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.

RMMS/TMS Joint Event

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RMMS and the Texas Map Society present:
The Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures
and Map Fair of the West

October 16-17, 2014: "The Price of Manifest Destiny:
   War and American Expansion, 1800-1865"

   at the University of Texas, Arlington.
October 18-19, 2014: "The Map Fair of the West"
   at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Click here for information.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

August 3, 2014

Summer Home-Hosted Visit at 6:00 PM [RMMS Members only]
by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hoffenberg
Reception and Tour of their Map Collection
RMMS Members may log in to the "Members Only" area.
RMMS Members will also receive an invitation in the mail.
For membership information, see the "Members & Membership" area.


Sept. 23, 2014

Tom Overton, Past RMMS President
"Maps Ahoy. Yo-ho-ho and a Rhumb Line!"
[A whimsical look at pirate maps]
Denver Public Library
Gates Room, 5:30 PM


Oct. 16-19, 2014

Texas Map Society and Rocky Mountain Map Society
Joint Conference and Map Fair of the West
"The Price of Manifest Destiny"
University of Texas at Arlington
See TMS Website for details


Oct. 21-24, 2014

IMCoS Annual Symposium
Seoul, South Korea
See IMCoS Website for details


Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014

Society for the History of Discoveries
55th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas
See SHD Website for details


Dec. 2, 2014

Dr. Ronald Gibbs
"On the Brink of Disaster: George Washington
and the American Revolution"
Denver Public Library
Gates Room, 5:30 PM

Announcements by RMMS Members

Old World Auctions has recently posted the videos from the 2013 RMMS/TMS joint conference at D.U., "The Mapping of America: The Westward Expansion," on their website. Click on Westward Expansion to view the videos.

There will be a "Young Scholar's" Lecture on October 28, to take place on the D.U. campus. The speaker is Joshua Marcotte, from the University of Minnesota, Department of History, Center for Early Modern History. His presentation will be, “Culture, Contact and the Agency of Appropriation in a 1741 Map of Nagasaki.” [Details TBD]

Susan Schulten, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Denver has written the first of a series of articles on historic maps for The New Republic.
World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography. These Amazing Maps Are Its Legacy.

Sharon Danhauer, Loveland Historical Program Chair, announces a field trip:
Dates: August 23-24, 2014
Car pool from Loveland, 5th St./Lincoln Ave. parking lot. Drive to historic sites and museums in Wyoming. Hotel, meals, museum fees are your own expenses. Let her know if you are willing to take riders (who will help with gas) or need to ride.
For details please contact Sharon Danhauer at

Chris Lane suggests that RMMS members may be interested in viewing the cartography-related online journal, Perimetron. The latest version contains an article on Alexander von Humboldt and the Mapping of Mexico.

Richard B. Arkway, 87, a leading dealer in antiquarian maps and rare books, died on July 10 in Manchester, VT following a long illness. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at the Dorset Inn, Dorset, VT on Sunday July 20 between 3 and 5pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) at

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