Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 11

May 2006

when he gave the Hakluyt Society-sponsored lecture at the Warburg Institute’s “Maps and People” series. He will talk on the history of the Virginia Company in Greenwich at the National Maritime Museum in the summer of 2006, and on the Enlightenment at the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference in Williamsburg, VA in April 2006.

He hopes to restart field work for his research project on combined operations and charting in the early-modern Caribbean with a trip to the Archivo General de Indias in Seville in the early part of 2006.

Rodrigue Lévesque writes: “I am still working on volumes 21 to 40 of The History of Micronesia. I had completed the “first pass,” bringing documents up to the modern period. I hope to publish this second series on cd-rom in 2007.”

Dee Longenbaugh is still writing and lecturing on Alaska history, but especially enjoys once weekly teaching of Alaska history to elementary students at local schools. 

In addition to being elected to the Council of the Society for the History of Discoveries, Joyce Lorimer will present the annual lecture at the General Meeting of the Hakluyt Society in London, England on June 28, 2006. The title of her lecture is “Untruth and Consequences: Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana and the ‘Salting’ of the Gold Mines.” The Hakluyt Society also will publish her volume, Sir Walter Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana, in Spring 2006. Joyce spent February, March, and April 2006 at the John Carter Brown Library, holding the Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship.

Thomas Lynch is Executive Director of the Brazos Valley Museum in Bryan, Texas. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.

Russell Magnaghi happily reported that he taught a course on the History of Discovery and Exploration, and his students were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the topic. He says, “It was a joy to teach.”

John Moscony writes that he is now the Board President of the Wolf Museum of Music and Art in Lancaster, PA.

Benjamin Olshin continues to teach at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, in the areas of philosophy and history of science. His current research involves a continuing study of the discovery of Brazil, as well as an investigation of the collection of “Marco Polo” maps formerly held by Marcian F. Rossi.

New member Bruce Paton informs us that he was born in India, educated at the University of Edinburgh, and recently retired as professor of surgery at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness. He also penned “No Ordinary Men: Nine Remarkable Explorers,” an article in press.

Douglas Peck reports: “My book on the history of the Yucatan was released in November 2005. Titled Yucatan: From Prehistoric Times to the Great Maya Revolt of 1546, this volume details the history of the seafaring Chontal Maya/Itza from Yucatan and their epic encounter with Spanish conquest. It also reveals that contrary to current consensus, the prehistoric Maya were a worldly, precocious people, who developed bronze tools to build their large seaworthy vessels in which they traveled to the islands of the Caribbean and to the shores of Florida. The publisher is Xlibris Corporation and the book is available from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. A follow-up book titled Kukulcan: The Primal God of the Olmec.Maya/Itza Civilization is scheduled for publication in early 2006.”

The popular PBS TV series, “History Detectives,” last year interviewed Robert McCracken Peck about the early 19th century expedition to the Rocky Mountains led by Stephen H. Long. Bob Peck is Senior Fellow and Librarian of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The TV program with an audience of five million viewers focused on Long’s campsite at Engineer Cantonment in the winter of 1819-1820, and where extensive archaeological excavations have taken place. It was aired on September 15, 2005.

Mary Pedley’s book, The Commerce of Cartography: Making and Marketing Maps in Eighteenth Century France and England, was published by the University of Chicago Press in June 2005. She continues as co-editor with Matthew Edney of The History of

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