New York Map Society
Area Map Exhibitions
Ongoing
New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster Andrew Kapochunas
recommends "Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps: The Ratzer Maps  
  
at Brooklyn Historical Society." August 27, 2016, marked the 240th    
anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major battle of the American
Revolutionary
 War. In honor of this occasion, the Brooklyn Historical  Society    
is displaying two rare Revolutionary War era maps that chronicle the landscape  
of 18th-century Brooklyn in remarkable detail.
Ongoing
New York Map Society member Jack Eichenbaum recommends you see the
Museum of the City of New York exhibition:
"NY at its Core: 400 years of NYC
History."
 Jack says: "I found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!). This
exhibit will require multiple visits, and incorporates history, geography, ecology,
and culture, and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects.”
Through August 27, 2017
Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has a new
exhibition:    
"Regions  and Seasons: Mapping Climate
Through History" exploring  the long and storied history of
mapping climate and related weather events. Visitors are
invited to explore the evolution of cartographic innovation  
across five centuries, comparing the gradual sophistication of
climatic data mapping  with modern day digital technology and
the varying impacts of   their findings. Regions and Seasons
features over sixty maps and three-dimensional objects  
related to the capture of weather data and depiction of the
mapping of climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents and
more, dating from the 15th century to present day. Visitors will
learn about climate and weather-related imagery found on
maps throughout history, starting    with the “Venti”, the wind
personas of the classical era, long thought by sailors to direct
the seas, and “Horae”, the goddesses of the seasons who
were thought to determine the natural order of events. Next,
throughout the age of Enlightenment, cartographers began to
depict recurring weather events as well as seasonal trade
winds, when efficient navigation was   critical to the success   
of the frequent expeditions from England to Asia. As science
moved to the forefront during this era, the increased focus on
data capture  is reflected in the more complex maps of the
time and beyond, representing vast amounts of statistical
information to further public understanding of the varying
climate patterns of different geographic locations.
William C. Woodbridge
(1794-1845)
“Isothermal Chart, or, View of
Climates and Productions;
Drawn from the Accounts of
Humboldt & Others,” in Modern
Atlas, on a New Plan, to
Accompany the System of
Universal Geography
Hartford, CT, 1831
Map of Arkansas : from
government and other
authentic sources
Author: Blaisdell, F. L.
Publisher: Arkansas.
Bureau of Mines,
Manufactures, and
Agriculture. Date: 1919
1770 The Ratzer Map
Through October 28, 2017
"To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War,"
at the Osher Map Library, Portland, Maine. Americans relied
on print images to understand World War I before and after
the US entered the war in March 1917. Their understanding  
of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps
and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow the
war’s battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of
the   Western Front were vital to the success of the American
Expeditionary Forces. "To Conquer or Submit..."
commemorates and explores American participation in the
Great War—the “War to End All   Wars”—with a sample of   
informative and propagandistic posters, maps, and atlases
from the collections of USM’s Osher Map Library.
Through September 29
"Parts But Little Known - Maps of the Adirondacks from
1556"
at the Kelly Adirondack Center, Schenectady, NY. The
show includes a 1556 Italian map of the Northeast with nearly
unrecognizable landmasses and fanciful drawings of fish and
sailing ships. Also featured is the wall-sized 3D relief map of the
Adirondacks created by preservationist Paul Schaefer. Mid-19th
century maps of the High Peaks, with surprisingly accurate peak
elevations, are the work of surveyor Verplanck Colvin. More
modern maps show land use, hiking trails, canoe routes and
snowmobile trails.
Through September 27
"Manuscript Maps: Hand-Drawn Treasures of the Harvard
Map Collection,"
 is on display at Posey Library, Harvard Map
Collection, Harvard Yard. Whether made in surveying land,
fighting wars, learning geography, planning cities, preparing for
publication, or presenting beautiful maps to the public,
manuscript maps emphasize the process by which they came
into being and the individual stories they carry with them.
Through August 31, 2017
In the Northwest Corridor in front of Boston's Norman B.
Leventhal Map Center:
"Who We Are: Boston Immigration
Then and Now."
Recent immigration has given Boston a new
richness of ethnic, language and cultural diversity, with more
countries than ever before represented. Boston’s foreign-born
population, hailing from more than 130 countries, now   
accounts for 28% of the  city’s total population, and the
neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell unique stories    
of diversity and change. This exhibition compares the land-
scape of today’s “new” Boston  with that of over 100 years  
ago. The maps and graphics on display here show where
Boston’s foreign-born residents originate from, and where
newer immigrant groups have settled, celebrating the vibrant
diversity that is Boston.
c1910 "[Boston] Leading
Immigrant Groups by
Ward." Blake Gumprecht
"A Plan of the Borough of
Clinton."
Harvard Map Collection
Curator Cal Welch at the
Kelly Adirondack Center
Photo by Cindy Schultz
"Order of Battle on the Western Front,
11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918"
Osher Map Library
November 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018
The New York  Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the
exhibition
"Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence." The
exhibition was developed by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in
commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The
exhibition uses maps,  hand-drawn and hand-printed in the 18th and early 19th
centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and
economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.  
The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed
maps from its premier collection
to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the
core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston  
Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by
Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and
his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British  
and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and
Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate
proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.