Wisconsin Geospatial News

“Maps and America” Lecture in Milwaukee on April 25th

The bicentennial of the Coast Survey, America’s oldest scientific agency, will be celebrated with a presentation by historian John Cloud on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library, located on the third floor, east wing, of the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library.

Dr. Cloud is currently researching the history of the Survey of the Coast (established 1807), which later become the Coast Survey, the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and now NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

His talk, this year’s Holzheimer “Maps and America” Lecture, is titled “‘And the Charts Themselves May Become the Best Future Historical Authority’: Cartography and the Coast Survey, America’s Oldest Scientific Agency.” A reception at 5 p.m. precedes the lecture.

The lecture series, initiated in 1990, is supported by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer and co-sponsored by the UWM Libraries and the Friends of the Golda Meir Library.  In conjunction with the talk, there will be an exhibit in the AGS Library of maps and other materials relating to the Coast Survey.

For more information or special needs, call (414) 229-6282.  The Golda Meir Library is located at 2311 East Hartford Avenue in Milwaukee.  

Source: Tom Brittnacher, American Geographical Society Library.