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Northern California Spring Conference

  • 25 Apr 2020
  • 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
  • San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium

California Map Society, Northern California Spring Conference

Saturday, 25 April 2020 Agenda 

9:15-10:00 am  Morning Hospitality – the Latino/Hispanic Room, first floor (Members only.)

10:00-10:15 am  Welcome – Koret Auditorium.  President Jon Jablonski, Vice President Ron Gibbs, and City Archivist, San Francisco Public Library, Susan Goldstein.

10:15-11:00 am  Courtney Spikes, Los Angeles, CA. Mapping Paris After Haussmann.  In 1860, Emperor Napoleon III unilaterally altered the map of Paris - doubling its size and quadrupling the population. City planner Baron Haussmann, deep into his 20-year renovation project, reconfigured the map of France’s capital into the ‘city of light’ we celebrate today. Courtney earned her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. She lectures at Loyola Marymount University and serves as a historical consultant for television and feature films.

11:00-11:45 am  Susan Schulten, Denver, CO. How Maps Made America.  Whether handmaidens of diplomacy, instruments of social reform, or even advertisements, maps have both reflected and shaped American history. Here Susan uses maps to narrate some essential maps that mattered from the voyages of discovery to the digital age. A professor of history at the University of Denver, Susan authored three books on cartography including A History of America in 100 Maps (2018) and Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (2012), which received the Norris Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society.

11:45-1:00 pm  Lunch - on your own at nearby restaurants. List to be provided. 

1:00-1:45 pm  Richard Breiman, Alamo, CA. The Remarkable Life and Legendary Voyages and Discoveries of Captain James Cook, the Greatest Explorer of the 18th Century. Historical maps, engravings, and journal excerpts will illustrate the presentation. Rich is a retired UCSF radiology professor and a life-long collector, most recently of antiquarian maps, prints and books, including the British Admiralty’s official authorized journals, maps and engravings from Captain Cook’s expeditions. 

1:45-2:30 pm  Jonathan Van Coops, San Francisco, CA.Revolution, Maps, and Family: El Rondin-Campaigns of Toribo Ortega and Jose de la Cruz Sanchez during the Orozco Rebellion of 1912.  Jonathan is the great-grandson of Esteban Luján who authored “El Rondín” during the Mexican Revolution. Using several beautiful historical maps, he will illustrate the geographic context and conditions that led to Orozco’s rebellion. As a geographer and cartographer, Jonathan enjoyed a 40-year career leading the California Coastal Commission’s Mapping and GIS Program before retiring in 2015.

2:30-3:00 pm Break - Coffee, tea, and cookies in the Latino/Hispanic Room, first floor. (Members only)

3:00-3:45 pm  Tom Paper and Jim Schein, San Francisco, CA. A Pop-up Exhibit on the Cartographic History of San Francisco.  Covering 1507 to the present day, this exhibit reveals the key maps that have uncovered and articulated what is San Francisco. Tom is a Managing Partner of Webster Pacific, a location analytics consulting firm, and Jim is the owner of Schein & Schein, a local business specializing in vintage maps and prints.

3:45-4:30 pm  Juliet Rothman, San Francisco and Fred DeJarlais, Capitola, CA. Calafia: Bringing a Professional Cartographic Journal to Life.  Juliet and Fred, editor and publisher of the journal, will discuss the arduous, but rewarding path of transforming the Society’s newsletter into a publication that reflects the multifaceted interests of our members and attracts the attention of the wider cartographic world.

4:30-5:00 pm  Business Meeting – Koret Auditorium.

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