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Map Society of Wisconsin

The Map Society of Wisconsin was formed in 1996 to bring together people interested in all aspects of maps and mapping–their history, uses, production and preservation regardless of format. We hold our meetings at the AGSL usually featuring a presentation accompanied by a related exhibit drawn from the Library’s collections. Socializing and refreshments precede each meeting.

The society was founded through and is based at the AGSL. To inquire about membership call (414)-229-6282 or email us at

Upcoming Events

SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Chelsea Nestel, UW-Madison PhD student and award-winning cartographer, “Cartography as ‘Self-Ethnography’: Mapping Memory and Emotion.”

We characterize the relationship between the cartographer and the subject mapped as reflexive and we recognize that maps are constructs. But what does reflexivity look like? How can we embrace the innate subjectivity of the map?  This talk will explore the relationship between cartographer, map, and subject through our speaker’s own experience as a cartographer mapping memory and emotion.  She will explore several “case studies”: mapping memories (her own and those of others), mapping paranormal phenomena, and mapping herself (her physical, emotional, and historical body) using an ethnographic approach.

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Judy Aulik, past president of the Road Map Collectors’ Association, “The Milwaukee Journal Tour Club, and its Highway Signage and Extensive Highway Map Program.”

Judy is a retired adult services librarian who earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her M.L.I.S. from Dominican University. In addition to her extensive road map collection, she also collects library postcards, which she posts on her website,  Ms. Aulik will talk about the history of the Milwaukee Journal Tour Club, and its influence on highway signage and mapping. Click here for the flyer


All talks held in the AGS Library, 3rd floor east wing. Join us at 1:30pm for socializing and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

AGS Library | 3rd floor, East Wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library building
2311 E. Hartford Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

Parking rates apply for all UWM parking lots and structures (see rates). Street parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.

Map Society Membership
Membership 2016-17

The Chicago Map Society

The Chicago Map Society also hosts a number of events throughout the academic year. The Chicago Map Society typically meets at the Newberry Library on the third Thursday of every month. Meetings start at 5:30pm with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation on a cartographic subject of interest to the membership. Meeting are open to the public.

Upcoming Events in Chicago

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Title: The Nineteenth Nebenzahl Lectures: Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective
Speaker: Various – please use the link below to the Smith Center’s page for a complete schedule of this year’s program
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library
For more information, you may visit the Smith Center’s page by clicking here

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Title: James Rees and the Idea of Chicagoland
Speaker: Paul Petraitis
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Title: Celebrating Forty Years of the Chicago Map Society
Speaker: Founding Members of the CMS
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library

Visit here for more information on Chicago Map Society events