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. Our website is:

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Dr. Henry Lovejoy
“Mapping Uncertainty and Unlocking Ancestry in Trans- Atlantic Migrations of the Historic Slave Trade”

Dr. Henry Lovejoy


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


Dr. Lovejoy’s interdisciplinary mapping project explores the relationship between conflict, slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world. While scholars have amassed large amounts of data related to the transatlantic slave trade, a more pressing question lingers: Where did those 12.7 million people come from within pre-colonial West Africa before boarding slave ships destined for the Americas?

Africa lacks reliable historical maps compared to other heavily populated regions of the world. Dr. Lovejoy’s digital mapping project seeks to visualize and calculate the probabilities of African origins of enslaved people in diaspora.

Henry Lovejoy is Assistant Professor of History at CU Boulder. He focuses on the political, economic and cultural history of Africa and the African diaspora, and teaches courses related to pre-colonial Africa and the history of slavery. Professor Lovejoy engages digital humanities methodologies and is currently directing two resources, and

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!


December 3, 2019
5:30 PM at DPL
Gates Room, 5th Floor

Dr. Amy Newbury
"Creating Connections and Geospatial Intelligence for a Better World"
Maxar is a commercial company which develops, owns and operates a fleet of very high-resolution Earth imaging satellites which take images 24 hours a day, in wavelengths ranging from visible to the short-wave infrared. In this talk Dr. Newbury, Chief Instrument Engineer, will give examples of how Maxar’s imagery is used for an ever-increasing set of applications, including disaster relief, disease eradication, and the basis for the maps we all carry on our smartphones.


Announcements by RMMS Members

Upcoming Talk: RMMS Board member Chris Lane will be giving his talk "The First Comprehensive Survey of Colorado: Ferdinand V. Hayden, 1869-1876" at the October 19 meeting of the Oregon-California Trails Association Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter meeting on October 19 in Loveland. More information can be found here.

DVD AVAILABLE: A DVD of last year's wonderful RMMS conference Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes is available for purchase for $45. DVDs will be available at RMMS meetings.

Dr. Susan Schulten Piece in the New York Times: RMMS member and cartographic rock star Dr. Susan Schulten has written an article for the New York Times about The 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage. The article includes many wonderful maps and graphics! Article Link

CU Boulder Library Exhibit announcement: from Naomi Heiser
Link to Announcement Postcard "Protect this land: Making change through visualization"
Now showing at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library on the CU-Boulder campus.
Dates: April through December 2019. More information about the exhibit and other participating artists.

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