Connecticut Map Society Spring Line-Up

The Connecticut Map Society released their spring events line-up. See below for their message:

Dear Members and Mapheads,

As we write, the temperature is in the single digits, with our tree branches ice-laden. This, too, shall pass! We have a slew of map-related events to help you through the bleak midwinter and give you cause to celebrate spring and summer 2019. We hope you join us as we explore different facets of the map world! We will update our schedule to alert you of changes and developments. As ever, we urge you to invite your friends to our events—that’s how the map society grows!

Exhibit: Navigating the World: Geospatial Approaches at Yale, Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI)

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Location: Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, just beneath the first floor. Metered parking is available in the area. From Prospect Street, you’ll see the Tower—it’s the tallest building in the area. Directions here:


There’s a map renaissance afoot, and it’s called GIS. You can’t be a bona fide map aficionado without knowing about this incredible cartographic development and its commendable, heroic consequences. Yale’s digital exhibit shows just one of our Connecticut universities various uses of GIS technology. Join us!



Antique Map Collecting 101: Foxing, soiling, and worm holes, oh my! 

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Time: 2pm

Location: Stratford Library, Lovell Room,  2203 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615 (Directions and Parking)


Are you intrigued by old maps, and perhaps collect them too? Are you confused and tongue-tied by jargon such as “foxing” or “neat line”, or simply not sure where to start or how to develop your collection? Come join us as Brian Tims of the Connecticut Map Society enlightens us about collecting (and, most importantly, enjoying) antique and vintage maps of all types. Brian will be your sherpa as he walks you through the land of collecting, including how to define your collection, where to search for and acquire maps, evaluating them, negotiating, and preserving your collection.

This event is free and open to the public.  Bring a friend, or two!


Field trip to the Argosy Book Store

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Location: 116 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022 (between Park & Lexington Aves)

By train: Metro North runs regularly from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal, with intermediate stops. From Grand Central, take the 6 Uptown subway to 59th Street.


On the heels of Brian Tims’ “Collecting 101” workshop in March, we travel to the fabled Argosy Bookstore, one of Manhattan’s treasures. At 2 pm, we’ll gather on the 2nd floor’s  Rare Maps & Prints Gallery, presided over by Laura Ten Eyck, who is also Antique Road Show’s map expert. Laura is a delightful host, knowledgeable, amusing, and easy-going—she’ll give a presentation and answer questions. If you are itching to buy, the inventory comprises a huge range of prices, from double digits up. But you don’t have to be a collector—or potential collector—to savor the Argosy’s map collection. And because cartophiles tend to be bibliophiles, you’ll want to leave time to visit Argosy’s new, used, and rare books.


Plan ahead: make a day of it in New York! As you know, there are always great exhibits and restaurants to visit! As a courtesy to Laura, we ask that you RSVP to



Panel discussion: “The Art of the Illustrated Map”

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 2pm

Location: New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven. Read the library’s parking suggestions here:


Panel discussion: “The Art of the Illustrated Map,” moderated by renowned artist/cartographer and author John Roman. If you’re a CT cartographer who creates illustrated maps, we invite you to apply for a spot on our panel (we’ll feature 4-5 cartographers)–contact us at  We will also feature the works of artist/mapmakers; if you qualify, bring one piece to the event for a pop-up exhibit in the library’s lecture room.



MapMeet: The Start of a Map Society Tradition

Date: June 1, 2019

Time: 2-4 pm

New Haven abode, disclosed when you RSVP in the affirmative


We can’t help noticing that you like to socialize. We saw that at our very first brainstorming party in 2016, and we saw it again at our two successive Show & Tell parties. So we’d like to institute a tradition: an end-of-season wine & cheese party where we chat freely/brainstorm about cartography and our map society. We welcome your thoughts, and delight in your interests! For comfort and venue variety, we’ll hold the party at a map-filled New Haven abode; to protect the owner, we won’t tell you where until you RSVP yes. To RSVP, email us at

the Connecticut Map Society