PUB: In “The Portolan,” Issue 115: An Overview of the Baylor Oyster Survey: A Virginia Base Line, Through Eliza’s Eyes: Envisioning the Underground Railroad, The Lucky Maiden: Gendered Constrictions in The Life of Harriot Stuart, Mappamundi, and more

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ISSUE 115 (Winter 2023)

Issue 115 (Winter 2023) was published recently and is in distribution to all members of the Washington Map Society.

In this issue, Marianne McKee’s history of the oyster survey includes manuscripts from the Library of Virginia in Richmond; Karen Lewis reimagines, through maps and visualizations, the character Eliza Harris in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s popular novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Deja M. Farquharson-Carter’s essay features an allegorical map that she created, her digital mapping project, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century allegorical maps; and “The Map Psalter” inspired Brian Croft’s “Mappamundi.” Several book reviews are also included.


The Portolan is published three times per year; issue 116 is due for release in June 2023.


CONTENTS OF ISSUE 115 – Winter 2022

An Overview of the Baylor Oyster Survey: A Virginia Base Line, by Marianne M. McKee        

Through Eliza’s Eyes: Envisioning the Underground Railroad, by Karen Lewis

The Lucky Maiden: Gendered Constrictions in The Life of Harriot Stuart, by Deja M. Farquharson-Carter        

Mappamundi, by Brian P. Croft

This regular feature, a bibliographic listing of articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of cartography, is compiled by Leah M. Thomas.


Imperial Borderlands: Maps and Territory-Building in the Northern Indochinese Peninsula (1885–1914) (Reviewer: Harold E. Meinheit)                                 

The Frontier in British India: Space, Science, and Power in the Nineteenth Century (Reviewer: Deepak Bhattasali)      

Citizens and Rulers of the World: The American Child and the Cartographic Pedagogies of Empire (Reviewer: Clif Stratton)       

The Cartographers (Reviewer: Carolyn Kuchera)      


  1. WMS President’s Winter 2022 Letter, by Jeffrey Katz
  2. Washington Map Society Meetings, Winter/Spring 2022/2023
  3. Exhibitions and Meetings
  4. Ristow Prize Competition 2022
  5. Ristow Prize Competition 2023
  6. 2022 ICHC Bucharest Report, by Kris Butler
  7. Mapep: Kif u x’fatta, by Rod Lyon
  8. Remembrance: David Rodney (Rod) Lyon, by Joseph Schirò, Valerie Scott (Newby), and Tom Sander
  9. Cartographic Notes, by Tom Sander
  10. Map Site Seeing
  11. Index to Advertisers



DEEPAK BHATTASALI is a student of history, cartography, and economics, with a special interest in China, Japan, and India. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

KRIS BUTLER, past president of the Boston Map Society, is a Board Member of the Washington Map Society.

An avid collector of maps of Nebraska, BRIAN P. CROFT is an instructor of Composition and Literature at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff and has been in higher education for twenty years.

DEJA M. FARQUHARSON-CARTER graduated from Virginia State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Secondary Education and Spanish. She has taught high school in Virginia. She is studying Japanese and enjoys creating art. She plans to teach abroad.

DR. CAROLYN KUCHERA is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico-Gallup, teaching courses in composition and literature. Her article, “Poetry and Protest: Simon J. Ortiz’s Writings on the Reservation Border Town of Gallup, NM” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Humanities.

KAREN LEWIS is an Associate Professor of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Her design research examines the intersection of graphic and infrastructural systems. Her book, Graphic Design for Architects (Routledge, 2015), is one of the publisher’s best-selling architecture books of all time. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Wellesley College and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

ROD LYON was one of the founding members and the Publicity Chairman/Press Officer of the Malta Map Society.

MARIANNE M. MCKEE, co-editor with Richard W. Stephenson of Virginia in Maps, is a past president of the Washington Map Society and a Portolan contributor. Her “Expanding a Child’s World: Map Books for Children and Young Readers” was published in issue 81 (Fall 2011), and “From Contracts to Copperplates: The Making of the 1827 State Map of Virginia, the Corrections in 1859, and the Copperplate Printing Project of 2004” was published in issue 78 (Fall 2010). Ms. McKee served for a number of years as the Map Specialist at the Library of Virginia.

HAROLD E. MEINHEIT is a former U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent much of his career in Southeast Asia. A regular contributor to The Portolan, his recent articles include “The Man Who Mapped Siam: James McCarthy and the Royal Survey Department” and “Mapping the Mekong: the French Expedition of 1866–1868.” He is a member of the Washington Map Society and currently serves as its secretary.

THOMAS SANDER is Editor Emeritus of The Portolan.

CLIF STRATTON is Associate Professor of History and Director of University Common Requirements at Washington State University. He is the author of Education for Empire: American Schools, Race, and the Paths of Good Citizenship (California, 2016) and Power Politics: Carbon Energy in Historical Perspective (Oxford, 2021).

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