Upcoming Events

The Chicago Map Society typically meets at The Newberry on the third Thursday of every month during the academic year (September through May). Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation on a cartographic subject of interest to our membership. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. If you are unfamiliar with The Newberry, which is located on the near north side of Chicago, here are directions.

The list below details the upcoming meetings of the Chicago Map Society, as well as an occasional event that is of especial importance to our membership.

John Docktor maintains calendars of map society meetings and cartographic exhibitions worldwide, both of which are available at Cartographic Calendars. For information on the events held by Wisconsin Map Society, our sister organization ninety miles to the north, please visit their website by clicking here.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Title: Surveys of the Upper Peninsula (Field Trip to MacLean Collection)
Speaker: Jack Deo
Location: MacLean Collection, Green Oaks, Ill.

For 150 years the name Brotherton was associated with the best surveyors, engineers, timber cruisers and land agents in the Great Lakes area. One family, the Brothertons of Escanaba, had three generations of surveyors, two of whom, R.A. Brotherton and R.J. Brotherton, were employed by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. These men walked and mapped the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan, from the earliest days of government land surveys in the area through the rise and decline of the area’s lumbering and mining industries. Ray A. Brotherton became one of the U.P.’s great historians, giving illustrated lectures on many different topics from 1905 until his death in 1960. In the 1970s Ray’s photographic collection was acquired by Jack Deo of Superior View Photography, the largest private photo collection in Michigan. In 2015 the MacLean Collection acquired a century of the Brothertons’ hand-drawn survey maps of Michigan and Wisconsin, many sketched in plat books from the 1840s to the 1940s. Jack’s presentation will give a brief look at his massive collection of historic photographs and a 3D look at early copper and iron mines, lumber camps, and scenery of Lake Superior. He will then tell the Brotherton story, which includes the MacLean Collection’s recent acquisition of the Brothertons’ maps, several of which will be on display before and after the talk.

Directions to the MacLean Collection will be emailed to our mailing list; they are also available by contacting the Chicago Map Society.