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.

The Annual Scholar Lecture

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society

The Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS) hosts an annual lecture by a map-related Scholar. Lectures must relate to the history of cartography or exploration involving maps. Each year's lecture will be featured in an evening program of the RMMS. The speaker must utilize MS PowerPoint in the presentation.


The speaker will be approved by consensus of the RMMS Board. An important selection criterion is the general audience appeal of the presenter's topic. Upon selection, titles and abstracts of the lecture may be refined at the discretion of the Board and resubmitted to the speaker for approval. The date of the presentation will be determined by the RMMS in consultation with the chosen presenter, but will typically be in the autumn.

Guidelines for Scholar Lectures

Potential presenters may wish to seek some helpful hints regarding guidelines for speakers based on successful presentations at past RMMS meetings. Those seeking additional information regarding our Scholar Lecture, clarification of details, issues with the presentation topic, level of audience understanding of the content, etc., are asked to contact Don Mcguirk. Once an individual has been chosen for our Scholar Lecture, coordination with the lecturer will be maintained by our Program Manager Naomi Heiser.


The selected speaker shall receive $500. The speaker is responsible for any travel expenses related to the lecture.

Dissemination of Information

The RMMS will seek and initiate appropriate methods of disseminating information in regard to this lecture series. The selected Scholar will be informed about the venue and what local support will be available.

RMMS Members and Meetings

Members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society are from a variety of backgrounds. Many are map collectors and some are professionals in the field of cartography, but all have an interest in history. The common thread is a fascination with maps, from the first cartographic attempts to the most recent developments. Regular meetings of the RMMS are free and open to the general public, many of whom have no knowledge of cartography. RMMS members active in attending other map-related programs are encouraged to watch for potential presenters.