-century explorers sought fame for themselves and glory for their nations.
Guest speaker Don Kaufman, F. R. G. S., has collected over 300 maps of Africa, has travelled extensively there, and has lectured extensively on the Nile all over the United States.