I have been writing! The California Map Society, in its journal Califia is publishing a series of four articles that I have written titled "Hiding in Plain Sight" that suggest a way to read maps to discover themes that are printed in the map as secondary text or symbols and discoverable with a close reading and critical eye. Each article features a different map, or several maps which reveal their full story once elements hiding in plain sight are revealed. Two of these articles are posted below. The third article is now live on the California Map Society web site and it is in the May, 2022 issue of Califia. The fourth article is scheduled for September, 2022 and will be on land use topics and map making. Each article also reveals "historic themes" and the continuum of these themes to our times: for example, stresses created by social or political change; the images of a city in art and maps compared to contemporary urban planning; American ethnic, religious or racial relations; and how the law's definition of land as "real estate" and "private property" drive how maps are drawn even when much of the landscape is public.
The COVID pandemic is still with us. Through 2022, Original Antique Maps show participation may primarily still be in web based "virtual" shows. Please check this page for further updates and links. Please see also other web platforms presenting book, map and paper shows and the calendars of upcoming 2022 shows: Getmansvirtual.com, the Ephemera Society of America and the ABAA "Virtual Edition".
Next Live Show: June 3 & 4, 2022 [Friday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-4, Northern New England Book and Map Fair in Concord, New Hampshire at the Everett Arena.
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