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.

Rocky Mountain Map Society Map Month 2017
Details at: "The Art in Maps"


Denver Public Library

Free & open to the Community


Dates: Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Denver Public Library, Conference Room B2

To increase your enjoyment of Map Month, the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library will have an exhibit of original and extraordinary maps on the 5th floor, which illustrate the power of art used in maps. "The Art in Maps" exhibit runs from April 3 - June 2, 2017.

Guest Speakers:

  • May 2: Kate Stuart, Curator of Berger Collection at Denver Art Museum - "Maps in Paintings."
  • May 9: Marcia Yonemoto, Associate Professor at CU Boulder - "Maps as Art and Maps as Information" - and - Tianlong Jiao, Curator of Asian Art at Denver Art Museum - "The Selden Map and Ming China's Maritime World."
  • May 16: Susan Schulten, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at University of Denver - "Art and Cartography."
  • May 23: John Roman, Cartographic illustrator and author of The Art of Illustrated Maps - "The Crossroads of Cartography and Cartooning."

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Date [TBD]

RMMS plans to have a mid-summer reception for RMMS Members and their guests, with a private showing of a prominent member's personal map collection. Details [TBD]


September 19, 2017

Don McGuirk: "A Survey of the Stars and Stripes on Early Maps, 1777-1795."


October 8-12, 2017

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


November 7, 2017

Annual Scholar lecture
Imre Demhardt: "The Rio Colorado of the West: 19th Century Exploration and Cartography."


Announcements by RMMS Members

Map Exhibit at CU-Boulder
Concurrent with "Map Month," an exhibit, Native American Geographies, will feature maps from CU's collection and works on paper by Melanie Yazzie from the Boulder Department of Art and Art History.
Dates: May 1 - July 7, 2017
Location: Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library, Benson Earth Sciences Building, 2200 Colorado Avenue, Boulder
Details [TBD]

International Conference
Chet Van Duzer will be co-organizing an international conference next year with Lauren Beck:
"Canada before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping"
Dates: November 13-14, 2017
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Description: The conference foregrounds the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 1867 with a look at the early exploration and mapping of the territory that now forms the country.
For further information, contact Lauren Beck,, or Chet Van Duzer,

Save the dates!
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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