Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West.
The annual lecture series co-sponsored by the David Rumsey Map Center and the California Map Society will feature Professor Imre Demhardt of the University of Texas, Arlington. He is a well-known and popular lecturer in the history of cartography. The Rumsey Center program will also feature the winner of the student essay competition.
Professor Demhardt’s topic at the Rumsey Center is Men, Myths and Maps: The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and the Conquest of the West. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was established in 1838 and operated as such until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Topographical Engineers were an elite group of West Point graduates who accomplished an astonishing amount of work mapping and describing the West. Among them were George Meade, John C. Fremont and Stephen Long.
Professor Demhardt will also speak at the Map and Atlas Museum in La Jolla (6 April 2018) and at the Monte Cedro auditorium in Altadena (7 April 2018) under the auspices of the California Map Society.