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Annual Meeting

58th Annual Meeting of the
Society for the History of Discoveries

September 22 (Friday) - September 23 (Saturday) 2017

with optional outings on 21 and 24 September

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Preliminary Schedule

Preliminary Program

Thursday September 21  

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Special Behind the Scenes Tour

Journeys of Discovery:  From the Midwest to the Artic (and back again)

The Milwaukee Public Museum invites you to see and learn about some of the museum's Arctic collections obtained on amazing journeys of discovery. Included in your visit is an expedition to the Museum's Arctic exhibition hall.

Meet promptly at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum's Visitor Services desk near the Grand Staircase.

Milwaukee Public Library
, 800 West Wells St., Milwaukee

Transportation on your own


6:00 pm -8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Heavy hors d'oeuvres; cash bar

Marquette University, Rm tbd

Limited shuttle service available from the Ambassador Hotel,
2308 W. Wisconsin Av., (414) 342-8400
Friday September 22  

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Session 1

Guest speaker: Dr. Theodore Karamanski, Professor of History, Loyola University, Chicago:
"Navigating the Great Lakes and the Shoals of Disunion."

Special exhibit viewing will follow.

Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University 530 N. 13th St.

Limited shuttle service available from the Ambassador Hotel

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Free period


11:00 am -12:15 pm

SHD Council Meeting

Light lunch provided for council members

Ambassador Hotel, Consulate Room

12:30 pm

Bus leaves Ambassador Hotel for UW- Milwaukee
Tentative time


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Marguerite Ragnow, SHD President-Elect

American Geographical Society Library,
3rd floor, East Wing, Golda Meir Library
2311 E. Hartford Avenue

(404) 229-6282

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 2

David Buisseret, "Plotting the Western Coastline of Lake Michigan, 1668-1840";

Carl Kupfer, " The Unforeseen Consequences of the Jesuit Map of Lake Superior, c. 1670;"

Mirela Altić, "Jesuit Cartography of New France. Missionaries in Search of the Northwest Passage"

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Coffee break

3:15 pm-4:30 pm

Session 3

Chet Van Duzer, "Depicting and Concealing Unknown Regions at the Northern Limits of North America on Maps to 1776"

Anne Good, "Guts and Gustation: Cross-Cultural Eating at the Cape of Good Hope in the Eighteenth Century;"

Lauren Beck, "The Eastward Gaze: Indigenous Constructions of Europeanity in the Spanish Americas"

4:45 pm

Bus leaves UW-Milwaukee for Ambassador Hotel

Tentative time

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reception and Banquet

Cash bar, light appetizers; plated dinner

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Laura Chmielewski, History, State University of New York at Purchase and author of the forthcoming book, Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter and the French New World, will present:  "On the Road Again:  Living Among Jesuits in the Seventeenth Century."
Ambassador Hotel, Attaché Room

September 23

American Geographical Society Library

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Session 4

Janet Rith-Najarian and Norwood Hall, "VERITAS CAPUT: Science, Politics and the Search for the "True Source" of the Mississippi River Headwaters"


11:30 am - 12:15 am

Business Meeting

All SHD Members


12:15 am - 1:30 am


Box-type lunches will be provided to conference registrants.

1:30 am - 2:00 pm

Session 5

Alistair Maeer, "From the Masthead to the Quarterdeck: The Birds-eye views and Pilotage Charts of Edward Barlow, 1659-1703"

Dennis Reinhartz, " Jan Nieuhoff and Dutch Brazil: The Experiences of a West India Company Agent, 1640-1649"

2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Session 6

Marguerite Ragnow, "Mapping the Global Midwest: A New Digital Humanities Project"


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Coffee Break


3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 7

Marcy Bidney, Curator, "Treasures in the American Geographical Society Library" followed by special materials viewing
5:00 pm

Bus returns to Ambassador Hotel

Free evening


Sunday September 24

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Field trip to Maclean Collection Map Library

9:00 am bus leaves Ambassador Hotel; arrives at Maclean Collection 10 am; 1:30 pm bus leaves Maclean Collection; arrives at Ambassador Hotel 2:30 pm.

Green Oaks, IL

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