31st International Symposium

Frozen Dreams and Delusions: 400 Years of Arctic Cartography

September 8 - 10, 2013

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We are pleased to welcome you to Fairbanks, Alaska and to Frozen Dreams and Delusions: 400 Years of Arctic Cartography, the 31st International Map Collectors Society Symposium. September 9 – 11, 2013, on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

You will be visiting at one of the most beautiful times of the year in Interior Alaska. Besides our focus on maps, expect many opportunities to tour Alaska’s interior—indoors and out. September is prime Aurora borealis watching season and the crisp, clear days are spectacular with a brilliant foliage display and thousands of migratory birds flocking overhead.

We have a full slate of activities planned for your visit in September, including presentations on topics such as

  • Ancient Arctic Cartography; Classic Northern Maps from the Age of Exploration
  • Captain Cook and the Worst Map Ever Made
  • Maps from Beyond the Edge of the World
  • Gold Rush Routes to Nowhere
  • How the Air Age Changed the Globe

In addition to more than a dozen intriguing papers on cartographic history, the conference will offer a full spectrum of activities at America’s farthest north university such as

  • an open house showcasing the Rasmuson Library’s unparalleled collection of rare maps and books about the Arctic
  • an evening at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, showcasing Native fine arts, carvings, and natural history, and
  • a look inside the operation of the university’s Geophysical Institute—which includes an operational rocket range—and is the world’s leading center for research into the Aurora Borealis  

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Northern Studies Program, the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library and the Department of Geography welcome you to the 31st Symposium. We hope you will join us!

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