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.

March 6-7, 2015 Events Co-Sponsored by
Rocky Mountain Map Society and
Oregon-California Trails Association


Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA)
Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter


Friday, March 6 at 6:00 PM
Private reception for RMMS and OCTA Members at the Philadelphia Print Shop West, 201 Fillmore Street, Denver

Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
"Trails to the Shining Mountains" Symposium at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street, Denver

Admission to both events is free to all members of RMMS and OCTA.
Click here for RMMS Membership.
For registration, RSVP by March 1 for both events:
Click on or call 303-460-9503.

The Saturday morning program will include four speakers:

  • Robert Lowdermilk, a Trustee of Four Mile Historic Park: Welcome Presentation.
  • Tom Noel: "The South Platte River Road." Tom Noel is Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Wesley A. Brown: "How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map." Wes Brown is the founder of RMMS.
  • Christopher Lane: "Maps of the Ways West." Chris Lane is the owner of Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver, appraiser of maps and prints on Antiques Roadshow, and RMMS program director.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

May 19, 2015

Dr. Ronald Gibbs
"On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution"
7:00 PM in the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library
100 East Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, Colorado
View Lecture Announcement


Map Month
May, 2015

Mapping in the early 20th century --
A joint program by RMMS, Denver Public Library, and the University of Denver.
View Lecture and Exhibit Announcement.

  • May 4, 6:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2
    Jim Akerman: "A Luddite's View of the history of cartography in the 20th century."
  • May 11, 6:30 PM at Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room,
    University of Denver
    Susan Schulten: "How an artist reinvented the map."
  • May 18, 6:30 PM at Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room,
    University of Denver
    Curtis Bird: "Pictorial Maps: a history and overview."
  • June 1, 6:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2
    Bill Wyckoff: "Promotional Cartographies: the Clason Map Company and the American West, 1903-1931."


June 1, 2015

RMMS presents a Map Fair at Denver Public Library, Conference Room 2, at 5:30 PM and following the lecture by Bill Wyckoff.
Local map dealers will have a selection of their inventory on display and available for purchase.


April 13 -
June 28, 2015

Exhibit -- Mapping the 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library.
Location: 5th Floor Map Area, Gates Reading Room, Western History/Genealogy Department, Central Library, Denver Public Library.


March 30 -
June, 2015

Exhibit -- Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century: Popular geographic information
presented for beauty and amusement.
Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver.


July 8-11, 2015

The Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) - Annual Meeting
London, United Kingdom. Opening Reception July 7th.
For information, click on Preliminary Program.
Terrae Incognitae Journal: Call for Papers.


Sept. 15, 2015

Camille Bradford
"William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his later years"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library
View Lecture Announcement


Oct. 19-23, 2015

The Annual International Map Collectors' Symposium (IMCoS)
Capetown, South Africa.
Click here for IMCoS 2015 Events.


Oct. 20, 2015

Joseph Kerski
"Explore and Analyze Historical Maps Using the Web Mapping Environment"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library
The evolution of mapping to a cloud-based web environment has enabled the easy and powerful exploration of historical maps via Story Maps and ArcGIS Online.
Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we investigate the content and the tools that make possible spatial analysis and integration of multimedia with these historical maps and images at multiple scales.


Announcements by RMMS Members

The 2015 competition for the Ristow Prize is now open for applicants. Full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or first-year postgraduate students attending any accredited college or university worldwide are eligible to submit papers. Submissions are due June 1, 2015, and should be sent to Dr. Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A.
Visit the Washington Map Society home page:, and click on "Ristow Prize", or send inquiries to

RMMS announces a new activity, inaugurated this past October: The Annual Young Scholar Lecture. RMMS is soliciting presentations by students under 40 years of age, on topics relating to history of cartography or exploration involving maps. This annual event is sponsored jointly by RMMS and the University of Denver.

Lorraine Sherry announces The Power of Maps - Science, History & Discovery Thursday afternoon course starting Feb. 26th at The Academy for Lifelong Learning in Denver. Please see The Power of Maps course description for details. Registration information is available at The Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Congratulations to Susan Schulten on her latest online publications: General Sherman's Maps and Striking Civil War Maps of the Territory Gains That Saved Lincoln's Presidency.

Larry Godwin has written a biography of the most famous 19th century mapmaker of southwestern Colorado, Emil B. Fischer. Please click on Emil Fischer, 19th century maps of Southwestern Colorado to read Larry's article. The full article was printed in The Mining History Journal in 2014.

RMMS Members Only Event, Summer 2015: The Rocky Mountain Map Society will feature a home-hosted visit and private viewing of an important antique map collection of one of our members. Stay tuned as information becomes available.

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