The 2019 theme for the annual collaboration in May of the Rocky Mountain Map Society and Denver Public Library is Visualizing Colorado.
Map Month explores these in depth, starting with an exhibit up along the outside of the Gates Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Central Library from April 10 - August 3rd. The state of Colorado has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, but because of its rugged terrain, it also historically was one of the most difficult places to accurately depict. Maps from Denver Public Library's map collection will be on display to accompany Map Month lectures and to showcase the various ways cartographers have rendered the complex topography of the Centennial State..
Want to really delve into a subject? The Map Month Lecture Series is held weekly in May in the DPL Conference Center downstairs.
May 7 – Chris Lane, “Images of Colorado: A century of printed views, 1822 - 1922”
May 14 – Wesley Brown, “The Cartographic Roots of Colorado, 1540 - 1861”
May 21 – Tom Overton, “The Mapping of Colorado 1861 to WWI"
May 28 – Christopher W. Lane, “The First Comprehensive Survey of Colorado: F.V. Hayden, 1869-1876”
All together, the Western History and Genealogy Dept. has thousands of historic and current maps available to you, with hundreds of them already digitized.