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July 25, 2005

CW to host historic map symposium

Fourteen presentations will address topics ranging from the methods used by early explorers, surveyors and mapmakers to create maps to the contributions made by each of the major powers competing for land in America, the map trade and collecting maps. Speakers will include Dava Sobel, the award-winning author of “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” and author Edwin Danson, whose “Drawing the Line” details the remarkable achievement of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, British surveyors who produced the most important survey undertaken during the colonial period: the Mason-Dixon Line. The original drawing of the Mason-Dixon Line map, produced in 1768 to determine the official boundaries between Maryland and Pennsylvania, will be on display in the “Degrees of Latitude” exhibition at the Wallace Museum through Oct. 9.

Advance registration for the two-day symposium is required and must be accompanied by payment of the $225 registration fee, which includes evening receptions, morning and afternoon breaks, program presentations and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket valid for the duration of the conference. Participants may register online at, by fax or by mail. For information or a registration form, contact Deb Chapman, conference registrar, at (800) 603-0948, by e-mail at or by fax at (757) 565-8921.

Special room rates are available at Colonial Williamsburg’s Williamsburg Lodge ($175 per room), the Woodlands Hotel & Suites ($130 per room) and the Governor’s Inn ($55 per room). To make room and dining reservations, call (800) 261-9530 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Immediately following the map symposium, the Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its 46th annual meeting Oct. 6-9 in Williamsburg. For more information, visit online

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