PowerPoint presentations by members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society
Maps don’t merely show us where to go (we have New Yorkers to tell us that). In the case of antique maps, they tell us where we’ve been. As guest speakers from the Rocky Mountain Map Society will demonstrate, these blendings of art, history and belief (“There be dragons here!”) have shaped our growth as a people and as a nation. Without the influence of maps, Columbus would not have sailed west and Lewis and Clark would not have embarked on their explorations. But where did their maps come from? We’ll answer that and other questions (such as how the states got their shapes) by exploring the history of cartography from Ptolemy to Mercator to Google Earth. And along the way, we’ll come across some very intriguing myths and mistakes.
Recommended Reading (look in libraries, some are “coffee table” books):
Potter, J., Collecting Antique Maps. (Potter, any edition)
Manasek, F.J., Collecting Old Maps (Terra Nova Press,1998)
Wilford, John N., The Mapmakers [Revised Edition]. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000)
Schwartz, Seymour, and Ehrenberg, Ralph, The Mapping of America (Wellfleet Press, 2001)
Greaves, Mark, Overton, Thomas, and Brown, Wesley A., Atlas of Colorado Counties (Rocky Mountain Map Society, 2007)