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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.

Preliminary Schedule

2018 Annual Meeting
Abstracts Accommodations Schedule

Draft of the Program - Subject to Change

Thursday September 20  
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

- joint with the Rocky Mountain Map Society

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (1310 Maple Street)

Friday September 21  


9.00 am - 9.15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

All sessions on Friday are at the Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballroom D of the School of Mines(1200 16th Street)

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Session I

Plenary Address
Ralph Ehrenberg, "Revisiting the 'Mountains of Shining Rocks'. The Early Exploration and Mapping of the Rocky Mountains"

10:30 am. - 12:00 pm

Session II

Great Mountains of the American West

J. C. McElveen, “Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains into California: from Jedediah Smith to the Interstate Highways”

Matthew Green, “Clarence King & His Friends: On Mountaineering in the American West”

Ann M. Ortiz and Tiago Jones, “Recovery of Ancient Identity through Literature in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains”
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch and Council Meeting

Lunch provided for council members during the meeting.

Lunch on your own, School of Mines campus
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Session III

Mining Ventures amd Mythical Mountain

Mirela Altić, "Once Upon a Time When Jesuits Mapped the Gold Fields"

Richard Francaviglia, "Demystifying Desolation: A Cartographic History of the Atacama Desert, 1700 – 1900"

Vincent Szilagyi, "The Mountains of the Moon: Mapping the Mythical Mountains"

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Coffee break
3:45 pm – 5.15 pm

Session IV

Colorado Gold Rush

Chris Lane, “The Ways West”

John Laurence Busch, “Discovery by Steam:
Exploring the Early American West Using the First High Technology”

7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Reception and Annual Dinner.
Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker Susan Schulten, Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Denver

The Table Mountain Inn Hotel (1310 Washington Avenue)

Saturday September 22


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session V

Colorado Gold Rush

Ed Raines, “Colorado Territorial Gold Coinage in the Pikes Peak Gold Rush”

Ginny Kilander, “Transits, Timbers, and Tunnels: The Legacy of Colorado Inventor David W. Brunton”

All sessions on Saturday are at the Brown Hall Building, Room BB W280 of the School of Mines (1400 16th Street)

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Coffee break


10:15 am - 11:45 am

Session VI

Maritime Voyages and Transcontinental Journeys

Donald McGuirk, “The Native American Explorer Moncacht-Apé: His Round Trip Transcontinental Journey Across North America, Circa 1700”

Chet Van Duzer, “The Maps Used by Explorers in the Late Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries”

Lydia Towns, “The Voyage of 1521: New Insight into Henry VIII’s Planned Voyage to America”

11:45 am - 12.30 pm

Business Meeting

All SHD Members

School of Mines

12:30 am - 2.00 pm
 LunchConference registrants only School of Mines
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session VII

Personal History and Explorations

Ronald Fritze, “Albert Einstein and the Fringe Scholars: Immanuel Velikovsky and Charles H. Hapgood

Maura Hanrahan, "Mapping an Arctic Life:  Discovering Robert Abram Bartlett of the Canadian Arctic Expedition and Peary’s 1909 North Pole Expedition”

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Coffee break


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Closing remarks


Sunday September 23

All day – hours to be determined

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.

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