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Founded in 1979, the Washington Map Society supports and promotes map collecting, cartography, and the study of cartographic history. Our members hail from 19 countries, 38 states, and the District of Columbia, united by one common interest - a love of maps.


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Who Should Join WMS?

Anyone with an interest in maps – no expertise is required. The WMS has members from all walks of life, including map enthusiasts, collectors, historians, librarians, map dealers, cartographers, and institutions.


Why Join the WMS?

The WMS is the premier global map society dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of maps of all kinds. WMS members can explore the world of maps through lectures, field trips, and our acclaimed journal, The Portolan. The WMS offers a “Members Only" area on this website with access to all past issues of the journal and videos of past speaker lectures.

See what the WMS is all about with two free Portolan issues and one of our favorite guest lectures.


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The Portolan is the only journal of its kind published in the Americas focusing on the history of cartography, map collecting, and cartography.

As a WMS member, you will have access to all past issues of The Portolan - that's over 100 issues!

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