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, March 20, 2018 - RMMS Annual Meeting
Catherine Olkin: "Mapping Pluto and Its Moons"

Catherine Olkin

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


Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system, specifically planetary atmospheres and surfaces. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission.

The New Horizons mission provided the first close-up images of Pluto and its moons in 2015. It is currently en route to encounter a small icy body in the outer solar system with the provisional name 2014 MU69. The spacecraft will return images and data on 2014 MU69 after its flyby in 2019.

NASA’s Lucy mission was just chosen in a competitive process for flight in 2021. The mission will visit Trojan asteroids – objects that share an orbit with Jupiter. These objects are of particular scientific interest because they are leftovers of giant planet formation and thus provide a fossil record of the early history of the outer Solar System.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

March 8, 2018
At CU-Boulder

Chris Lane: "A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920"
Reception prior to the presentation
CU University Libraries: Benson Earth Sciences, Room 180, 5:30-7:00 PM
More information


May, 2018
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22

RMMS/DPL Map Month 2018 - "Maps and War"
Chris Lane: "Mapping the French and Indian War"
Susan Schulten: "The Civil War through Maps"
Greg Miller: "Cold War Cartography"
David Little: "Maps of the 10th Mountain Division"


Announcements by RMMS Members

Call for Papers - Deadline Extended - Joint SHD-RMMS Conference.
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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