Rocky Mountain Map Society

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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.


May 15, 2018 – Greg Miller: “Cold War Cartography”


Greg Miller


5:30 PM, Conference Room B2 Denver Public Library

This program is free and open to the community


During the Cold War, the Soviet military secretly launched one of the most ambitious mapping programs ever undertaken.  These maps have only recently come to light in the West, and they provide a fascinating look at how American and European cities looked through the eyes of our Cold War adversaries.  We’ll look at several examples and compare them with American maps made around the same time.  For anyone who lived through the Cold War, these maps may bring back memories of those paranoid days of mutually assured destruction.

Greg Miller is a science and technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon.  He is the co-author of National Geographic’s cartography blog, All over the Map, and an upcoming book on mapmaking to be published by National Geographic in October, 2018.  Previously he was a senior writer at Wired and a staff writer at Science