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  • No WPCMS-sponsored events are currently scheduled.
  • September 17-18, 2021 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina: If Old Salem reopens (there is no current timeline to do so), The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S Main St, will be hosting a two day conference, Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early South. From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution to further exploration through westward expansion, join us as we delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. Margaret Pritchard is helping organize this event and she has an impressive list of speakers signed up. Registration and program details are available on the MESDA Fall Seminar web site.
  • Check John Docktor’s Calendars for other map events and exhibits. Although many events have been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, the good news is that many events previously too far from home are now being presented on line.  You’ll find those on line lectures listed in John Docktor’s  calendar of Cartographic Events.

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  • An updated history of the 1807 Price-Strother map of North Carolina is available on line in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (aka the MESDA Journal). Much has been written about colonial era maps of North Carolina, but the very first state map published from actual surveys has received woefully inadequate attention. This article attempts to rectify that injustice. Quoting Jonathan Price’s eulogist“It is believed that neither the public utility and vast importance of the [map], nor the difficulty in executing it, have ever been reflected on by one in a thousand.” Why don’t you become one in a thousand? It’s real easy. Just follow this link

If that doesn’t satisfy your map history appetite, you will find supplementary information about the Price-Strother map in the following blog posts:
Petitions, loans, legislative stuff
Map advertisements and reviews
P-S map mentioned in contemporary letters
Jonathan Price’s stirring letter to the University trustees
Finally, you’ll find a brief story about Jonathan Price’s Plan of the Town of New Bern right here.

  • Please have a look at the WPCMS’s North Carolina Map Blog, where topics related to North Carolina’s cartographic history are being discussed. Would you like to contribute a blog entry? That would be awesome! Please use the contact form below to inform us of your interest.
  • Jonathan Crowe authors a superb general map blog, The Map Room.
  • Gary W. Thompson’s presentation in June 2014 at the State Library provided an overview of the history of the North Carolina-South Carolina boundary that determined how North Carolina got its shape. Information was provided on the research and survey work performed to complete the recent task of reestablishing the boundary. For those of us who couldn’t make it, many thanks to the NC Archives for making it available on their  YouTube channel.
  • Mike McNamara’s outstanding research on the 1737 Moseley/Cowley manuscript map of North Carolina, A New and Correct Map of the Province of North Carolina: The Discovery of a 1737 North Carolina Manuscript Map, is available on line in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
  • Henry Taliaferro’s superb, scholarly research on the Fry-Jefferson map has been published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and is available on line. Congratulations to Henry for this outstanding contribution to cartographic history, and to Gary Albert for an equally outstanding job of editing and on line layout.

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