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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, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Richard Francaviglia Geographer and Historian, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, “Mapping ‘the Driest Desert on Earth’: A Cartographic History of the Atacama.”

After years of studying hundreds of documents, travel narratives, maps, and photographs of South America’s Atacama De-sert, combined with extensive travels throughout the region, geogra-pher and historian Richard Francaviglia has gained a special understanding of this unique landscape, which is the subject of his forthcoming book, Im-agining the Atacama Desert. Join us as Dr. Francaviglia uses maps to tell the story of five centuries of history in this fascinating and mysterious place, widely regarded as “the driest place on earth.”   Click here for flyer

(Dr. Francaviglia will also be speaking Monday, October 2nd at 3pm “Academic Adventures in South America’s Atacama Desert”  Flyer)

Map Society 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.

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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.

Visit here for more information on Chicago Map Society events