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, January 16, 2018 - Vincent Szilagyi: "The Scramble for Africa: Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork"

Vincent Szilagyi

Denver Public Library
5th Floor, Gates Room
5:30 PM
Open to the Public


In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by World War I, 90% percent of the continent was controlled by European Powers. This rapid expansion of Colonial power was unprecedented; it was tremendously important for Africans, Europeans and the world as a whole. The history of the Scramble is a fascinating tale, and one best explored through maps. The maps of Africa from this time period are renowned for their accuracy, utility and beauty, all of which are self-evident when you see them yourself.

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. After graduating, Vincent indulged his passion for maps by working at the Philadelphia Print Shop West in Cherry Creek, one of the Nationís premier antique map and print galleries. He now works as a Research Archivist at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

February 3-4, 2018

Miami International Map Fair


February 13, 2018

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


March 20, 2018

Catherine Olkin: "The Mapping of Pluto and Its Moons"


Announcements by RMMS Members

USGS Maps free to a good home -
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 will be hosting the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) at Colorado School of Mines in Golden on September 20-22, 2018. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, will take place on Thursday, September 20th, concluding with the opening reception to the SHD conference that evening.
SHD's program will follow on Friday and Saturday morning. The theme of the SHD Annual Conference is Great Mountains of the American West. Follow the link below for SHD's Call for Papers .

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