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.

February 23, 2016 - Lorraine Sherry
"Lithuania and the Baltic States:
Welcome to NATO and the Euro Zone!"

Sherry photo

Lorraine Sherry

5:30 PM
Denver Public Library
Gates Room, Fifth Floor
Lecture & exhibit are free
and open to the public.


After centuries of occupation by Russia, Prussia and Poland, the tiny nation of Lithuania – once the largest nation in Eastern Europe in the 14th century – finally gained her independence in 1991. But even after creating a stable democratic republic and a viable economic system, joining NATO and the European Union along with her sister Baltic States in 2004, and adopting the Euro in 2015, the threat of Russian aggression still looms large in the minds of her people. Her recently re-elected president, Dalia Grybauskaite, has requested more NATO assistance and American F-15 fighter jets, saying "…Ukraine is first, Moldova will be next, and finally perhaps the Baltic States and Poland."

What makes this little country strategically located? What are its history, its culture, and its aspirations - and why should we care about it? RMMS Secretary, Lorraine Sherry, a third-generation Lithuanian-American, will explore some of these issues in her presentation. She will also exhibit some antique maps from her personal collection.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

March 29, 2016

John Lindemann
Marie Tharp, Illustrator of a Paradigm
Tharp's map of the world's ocean floor
Click here for Lecture Announcement


May-June, 2016

"Illusions, Delusions & Confusions"
RMMS 2016 Map Month
Map Exhibit: May 1 - June 30 at DPL
Monday Lectures in Conference Room B2 at 5:30 PM

  • May 9: Joseph Nigg, Sea Monster of Olaus Magnus(1539 map)
  • May 16: P.J. Mode, Mapmaking & mythmaking
  • May 23: Don McGuirk, The Sea of the West
  • May 23: Wes Brown, The Colorado lake that never was
  • June 6: Chris Lane, Cartographic myths of the American West

Late July or
August, 2016

"Cartifacts IV" and Swap Meet
at NPE Clubhouse in Westminster
Details [TBD]


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. 10-12, 2016

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


Nov. 15, 2016

Chet Van Duzer
New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale
Click here for Lecture Announcement


Announcements by RMMS Members

Tom Overton suggests a new book for map lovers:
MAP: Exploring the World is a curated collection of 300 maps from around the world spanning 5,000 years, from the most influential mapmakers and institutions throughout history.

Myron West suggests another fine book:
Mapping India, by Dr. Manosi Lahiri. It covers five hundred years of cartographic history of India. This book would be of interest to both specialist map enthusiasts and lay readers.

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

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