Maps have the power to guide, but they have also been known to mislead!
Join the Denver Public Library's Western History & Genealogy Department and the Rocky Mountain Map Society in a celebration of "map myths"— features like sea creatures, cities, islands, and lakes which appeared on maps, but not on earth.
Events include two exhibits and a lecture series, which kicks off on Monday, May 2nd.
Illusions, Delusions & Confusions
May 1–June 30
Denver Central Library,
Western History and Genealogy Department
Mirage and Myth: Distorting Our Perceptions Through Maps
May 2–July 1
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library
Illusions, Delusions & Confusions: Rocky Mountain Map Society lecture series
When: Series runs May 2-June 6
Where: Denver Public Library Conference Center, 10 14th Avenue Parkway. Programs start at 5:30 p.m.
- May 2: Sea Monster of Olaus Magnus: Lore and Legacy of the 1539 Carta Marina presented by Joseph Nigg
- May 9: The Edges of the Earth in Herodotus' Histories with John Gibert
- May 16: Mapmaking and Mythmaking: Persuasive Cartography at Work with P.J. Mode
- May 23: Sea of the West: The Imagined Sea in the Heart of North America with Don McGuirk
- May 23: The Enormous Mythical San Luis Lake of Colorado with Wes Brown
- June 6: Cartographic Myths of the American West with Christopher Lane
Information: detailed brochure available; rmmaps.org or 303-322-4757