Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Dr. Craig H. Jones
“How the Sierra Nevada Made Colorado”

Due to the Coronavirus, Rocky Mountain Map Society’s meetings have moved online. Check out the lectures below!

Upcoming Meetings:

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Matthew Gilmore. Washington, DC, author, columnist, speaker, and blogger.

While under gathering restrictions, we are offering our lectures online via Zoom.  We are also offering lectures from other map societies around the country for your enjoyment! 


Date and Time: Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 5:00 PM MT

Event Subject:  “Tilting Washington’s National Mall" 

One of the major decisions the Senate Park (or McMillan) Commission made in 1901 was to create a new centerline for the National Mall, around which to shape its design. Instead of drawing it directly east/west from the Capitol, continuing the line of East Capitol Street, they deflected it southward to pass through the Washington Monument. This was to cope with the design flaw of the misplaced Washington Monument. This was not entirely new... a few others seem to have considered this as a solution before the Commission did. But most other planners had a raft of other ideas whether to or how to cope with the "misplacement" of the Washington Monument, generally designing around it, but not reorienting the entire landscape.This new centerline (and the width of the Mall proposed by the Commission) became a key design element and determined the location and (even) design of the buildings on the Mall--including the Department of Agriculture and the New National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural history). It was a factor in the location of the Grant Memorial. It determined the location of the Lincoln Memorial. In the process, the highest politicians in the land were involved. And ultimately, President Theodore Roosevelt was required to make the decisive move to enforce it.


Meeting Place: Via Zoom online. Please email washmap@gmail.com to register.


Time: June 1, 5:30 PM MDT

Speaker: Dr. Joe Bryan, CU Boulder Geography Department

Topic: Radical Cartographies: Participatory Mapmaking from Latin America

Location: Zoom, link TBA.

Time: June 24, 5 PM MDT

Speaker: Leah Thomas

Topic: “nearly in a circular form”: Mapping the Cherokee Nation through John Marrant’s Narrative (1785)

Location: Zoom, To receive a link please register by emailing washmap@gmail.com.

Hosted by the BostonCaliforniaChicagoNew YorkPhilip Lee PhillipsRocky MountainTexas, and Washington Map Societies.


Our friend John Docktor has a wonderful list of all upcoming map events, not just in the USA, but across the pond as well.

Please check it out!