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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Michael Buehler:
"Why the Map Trade Still Matters in the Age of the Internet"

Michael Buehler founded Boston Rare Maps in 2002. As a dealer he focuses on rare, important and unusual 18th- and 19th-century American maps and historical prints, and recently he has also developed an interest in “persuasive maps”. Michael has published articles and curated exhibitions on 18th- and 19th-century American mapmaking and is a regular public speaker. He is a governing board member of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, and was recently elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society and the Grolier Club.


It is no secret the internet has transformed the field of antiquarian map collecting, dealing and scholarship. In some ways the gains are profound: with a few keystrokes anyone can access a wealth of primary and secondary sources; buyers have hitherto undreamed-of access to material; and increased transparency is stabilizing prices.

These gains come with costs, however, among them the changing relationship between map dealers and their clientele. In aggregate, this relationship has become more focused on “the deal” than on the development of a mutually-beneficial long-term partnership.

And yet at its best the map trade offers a set of services that represent a unique “value proposition.” These include for example the discovery and restoration of maps, warrantying the maps brought to market, and the identification of new fields for collecting and research. This value proposition benefits collectors, institutions, scholars and dealers. And it is unlikely—at least any time soon—to be replicated by the internet.

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Denver Public Library
5th Floor, Gates Room
5:30 PM
Open to the Public

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

April 20, 2019
Saturday, 2-4 PM
Loveland Museum
503 North Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, Colorado

"Pioneer Roads in Larimer County"
Presentation by Ken Jessen
Oregon-California Trails Association
Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter
Free and open to the public
For details, e-mail Camille Bradford


May 7-28, 2019
5:30 PM at Denver
Public Library
Conference Center

"Visualizing Colorado:" Maps and views of the Centennial State
Rocky Mountain Map Society Map Month 2019
Free and open to the public

Maps from the Denver Public Library's Map Collection will be on exhibit throughout Map Month.
See: Link to DPL Map Exhibit


Announcements by RMMS Members

RMMS welcomes our new Webmaster (Vince Szilagyi) and new Program Manager (Naomi Heiser)
Please see "About Us" for our updated slate of RMMS Directors and Coordinators. We look forward to working with these fine volunteers on forthcoming regular meetings and special events.

CONAMS Announcement: from Paul Mathias
Issue 104 (Spring 2019), consisting of 78 pages, was published in March 2019 and is in distribution to all paid subscribers and print-issue members in good standing of the Washington Map Society. Copies are available for purchase.
For details, see for information on how to order and locate issues of the journal, and procedures for prospective authors.

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