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.

September 20-23, 2018 - at Colorado School of Mines
RMMS hosts the Annual Meeting of The Society for
the History of Discoveries
"Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes" and
"Great Mountains of the American West"



"Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes" and
"Great Mountains of the American West"

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries will be at the Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, (free to SHD and RMMS Members) will take place on Thursday, September 20th, before the opening reception of the SHD conference on Thursday evening. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of geological specimens as well as maps of the West will be on display in the Geology Museum.

SHD's conference program follows on Friday and Saturday morning. The theme of the 2018 SHD Annual Meeting is Great Mountains of the American West. Our keynote speaker at the SHD Banquet on Friday evening will be Dr. Susan Schulten, noted author and Professor of History at the University of Denver.

On Sunday September 23rd, following the conference, there will be a guided bus tour of some of the original mountain mining districts west of Golden. This tour will include all transportation, a visit to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a box lunch, a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad, and a tour of the old Lebanon Silver Mine. Advance registration is required.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

October 14-20, 2018

In October 2018 the IMCoS International Symposium will be split between two major Asian cities: 14th to 17th October in Manila, and 19th to 20th October in Hong Kong.


November 5, 2018
5:30 PM at DPL

Vincent Szilagyi: "Gerrymandering: Our Perennial Partisan Political Pastime in Maps"
Note: This is the Monday evening before Election Day 2018


December 11, 2018
5:30 PM at DPL

Susan Schulten: "The Maps that Mattered in American History"
Join Susan Schulten as she discusses her new book, A History of America in 100 Maps.


February 1-3, 2019

Miami International Map Fair
Preview event for registrants and dealers, February 1, 2019.
Open to the public on February 2-3, 2019.
For more information, see Miami Map Fair Home Page


February 28 -
March 1, 2019

Mapping Grand Canyon Conference
Arizona State Library - Tempe, Arizona
Free and open to the public, but Registration is required.


Announcements by RMMS Members

Paul Mathias, our CONAMS representative, announces "THE PORTOLAN": JOURNAL OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY, ISSUE 102 (FALL 2018)
The current issue, consisting of 84 pages, was published in August 2018 and is in distribution to all active print members/subscribers in good standing of the Washington Map Society. Copies are available for purchase. See "The Portolan for details on ordering the current or past issues.
That link also takes the reader to the contents list of all back issues and an index to those issues. The focus of the society and the journal is not solely Washington; topics are widespread in scope.

RMMS Member Naomi Heiser announces the digitization of the Nell Map Collection of historic Colorado maps. They are physically located at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library at CU Boulder. The Nell maps, scanned and made available online through the SIPA Micro-Grant, are currently receiving the most use of any digital collection at the library and are an example of how the map library at CU Boulder is making a point to put information and resources online for the benefit of students and the community-at-large. For more information about the library, see The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library: A Retrospective.

RMMS founder Wes Brown will be speaking at the Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography at University of Texas, Arlington. Annual meeting of the Texas Map Society, Paths to Highways: Routes of Exploration, Settlement and Commerce, joint meeting with the Philip Lee Philips Society, October 5-6, 2018.

RMMS Member Steven Seegel has just published his new book, Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe. University of Chicago Press Books.

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