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.

December 8, 2015 Vincent Szilagyi - "Myths, Men and Monsters: Exploration and Cartography in Central Africa"

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Vincent Szilagyi

5:30 PM
Denver Public Library
Gates Room
Fifth Floor
This presentation is free
and open to the public.


Since the beginning of recorded time, the source of the World's greatest river, the Nile, was shrouded in mystery. Expeditions sent by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs, French and others were thwarted by disease, animals, swamps, fierce tribes, pygmies and the blistering desert heat. The survivors of these failed attempts brought back fantastic stories of fearsome monsters, mystical kingdoms and giants. Legends sprung up that the Nile began at the feet of a mountain range so high it scraped the Moon, and so far away it could never be reached. It was not until the 1800s that explorers finally reached the headwaters of the Nile, and the story of what they found and how they got there is as intriguing and engaging a story as any in the history of exploration.

Vincent graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with Degrees in History, Political Science and Geography. His senior thesis concerned the mapping of Central Africa and the Nile River in the 1850s to 1870s and the impacts this had on the nascent academic disciplines of Geography and Geology. Since 2014 Vincent has worked at the Philadelphia Print Shop West, one of the Nation's premier antique map and print galleries. When he is not working at the shop, Vincent does contract GIS and surveying work for the mining industry on the Western Slope. Vincent collects antique maps of the Nile River, as well as books, maps, and ephemera concerning the Scramble for Africa.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Feb. 5-7, 2016

23rd Annual Miami International Map Fair
At History Miami, Florida
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Feb. 23, 2016

Lorraine Sherry
"Lithuania and the Baltic States: Welcome to NATO and the Euro Zone!"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library.
This program is free and open to the community.
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Sept. 22-25, 2016

Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD)
Fall 2016 Annual Meeting
Newport, Rhode Island
Details [TBD]


Oct. 6-9, 2016

10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures
Hosted by the Texas Map Society
University of Texas at Arlington
Details [TBD]


Oct. 24-26, 2016

International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS) Annual Meeting
Hosted by the Chicago Map Society
at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Followed by 50th anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures Oct. 27-29 and Chicago Map Fair Oct. 29-30
Details [TBD]


Nov. 15, 2016

RMMS Annual Scholar Lecture
by Chet Van Duzer
Details [TBD]


Announcements by RMMS Members

Check out the Denver Public Library, Western History and Geneaology Department's New Collection of Digital Maps of Denver.
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Link to DPL's Collection of High-Resolution Downloadable, Digital Maps of Denver

Joseph Kerski will be presenting "Why Maps Matter"
Date: Tuesday December 1 at 6:00 PM
Location: Columbine Library
For further information, please contact Janell Kerski at Jeffco Library.

Announcement from RMMS Director, Don McGuirk:
The Library of Congress symposium on the 1516 Waldseemuller Charta Marina will be on Oct 6-7, 2016.

Stay tuned for information about the Rocky Mountain Map Society's forthcoming Map Month, May 2016!

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