New York Map Society
Member Map News
Connie Brown, New York Map Society member -- and a founder of the
Connecticut Map Society
Monday, January 22, 6:30 pm: free and open-to-the-public lecture at
the Program Room, Mid-Manhattan Library, Fifth Ave. & 42nd St.

"Can an illustrated map be a call to action?
"This was the question mapmaker Connie Brown asked herself two years
ago. She resolved to make a map celebrating the magnificent and
imperiled African elephant, a creature she had depicted frequently in her
work creating commissioned painted maps. She wanted to create a pro
bono work with rhetorical strength, one which—through cartography and
illustration—would educate, enhance awareness, and spur viewers to
action. Though she had the requisite cartographic and artistic skills, she
needed a collaborator who was knowledgeable about African elephants
and their plight. To that end, she reached out to wildlife conservation
champion Katie Losey. Together they determined the map’s thematic
choices, aided by experts in the field, as well as journalists, a nature
poet, and photographers.

"In this conversation, Connie Brown and Katie Losey discuss how the
maps came to be, detailing the themes, cartographic sources, the design
traditions which inspired them, and more. The conversation will be
followed by a Q&A.
"

The Elephant Map Project Site
Leslie Trager, New York Map Society member, has just published (as
Maps." The book relates, for the first time, Cree and Inuit history as
they encountered Hudson during his exploration of Hudson Bay. This
information is based upon the information given to a pilot who flew
many trips into the Hudson Bay area when he was transporting
material to the various radar sites set up in Northern Canada during  
the late 1950's and 60's. The author learned this information from the
pilot because both had an interest in Hudson and were members of  
the Explorers Club. The book describes how the Cree witnessed the
mutiny and rescued Hudson and his remaining men. The book also
shows that knowledge of the Hudson Bay area existed before Hudson
arrived there in 1610 based on maps existing years before that date
showing Hudson Bay. It also examines the Champlain Map of 1632  
and demonstrates that the part showing the eastern portion of   
Hudson Bay shows the land as it looked thousands of years before
Hudson   got to Hudson Bay. The author estimates that the map on
which the Champlain map is based was surveyed at least 3000 years
earlier. The book also shows that Hudson most likely had some of
these early maps in his possession when he went to Hudson Bay.
These maps likely indicated the possibility of valuable ore, for the  
route Hudson traveled showed that Hudson was interested in the  
metal resources of Hudson Bay and not in finding the Northwest
passage.
Fredric Shauger, President Emeritus, member of the Board, New York
Map Society,
has had his fourth book review published in the Winter
2016 issue of
The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society:
"Abraham Ortelius, 1527 - 1598, Life, Works, Sources and Friends,"  
by Marcel Van den Broecke. You can read it

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Stephen M Banker, New York Map Society Treasurer,
olds at Rye Presbyterian Nursery School who had just
completed a unit on maps. The presentation included
40 images centered around the themes (i) what is a
map, including a broad perspective, (ii) how are maps
made, including a historical perspective, and (iii) what
are the many uses of maps, including place, planning,
information and persuasion. The presentation
concluded with a discussion of projections, topped by
a demonstration of the impossibility of preparing an
accurate flat map of the world. The children were
riveted, and asked great questions. Anyone interested
in a similar presentation can contact
stephenmbanker@gmail.com
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