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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Craig H. Jones
“How the Sierra Nevada Made Colorado”

Dr. Craig H. Jones

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


The Colorado we live in today functions as it does because of events in the Sierra Nevada. From where and how we recreate to the water that comes out of the tap, decisions and policies arose from the time of the California Gold Rush, and those decisions and policies originated in the peculiarities of the geology of the Sierra. In this talk we will trace, through a variety of maps, the changes to American law and custom that arose in the Sierra and took root in Colorado.

Craig H. Jones is Professor of Geological Sciences and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His main area of study is the origin of mountains, primarily in the western U.S. He has authored a book, The Mountains that Remade America, published by the University of California Press, and he is happy to note that nearly all the illustrations are maps.

Here is a link to a description of the book that offers more insight into the connections Dr. Jones will draw:

The Mountains That Remade America.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

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


Announcements by RMMS Members

Wes Brown shared this fascinating geneology of local maps of Denver:
This is what thousands of years of Denver traffic looks like

Plans are progressing for our forthcoming 2019 RMMS meetings, including Map Month May. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

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