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the Connecticut Map Society

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps, with a special emphasis on Connecticut cartography


the Connecticut Map Society
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps, with a special emphasis on Connecticut cartography

about the society

The Connecticut Map Society was founded this year by three map enthusiasts: Connie Brown, Brian Tims, and Maryann Ott. The purpose of the Connecticut Map Society, a non-profit corporation, is to promote the study of cartography and its history, to encourage map collecting, and to support the preservation of the world’s cartographic heritage. Membership is open to everyone and includes collectors, dealers, curators, academics, cartographers, and those who simply enjoy maps.

We believe in the potential and power of maps to touch us and communicate about our world in ways that only the cartographic image can achieve. Our interests include, but are not limited to, cartographic history, the role of maps in exploration and discovery, maps as art, the intersection of maps and technology, global and political maps and contemporary mapping practices.

We come together about six times a year. Our events are held at various locations around the state of Connecticut, and are an opportunity for members to enjoy presentations by a wide variety of speakers, scholars, collectors, curators and creators of maps. On occasion, arrangements are made for special field trips to view private map collections, museum shows, gallery exhibitions, special lectures, and map-related events.

If you love maps, want to learn more about them, and want to meet others who share a similar passion, we encourage you to join the Connecticut Map Society!

Meet our founders:

Connie Brown, our President, makes hand-painted custom canvas wall maps for individuals, organizations, and companies. She is interested in all kinds of mapping, historical and current.

Brian Tims, our Vice-President, is an attorney who enjoys collecting and researching antique maps (and globes, too). His areas of interest include nautical maps of Long Island Sound, early maps of Connecticut, and bird’s eye views of New England.

Maryann Ott, our Treasurer, is a visual artist who often uses maps in the creation of one-of-a-kind works of hand-colored photography, collage, and ephemera. As an amateur astronomer, she is especially interested in celestial maps.


We welcome you to join the Connecticut Map Society. As we are a volunteer organization, your membership dues directly support the honoraria paid to our presenters, the administration and hosting of our website, and meeting related expenses.

We offer four membership levels, with dues paid annually:

Student Members ($25) join us at a discounted membership rate and are welcome at all events.

Basic Members ($35) are welcome at all events and their dues help cover our administrative costs.

Sustaining Members ($75) are those who provide the Connecticut Map Society with additional resources to bring high-profile speakers to our events.  In return, members at this level are recognized on this site.  We thank our Sustaining Members: Frank Cochran, Paul Lombroso and Jan Naegele.

Charter Members ($150+) are generous, early supporters of our mission.  In return, members at this level are recognized on this site and at events, and are entitled to preferential access to events with limited seating.  We thank our Charter Members: Connie Brown, Neil Currie, Ron Gagliardi, Steve Hanon, Peter Herbst, Hazel Jarvis, Andrew Kapochunas, Barbara Lamb, Duncan Milne, David Moulton, Maryann Ott, Deborah Shapiro, Brian Tims, and Johan (Joop) Varekamp.

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Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript 

Presenter: Chet Van Duzer
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: 208 Fisk Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT (see campus map here)

Co-Sponsors: Wesleyan University’s Department of Religion, Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, and the Science and Society Program

Van Duzer focuses on a rare late fifteenth-century manuscript about the Apocalypse. The manuscript opens with a section on geography illustrated by a variety of thematic mappaemundi, followed by a treatise illustrated by a remarkable series of six mappaemundi depicting the radical changes earth will undergo at the end of history, which the anonymous author asserts would take place from 1514 and 1661. This is an opportunity to see some of the most innovative and imaginative maps of the late Middle Ages.

Chet Van Duzer is an NEH-Mellon Fellow at the Library of Congress and a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging to cultural institutions around the world. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps in numerous journals. Among his numerous books are Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps; The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ Map of 1550; and, with Ilya Dines, Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript. His current project is a study of the annotations in a heavily annotated copy of the 1525 edition of Ptolemy’s Geography.

Refreshments will be served.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Show and Tell (Members only)

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 4 pm
Location: To be provided upon RSVP

Do you own a map (or a reproduction thereof) whose story you’d love to show fellow map society members? Taking inspiration from our good friends at the New York Map Society, we’re holding our first “show and tell,” at which seven members will share their favorites for a maximum of 10 minutes each (we’ll hold you to it!). If you’d like to be a presenter, email us at ctmapsociety@gmail.com. First come, first served! This is also a social event; we ask that each of you bring either a bottle of wine (or something non-alcoholic) or finger food. This is a really enjoyable event—don’t miss it! Whether you present or simply attend, you must RSVP by November 14th to ctmapsociety@gmail.com.

contact us

The Connecticut Map Society is staffed by volunteers. Every effort will be made to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.

Please send us your message using the form below or email us at:



Below are links to cartographic resources on the web. Members may suggest additional links either at our meetings or by emailing ctmapsociety@gmail.com.


The Map Room is a blog about maps by Jonathan Crowe that covers everything from antique map collecting to the latest in geospatial technology.


An invaluable resource of over 71,000 historical maps and map images, the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.


A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. The CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center and a collection that includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, maps and other historical materials.


Our wonderful neighbors to the west.


The Chicago Map Society is the oldest in North America.

William P. Cummings Map Society


The William P. Cummings Map Society is located in North Carolina and has an informative blog with map news and local events.


Our wonderful neighbors to the northeast.


The California Map Society was founded in 1978 and has a website with many links of interest to map lovers.


A great map blog from the Library of Congress.

Source of map displayed on homepage: Damerum, William, and Peter Maverick. Map of the southern part of the state of New York including Long Island, the Sound, the state of Connecticut, part of the state of New Jersey, and islands adjacent: compiled from actual late surveys. New York: Wm. Damerum, 1815. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/97683279/. (Accessed December 05, 2016.)