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

Regular Meetings 1991 - Present


2017

  • "The Journey of the 'Yazoo Mingo' Moncacht-Ape..." by Don McGuirk
  • "Whither the Waters: Mapping the Great Basin..." by Prof. John Kessell
  • "The Power of Maps" guest lecture series by Lorraine Sherry at Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • Fourth Annual Map Month Presentations
    • "Maps in Paintings" by Kate Stuart

2016

  • "New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491)" by Chet Van Duzer
  • "Cartifacts IV" - Short presentations by RMMS Members and Swap Meet
  • "Marie Tharp, Illustrator of a Paradigm" by John Lindemann
  • "Lithuania and the Baltic States" by Lorraine Sherry
  • Third Annual Map Month Presentations
    • "Sea Monster of Olaus Magnus: Lore & legacy of the 1539 Carta Marina" by Joseph Nigg
    • "The Edges of the Earth in Herodotus's Histories" by John Gibert
    • "Mapmaking and Mythmaking" by P.J. Mode
    • "Sea of the West: The imagined sea in the heart of North America" by Don McGuirk
    • "The Enormous Mythical San Luis Lake of Colorado" by Wes Brown
    • "Cartographic Myths of the American West" by Chris Lane

2015

  • "Myths, Men and Monsters: Exploration and Cartography in Central Africa" by Vincent Szilagyi
  • "Examining 100 Years of USGS Topographic Maps in a Web-Based Platform" by Joseph Kerski
  • "William Henry Jackson, Artist and Mapmaker in His Later Years" by Camille Bradford
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Don and Diane McGuirk
  • "The Power of Maps" guest lecture series by Lorraine Sherry at Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • Second Annual Map Month Presentations
    • "A Luddite's View of the History of Cartography in the 20th Century" by Jim Akerman
    • "How an Artist Reinvented the Map" by Susan Schulten
    • "Pictorial Maps: A History and Overview" by Curtis Bird
    • "Promotional Cartographies: The Clason Map Company & the American West 1903-1931" by Bill Wyckoff

2014

  • "On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution" by Ron Gibbs
  • "Culture, Contact and the Agency of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki" by Joshua Marcotte at D.U.
  • "Yo-ho-ho and a Rhumb Line! A whimsical look at pirate maps" by Tom Overton
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Steve and Beverly Hoffenberg
  • View Map Collection - CU-Boulder's Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library
  • View Map Treasures of History Colorado - at the new History Colorado Museum
  • First Annual Map Month Presentations
    • "7 Ways to Map the World in 1500: A Collector's Challenge" by Wes Brown
    • "Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US-Mexico Border" by Angel Abbud-Madrid
    • "Cartography of the Indian Country" by Steve Hoffenberg
    • "Unfolding the West" (19th Century maps) by Chris Lane

2013

  • "Mapping the Invisible: Cartographic Experimentation in the New Nation" by Susan Schulten
  • "Alexandrine Tinne: A Dutchwoman in Search of the Source of the Nile" by Mylynka K. Cardona
  • "The Power of Maps" guest lecture series by Lorraine Sherry at Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • "Is North America REALLY Pictured on the Waldseemuller World Map of 1507?" by Don McGuirk
  • "Mt. Everest: Why did it get this name?" by John Boyle at American Alpine Club Library, Golden
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Chris and Lindsey Lane
  • View Map Collection - University of Denver's maps and exhibits at Anderson Academic Commons
  • "NASA Cartography, 1960-2013" by Dr. Nevin Bryant of JPL
  • "Cartifacts III" - Short presentations by RMMS Members and Swap Meet
  • "Making a Mine Map, Old Style" by Warren Andrews

2012

  • "Maps at the Antiques Road Show" by Chris Lane
  • "In the Contours of a Water Judge: Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters"
    by Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
  • "Digital Cartography for Poets" by Norman Olsen [basic concepts of map projections]
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Peter and Julie Hughes
  • "Optimum Scale: Colorado's Geologic Mapping Program" by David C. Noe
  • "The Discovery of the New World through Old Maps" by Wes Brown
  • "GIS: The Future is NOW" by Zahid S. Chaudhry
  • "Mapping the Nation's Highways from Auto Trails to Interstates" by Lee Whiteley

2011

  • "William Maclure's 1809 Geologic Map of the United States" by John Lindemann
  • "Cartifacts II" - Short presentations by RMMS Members and Swap Meet
  • "A Short History of Road Map Publishing from a Collector's Perspective" by Mark Greaves
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Ron and Jane Gibbs
  • "Google Earth: A New Perspective On Geography" by Aidan Chopra
  • "How Maps Are Made: Creation of Printed Maps from the 15th-19th Century" by Chris Lane
  • "Colorado and the Four Great Geological Surveys, 1867-1869" by Emmett Evanoff

2010

  • "Alexander von Humboldt and the Mapping of the Americas" by Imre Josef Demhardt
  • "19th Century Maps in Modern Environmental Studies" by Stefan Leyk
  • "Jeppesen: The Man and the Company" by Michael Pound
  • "Thomas Jefferson: The Louisiana Purchase and First Maps of the Rockies" by Ralph Ehrenberg
  • "The Lewis Evans British Middle Colonies - A Collector's Perspective" by Steve Hoffenberg

2009

  • "A Remarkable Early (1602) Spanish Manuscript Map of the Southern Plains" by Paul Mathias
  • "Four Great North American Explorers" by Bruce C. Paton
  • "Cartifacts I" - Short presentations (cartographic artifacts) by RMMS Members and Swap Meet
  • "Thematic Cartography and the Rise of the Nation in the Nineteenth Century" by Susan Schulten
  • "Seymour Schwartz Map Collection at U. of Virginia" by Hoke Perkins and Karin Wittenborg

2008

  • "Planning for the Disposition of Your Map Collection" Panel Discussion chaired by Tom Overton
  • "Treasures of the Map Room at The Arthur Lakes Library" by Chris Thiry at Colorado School of Mines
  • "The Power of Maps" guest lecture series by Richard Baum at OLLI at D.U.
  • "Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the US-Mexico Border" by Angel Abbud-Madrid
  • "The Changing Face of Colorado: County Boundaries 1861-1913" by Tom Overton.

2007

  • "The Kansas Pocket Maps of O.B. Gunn and D.T. Mitchell" by Scott McEathron at Colorado Historical Society
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Richard and Marcia Baum
  • View "Graham and Barbara Curtis Print Collection" at Littleton Museum
  • "The Cartography of Indian Country" by Steve Hoffenberg
  • "Maps on stamps" by Carl Barna

2006

  • "Captain Cook: The Art of Discovery" by Ron Gibbs
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Lorraine Sherry
  • "Cartographic myths of North America" by Don McGuirk
  • "How the 1859 Gold Rush put Colorado on the Map" by Wes Brown

2005

  • View Private Collection at Law Offices of Bill Bostrom
  • View Map Collection at First United Bank
  • "John Speed 1552-1629" by Jim Hensinger

2004

  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Tad Kelly
  • "Automobile Road Maps: Capture and relive the glorious adventures" by Mark Greaves
  • "Map Collecting 101" by Myron West

2003

  • "Mapped Myths" - a map-themed program with presentations by RMMS members
  • "Mapping for the Railroad: John C. Fremont's Disastrous 4th Expedition"
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Wes Brown
  • "Shaping the West" by John Hebert at Colorado Historical Society

2002

  • "The Consequences of Quivira" by Paul Mathias
  • "Lost Towns found on Map" (early Colorado settlements) by Kirk Volkel and Gene Jackson
  • "The 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemuller; a cartographic gem" by John Hebert
  • "Collecting and Enjoying Maps of South and Central Asia" by William Spengler
  • View Private Collection - home-hosted visit by Don and Diane McGuirk

2001

  • "Rumors of Gold in the Rockies" exhibit arranged by Philip Panum at Denver Public Library
  • "Preserving Antique Works on Paper" by Karen Jones of Jefferson County Library
  • "The Discovery of the New World Through Old Maps" by Wes Brown
  • "The Appearance of the 'Sea of the West' on Early Maps" by Don McGuirk

2000

  • "Images of 19th Century Colorado: Exploration to Surveys" by Rose A. Taht and Philip Panum
  • "Rocky Mountain Map Society's Map Fair Buy and Trade" at Denver Athletic Club
  • "Maps on the World-Wide Web" by Myron West
  • "Historical Features Along the Front Range from the 1860's and Earlier" by Glenn Scott

1999

  • "20th Century Maps Depicting Events of the 20th Century" by Paul Mahoney
  • View Map Treasures of History Colorado - History Colorado Museum
  • "The 1475 World Map in the Rudimentum Novitorium" by Wes Brown

1991-1998

  • "Collectors and Collections" by Ken Nebenzahl of the Newberry Library, Chicago
  • "The Vinland Map" by Thomas Cahill, U. of California at Davis
  • Private tour of Pierson Graphics and Maps Unlimited
  • Exhibit: "The Emergence of Colorado on Maps between the 15th & 20th Centuries"
  • "Mapping of California as an island"
  • "20th Century Road Maps of the United States" by Mark Greaves
  • "The History of Denver in Maps" by Wes Brown
  • "Exploration and Mapping of Wyoming"
  • View "Art on Paper Exhibition" at Loveland Museum and Gallery
  • "Railroad Maps of Colorado"
  • "The Maps of Lewis and Clark"
  • "An 1811 Manuscript Map Of Wyoming"
  • "Early Maps of Spanish New Mexico" by Paul Mathias
  • "The Surveys and Maps of Ferdinand Hayden"
  • "Dutch Cartography from the 16th and 17th Centuries" by Dirk DePagter
  • "Maps of the Gettysburg Battlefield"
  • "Early Trails in Colorado"
  • "Antique Maps on the Internet" by Myron West
  • "USGS Re-discovery and Re-publication of the 1894 Colorado James McConnell School Map"
  • First RMMS lecture: "The Ruysch Map of 1507 and Sylvanus Map of 1511" by Don McGuirk

 

 

 

 

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