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.

"September 20, 2016 -- Lee Whiteley:
"Trails to Interstate: Transportation Systems
Along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains

Lee Whiteley

Lee Whiteley
5:30 PM, Gates Room
Fifth Floor
Denver Public Library


Maps from many sources were essential in locating and documenting the paths of transportation systems, from horse trails to Interstate.

General Land Office land plats from the early 1860s, the result of the earliest survey of the public lands, accurately traced the routes of wagon roads. Highway “strip maps” guided the pioneer automobile traveler along colorfully named “auto trails.

Lee Whiteley is a fourth-generation Coloradan now living in Centennial. He graduated from Englewood High School and the University of Denver. He took a very early retirement from the City and County of Denver, where he was a computer programmer-analyst. He and wife Jane are authors of five books on early transportation systems of the West. They are associate producers of the PBS documentary Paving the Way, the National Park-to-Park Highway.

This program is free and open to the community.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Sept. 22-25, 2016

Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD)
Annual Meeting, possible tour Sept. 25th
Newport, Rhode Island
Details at SHD 2016


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 at IMCoS Events


Nov. 11-12, 2016

10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures
"Profiles in Cartography: Mapmakers and the Greater Southwest"
Hosted by the Texas Map Society
University of Texas at Arlington
Details at 2016 Virginia Garrett Lectures


Nov. 15, 2016

Chet Van Duzer
"New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale"
Details at Lecture Announcement


Feb. 3-5, 2017

Miami International Map Fair
Sponsored by History Miami
Details at Miami Map Fair 2017


Announcements by RMMS Members

Naomi Heiser announces: "Mapping the Majestic: 100 Years of the National Park Service" at CU Boulder.
Dates: August 22-December 16, 2016
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library in Benson Earth Sciences on the CU Boulder campus
This exhibit celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on August 25, 2016. Beginning with famous surveyors’ maps and sketches pre-dating the establishment of the first national parks, continuing through early 20th century proposed boundary maps, and ending with more recent official visitor maps, the exhibit showcases a century of government mapping. Additional tourism materials published by railroad companies, local boosters and contemporary panoramic artists, from the CU Map Library and Special Collections & Archives Department, offer a complementary perspective. Exhibit includes a genuine copper printing plate used by the U.S. Geological Survey in the early days of their operation.

Jim Akerman announces: “Mapping Movement in American History and Culture” project.
The Chicago's Newberry Library, "Mapping Movement," features 400+ hi-res maps on the history travel, commerce, migration, and communications of North America from the 16th C. to the present. Most are from the Newberry's own Collections. Essays from 13 scholars offer guidance to the image archive. Images are searchable by topic and well date. Our own Susan Schulten is a contributor
Web site: Mapping Movement

John Lindemann announces the Annual meeting of the The North American Cartographic Society
Dates: October 19-22, 2016
Location: The Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Details at: Call for Participation
Join professionals and enthusiasts from government, commercial, and not-for-profit groups along with academics, scholars, map/GIS librarians, artists, technologists, and students in our 36th Annual Meeting.

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