March 28, 2012 Library Conference to Address Two Centuries of Mapping Washington, D.C., May 18-19

Presented by the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division and the Philip Lee Phillips Society

Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639

"Visualizing the Nation’s Capital: Two Centuries of Mapping Washington, D.C.,” the first conference devoted to mapping the nation’s capital, covering the period from Pierre-Charles L’Enfant’s 1791 Plan of the City of Washington to the present.

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18
, with a reception from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, with tours of the Geography and Map Division from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the public. Reservations are needed; contact or call (202) 707-1616.

Friday’s session from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will be in the Coolidge Auditorium followed by a reception in Room 119, both located in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington.

Saturday’s session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be in the Mumford Room and the tours from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will be in the Geography and Map Reading Room, both located in the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Participants include historians, archaeologists, building and landscape architects, urban planners, cartographers, geographers, land surveyors, Library of Congress specialists and Anthony Williams, the former mayor of Washington, D.C.

The conference is presented by the Library and the Philip Lee Phillips Society, which was established in 1995 as an association of collectors, geographers, historians and map enthusiasts, with a shared interest in supporting and promoting the programs and activities of the Library’s Geography and Map Division.

More information on the conference presentations is available at


PR 12-064
ISSN 0731-3527