The New York Map Society exists to encourage and promote the study, research, use, creation, preservation, and appreciation of all forms of maps and the history of cartography. Our interests encompass all eras and methodologies, from antique maps to contemporary maps, including digital and computer-generated maps.
Our mission is pursued by numerous means, including periodic lectures and field trips, the maintenance of a website and social media presence, the support of individuals or organizations aligned with our mission, and the publication of articles or research about maps.
Our meetings are held monthly either in-person or virtually via Zoom. Our program year runs from January through December. Please refer to the Upcoming Meetings tab to see our schedule of events.
Contributions to and membership in the Society are tax-deductible consistent with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We welcome and appreciates suggestions and volunteer efforts from anyone interested in maps!
Our Board Member Officers
Steve is a map and history enthusiast with cartographic interests in The Age of Discovery, Maps of Spain (where he lived for 5 years), Colonial America, and early New York City. He is a member of the Philip Lee Phillips Society at The Library of Congress and a member of The Washington Map Society, International Map Collector’s Society (IMCoS) and The RoyalGeographic Society in London, among others. Steve is Chief Campus Operating Officer at Avenues: The World School, an organization that is developing a system of premium, private K-12 schools emphasizing language fluency and global preparedness in the world’s great cities (New York, Sao Paulo, London, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley, etc.). Prior to Avenues, Steve worked as an executive in finance, operations and strategy in the fashion, media and financial industries with organizations such as Ralph Lauren, PepsiCo, Scripps Networks (Discovery) and Price Waterhouse. Steve holds a B.S. in Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Laura Ten Eyck
Laura Ten Eyck grew up in Toronto, Canada in a municipality of Lake Ontario called Mimico. She studied visual art at York University with a concentration in print-making, and attended the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at New York University. Her interest in maps began on the Thorong La pass in Nepal during a solo trek when the wind took her only map. A one-year apprenticeship with Miss Ruth Shevin in the map room at the Argosy Book Store in Manhattan furthered her passion about mapping and all the forms it takes. Ten Eyck is the director of the gallery at the Argosy Book Store in New York City, an appraiser of Posters & Prints on The Antiques Roadshow, and has appeared on CBS Sunday morning. She knew it was her destiny to live in NYC when she discovered, through rare maps, Coenraedt Ten Eyck (her relative) received two WIC (Dutch West India Company) land grants in lower Manhattan. She lives in Greenpoint Brooklyn with her family.
Stephen M Banker
Steve developed an affinity for old maps as a child and has been collecting for over 30 years. His interest is primarily in maps from the 1400’s through the 1600’s, with a focus on world maps, maps of the Northeast U.S., maps of the Holy Land and any other maps with a particular beauty or historical interest. He is a member of three other map societies. Steve has recently developed educational programs for Nursery School and Elementary School students, utilizing maps to explore science, history, geology, geography, humor, art and many other disciplines. Steve is also involved with other notfor-profit organizations: for the past 26 years he has been Trustee and volunteer with The Educational Alliance, a 125-year-old multi-generational community service organization with over 15 facilities on the Lower East Side and East Village, serving over 50,000 New Yorkers every year. He also serves as President of The Westchester Chordsmen, one of the leading barbershop choruses in the country, where he sings bass. Steve has retired from his partnership in the international law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he practiced for 34 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He has a B.A. from Cor ell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
In 2010 Andrew retired from decades as a consumer and business data/processing consultant — most recently from Dun & Bradstreet, where he was awarded with patents for domestic and global address maintenance. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in publishing, becoming Editor-in-Chief and then Associate Publisher of multiple tabloid magazines. He began collecting antique maps in 1988 and built the first version of his site “LithuanianMaps.com” — which now has over 4,000 images and 65 pages — in 2008. He was invited to become Secretary of the New York Map Society in September 2014, and, a year later, also became its webmaster. He now also partners with Steve Hanon and Laura Ten Eyck in society program development. His map-related presentations include “The Influence of Maps on Society and Contemporary Art,” at Seton Hall University in November 2013, and “How Maps and Map Collecting Helped an Immigrant Find His Place in the World,” given February 2016 at the New York Public Library, and again in February 2017 at the Lithuanian Consulate in New York. The consulate also hosted a two-month exhibition of his maps of the historic Lithuanian area in 2017: “300+ Years of Lithuania on Maps: 1552 – 1862.“ His research articles on maps of Lithuania are hosted at the New York Map Society’swebsite on its “Member Links” page. Andrew’s B.A. in Biological Illustration from City College, New York, was leveraged only once: for a 1974 college biology textbook, for which he drew all the illustrations and wrote three chapters.