McElfresh Map Company

McElfresh Map Company Owners: Earl and Michiko McElfresh Our vivid display of contemporaneous detail and exhaustive research have made McElfresh maps the guide of choice for the Smithsonian in its Civil War seminars and tours, as well as research tools and illustrations for the nations most acclaimed Civil War authors and historians.
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These maps are in the collections of libraries from Harvard University to Stanford, and from the Library of Congress (where McElfresh maps hang on the walls of the map reading room) to the Map Library of the British Museum. All McElfresh Maps are prepared, printed, and published in the United States of America.

A historian always willing to help, always glad to share, always happy to support. Ed Bearss was a historian who encoura...
09/17/2020
Ed Bearss, Past Chief Historian Of National Park Service, Dies At 97

A historian always willing to help, always glad to share, always happy to support. Ed Bearss was a historian who encouraged the next generation and created a vibrant atmosphere for Civil War scholarship. Truly a historian’s historian. Fold Your Tent and Rest In Peace Sir— McElfresh Map Company thanks him for his invaluable help over the years and will miss him.

Ed Bearss, a former National Park Service chief historian with a penchant for Civil War history, has passed away at the age of 97.

Americans throughout history have been called to use their diverse talents and capabilities to make our nation stronger ...
03/21/2020
Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War

Americans throughout history have been called to use their diverse talents and capabilities to make our nation stronger and better for the next generation.

Our company concentrates on the great maps and the mapmakers who through those eras and episodes have guided the decision makers and documented the outcomes.

Looking to pass some time--this is on C-Span, it's interesting and fun to follow. Our maps are still available FREE at Jim"s Park and Shop in Olean, we refill everyday.

And we thank all those scientists who are busy in their labs seeking a cure and a vaccine. And all of our health care workers who are on the front line fighting this virus, COVID-19.

Earl McElfresh talks about his book, [Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War], which examines the art of mapmaking in the 19th Century. After his remarks he answers questions from the audience.

Just dropped off some of our maps at Jim’s Park and Shop on Front and Main Street. Thank you to Jim Mahar for providing ...
03/18/2020

Just dropped off some of our maps at Jim’s Park and Shop on Front and Main Street. Thank you to Jim Mahar for providing counter space. Parents please feel free to pick one up and show your students places where Americans made history.

03/16/2020

Local Olean-area parents. We would be happy to supply you--free of charge--with a map for your school age children that are home for the next week or so. Our colorful and vibrant maps bring you to the paths, the forests, the rivers and the farms on which wars were fought. Pick-up a book for your child on the Civil War, the Revolutionary War or World War II and you may instill a worthwhile interest that will last a lifetime. Private message so we can figure out a drop-off or pick-up arrangement.

Current map—Olean and the environs.  A trove of trees and a heap of hills.  Great fun — just have to go outside if I hav...
02/25/2020

Current map—Olean and the environs. A trove of trees and a heap of hills. Great fun — just have to go outside if I have a question.

We change our window display frequently.  Currently we have a selection from our Beatle collection, a cultural map of Ma...
01/10/2020

We change our window display frequently. Currently we have a selection from our Beatle collection, a cultural map of Manhattan with many facts of the amazing city and the original of our 2019 Christmas card—downtown Olean dressed for the holidays.

Always nice to see yourself in the paper--and on the front page!  Every little bit helps.  The exhibit is still at the C...
10/25/2019
State & Union: There's still time to view McElfresh Map exhibit

Always nice to see yourself in the paper--and on the front page! Every little bit helps. The exhibit is still at the Cattaraugus County Museum in Machias. The maps are great, but the drive, this time of year in Western New York, is even better!

If you haven’t yet been to the Cattaraugus County Museum to see the current exhibit, “Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” there’s still time.

Cutting and pasting together a USGS map of Portville, Olean and Allegany.  Contemplating a map of our hometown region.  ...
07/17/2019

Cutting and pasting together a USGS map of Portville, Olean and Allegany. Contemplating a map of our hometown region. Family members please notice the yardstick advertisement.

Looking so forward to seeing this exhibit.
06/08/2019

Looking so forward to seeing this exhibit.

The Cattaraugus County Museum’s new exhibit, “Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” is now open! The museum will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, for an official opening, featuring a talk by Earl McElfresh at 1 p.m.

This event, as always, is free and open to the public.

Many stories of bravery during the D-Day invasion.  McElfresh Map Company reveres all who risked their lives on June 6th...
06/05/2019
The Miraculous Maps of D-Day - Tammy Norie Press

Many stories of bravery during the D-Day invasion. McElfresh Map Company reveres all who risked their lives on June 6th and the days that followed, including the mapmakers who set the stage for the invasion and charted their course to victory.

As we approach the 75th anniversary of D-Day, McElfresh Map Company honors the Engineer Model Making Detachment.  All of these mapmakers knew where the D-Day landings would come, more than a year before June 6, 1944. They were working class … Continue reading →

Cattaraugus County Museum
05/14/2019

Cattaraugus County Museum

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is excited to announce that it will host an opening of its next exhibit on Saturday, June 8, highlighted by a talk given by cartographer Earl McElfresh of the McElfresh Map Company LLC. The exhibit, “Mapmaker: The work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” will showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of the Olean native.

As cartographer for McElfresh Map Company, Earl B. McElfresh prepares historical base battlefield maps. He is the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams 1999) and contributing editor for the 2007 edition of Company Commander by Charles B. McDonald. He has prepared maps for the Library of America’s four volume Civil War set and for Lincoln’s Lieutenants, by Stephen Sears.

Mr. McElfresh has spoken on Civil War mapping at The Smithsonian, The National Archives, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Boston Public Library, The Newberry Library, The Harvard Map Collection, The Warburg Institute in London, National Geographic and on C-Span Book TV.

A resident of Olean, he is married to Michiko Hart McElfresh and has three adult children, John, Reed and Diana.

The museum will open from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, with the talk given by Mr. McElfresh beginning at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

My Topo website (I somehow shared my own website!) the maps are very well printed with an amazining amount of informatio...
02/22/2019
Custom Topographic Maps and Aerial Maps for the USA & Canada

My Topo website (I somehow shared my own website!) the maps are very well printed with an amazining amount of information.

Custom-printed topographic (topo) maps, aerial photos, and satellite images for the United States and Canada.

Received excellent maps of Olean and the surrounding area from My Topo earlier in the week.  An excellent resource and c...
02/22/2019
McElfresh Map Company - home - Civil War Maps Battlefield Maps

Received excellent maps of Olean and the surrounding area from My Topo earlier in the week. An excellent resource and company.

McElfresh Map Company - 800-308-3702 - Mapping Where Americans Made History - Gripping full color Civil War Maps, Battlefield and American History Maps

Completed a couple of new maps.  Photographed is Stones River, TN.
02/11/2019

Completed a couple of new maps. Photographed is Stones River, TN.

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce
12/29/2018

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

DECEMBER 29: ICE SKATING DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, Olean Rec Center, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free admission to skate is courtesy of McElfresh Map Company. For more information or questions, please call 716-373-RINK.

We sponsored wreaths for the veterans in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, NY through the Olean Chapter NSDAR.
12/01/2018
Wreaths Across America

We sponsored wreaths for the veterans in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, NY through the Olean Chapter NSDAR.

I just sponsored a Veteran's Remembrance Wreath that will be placed in honor of a hero on Wreaths Across America Day, December 15, 2018. Join me in supporting WAA's mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach!

Earl was pleased to give his presentation on his father's PT Boat service to the DAR.  Some great discussion afterwards.
10/22/2018
Olean Chapter, NSDAR hosts district luncheon at Bartlett CC, House

Earl was pleased to give his presentation on his father's PT Boat service to the DAR. Some great discussion afterwards.

OLEAN — The Olean Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) hosted the New York State District VIII Fall Luncheon and Regents Roundtable on Saturday, Oct. 20,

So exciting! The Olean Public Library is hosting a WWI exhibit for the Centennial.  Earl loaned his grandfather, Charlie...
10/13/2018

So exciting! The Olean Public Library is hosting a WWI exhibit for the Centennial. Earl loaned his grandfather, Charlie McDemott’s, photograph, helmet and his great coat for exhibit.

A photo of Earl McElfresh speaking at the Howe Library in Wellsville.  On the screen is a photo of his father Lt.(J.G.) ...
09/28/2018

A photo of Earl McElfresh speaking at the Howe Library in Wellsville. On the screen is a photo of his father Lt.(J.G.) John M. "Bus" McElfresh, skipper of PT-490, Squandron 33 in the Pacific Theater of WW II. He was awarded a Silver Star and Gold Star in lieu of a second Silver Star for his service.

Pleased to be part of Allegany County History Awareness Week.  Earl will be speaking about his father's World War II Pac...
09/26/2018
Allegany County History Awareness Week kicks off

Pleased to be part of Allegany County History Awareness Week. Earl will be speaking about his father's World War II Pacific career on PT Boat 490. We have been culling through his scrapbook and found some great slides to accompany the talk.

WELLSVILLE — The first of many crowds gathered Monday evening to witness the opening of the third annual Allegany County History Awareness Week.

Nothing like an audience-a night at a historical society, topped off with with an open mike at the Hickey playing my own...
05/08/2018
A Daybook in a Life-Guitar Excerpts - Tammy Norie Press

Nothing like an audience-a night at a historical society, topped off with with an open mike at the Hickey playing my own tunes.

It’s Good to Give Yourself a Good Scare Every Once and Awhile Prologue My guitar playing moved from the confines of my apartment when my cousin Wade moved to NYC. We practiced together and took our act to the rooftops … Continue reading →

Big city.  Small world.
04/21/2018
A DayBook in a Life: Elderly Neighbor Excerpts - Tammy Norie Press

Big city. Small world.

Prologue My second apartment in NYC was a 5th floor walk-up on 91st and Lexington. It was nice – a living room, a small kitchen, a bedroom. The bathroom was nicely tiled with, ironically enough, American Olean Tile and featured … Continue reading →

It's just another day...
04/03/2018
A Daybook in a Life — Day 200

It's just another day...

THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF Sat. July 21, 1984—New York–M.H.and I headed off to Princeton in a pouring rain. She brought along a bag of cherries and we drove slowly down Rte. 1 in New Jersey…

Earl wanted to call his day book The Dull Boy Series--some days were dull. Others were not.
03/26/2018
A Daybook in the Life–Days 180-183

Earl wanted to call his day book The Dull Boy Series--some days were dull. Others were not.

Prologue: Tammy Norie is the name of a small Scottish bird, a puffin. Timeframe: Mid-1960’s The Boat: The first Tammy Norie was built in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England by Whisstock’s Boat Yard, si…

Happy Anniversary to Us!
03/20/2018
Happy 25th Anniversary to McElfresh Map Company

Happy Anniversary to Us!

On March 19, 1993 we started McElfresh Map Company on the 5th floor of the First National Bank Building in Olean, NY. Our first map was the Battlefield of Pea Ridge and the Shiloh Battlefield was …

Happy St. Patrick's Day🍀
03/17/2018
A Daybook in a Life — St. Patrick’s Day 1984

Happy St. Patrick's Day🍀

Sat. March 17—New York City—St. Patrick’s Day. Woke up, got out of bed, worked at my play for a couple of hours and then bundled up and headed downtown, to 9th Ave and 42nd Street to buy tickets t…

A 1984 trip through the Shenandoah Valley continues--with other stops along the way.
03/12/2018
A Daybook in a Life–Days 168 &169

A 1984 trip through the Shenandoah Valley continues--with other stops along the way.

Civil War Battlefield Journey Continues…. Sun. June 17. 1984—Virginia–Had the best grits of my Southern trips. We drove up to Monticello and did a fairly thorough tour. The ar…

New York to Gettysburg to Richmond.  Includes an ironic insult to some one who would become well known as a mapmaker.
03/04/2018
A Daybook in the Life — Days 166 and 167

New York to Gettysburg to Richmond. Includes an ironic insult to some one who would become well known as a mapmaker.

One of Many– A Journey to Civil War Battlefields Fri. June 15, 1984—New York and headed south—In the car at 7a.m. Down Fifth Avenue to 34th Street without a stoplight. One of those new morni…

Best Man on the Job
02/25/2018
A Daybook in the Life Days 160 & 161

Best Man on the Job

Best Man on the Job Fri., June 8—New York—I intended to spend the day gazing around but I ended up all morning on the telephone. A hot, muggy day–sunny and steamy–but very nice. I pic…

Amazingly so many of the items mentioned in 1984 are still on our shelves.
02/18/2018
A DayBook in the Life — Day 156 through Day 158

Amazingly so many of the items mentioned in 1984 are still on our shelves.

Business and Bachelors New York—Mon. June 4, 1984–Nice day. Headed off early for Westchester, then over the Throgs Neck Bridge to Long Island. Mom and Dad arrived at 7:00 p.m. Preparations…

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Thanks McElfresh Map Company for the bonus maps! What wonderful customer service and a kind gesture!!
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