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Chicago Map Society Meetings

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The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center hosts the monthly meetings of the Chicago Map Society, the oldest independent organization devoted to map appreciation in North America. The Society normally meets the third Thursday of every month during the academic year (September through May/June). Meetings start at 5:30 PM with a social half-hour, followed by an hour lecture on a cartographic subject of interest to its membership. The Society’s meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door.

Presentations to the Chicago Map Society range from historical topics to explanations of the use of cutting-edge technology in mapping. For instance, past presentations have included “Ptolemy’s Geography and Renaissance Mapmakers” and a talk on how the use of digital methods has enabled mapping on a whole new scale. Speakers typically include academics, working professionals, and members of the Society. In addition to monthly meetings, the Chicago Map Society occasionally sponsors field trips to view local private and institutional collections; it has published several books that feature cartography in the Chicago area; and, it often provides speakers for area cartographic events. The Society also supports worthy cartographic projects, such as The History of Cartography Project, an important research, editorial, and publishing venture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

The Chicago Map Society boasts an active group of members from the Chicagoland area and members worldwide. The only requirement for membership in the Society is an interest in cartography. Membership benefits include a subscription to Mapline, a newsletter co-published by the Chicago Map Society and the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at The Newberry. Members receive monthly meetings notices, and a chance to share maps from their own collections at an annual holiday party.

For information on how to join the Chicago Map Society, please visit their website at chicagomapsociety.org. There you will also find information on the Society’s upcoming meetings, descriptions of its past meetings, a list of the Society’s publications (and those of its membership), and much more.

Meeting Schedule

Thursday, December 19, 2019
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The Chicago Map Society's December Meeting
We hope that you will join us for our annual Holiday Gala, which will feature an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. We will continue our tradition of pairing this party with our “Members’ Night,” which allows our members to showcase a special item in their personal collections.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The Chicago Map Society's January Meeting
Take a trip around the planet to discover the cultural and historical backstories behind some of the most unusual international and interstate borders on the map!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The Chicago Map Society's March Meeting
George Ritzlin, a founding member of the Chicago Map Society, will return with the second half of his two-part presentation on map collecting. In his first presentation, George explained how to determine the authenticity of an antique map and explored the process of paper production, printing, coloring and atlas assembly.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
The Chicago Map Society's April Meeting
Please join us for a special joint presentation between the Chicago Map Society and The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry. The Newberry Library owns a copy of the 1550 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. This book is a groundbreaking description of the world that was published in Basel from 1544 to 1628 by Münster’s stepson Heinrich Petri and his sons.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The Chicago Map Society's May Meeting
The Midwest is a region that’s difficult to define, especially to those that reside outside of America’s heartland. What states are included? Does the idea of the Midwest change over time? What does it mean to be Midwestern? Fellow CMS member Amanda Murphyao explores possible definitions of the region in her presentation on carto-caricatures of the Midwest.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The Chicago Map Society's June Meeting
In June, we will take our annual field trip to the MacLean Collection in Lake Forest, Illinois. The MacLean Collection is one of the premier map destinations in the United States, with close to 40,000 individual items, and we’re grateful for their generosity in sharing their collection.