Upcoming BMS Events

October 25, 2017, 5:30 (Immediately following the annual business meeting of the Boston Map Society)
Look But Don’t Touch: Tactile Maps
David Weimer at the Harvard Map Collection
Harvard Yard, Cambridge Massachusetts

November 7, 2017 at 5:30
Connecting the Drops: Mapping History and Innovation of Boston’s Water
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library
Dr. Suanna Crowley

Have been delving below the earth’s surface for tens of thousands of years.  From the earliest maps of the spiritual underworld made by ancient man, to digital maps of the seabed produced today, the human need to explore and envision the world beneath our feet is age-old.  In this exhibition, you will see how ancient Romans carved vast catacombs in the earth, how minerals and natural resources have been studied, engineered and transported since the 19th century, how today’s scientific and cartographic advancements have enabled us to picture the entire ocean floor and what lies below the streets of Boston.  As you explore nearly 400 years of maps and images of the world below, you can compare the historical viewpoint with the modern, and see how we have advanced our perception and depiction of what lies beneath our feet.

November 7, 2017 at 7:30 (following the lecture about Boston’s Water at 6:00; see above)
A tour of the current Leventhal Map Center exhibit with Stephanie Cyr

Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below
Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston Massachusetts

November 29, 2017 at 5:30
Unraveling Ancient Life in Massachusetts: Fossils, Paleobiology, and Geologic Maps
Professor Dick Bailey
Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston Massachusetts

For two hundred years, geologists and paleontologists have mapped sedimentary sequences and interpreted the ancient environments they represent. Professor Richard H. Bailey, professor of geology in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University, will unearth the evolutionary history of Massachusetts fossils, their value in understanding the geologic development of the region, and their historical depiction in maps.

November 29, 2017 at 7:30 (following the lecture about Ancient Massachusetts at 6:00; see above)
A tour of the current Leventhal Map Center exhibit with Stephanie Cyr

Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below
Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street, Boston Massachusetts


January 2018, Date TBD

Houghton Library Maps in Books Exhibit
Harvard Yard, Cambridge Massachusetts