Map Month: History and Impact Through Cartography

Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana<br />
by Zebulon Montgomery Pike 1810Local Historians Explore History and Culture Through Maps
The Denver Public Library and the Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS) offer a series of lectures on historic mapping and the impact of cartography on society. The events held May 5, 12, 19 and June 2 at 5 p.m. are free and open to the public and will be held at the Central Library in the Level B2 Conference Center. Each event will include displays of antique and historical maps. Local dealers will also offer maps for sale during the lectures.

May 5: 1500: The Year of the Eight Distinct World Views

RMMS co-founder Wesley A. Brown takes a look at the eight very different types of maps produced around 1500 AD. He explains each of these forms of maps, their time of use and shows illustrations of original examples from his personal collection.

  • 5 p.m. Local map dealers will display maps for sale
  • 6 p.m. Presentation begins
  • 7 p.m. Attendees can peruse maps related to presentations

May 12: The Unveiling of the American West in Printed Maps

An appraiser of antique maps and a regular expert on the Antiques Road Show, Christopher Lane looks at how the American West was unveiled to Europeans beginning in the Sixteenth Century. He will discuss how this gradual unveiling of North America is graphically depicted in printed maps over the years.

  • 5 p.m. Local map dealers will display maps for sale
  • 6 p.m. Presentation begins
  • 7 p.m. Attendees can peruse maps related to presentations

May 19: Where to Draw the Line? Mapping the U.S.-Mexico Border

At the end of the Mexican-American war in 1847, representatives from the U.S. and Mexico negotiated their territorial disputes using a commercially successful but seriously flawed map on which the new border line was drawn. Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, explores the long-lasting impact of the various interpretations of this historical map and the relations between the U.S. and Mexico in the past 165 years.

  • 5 p.m. Local map dealers will display maps for sale
  • 6 p.m. Presentation begins
  • 7 p.m. Attendees can peruse maps related to presentations

June 2: The Cartography of the Indian Country

This session traces the history of the U.S. and the impact of the Louisiana Purchase and how it set the stage for the relocation and concentration of the American Indian into lands west of the Mississippi River. Stephen Hoffenberg is an avid map collector and an emergency physician practicing in Denver.

  • 5 p.m. Local map dealers will display maps for sale
  • 6 p.m. Presentation begins
  • 7 p.m. Attendees can peruse maps related to presentations