Rocky Mountain Map Society

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From Lorraine Sherry,

RMMS Secretary

December 5, 2019




Our 2019 RMMS program year ended on December 3 with Dr. Amy Newbury’s talk about Maxar’s very high resolution Earth imaging satellites and the ways in which their digital maps could be used for disaster relief, disease eradication, and other important applications. 


Looking ahead to 2020, RMMS is planning for a full slate of invited speakers whose cartographic interests vary from historic mapmaking to the Digital Age.  Our annual “Map Month May” at Denver Public Library will focus on western exploration.  There is some interest in another “Cartifacts” – if someone would volunteer to host it this summer.  Here’s a preview of coming attractions – something for everyone:


Spring 2020:

January 14 - Jim Niehues - how he creates his famous ski area maps

February 11 -Dr. Brian Hynek - the history of Mars mapping

March 24 -Max Peeters - Golden Age of mapmaking in Amsterdam


Map Month May - Western Exploration:

May 5 - J.C. McElveen:  From Lewis and Clark to Custer’s Last Stand

May 12 - Dr. Elizabeth Fenn:  Sacagawea’s journeys

May 19 - Ralph Ehrenberg:  J.C. Fremont

May 26 - Steven Baker:  The Juan Rivera expeditions in Colorado


Fall 2020:

September [Date TBA] - Wes Brown:  Alzate y Ramirez' Remarkable Map of New Spain: Spanish Mapping and Exploration of the Southwest

October  - [TBA] Dr. Peter Wood:  Explorations of Couture, La Salle, Lahontan


We wish all of our RMMS Members and fellow map enthusiasts a very happy holiday season.