2011-2012 Chicago Map Society Meetings

2011-2012 Meetings

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Chicago Map Society: Kevin Lewis, Public Land Survey System

How are Townships and Sections divided? Kevin C. Lewis, a working land surveyor for the past 25 years, will present a lecture on the history and origin of the Public Land Survey System in Illinois. Mr.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Chicago Map Society: Ronald Lockmann, Guillaume Delisle's Cartographic Milieu

Guillaume De L’ Isle (1675-1726), “the first modern scientific cartographer,” leader in the eighteenth century “reformation of cartography” and “premier geographe du roi”, gained lasting renown for his cartographic output of roughly 90 maps, noteworthy terrestrial and celestial globes, many influential atlases such as Atlas de Geographie (1700) , as well as his book,...

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Chicago Map Society: Wes Brown, The Discovery of the Old World Through New Maps

Through the study of maps, Wes Brown will investigate man’s conception of the shape of the Earth through history and will give particular focus to the discovery of the New World. This general survey will begin with Homer in the 8th century B.C. and will end with Sebastian Münster in the middle of the 16th century.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Chicago Map Society: Holiday Party

Please join us for our holiday party, with extended refreshments, popcorn, and a light-hearted cartographic program.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Rachel Havrelock, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line

What are the legitimate borders of Israel? Who should determine where they fall? When should the borders become permanent? These are just a few of the controversial questions that surround Israel’s border disputes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Chicago Map Society: John Long, Collecting Maps on Postcards

Maps on postcards make up an enormous body of miniature maps that include examples of just about every topic and task for which maps are used in the world at large—plus others found only in the postcard world—from entertainment to way-finding.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Chicago Map Society: David Buisseret and Carl Kupfer, The Marquette Map validated; a hoax unhoaxed

The “Marquette Map,” said to have been drawn in 1674 by Father Jacques Marquette and now preserved in Montréal, has been thought by some to be a relatively recent forgery. Now Carl Kupfer and David Buisseret, members of the Chicago Map Society, believe that they can show that it is in fact genuine.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Chicago Map Society: Martin Brückner, The Lithographed Map: Innovation, Imitation, and Nineteenth-Century Consumer Culture

“The Lithographed Map” traces the impact of lithography on map production and consumption in the decades leading up to the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. After a brief survey of map-making technologies, the talk presents new research exploring the way in which lithography affected map design and the business of cartography.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Chicago Map Society: Derek Eder: Mapping Open Data

We live in a time where an unprecedented amount of data is being gathered and published by governments, companies and organizations. While this is certainly a good thing, it poses new challenges for those who want to understand, interpret and tell the stories behind all this data. One way of doing this is by plotting data on a map.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Mapping the Terrain of History

Digital methods are enabling mapping on a whole new scale. This talk presents examples of using GIS (geographic information systems) to reconstruct and study past landscapes from the battlefield at Gettysburg to the Holocaust. Historical maps and plans are often key to making digital scholarship possible.