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.

Mapping in the Early 20th Century
RMMS Map Month: May 2015
A Joint Program by RMMS, Denver Public Library,
and the University of Denver

DPL Photo

Denver Public Library

DU Photo

University of Denver

Information at:
DPL Exhibit

DPL Parking:
65 W. 12th Avenue
Parking Garage

D.U. Parking:
Lot E/301
Pay by the hour



March 30th through June
"Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century: Popular geographic information presented for beauty and amusement." University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons.
April 13th through June 28th
"Mapping the 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library." 5th Floor Map Area, Western History/Genealogy Department, Gates Reading Room, Denver Public Library.
Now through August 13th
"Expressions of Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial Celebration." University of Colorado, Boulder, Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library.


May 4: 6:30 PM – Jim Akerman
“A Luddite's view of the history of cartography in the 20th century.” Denver Public Library, B2 Conference Center .
May 11: 6:30 PM – Susan Schulten
“How an artist reinvented the map.” University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room.
May 18: 6:30 PM – Curtis Bird
“Pictorial Maps, a history and overview.” University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room.
June 1: 6:30 PM – Bill Wyckoff
“Promotional cartographies: the Clason Map Company and the American West, 1903-1931.” Denver Public Library, B2 Conference Center .

Map Fair:

June 1: 5:30 PM and following Bill Wyckoff’s lecture -
Before and after the lecture at DPL on June 1st, local map dealers will have a selection of their inventory on display and available for purchase.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

April 27, 2015

Professor Susan Schulten will present a University Lecture titled "The Crooked Road to Appomattox."
5:00 PM at the Center Theatre, Cable Center, University of Denver.
A reception will follow the lecture. This program is free and open to the community.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to


July 8-11, 2015

The Society for the History of Discoveries (SHD) - Annual Meeting
London, United Kingdom. Opening Reception July 7th.
For information, click on Preliminary Program.
Terrae Incognitae Journal: Call for Papers.


August 2, 2015

RMMS Members-Only event
[Details TBD]
Dr. Don Mc Guirk invites RMMS members and their guests to a private reception and showing of his unique collection of antique "Sea of the West" maps at his home.


Sept. 15, 2015

Camille Bradford
"William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his later years"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library. This program is free and open to the community.
View Lecture Announcement


Oct. 19-23, 2015

The Annual International Map Collectors' Symposium (IMCoS)
Capetown, South Africa.
Click here for IMCoS 2015 Events.


Oct. 20, 2015

Joseph Kerski
"Explore and Analyze Historical Maps Using the Web Mapping Environment"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library. Free and open to the public.
The evolution of mapping to a cloud-based web environment has enabled the easy and powerful exploration of historical maps via Story Maps and ArcGIS Online.
Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we investigate the content and the tools that make possible spatial analysis and integration of multimedia with these historical maps and images at multiple scales.


Announcements by RMMS Members

Dr. Ronald Gibbs will present his talk, "On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington and the American Revolution" at 7:00 PM on May 19th in the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Public Library, 100 East Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, Colorado
View Lecture Announcement

The 2015 competition for the Ristow Prize is now open for applicants. Full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or first-year postgraduate students attending any accredited college or university worldwide are eligible to submit papers. Submissions are due June 1, 2015, and should be sent to Dr. Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A.
Visit the Washington Map Society home page:, and click on "Ristow Prize", or send inquiries to

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