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.
Join us for a very special members-only event: once again, we’re holding a map “Show-&-Tell” party at a secret location (a different location from last year’s). Fortified by wine, treats, and each others company, we’ll settle in while a number of members give short (10 minutes) map-related presentations. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Connie Brown (email@example.com): she will give you the address. Furthermore, let Connie know if you’d like to give a “show-and-tell” — first come, first served for presentations, since we limit the number to 6 or 7. Presenters may bring primary materials or a laptop—WiFi available. You don’t have to share a map to attend—this is a great opportunity to socialize with other NYMS members and learn about their interests.
Not yet a member? Do not despair— just bop off a “Yes” RSVP to Connie and bring a membership check to the event: annual dues are $30 ($15 for students). Make your check payable to The New York Map Society.
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 to suit 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.
In 1579, sixteen-year-old Jan Huyghen (John, son of Hugh) left his ancestral home in the Netherlands to join his half-brothers in business in Seville. Moving on to Portugal, he secured employment as a clerk with the newly appointed Archbishop of Goa, Portugal’s colony in India. He was among the surviving 50 percent of the ship's company that sailed, for six months, around Africa to India. During the ensuing six years, he had access to the state secrets of wind patterns, currents, coastlines, charts, pilot's notes, customs and countries, that had allowed the Portuguese to maintain their monopoly of European trade in the Far East for one hundred years. He arrived home in 1592, bearing the self-appointed title “van Linschoten” (of Linschoten). From his detailed notebooks, he published the first edition of his Itinerario in the Netherlands in 1596, and shortly after, in England. It contained the secret information he had learned, and directly led to the Dutch and English breaking the Portuguese monopoly. The book contained drawings and maps—some drawn by Linschoten from his personal observations. In later years, he was map-maker on the two abortive Dutch expeditions to search for a Northeast Passage.
Dr. Frederik (Frits) Muller and his wife live in the Netherlands. He is taking time away from his booth at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair to discuss the maps of Jan Huyghen van Linschoten. He worked for 25 years in health care in developing countries before returning in 1998 to the family business of buying and selling antiquarian books. He specializes in voyages of discovery.
NOTE: This meeting is on the first Saturday of the month, not our usual second Saturday.
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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.]
Crisis mappers are online teams who turn Internet data—tweets, Facebook posts, messages sent to crisis mapping sites, satellite images—into usable information which is then broadcast to people affected by the crisis, or analyzed and transmitted to such crisis responders as the United Nations.
Many people started crisis mapping after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where all the information needed to respond to the earthquake was lost in collapsed buildings. Mappers created online maps from satellite images, put SMS (Short Messaging Service) and media reports onto an Ushahidi map, got documents into Sahana, added the details of people who were lost into Google's Person Finder, built websites and software to help, and did dozens of other small data jobs that made a difference to what was available online and in the country, including sending data updates into the country on USB sticks. Since then, crisis mappers have covered crises like Libya and Somalia (refugees), Japan (tsunami), Chile (earthquake), Pakistan (floods), Alabama (tornadoes) and have been ready to help with dozens of other crisis events around the world.
Guest speaker and crisis mapper Sara-Jayne Terp will describe the mechanics of crisis mapping, its potential future, and ways to get involved. Ms. Terp currently leads OpenCrisis, an organisation dedicated to training people to manage crisis data, and has mentored many other organisations into this space. She spends a lot of her spare time designing systems, writing code and mentoring teams building socially-useful systems through Geeks without Bounds and Random Hacks of Kindness. She’s worked on almost every major crisis mapping deployment since January 2010.