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    • 2 Mar 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    2024 Winter CONFERENCE - Virtual Event 

    Saturday, March 2nd

    9:30AM - 12:30PM Pacific Time

    12:30PM - 3:30PM Eastern Time


    9:15AM - 9:30AM Informal Social Time

    9:30AM | Welcome

    President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes

    9:35AM | Evan Thornberry

    Evan is the new Head & Curator of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University. CMS warmly welcomes Evan who will provide an update on the Center, his vision moving forward, as well as news of upcoming events and exhibitions, along with a short Q&A.

    10:00AM | Robert Headland

    The Non-Existent Islands of the Southern Ocean

    Robert Headland became involved in polar research in 1977 with the British Antarctic Survey. The Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, appointed him Archivist and Curator for 27 years during which he prepared Special Exhibitions and lectures. He became involved with the Antarctic Heritage Trust to maintain the huts from the early explorations. Robert’s major publication is ‘A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration’ and he is a member of the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, former President of the Antarctic Club, and a recipient of the Polar Medal.  

    10:50AM Break 

    11:00AM | Suzanne Knecht

    Night Watch: Memoirs of a Circumnavigation

    On March 21, 1997, a 42´ sloop sailed under Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay after a circumnavigation of the globe over the course of 2 years, 30,000 miles and over 30 countries. Night Watch: Memoirs of a Circumnavigation is Suzanne Knecht's record of that voyage, compiled from her letters and journal entries. Suzanne will share the intersection of maps and navigation, with her vivid account of the ever unpredictable experience of surviving at sea.

    11:40AM | Chet van Duzer

    Imagined Territories around the South Pole:
    Exploring the Ring Continent on Early Globes and Maps

    Early modern cosmographers, before any pre-discovery of Antarctica or Australia, believed that there must be a substantial landmass in the South to counterbalance the continents in the North. Sixteenth century globes and maps illustrate this remarkable geographical myth with a continent-sized landmass forming a ring around the South Pole. Chet shares his study of this hypothetical construct with early 16th century globes and world maps spanning the 1500s.

    12:25PM | Announcements & Formal Closing of Conference

    President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes


    12:30 - 1:00PM | Break

    1:00 - 2:00PM | Optional CMS Membership Map Share

    Hosted informally by Courtney Spikes,

    please click HERE to sign-up for this

    friendly "after-party" online gathering to continue

    the conversation or to share your favorite map virtually

    with fellow CMS Members!

    • 2 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual

    2 March 2024

    Post-Conference Optional Map Share (virtual)

    1:00PM - 2:00PM | Optional CMS Membership Map Share

    Hosted informally, please click HERE to sign-up for this friendly "after-party" online gathering to continue the conversation or to share your favorite map virtually with fellow CMS Members!

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    Rocky Mountain Map Society - virtual speaker

    THURSDAY,  14 March 2024, at 4:00PM Pacific

    Title: Why We Collect Road Maps

    Speaker: Gary Spaid, Past President, Road Map Collectors Association

    Register in advance for this ZOOM virtual event by clicking HERE.

    Location: via Zoom 4:00PM Pacific5:00PM Mountain, 6:00PM Central, 7:00PM Eastern

    (Arranged with assistance of Rocky Mountain Map Society; sponsored in partnership with California, Chicago, New York, Philip Lee Phillips, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies)

    Summary: In this well illustrated presentation, Spaid will enumerate reasons why it is important to collect road maps. He will demonstrate that they document the history of automobile and service station design; the development of trails, roads, and highways; changing cartographic techniques; cultural history; and oil company histories. Others may collect for the art and graphics, or to document a favorite state or brand. He will show examples of road maps produced by various publishers and in different formats. He will conclude by showing a range of oil company and official maps of Texas, and a few examples of road map rarities.

    Bio: Spaid is a long-time road map collector, having started collecting about 1996. He is a past Treasurer (2009-2013) and President (2013 – 2021) of the Road Map Collectors Association, Inc., an international organization devoted to the hobby. He is a board Director currently. Through his efforts the organization became an IRS 501c3 non-profit entity and grew from about 150 members to now about 300. Gary’s personal road map collection of about 10,000 road maps is focused generally on oil company road maps. He is also a coin and stamp collector.

    A graduate of Virginia Tech, Gary was a chemical engineer by trade, working mostly in the Houston, Texas area. His experience ranged from being a technical service engineer through being a chemical plant facility manager. He eventually migrated to running an environmental, health and safety consulting company for about 15 years. He retired to the mountains of Arkansas in 2014.

    Questions? Please contact Ronald E. Grim, Ph.D.

    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Santa Monica,CA

    13 April 2024 2:00PM - 5:00PM Pacific Time

    SoCal Greater Los Angeles Mappers

    In-Person Event - Santa Monica, CA

    Virtual Option will be offered as well!

    Click HERE to RSVP

Past events

19 Aug 2023 California Map Society Conference
17 Jun 2023 Bay Area Map (BAM) Group Meeting 6/17/2023
5 May 2023 In-Person Event at UCLA
4 Mar 2023 Bay Area Map (BAM) Group Meeting
4 Feb 2023 SoCal Greater Los Angeles Mappers In-Person Event
12 Nov 2022 SoCal Greater Los Angeles Mappers In-Person Event
5 Nov 2022 Virtual Conference of California Map Society Fall 2022
4 Jun 2022 Spring Conference 2022
5 Feb 2022 Bay Area Map Group - Virtual Winter Meeting 2022
4 Dec 2021 CMS GLAM Holiday Cocoa & Coffee Meeting
2 Dec 2021 LA Public Library Event with Peter Hiller, Jo Mora Collection Curator
8 Nov 2021 CMS GLAM Gals Monthly Meeting
25 Sep 2021 Virtual Conference of California Map Society Fall 2021
18 Aug 2021 Bay Area Map Group Summer 2021
15 May 2021 CMS 2021 Spring Conference - Day 2 (5/15/2021)
1 May 2021 CMS 2021 Spring Conference - Day 1 (5/1/2021)
16 Jan 2021 Bay Area Map Group Winter 2021
12 Dec 2020 GLAM Holiday Cocoa Meeting
3 Dec 2020 JOINT EVENT: How Federal Government Redlining Maps Segregated America
19 Nov 2020 JOINT EVENT: Mapping of the North Pacific before the Voyages of James Cook
24 Oct 2020 CMS Fall Conference via Zoom part 2
23 Oct 2020 Mappaemundi as Self-Portrait: Winning Student Paper
21 Oct 2020 San Francisco Map Fair - Virtual for 2020
20 Oct 2020 JOINT EVENT: Prejudice and the Shaping of the American West
10 Oct 2020 Virtual Meeting of California Map Society pt. 1
25 Jul 2020 Bay Area Map Group
25 Apr 2020 Northern California Spring Conference
26 Oct 2019 Southern California 2019 Annual Meeting
27 Jul 2019 GREATER LOS ANGELES MAPPERS (GLAM) Map Sharing Gathering
13 Jun 2019 Celestial Mapping
11 May 2019 CMS / Rumsey Center Book Talk
10 May 2019 CMS / Rumsey Center Book Talk
13 Apr 2019 Northern California 2019 Spring Meeting
3 Nov 2018 Southern California 2018 Annual Meeting

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