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:
- Exhibit of North Carolina maps in Bath, NC, now through June. At the Historic Bath Exhibit Center, from now through June, an exhibit of maps dating from the 16th to 19th centuries will allow visitors to establish a better sense of North Carolina’s geography and place in history. The Bath State Historic Site is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/historic-bath or call 252-923-3971. Read more here.
- 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.
- April 3, 2019 – Philadelphia The Philadelphia Map Society will meet from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St.
William P. Cumming Map Society member Dr. Larry E. Tise, Historian, East Carolina University, will present How Maps Made America. Larry has researched both manuscript and printed maps generated by explorers, surveyors, and real estate promoters ranging from the earliest European ventures to North America to the locations of river dams and transportation systems in the twentieth century. He will share some of his unusual discoveries, including the origins of hand-colored engraved maps beginning in the 16th century. Additional information from Barbara Drebing Kauffman <philamapsociety(at)gmail.com>.
- April 27, 2019 – Richmond The 2019 Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St. Stephen J. Hornsby will speak on pictorial maps. Dr. Hornsby’s latest book, Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, was published in 2017. As in previous years, the lecture will be complemented by an exhibition of pictorial maps from the Library’s collections.
- 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.
We welcome comments or questions.