Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 9

May 2004

In his communication with the editor of Terra Cognita, H.G. wrote the following: “2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (January 22, 2004) marks the 60th anniversary of our invasion at Anzio, and the Survivors of Sub-Chaser 525 are celebrating our good luck.”

Bruce Lenman became Professor Emeritus at the University of St. Andrews in October 2003. He says that it is the best job in the university—it only takes forty years to get it. Bruce was in Cuba in December 2003 working on his project on the black community in the intramuros area of the Spanish colonial port city. He worked in the national and city archives of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. From March to mid-May, 2004, he will be the Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellow at the Huntington Library in California. Bruce will be working on a collection of Spanish maps and charts of the Americas, many of non-Spanish original provenance. His two main research fields remain the maritime cartography of the early-modern Americas, with particular reference to amphibious warfare, and the Spanish colonial port city, especially in the Caribbean.

In 2003, Thomas Lynch worked for two weeks with a Chilean team studying Inca and early colonial roads. Later, as a Senior Specialist for the Fulbright Commission, he consulted with the University of the Atacama on an Institute of Anthropology, and advised municipal authorities in Diego de Almagro and Copiapó on protection of patrimony and touristic development of archaeological, early mining, and railroad attractions. 

Russell Magnaghi has the worst of all possible jobs. He has been chairing both the history and philosophy departments at Northern Michigan University, but on July 1, 2003, he was assigned two more departments to administer – economics and political science. Russ, let us know when you are released from the asylum.

Marica Milanesi writes that 2003 was a busy and exciting year. “Besides teaching as usual in Pavia (Italy), I had a wonderful time researching and teaching abroad. During the month of May, I held four lectures at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Science Historiques et Philologiques à la Sorbonne (Paris), at the seminar Représentations de l’espace de l’Antiquité tardive au XVI siècle

directed by M. Patrick Gautier Dalché. To illustrate four different ways of being a geographer in the 16th century, I commented on the works of G.B. Ramusio and G. Gastaldi, Guillaume Postel, Filippo Sassetti, and Egnazio Danti.

Thanks to a Jeanette C. Black Memorial Fellowship, I spent August and September at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI conducting research for my book on Vincenzo Coronelli (Vincenzo Coronelli Cosmographer (1650-1715), which is due for publication at the end of 2004.”

A farm near Frederica, Delaware owned by Mary Emily Miller was recognized last year as being the 5th oldest family business in the United States. The 253-acre farm has been in the Miller family for 319 consecutive years. Mary Emily is a ninth-generation descendant of the original owner, Jacob Emerson.

Harold Osher says that it was a great pleasure to see many SHD members in Cambridge and Portland for ICHD 2003. He and colleagues are now planning the 10th anniversary celebration for the Osher Map Library in October 2004.

Fabian O’Dea has completed and sent to a major Canadian publisher his work on the history of the mapping of the island of Newfoundland, 1500-1800. Being in his 87th year, he is now eager to see it published and in the hands of readers. 

John Parker, retired Curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, was presented the Kay Sexton Award in Minneapolis on May 16, 2003 for “outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s book community.” This award is sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Douglas Peck’s study, “The Little Known Accomplishments of the Seafaring Chontal Maya from Northern Yucatan,” which was presented at the 2002 SHD meeting in Zapopan, has now been published by the New World Explorers, Inc., and is available for downloading on its new web site: www.newworldexplorersinc.org. Several of Doug’s other recent papers are also available on this web site.

Richard Pflederer is continuing his study of portolan charts. He says that he has completed his examination of the collections at the Newberry and

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