Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early American South

September 17-18, 2021 Winston-Salem, NC

Cartography & Culture

Mapping the Early American South



September 17-18, 2021

MESDA’s seminars provide a forum for collectors, curators, scholars, and conservators to explore topics related to a range of decorative arts media.  Next year, “Mapping and Migration” will offer a multicultural perspective on how the use of maps in the early South influenced patterns of migration and established settlements of British, French, Spanish, African, and Native American peoples. 

From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution to further exploration through westward expansion, join us as we delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South.


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



Individual Ticket   $350.00

$340.00 Frank L. Horton Society*

Registration includes the keynote lecture and reception, participation in the Map Exhibition, a visit to the Moravian Archives, two pastry breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches, all lectures proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  

*This program is anticipated to sell 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, “A Tale of Two Maps: Finding the Indigenous Perspective in Carolina”

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, Lewis Evans’s 1755 Map of the Middle Colonies

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, September 17, 2021

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, September 18, 2021

9:30am   Session IV: Settling a Nation
12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm   Session V: Moving Beyond
2:00pm   Session VI: Excursion to the Moravian Archives



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:

The Historic Brookstown Inn Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott: Winston-Salem Downtown
200 Brookstown Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
125 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Please note: for those who reserved a room for the original seminar date (September 11-12, 2020), your reservation can be cancelled for a full refund up to two days prior to the reservation.

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.