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Annual Meeting

59th Annual Meeting of the
Society for the History of Discoveries.

Great Mountains of the American West.
Golden, Colorado September 20-23, 2018.

Meeting and Optional Tour

2018 Annual Meeting
Abstracts Accommodations Schedule

Golden Colorado School of Mines

Mines Geology Museum

Our 2018 Annual Meeting will be provided in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Map Society and it will also offer a pre-conference that will be free to SHD members. The RMMS pre-conference, Golden Quest: Mapping the Stampedes, will take place on Thursday, before the traditional opening reception of the SHD conference that evening, followed by SHD’s program on Friday and Saturday. The Exhibition of the Colorado Gold Rush History, a world-famous collection of rocks as well as maps of the West will be exhibited in the Geology Museum.

Following the conference, on Sunday September 23rd, will be a guided tour of original gold-rush towns in the mountains near Golden, a ride on the famous Georgetown Loop steam engine train, an expert tour of an underground gold mine, and then a tour of impressive dinosaur and geological wonders nearby.

Theme: Great Mountains of the American West

The Gold Rush in the American West sparked interest in the vast mountain area situated between the continent’s interior and the West Coast. The development of an overland route that connected the continental part of the country with the Pacific coastline spurred the exploration and mapping of the Rocky Mountains as never before. Fur traders, gold miners, soldiers, colonists, and adventurers became explorers and mapmakers of the great mountains of the American West.

Papers, 20 minutes in length, will cover all aspects of this theme, from exploration and the reconnaissance of the mountains, mining activities, survival conditions, trail supplies, the family life of the pioneers, as well as any other social and economic aspect relating to the colonization and exploitation of this mountainous area.


Denver International Airport


Routes, schedules, and fares.
Select Denver as your destination. Denver is served by the "California Zephyr".

Regional Transportation District (RTD)
— Bus and Light Rail

Routes, schedules, fares, and trip planners.
• The light rail "A Line" is open between the airport and downtown Denver, where connections can be made — via rail and bus — to all parts of the RTD system.


Parking Requirements

Parking regulations are strictly enforced on the Colorado School of Mines campus. All visitors to campus are required to pay for parking in all locations. Payment is made using the parking payment stations that can be found in Parking Lots E, B, D, O, CTLM, I, and J. The stations accept payment in cash and by credit card. On-street parking may be available. Payment for on-street parking must be made using the payment stations in the parking lots. Please note that some parking areas are restricted/reserved and are not available for use by campus visitors.

Parking Rates

Payment for parking on campus is required Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM through 5:00 PM. Parking is free all day on weekends and after 5:00 PM on weekdays. Rates for the various areas are as follows:

Area         Daily Rate    Hourly Rate

Lot J                $6.00       $1.25
All other lots    $8.00      $1.50
On-street        $8.00       $1.50

A map of the campus showing parking locations is available.  The SHD meeting will take place at the Ben Parker Student Center (Bldg. 6 in the map).  Thus, the closest parking lot is Lot D. Download pdf map.

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