1988 – 1989 Meetings

Date: September 15, 1988
Title: A Cartographic Demonstration
Speaker: Tom Willcockson, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Tom Willcockson, a Chicago-based illustrator and cartographer, who has done some very fine work for the Smith Center over the past two years, will demonstrate how he goes about his craft. Mr. Willcockson will bring along some examples of his work to show us, and will explain as well the research that goes into historical mapmaking.

Date: October 22, 1988
Title: Field Trip to Rand McNally and Co.
Speaker: Michael Dobson, Director of Cartographic Services, Rand McNally and Co.
Location: Rand McNally and Co., 8255 Central Park Ave., Skokie, Ill.

Dr. Dobson has graciously agreed to give us a tour of the mapping facilities at the corporate headquarters of Rand McNally and Co. in Skokie. The meeting will last approximately one hour and a half.

Date: November 17, 1988
Title: A Summary and Critique of the Ninth Nebenzahl Lectures
Speaker: David Buisseret, Director, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, The Newberry Library
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

In the wake of this month’s Ninth Nebenzahl Lectures, entitIed “Rural Images: The Estate Plan in the Old and the New Worlds,” Dr. Buisseret will offer a summary and critique of the lectures. He will then be our guide through the exhibit which has been mounted to accompany the lectures.

Date: December 15, 1988
Title: Annual Holiday Meeting
Speaker: Members of the Chicago Map Society
Location: Room 180, The Newberry Library

Our annual holiday meeting will have two new twists, which we hope will perk member’s interest and draw potential new members. First, instead of a dinner this year, we will have hors d’ oeuvres, drinks, and dessert. Second, a panel of Society members who are collectors will discuss the topic, “Developing and Maintaining a Map Collection.”

Instead of dinner, this year we will have hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dessert.

Date: January 19, 1989
Title: Fatal Attraction: My Encounter with Leo Bagrow’s Biographies of Sixteenth-Century Cartographers
Speaker: Robert Karrow, Jr., Curator of Maps, The Newberry Library
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Dr. Karrow reflects on his experiences editing an English translation and revision of A. Ortelii Catalogus cartographorum bearbeitet von Leo Bagrow, which contains extended bio-bibliographical notices of the cartographers in the “Catalogus cartographorum” from the Theatrum orbis of Ortelius.

Date: February 16, 1989
Title: Yucatan on the Peter Martyr Map?
Speaker: David Tilton, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Mr. Tilton will shed new light on an unanswered question concerning early 16th century cartography of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Date: March 9, 1989
Title: Speculations on Map Phobia
Speaker: Kathy Thorne, Research Assistant, The Historical County Boundary Atlas Project
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Ms. Thorne is going to talk to us about her work on the psychology of reading road maps with a view to developing user-friendly computerized in-car navigational systems. Kathy is working towards a Ph.D. in cartography from Michigan State University.

Date: April 15, 1989
Title: Field Trip to the Headquarters of the History of Cartography Project
Speaker: David Woodward and Brian Hartley, Directors, The History of Cartography Project
Location: Headquarters of the History of Cartography Project, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Project directors Woodward and Harley are anxious to talk with us about the project over lunch, and to give us a tour of the cartographic facilities at the University’s Department of Geography.

Date: May 18, 1989
Title: Maps in Bibles: Early Maps of the Holy Land and their Meaning
Speaker: Catherine Delano-Smith, Geographer, University of Nottingham
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Dr. Delano-Smith is currently a Smith center research fellow, and her topic grows out of her work towards a bibliography of maps in early printed Bibles.