Fall 2019 Events: The Connecticut Map Society

Besides making maps, I wear another hat: president and events coordinator for The Connecticut Map Society. If you like maps and you live in or near Connecticut, consider joining our organization and attending our events. On September 28, we travel to Boston Public Library for an exhibit of 19th century American maps. On October 26th at the Institute Library in New Haven, cartographic historian Chet Van Duzer discusses  his upcoming book about cartouches, the extravagantly beautiful frame-like designs that deliver map titles. On November 9th at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, map society members Madeleine and Priscilla Hexter lead us through an exhibit showing the 18th century maps of their ancestor, Bernard Romans. We'll wrap up our fall season on December 6th at a beautiful Middlesex County home with our annual Show-and-Tell party, a wine and food event, at which 6 or 7 members  discuss a map or map project (10 minute limit for each speaker!). For details about these events and membership, visit the Connecticut Map Society website.

Connie Brown, Artist-in-Residence at Yellowstone National Park

August 26th 2019 - September 7th 2019

As Yellowstone as artist-in-residence, I taught workshops, held open studio hours, and began painting a four foot square map of the park, for which I consulted Yellowstone experts and secured permission to use a selection of awesome photos as the basis for illustrations. My aim is to combine beauty, truth, and clarity: cartography with images and quotes designed to inspire stewardship for Yellowstone and our national park system. Posters and prints of the map will be available for sale--I'll keep you posted! I'm grateful to Yellowstone Forever, Yellowstone National Park's official non-profit, for awarding me a residency. It was a great experience.

The Elephant Map Project: Cartography as Stewardship--Connie Brown in conversation with Katie Losey (lecture)

January 22nd 2018

Join Katie and me as we discuss The Elephant Map Project on Monday, January 22 at 6:30 pm. Sponsored by New York's Mid-Manhattan, the talk will be held in the Schwarzman Building (the main library, the one with the lions, in room 78. Use the 42nd Street Entrance. Here's the link: Hope to see you there! 

Manuscript Mapmaking Workshop

April 29th 2017

On Saturday, April 29th, I'm giving a two hour manuscript map workshop in Manhattan, sponsored by the New York Map Society--it's my only workshop for the rest of 2017. RSVP to me: or 860 575 4640. I'll add you to the list and send you a little info. There's a $20 supplies fee, payable to the New York Map Society, which you must pay by April 20. You'll be making a map of the complexity shown here--it's Micron Pigma marker and colored pencil on Canson Opalux vellum, my favorite drawing surface. You might not finish within 2 hours, but you'll attain the skills to finish on your own.

The event will be held at the amazing Avenues School campus, 259 Tenth Ave, between 25th and 26th Streets, NY, NY, 10001. The room has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the High Line. 

The Connecticut Map Society's Kickoff Event!

April 9th 2017

Please join others like you to learn about plans for the Connecticut Map Society! Sunday, April 9th at 3pm, 253 Main Street, Durham CT

Founders Connie Brown, Maryann Ott and Brian Tims are planning a Connecticut-based organization dedicated to cartographic history, the role of maps in exploration and discovery, maps as art, the intersection of maps and technology, global and political maps and contemporary mapping practices. We will also celebrate the history of Connecticut mapping.

We will schedule lectures about all aspects of cartography, from medieval apocalypse maps to GIS applications, along with field trips to museums, universities, historical societies, and collectors’ houses. We will also hold “show and tell” events where members talk about their favorite maps, and social gatherings to encourage camaraderie.

 But we want to hear your ideas about topics, venues, and activities!

Please join us for cocktails and appetizers at the studio of cartographer Connie Brown; we’ll get acquainted and brainstorm about the Connecticut Map Society. RSVP to Connie: or 860-575-4640

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Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: Mapping the Sea

October 15th 2016

Participants will gather in Boston Harbor at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 15th for a morning cruise on a tall ship schooner. After an on-board lunch (featuring Brooklyn Brewery beers), the event moves to a docked cruise ship, where I (wearing my Timberland boots, of course) will conduct an afternoon mapmaking workshop. Registration required. Click here for the particulars.

Three-Day Introductory Map Workshop

June 24th 2016 - June 26th 2016

Workshop at the celebrated Osher Map Library in Portland, ME. Click here to register. 

For additional information, contact Heather Magaw at the Osher Map Library.

Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World

August 8th 2015 - April 1st 2016

This exhibit, curated by renowned map librarian Alice Hudson, includes my map The Hudson River and its Watershed, commissioned by the Beacon Institute in 2007. At the Osher Map Library through October 22; On November 1st. the exhibit moves to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library, where Ms Hudson will give a talk on Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 pm--details here. On Saturday, November 14, she will lead a tour of the exhibit for the New York Map Society.

Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Caroll's Masterpiece

September 16th 2015 - November 21st 2015

Curated by Jon A. Lindseth and Alan Tannenbaum. The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St (between Madison and Park), NY NY 10022. The exhibit is one of many events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and includes four maps of mine commissioned by Lindseth and Tannenbaum: a world map showing locations of the 170+ languages and dialects into which Alice has been translated, and three regional maps. Click here for information about the exhibit, the accompanying three-volume book, and other celebratory events. Click here to read about my involvement. At 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 17, I will lead a tour of the exhibit for the New York Map Society. The event is free of charge and open to the public.


September 18th 2015 - September 20th 2015

Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Advanced Manuscript Mapmaking Workshop at my studio: 253 Main Street, Durham, CT.

Prerequisite: my Introductory Mapmaking Workshop or demonstrable familiarity with mapmaking.