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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Richard A. Pegg
"The Shogun's World: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries"

University of Denver
Anderson Academic Commons

2150 E. Evans Avenue
Main Floor, AAC290

Special Events Room
7:00-8:30 PM


The MacLean Collection Map Library in Chicago has loaned several rare Japanese maps for display at the University of Denver Libraries, located in the Anderson Academic Commons. These maps were recently displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Director and Curator of Asian Art for the MacLean Collection, Richard A. Pegg, PhD, will visit the university for a special presentation, jointly hosted by DU Libraries and the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Dr. Pegg’s recent books include Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps (2015). His presentation will discuss a number of unique characteristics found in Japanese maps in the MacLean Collection map library. These include multidirectional views, map designs on ceramic plates, and the integration of Western practices like the compass rose, bird’s eye view and latitude as part of Japan’s approach to cartography in the 18th and 19th centuries. The event is free, but RSVP is required. Please follow this link to RSVP online:

Free and open to the Public - but RSVP Required

Paid parking ($5.00 cash only) is available in Lot E, located on the SE corner of Evans & High Street. Entrance is off High St. GPS Coordinates: 39.6784159,-104.96409040000003

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Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

January 16, 2018

Vincent Szilagyi: "The Scramble for Africa: Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork."


February 13, 2018

Joseph Kerski: "The 100 Most Revolutonary Discoveries in the Field of Geography"


Announcements by RMMS Members

USGS Maps free to a good home [Unanticipated delay]
There will be approximately 200 USGS maps available at the January 16th RMMS meeting at DPL. Please come, look through the pile, and take a few home.

Save the dates! Joint SHD-RMMS Conference NEXT YEAR.
RMMS has been invited to chair the Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) conference at Colorado School of Mines in Golden on September 20-22, 2018. The RMMS pre-conference talks begin Thursday morning, September 20th. The SHD conference formally opens Thursday evening with a reception, followed by SHD's program on Friday and Saturday morning. A post-conference excursion on Sunday morning, September 23rd, will also be offered. Stay tuned for further details.

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