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          • Coming May 9 2011

The Keeper of Lost Records

David Thompson’s Mapping of the Fraser River

Andreas (Andy) Korsos

Andreas Korsos presents a meticulous examination of David Thompson’s mapping of the Fraser River, a river that Thompson never saw during his explorations on the west side of the Rocky Mountains between 1807 and 1812. The examination makes use of the two surviving journals written by Simon Fraser on the 1808 expedition, and a surviving version of Thompson’s great map of 1814 currently located at the National Archives (previously the Public Record Office) in Kew, England.

Korsos, reveals the link that exists between the map and the journals, thereby providing confirmation that the map includes a visual record of Fraser’s annotations and the long lost survey notes of Fraser’s first Lieutenant, John Stuart. This revelation also provides testimony of Thompson’s remarkable talents as a cartographer, his clear understanding of surveying, and impressive evidence that historic maps can contain much more than meets the eye, especially in the case of maps generated by the surveyors of the day who experienced firsthand the landscapes they wrote about and illustrated.

Korsos will present his findings to the Historic Map Society of British Columbia at a meeting on Monday evening May 9, 2011, at 7 pm, in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
Room 256 (Chilcotin Board Room). Everyone is welcome to attend.

2009-2010 PROGRAM

Meetings on Monday evenings 7:00pm in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
Room 256 (Chilcotin Board Room) at UBC unless otherwise noted.

September NO MEETING

October 19     Derek Hayes     Historical Atlas of the American West

November 9 David Malaher The Origin of the Boundary Between Alaska and British Columbia

December 9 WEDNESDAY Margaret Hutchison TOUR BC Archives Map Collection & Christmas Social in VICTORIA

January 11 Mike Layland The Toponymy of Vancouver Island


March 8 AGM & Show & Tell LOCATION TBA

April 12 Dr. James Walker Mapping the Oregon Boundary

May Tour to be arranged

NVMA = Community History Centre, North Vancouver Museum & Archives, 3203 Institute Road, Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

UBC = unless otherwise noted, Board Room on 7th. Floor, WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY (Wayfinding at UBC), 1958 Main Mall

NB: Watch for monthly meeting notices!


June 9, 2009
Vancouver City Archives Tour of Archives
(limited to 20)

April 20, 2009
Monday UBC Library
John Keenlyside
Keenlyside Map Collection

March 16, 2009
UBC Library
Annual General Meeting; Show & Tell

February 16, 2009
UBC Library
Dee Longenbaugh - Strait of Anian

January 11, 2009
Gary Little. Sunshine Coast: George Vancouver & Co.


Sept. 14
Sunday NVMA
2:30pm Ken Favrholdt Maps of 1858 Showing Routes to the Gold Fields of British Columbia

Oct. 20
Monday UBC Library
7:00pm Neil Safier The Authorship of Maps

Nov. 23
Sunday NVMA
2:30pm David Malaher David Thompson, Explorer, Surveyor and Cartographer of Western Canada 1789 to 1825

Dec. 8
Monday UBC Library
7:00pm Show & Tell;
Cam Cathcart, Jason Kuffler Reports /Christmas Social

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