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, March 16, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Mobility Corridor: Mapping the Oregon Trail
Speaker: Karen Lewis
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

After its use as an overland emigration route for Westward Expansion (from 1795 to the 1860s), the Oregon Trail has continued to evolve as a landscape of communication and transportation technology: from the U.S. mail service, telegraph lines, Union Pacific Railroad, highways, and airplane routes to its current condition of internet services, pipelines and gas transfer stations, the Oregon Trail is an ever-changing landscape comprised of transportation and communication technologies. The connections between interchanges, settlements, geography, and culture persist today in a contemporary territory that holds multiple scales of industrial and economic activity. Prof Lewis’s presentation will highlight recent archival research on the Oregon Trail, describing the different tools of visualizing its itinerary and landscape through the original maps, surveys and reports of its measurement, and will show how these archival findings influence contemporary maps. This presentation will focus on two important questions: How does mapping and drawing synthesize the archival records, primary research and contemporary datasets to envision the Oregon Trail as a metropolitan corridor of cultural activities?, and, How does the historic Oregon Trail persist within a landscape of contemporary infrastructural and cultural networks?

Please note that Carl Kupfer’s presentation, “Land Surveying and Mapmaking Transformed,” which was originally scheduled for this meeting, has been postponed until our October 2017 meeting.

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:00 PM
Title: Field Trip to the Graphic Conservation Company
Speaker: Russ Maki
Location: Graphic Conservation Company, Chicago, Ill.

Please join us we tour the state-of-the-art, 8,000 square foot lab at the Graphic Conservation Company, which is located in Chicago’s South Loop. Originally a boutique department of R.R. Donnelley that specialized in bookbinding and preservation, the now-independent company specializes in art and document restoration. On our tour, owner Russ Maki and his staff of conservators will demonstrate some the time-tested techniques using a collection of specialized tools and equipment that enables them to treat paper items suffering from many different types of damage.

Please note that this program will start at 5:00 p.m., so that we can see the conservators at work, and that we must limit attendance to around thirty-five people. Accordingly, we will ask our members to make reservations for this event.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Chicago Globes
Speaker: Murray Hudson
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

For a century beginning in the 1880s, Chicago was the globe capital of the world with as many as ten major globe makers and retailers. Globe-making began in Chicago during the period of the city’s great growth between the 1871 fire and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. A. H. Andrews was the first major manufacturer in the mid-1880s, followed by Rand McNally in 1891 (just in time for the World’s Fair). A. H. Andrews became C. F. Weber in 1895, and new manufacturers sprang up as Chicago continued to boom through World War I and the “Roaring 20s.” Even more globe makers (Replogle, Weber Costello, Nystrom and others) managed to flourish during the Great Depression using Chicago ingenuity. If one includes Marshall Field’s, who used their name on Replogle globes, as many as six globe makers/retailers were operating at the height of production. No other city can claim such a concentration of diversity, ingenuity and productivity in globe-making, as Chicago made itself America’s “Global City.”

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Highlights of the the Barry MacLean Collection: Field Trip to the MacLean Collection
Speaker: Tom Hall
Location: MacLean Collection, Green Oaks, Ill

Please join us at what is becoming an annual event—a field trip to the McLean Map Collection, which is in Chicago’s northern suburbs and is one of the largest privately-held collections of maps in the world. This year will be a special treat, as map curator Tom Hall will introduce us to some of the highlights of the collection.