WPC Map Society News

Thank you for visiting our web site. Would you like to be on the WPCMS email list? Do you have questions about an old map? To send us a message, please use the Contact link in the WPC Map Society drop down menu above, or you can scroll to the bottom of this page. Some upcoming events involving or of interest to WPC Map Society members are listed below.

  • No local meetings scheduled at this time.  Consider adding future travel plans to your calendar for the following:
  • Map Exhibits:
    The Swain Historical Map Collection, an exhibit of historical maps covering the Carolinas and North America at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. For hours and location, visit their web site here.


  • WPCMS member Larry Tise has authored three books with a 2019 publication date:
    Theodore de Bry. America. The Complete Plates 1590-1602, published by Taschen. This extraordinarily illustrated book will be available in May. As of 15 April, the best price found via bookfinder.com is right here.
    Circa 1903: North Carolina’s Outer Banks at the Dawn of Flight, published by UNC Press. Take a look at this preview, courtesy of Google Books. The column on the left provides options to purchase e-book or printed book.
    Hidden Images of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, published by The History Press, available from Amazon.com right here.


  • Check John Docktor’s Calendars for other map events and exhibits.

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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. Mike is an outstanding researcher and detective; he has uncovered fascinating information pertaining to this unique map.


  • 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.

If anyone has an interest in organizing and/or hosting an event for the William P. Cumming Map Society, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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