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, November 7, 2017 – Annual Scholar Lecture
Imre Demhardt: "The Rio Colorado of the West: 19th Century Exploration and Cartography”

Imre photo

Imre Demhardt

Denver Public Library
5th Floor, Gates Room
At 5:30 PM

Free and open to the Public


President Teddy Roosevelt in May 1903, standing on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, exclaimed that this is “one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, should see”. But why did he come out to this remote chasm at all? This presentation introduces the explorers from the Spanish Entradas to Anglo pioneers like John Wesley Powell and their influence on nineteenth century (carto)graphic imaginations of the Rio Colorado of the West. Milestone representations of the river and its region do range from Alexander von Humboldt first ‘cleansed’ depiction of the area in 1811 to Friedrich Wilhelm von Egloffstein’s pioneering relief shaded map of the Grand Canyon in 1861 and Clarence Dutton’s geological atlas in 1882. They all contributed to shape our mental map of the Rio Colorado as one of America’s iconic riverscapes.

At age 12 Imre got a Christmas present, the 1896 edition of Andree’s Handatlas, a lithographed and leather bounded beauty weighing 17 pounds packed with information from the heydays of unveiling the continental interiors, which sparked his lasting interest in the history of cartography. Imre is a historian and geographer whose research and publication focusses on post-enlightenment exploration and cartography, including but not limited to the Americas. Since 2008 he is the Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography and Greater Southwestern Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the immediate past-president of the Society for the History of Discoveries and currently serves as Chair of the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

October 8-12, 2017

International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS)
35th International Symposium - Hamburg, Germany.


December 5, 2017
7:00-8:30 PM
Room 290 at D.U.
Anderson Academic Commons

Exhibition: "Japanese Maps from the 19th and 19th Centuries"
Anderson Academic Commons at D.U. - Sept. 5 to Dec. 10, 2017
Conversation with Richard Pegg, Curator of Asian Art, on Dec. 5th
RSVP required online - Information at: Program Details


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
There will be approximately 200 USGS maps available at the November 7th RMMS meeting at DPL. Please come, look through the pile, and take a few home.

New Academy Course: 21st Century Maps: Smart Mapping
RMMS Member Joseph Kerski is Education Manager at ESRI, Inc. in Broomfield. He is leading a skills-based course in creating multimedia story maps at the Academy for Lifelong Learning in Denver on Wednesdays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 1, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. For further information and registration, please see 21st Century Maps Course Description.

Save the dates! Joint SHD-RMMS Conference next year.
RMMS has been invited to chair the Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) conference in Denver on September 20-22, 2018. The SHD conference formally opens Thursday evening with a reception, followed by SHD's program on Friday and Saturday morning. Stay tuned for further details.

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