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.



Monday November 5, 2018 – Vincent Szilagyi: “Gerrymandering: Our Perennial Partisan Political Pastime in Maps”

Vincent Szilagyi

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

 

The maps of our Congressional Districts, and the process by which they are drawn, are some of the least known, most influential and most interesting political processes in American history. However, this process is not without controversy. Gerrymandering is a dirty word in politics, but what is it? And why is it bad?

Join us on the Monday before Election Day as we examine this important example of applied cartography from Elbridge Gerry's Salamander to 21st century high tech redistricting efforts.

Vincent graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with Degrees in History, Political Science and Geography. His senior thesis concerned the mapping of Central Africa and the Nile River in the 1850s to 1870s and the impacts this had on the nascent academic disciplines of Geography and Geology. After graduating, Vincent indulged his passion for maps by working at the Philadelphia Print Shop West in Cherry Creek, one of the Nation’s premier antique map and print galleries. He now works as a Research Archivist at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.


Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

December 11, 2018

Susan Schulten: "The Maps that Mattered in American History"
Join Susan Schulten as she discusses her new book, A History of America in 100 Maps

 

February 1-3, 2019

Miami International Map Fair
Preview event for registrants and dealers, February 1, 2019.
Open to the public on February 2-3, 2019.
For more information, see Miami Map Fair Home Page

 

February 28 -
March 1, 2019

Mapping Grand Canyon Conference
Arizona State Library - Tempe, Arizona
Free and open to the public, but Registration is required

 

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