The Denver Public Library, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society, is set to present the exhibit Mapping in the Early 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library. Beginning Monday, April 13th and running thru to June 28th, the exhibit will feature a collection of Colorado maps from 1900 onward – examples include maps of mountains, cities, commercial publications, and tourist stops.
In tandem with the exhibit, the library will also host two lectures. On May 4th, speaker Jim Akerman will deliver “A Luddite’s view of the history of cartography in the 20th century”, and June 1st will see Bill Wyckoff share the lecture, “Promotional cartographies: the Clason Map Company and the American West, 1903-1931”. Prior to and following the June 1st lecture, a map fair will be held in which local map dealers will display and sell their wares.
The Mapping in the Early 20th Century exhibit will be located in the 5th Floor Map Area of the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library. This writer has visited the Western history section of the library numerous times and it is an inspiring space, augmented by very helpful staff.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)