The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Most meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM.

September 23, 2014: Tom Overton Presents
"Yo-Ho-Ho and a Rhumb Line!"

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And now for something completely different! Tom Overton, Past President of RMMS, will give us a whimsical look at pirate maps. So be sure to be here for some entertainment as well as a lighthearted map presentation. Did you know that the famous English explorers, Francis Drake and William Dampier, were both pirates? In the 17th century one could be both. Tom will bring some period maps to illustrate where the pirates were operating, as well as some authentic pirate artifacts for people to look at.

Tom Overton is the Founder of the Overton Law Firm and a serious map enthusiast. His personal collection ranges from the 17th century maps of the English cartographer John Speed, to historical maps of Colorado, to antique maps of Denver.

The presentation will take place at Denver Public Library in the Gates Room, Fifth Floor, at 5:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Oct. 16-19, 2014

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RMMS and the Texas Map Society present:
The Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures
and Map Fair of the West

October 16-17, 2014: "The Price of Manifest Destiny:
   War and American Expansion, 1800-1865"

   at the University of Texas, Arlington.
October 18-19, 2014: "The Map Fair of the West"
   at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Click here for registration.


Oct. 21-24, 2014

International Map Collectors' Society [IMCoS] Annual Symposium
International Conference Hall, National Library of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
See IMCoS Website for details


Oct. 28, 2014

First Annual RMMS "Young Scholar's Lecture"
“Culture, Contact and the Agency of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki.”
Joshua Marcotte, University of Minnesota, Department of History, Center for Early Modern History
Sturm Hall, Room 286, on the D.U. campus. [Time TBD]

Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014

Society for the History of Discoveries [SHD] 55th Annual Meeting
Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas
See SHD Website for details


Dec. 2, 2014

Dr. Ronald Gibbs
"On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution"
Denver Public Library, Gates Room, Fifth Floor - at 5:30 PM

Announcements by RMMS Members

Sharon Danhauer announces a summer field trip:
Dates: August 23-24, 2014
Car pool from Loveland, 5th St./Lincoln Ave. parking lot. Drive to historic sites and museums in Wyoming. Hotel, meals, museum fees are your own expenses. Let her know if you are willing to take riders (who will help with gas) or need to ride.
For details please contact Sharon Danhauer at

Old World Auctions has recently posted the videos from the 2013 RMMS/TMS joint conference at D.U., "The Mapping of America: The Westward Expansion," on their website.
Click on Westward Expansion to view the videos.

Susan Schulten, Chair of the Department of History at D.U., has written the first of a series of articles on historic maps for The New Republic.
World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography. These Amazing Maps Are Its Legacy.

Chris Lane suggests that RMMS members may be interested in viewing the cartography-related online journal, Perimetron. The latest version contains an article on Alexander von Humboldt and the Mapping of Mexico.

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