Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early American South

October 21-22, 2022 Winston-Salem, NC

Cartography & Culture

Mapping the Early American South


October 21-22, 2022

From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators, to military campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, to the exploration of the trans-Appalachian west, different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. This program brings together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to explore how maps in the early South both created and reflected patterns of colonization, settlement, and migration.  Patterns that remain on the landscape to the present day.


Cartography & Culture is generously sponsored by
Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Holcomb



Individual Ticket  Sold Out!!   $350.00 
Virtual Registration Free
In Person Registration includes the keynote lecture and reception, participation in the Map Exhibition, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, all lectures proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  In-person attendees will also receive exclusive access to the recordings of the lectures for a limited period of time after the program concludes.

We are thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to emerging professionals and students this year! To apply for a scholarship, click here. Final date to apply is Friday, August 19th, 2022. Inclusive of small travel stipend.

*The in-person program is sold out.  Please note that members of the Frank L. Horton Society receive priority registration privileges, as well as a discount on their tickets.  To receive your Frank L. Horton Society discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password.  If you would like to join the Frank L. Horton Society, or if you would like to learn more, please click here.



Margaret Pritchardmoderator

Susan Schulten, Keynote: “Maps that Made the South”

Philip Burden, Mapping North America in the Age of Exploration

Daniel Crouch, Visconte Maggiolo’s 1527 Map of North America

Brent Lane, John White’s 1585 Map of the North Carolina Outer Banks

Lucie Stylianopoulos, Mapping Erasure: Acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of the Piedmont in the 18th century

Katie McKinney, William Gerard de Brahm’s 1757 Map of the Lowcountry

Johanna Brown, Conservation of Andreas Hoger’s 1754 Map of Wachovia

Bill Wooldridge, “America as Eden”

Matthew Edney, John Mitchell’s 1755 Map of North America

Mike McNamara, The Map “famously used by General Braddock”

Christian Koot, “A Biography of a Map: Augustine Herrman’s Virginia and Maryland (1673)”

Dale Loberger, Applying Technology in the Search of Colonial Roads

Richard Brown, Mapping Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution

Daniel Ackermann, Mapping the South’s Westward Expansion

subject to amendment

Friday, October 21, 2022

10:00am   Session I: Age of Discovery
12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm   Session II: Settling the South
3:30pm   Session III: Map Exhibition
5:00pm   Reception & Keynote Lecture


Saturday, October 22, 2022

9:30am   Session IV: Settling a Nation
12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm   Session V: Moving Beyond

NOTE: Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program and schedule is subject to amendment.



The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.  Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.

Seminar Hotels:

 Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center
420 High Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Group Name: Old Salem Room Block

Other recommended hotels:

The Zevely Inn Bed and Breakfast
803 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well.  Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.  For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved with cancelling hotel reservations.