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2nd March Winter Conference of California Map Society 2024 (virtual)

  • 2 Mar 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • via Zoom


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2024 Winter CONFERENCE - Virtual Event 

Saturday, March 2nd

9:30AM - 12:30PM Pacific Time

12:30PM - 3:30PM Eastern Time


9:15AM - 9:30AM Informal Social Time

9:30AM | Welcome

President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes

9:35AM | Evan Thornberry

Evan is the new Head & Curator of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University. CMS warmly welcomes Evan who will provide an update on the Center, his vision moving forward, as well as news of upcoming events and exhibitions, along with a short Q&A.

10:00AM | Robert Headland

The Non-Existent Islands of the Southern Ocean

Robert Headland became involved in polar research in 1977 with the British Antarctic Survey. The Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, appointed him Archivist and Curator for 27 years during which he prepared Special Exhibitions and lectures. He became involved with the Antarctic Heritage Trust to maintain the huts from the early explorations. Robert’s major publication is ‘A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration’ and he is a member of the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, former President of the Antarctic Club, and a recipient of the Polar Medal.  

10:50AM Break 

11:00AM | Suzanne Knecht

Night Watch: Memoirs of a Circumnavigation

On March 21, 1997, a 42´ sloop sailed under Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay after a circumnavigation of the globe over the course of 2 years, 30,000 miles and over 30 countries. Night Watch: Memoirs of a Circumnavigation is Suzanne Knecht's record of that voyage, compiled from her letters and journal entries. Suzanne will share the intersection of maps and navigation, with her vivid account of the ever unpredictable experience of surviving at sea.

11:40AM | Chet van Duzer

Imagined Territories around the South Pole:
Exploring the Ring Continent on Early Globes and Maps

Early modern cosmographers, before any pre-discovery of Antarctica or Australia, believed that there must be a substantial landmass in the South to counterbalance the continents in the North. Sixteenth century globes and maps illustrate this remarkable geographical myth with a continent-sized landmass forming a ring around the South Pole. Chet shares his study of this hypothetical construct with early 16th century globes and world maps spanning the 1500s.

12:25PM | Announcements & Formal Closing of Conference

President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes


12:30 - 1:00PM | Break

1:00 - 2:00PM | Optional CMS Membership Map Share

Hosted informally by Courtney Spikes,

please click HERE to sign-up for this

friendly "after-party" online gathering to continue

the conversation or to share your favorite map virtually

with fellow CMS Members!

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