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.

First Annual Young Scholar's Lecture, Oct. 28, 2014
Joshua Marcotte -- Culture, Contact and the Agency
of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki"

Josh Marcotte photo

Location: Sturm Hall, Room 286 on the D.U. Campus
Time: 6:00 PM


Joshua ("Josh") Marcotte was the 2013 winner of the SHD Essay Contest for his scholarly article on a rare 1741 map of Nagasaki. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the History Department and the Center for Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include Portuguese-Japanese relations and the history of cartography in Japan.

The European arrival in Japan in the middle of the 16th century had a significant influence on Japanese cartographic design. Josh will talk about the mingling of traditional Japanese mapmaking practices and the cultural impositions of uniquely "European" forms of knowledge by Western academics and cartographers. A mid-18th century map of Nagasaki Harbor, held by the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, serves as an example of the interplay between European and Japanese cartographic techniques.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Oct. 16-19, 2014

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 program and 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. 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 schedule, abstracts, and registration.
Call for papers for 2015 meeting in London


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
Announcement: Dr. Gibbs recently gave this presentation to his colleagues
Synopsis: George Washington Presentation

February 6-8, 2015

Miami International Map Fair
101 West Flagler Street, Miami FL 33130
Telephone: 305-375-1618 or email
See History Miami Map Fair Website for details


Announcements by RMMS Members

Old World Auctions posted the videos from the 2012 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.

Larry Godwin is a researcher who has done a great deal of work work on the most famous 19th century mapmaker of southwestern Colorado, Emil B. Fischer. There are six known maps and Larry has collected images of all six of them. He has written a short biography of Emil Fischer and received permission to post links to the six maps on the RMMS website. Please click on Emil Fischer, 19th century maps of Southwestern Colorado to read Larry's article and view online images of these famous maps.

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