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. 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.

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…

Wedding Bells and Blues
02/12/2018
A DayBook in a Life– Day 74, Day 133, and Day 140

Wedding Bells and Blues

Wedding Bells and Blues New York—Wed. March 14, 1984—Stayed in town, mostly to meet J.P. at Brooks Bros. and pick up our wedding attire. I guess L. knows what she’s doing after all since things lo…

Luckily it turned out to be a great investment.
02/06/2018
A Daybook in a Life Day–Day 126

Luckily it turned out to be a great investment.

How Easy it is to Spend Someone Else’s Money Sat. May 5, 1984—New York—Zach arrived here at 9:30, Jo soon after. We drove to Boo’s in Fairfield, left there at about 11:00, drove to Mystic, C…

Day 105 of 12,500 days--lunch in midtown with distant relatives and later the theatre district.
02/02/2018
A Daybook in a Life | Tammy Norie Press

Day 105 of 12,500 days--lunch in midtown with distant relatives and later the theatre district.

Posts about A Daybook in a Life written by Earl B. McElfresh

McElfresh Map Company's cover photo
11/25/2017

McElfresh Map Company's cover photo

Windy today.  Not a great day to sell paper products on the street. So we set up in our office.
11/25/2017

Windy today. Not a great day to sell paper products on the street. So we set up in our office.

We are thankful that we have been able to do what we love for  25 years and received some great encouragement along the ...
11/22/2017

We are thankful that we have been able to do what we love for 25 years and received some great encouragement along the way. Happy Thanksgiving.

11/03/2017
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

McElfresh Map Company loves Olean, NY!

Olean is a much different place than it was as little as three years ago. There’s a renewed interest in our now-walkable downtown. Entrepreneurs are taking a chance and opening up new businesses, while existing companies are making significant expansions to their operations. Local and state governments are doing their part as well, investing in Olean’s future through grants and major projects.

As the Olean area continues down its new path of revitalization, reinvigoration, and reinvention, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and Olean Business Development's Downtown Development Committee are working closely together to develop new materials to promote our area as a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Starting this past spring, both organizations commissioned Danny Bush Visuals to film our community— its people, businesses, and events — to tell Olean’s new story as a small city that is turning a corner to prosperity.

This video is the first in a series of promotional videos the Chamber and Olean Business Development will release in the coming months.

This video — and those that follow in the near future — are meant to be shared and we encourage you to do so.

Join us in promoting there greater Olean area and its upswing.

Some one once asked if  it took a couple of hours to draw a map.  It took that long to explain the process.
10/31/2017
Yes! There is a Method to our Mapness

Some one once asked if it took a couple of hours to draw a map. It took that long to explain the process.

As a historical cartographer–one who doesn’t use a computer to draw or to do research, I could be considered a dinosaur, maybe a buggy whip. But details in mapping are important, especi…

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce
08/29/2017

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

On this #MemberMonday, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes McElfresh Map Company.

In the back of the Olean House you will find the offices of the McElfresh Map Company, a unique Olean company.
Owned and operated by Earl and Michiko McElfresh, they began the business in 1993 in the former Manufacturers Hanover Building. Earl had been working with his grandfather's insurance company, Connecticut General Insurance, and as the company phased out, his new career, cartography, began. He had always drawn maps for himself as he read so decided to try doing it professionally. He submitted his first map of Prairie Grove, AK, and soon began a long relationship with The History Book Club. Since then he has had over 20 of his maps as featured or main selections. They would decide what their next big book would be and he would start the intensive research needed to produce the map.
He has spoken on Civil War mapping at The Smithsonian, The National Archives, The Library of Congress, The NY Public Library, The Boston Public Library, The Newberry Library, The Harvard Map Collection, The Warburg Institute in London, National Geographic and appeared on C-Span Book TV.
Earl is still making maps with his most recent being 13 maps in the new Stephen Sears history, Lincoln's Lieutenants. As you can imagine Earl and Michiko are fascinating to talk with. Wander in some day and find out more about this interesting side of history.

A Map A Day
08/20/2017

A Map A Day

Geological Chart from L.W. Yaggy’s Geographical Portfolio, published in 1893 by C.F. Rassweiler & Co.

“Yaggy's large geographical charts are among the most beautiful and impressive educational charts published in the 19th century. Using chromolithography, Yaggy created stunning colors and contrasts in his images of the world, its regions, and peoples. The ten charts in this set were originally housed in a large wooden portfolio that also served as a display mechanism, allowing the charts to be tilted up for classroom use. Yaggy intended his charts to be used in classrooms by students, and issued a teacher’s handbook to assist with instruction.”

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jf2e9ws

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Newberry Library
08/06/2017

Newberry Library

Flat maps, though they're easy to fold and carry, always show a distorted version of the globe, which is why the teacher Dennis Townsend created a foldable globe! A mere 24 cm wide when folded flat, it morphs into a 16 cm diameter globe, helping school children understand the real shape of the continents. [map6C G3170 1869 .T6]

Of course we still need paper maps.
07/21/2017
Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is 'master of cartography'

Of course we still need paper maps.

See more of the story Sure, your phone is a great navigation tool. But can it show you all of the dog-friendly breweries in the Twin Cities? The location, times and what’s playing for the Music & Movies program in Minneapolis parks? Or display at a glance where every college, minor-league ballpark o...

Interesting use of a Doughboy's helmet.
07/10/2017

Interesting use of a Doughboy's helmet.

World War 1 Helmet decorated with a map of Western Europe by an American soldier, 1919.

Inscribed “h. g. booth. 110th t.m.b. a.e.f. france. 1918.19” on the rim. Hat size 7 1/4 inches.

“During World War I the popular French magazine Le Pays de France sponsored a series of competitions for the best art pieces created by French soldiers. The magazine called these objects l’artisanat des tranchées. Translated into English as trench art, this term has been used ever since to describe a wide variety of war souvenirs made from battlefield debris or from pieces of military equipment, mostly from the Western Front.”

Source: http://themagazineantiques.com/article/trench-art-of-the-great-war/

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Amazing photos of astonishing bravery on the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day.
06/06/2017
D-Day: June 6, 1944

Amazing photos of astonishing bravery on the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day.

Historic images of the D-Day landings at Normandy in World War II.

A great review of Lincoln's Lieutenants. The maps get a nice mention.
05/06/2017
Chaos in Lincoln’s High Command

A great review of Lincoln's Lieutenants. The maps get a nice mention.

The president struggled to find a leader who could match Robert E. Lee. Russell S. Bonds reviews “Lincoln’s Lieutenants” by Stephen W. Sears.

So exciting!  Just received Stephen Sears new history, Lincoln's Lieutenants, which features 13 of Earl's maps. They loo...
04/28/2017

So exciting! Just received Stephen Sears new history, Lincoln's Lieutenants, which features 13 of Earl's maps. They look great--even without the water color!

One of our followers noticed McElfresh Map Company's last Facebook post and let us know that he had the DAR scrapbooks. ...
03/12/2017
State and Union: Mystery of 120 years of Olean DAR archives solved

One of our followers noticed McElfresh Map Company's last Facebook post and let us know that he had the DAR scrapbooks. It was so much fun to sift through 120 years of Olean area history. Thank you Larry.

A Facebook post led the Olean Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to a treasure trove of scrapbooks from the chapter’s founding in 1897 — right through to

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