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Annual Meeting 2008

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SHD Meeting in Arlington, Texas, in October 2008,
in Conjunction with the Virginia Garrett Lectures,
Texas Map Society, and Philip Lee Phillips Society

Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, October 3

Texas Map Society, October 4

Philip Lee Phillips Society, October 4

Society for the History of Discoveries, October 5-7

October 2008 in North Texas gave Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) members a great opportunity to hear numerous presentations on discoveries, explorations and cartographic history as well as attend exhibit openings, delicious dinners and receptions, and be given a special evening tour of one of the largest personal libraries in the Southwest focusing on explorations and discoveries. From October 3-7, Arlington, Texas, was “ground zero” for all things pertaining to the history of discoveries and cartographic history.

The SHD had its 49th Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, the Texas Map Society (TMS), and the Philip Lee Phillips Society (PLPS). The general schedule for the multi-day events and meetings:  the Garrett Lectures were on Friday, October 3, at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with a special exhibit opening, reception, and keynote address at the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth that evening. On Saturday, October 4, the TMS and PLPS met together at UTA. And on Sunday-Tuesday, October 5-7, the SHD held its meeting at UTA primarily.

SHD members wanting a taste of local culture and sites took the pre-conference tour on Sunday, October 5. An opening reception was held at the Dallas home of international real estate developer Harlan Crow on the evening of October 5; SHD members toured of one of the most phenomenal personal libraries in the Southwest if not the entire country. The SHD paper sessions began on Monday, October 6, and concluded at mid-day on Tuesday, October 7.


Many SHD members arrived early and attended all of the meetings and activities discussed above and below. Like last year’s meeting in Chicago, there was much to do, people with different interests to talk with, and engaging presentations to hear. 

Sixth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures 2008

October 3

The topic of the Sixth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures was Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict, 1800-1900. The presentations took place on the sixth floor of the UTA Library, except for the evening keynote address by John Logan Allen, which was held at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth after a reception. There was also an exhibition mounted at UTA as well as one at the Carter Museum focusing on the lectures topic. The Garrett Lectures speakers and the title of their papers were:

John Logan Allen (), Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Wyoming, “Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Explorers in the American Northwest: Solving the Riddle of the Great Divide”

Ronald Grim (), Head of the Map Collection, Boston Public Library, and Paul D. McDermott (), Professor of Geography (retired), Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, “Railroads and Roads through Tribal Lands: Mapping the Pacific Northwest’s Changing Landscape during the 1850s”

Samuel Truett (), Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico, “Transnational Cartographies: Corporations, States, and the Remapping of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1850-1920”

John R. Hébert (), Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, “Maps and the U.S. War with Mexico, 1846-48: Governmental and Private Mapping Efforts to Report on the Conflict as it Was Happening and in Response to Official Reports”

Ben Huseman (), Cartographic Archivist, Special Collections, UT Arlington Library, “Revisualizing Westward Expansion: Reflections on the Exhibits”

Texas Map Society/Philip Lee Phillips Society Meeting

October 4

The Texas Map Society and the Philip Lee Phillips Society met together at UTA all day on Saturday October 4, concluding with a special dinner meeting with a keynote address. The joint program featured the following speakers:

Wes Brown
, Map Collector and Author, Denver, Colorado, "How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map"

Bill Warren
, Map Collector and Cataloger, Pasadena, California, "Treasures from the Huntington Library's Map Collection"

Robert Sherwood
, Independent Scholar, Weatherford, Texas, "The Cartography of Alexander von Humboldt: Images of the Enlightenment in America"

Dan Trachtenberg
, Author and Lecturer, Palm Beach, Florida, "Powder Horn Maps"

David Finfrock
, Collector and Chief Meteorologist, NBC 5, Fort Worth, Texas, "Map Members' Forum"

Stephen Hoffenberg
, Greenwood Village, Colorado, "Cartography of the Indian Country" (keynote address)

Society for the History of Discoveries
49th Annual Meeting
Arlington, Texas
October 5-7, 2008

Sunday, October 5

Cowboys and Culture: Fort Worth, Its Past and Present. A Pre-conference optional tour for those who wanted to experience the culture of Fort Worth and the surrounding area.

Opening Reception and private tour of the Harlan Crow Library in Dallas.

Monday, October 6

UTA Central Library 6th Floor Parlor and Atrium.

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome and opening remarks: Thomas Sander and Gerald Saxon

9:15 - 9:45 am Session 1    Opening Paper:  Introduction by Carol Urness

Dennis Reinhartz, "Pineda to Powell: Revealing the North American Greater Southwest"

9:45 - 10:15 am
Session 2    Student Essay Prize Winner: Introduction by Marguerite Ragnow

Gabriel Hill, “French Merchants and Missionaries on the Early Modern Slave Coast"

10:15 - 10:45 am Break

10:45 - 11:45 am
Session 3     Chair:  Joyce Lorimer

Geoffrey Brackett, "The Ends of the Earth: How Polar Ice and Imagination Shape the World"

Carl G. Schuster, "Henry Hudson and the Bastard Map: Espionage, Hijacking, Intellectual Property Theft, and the March Toward Globalization; Lost Chapters in the History of European Exploration, A.D. 1190–1610"

11:45 am - 1:30 pm


SHD Council Meeting (Room B-04 UTA Central Library)

1:30 - 2:30 pm Session 4     Chair: Gregory McIntosh

Donald D. Hogarth, "A Frisian Raid in North America of about 1040 AD: Probabilities and Possibilities"

David Buisseret, "Charles Boucher of Jamaica and the Determination of Longitude" 

2:30 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm Session 5     Chair: Gerald Saxon

Douglas Peck, "The Error-Filled History of Córdoba's Discovery of Mexico: A Replay of Similar Errors in the Discovery Voyages of Columbus and Juan Ponce de León"

Robert N. (Rob) Jones, Jr., "‘Today We Lost the Path and Stopped’: The Elusive Journey of Vial and Fragoso Across Texas in 1788"

4:00 - 4:45 pm SHD Annual Business Meeting

6:30 - 9:45 pm Reception and Annual Dinner. Capitol Ballroom, Arlington Hilton Hotel

Recognition of 2008 Student Prize Essay Winner (Marguerite Ragnow)
Recognition of 2008 Planning Committee and SHD Leadership (Thomas Sander)
Recognition of 2008 SHD Fellow Ralph E. Ehrenberg (Citation read by Herman Viola)
SHD 2009 in North Carolina: A Preview (Gerald Saxon and Mike Hill)
Keynote Speaker: Barbara McCorkle, SHD Fellow, "My Early Years with the SHD: People and Places" (Introduced by Thomas Sander)

Tuesday, October 7

UTA Central Library 6th Floor Parlor and Atrium.

9:00 - 10:00 am Session 6     Chair: Ron Grim

Karen Severud Cook and George F. McCleary, Jr., "The Digital Repackaging of Nicholas Comberford’s 1666 Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean"

10:00 - 10:30 am Session 7     Personal Reminiscence: Introduction by Ralph Ehrenberg

Norman J.W. Thrower, "About Eight Decades in the History of Discoveries: Some Autobiographical Reflections"

10:30 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:00 noon Session 8     Chair: George Chalou

Gary A. Davis, "David Thompson and the Source of the Mississippi"

Richard C. Davis, "Writing the New World: Ship’s Logs, Journals, and Lay Readers"

12:00 - 12:30 pm Session 9     Distinguished Speaker: Introduction by Sandy Bederman
Carol Urness, "The SHD, Vitus Bering, and Me: A Personal Journey"

12:30 - 12:45 pm Conference Wrap-up   Joyce Lorimer

12:45 - 1:00 pm Closing Remarks: Gerald Saxon and Thomas Sander

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