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 20-23, 2018 - at Colorado School of Mines
RMMS hosts the Annual Meeting of The Society for
the History of Discoveries
"Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes" and
"Great Mountains of the American West"



"Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes" and
"Great Mountains of the American West"

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries will be at the Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, (free to SHD and RMMS Members) will take place on Thursday, September 20th, before the opening reception of the SHD conference on Thursday evening. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of geological specimens as well as maps of the West will be on display in the Geology Museum.

SHD's conference program follows on Friday and Saturday morning. The theme of the 2018 SHD Annual Meeting is Great Mountains of the American West. Our keynote speaker at the SHD Banquet on Friday evening will be Dr. Susan Schulten, noted author and Professor of History at the University of Denver.

On Sunday September 23rd, following the conference, there will be a guided bus tour of some of the original mountain mining districts west of Golden. This tour will include all transportation, a visit to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a box lunch, a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad, and a tour of the old Lebanon Silver Mine. Advance registration is required.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

November 5, 2018
5:30 PM at DPL

RMMS is planning to present a talk on gerrymandering - as a prelude to the midterm elections on November 6.


Announcements by RMMS Members

RMMS Member Naomi Heiser announces the digitization of the Nell Map Collection of historic Colorado maps. They are physically located at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library at CU Boulder. The Nell maps, scanned and made available online through the SIPA Micro-Grant, are currently receiving the most use of any digital collection at the library and are an example of how the map library at CU Boulder is making a point to put information and resources online for the benefit of students and the community-at-large.

See the digitized collection at Micro-grant article: Colorado Historical Maps

RMMS founder Wes Brown will be speaking at the Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography at University of Texas, Arlington. Annual meeting of the Texas Map Society, Paths to Highways: Routes of Exploration, Settlement and Commerce, joint meeting with the Philip Lee Philips Society, October 5-6, 2018

RMMS Member Steven Seegel has just published his new book, Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe. University of Chicago Press Books.

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