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The Society for the History of Discoveries
42nd Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado
September 6-9, 2001

Just a little ways further - Un poco más allá

 A total of 75 registrants and 11 guests participated in the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries in Denver, Colorado from Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9. The conference was the first to be held in the Rocky Mountain Region and was centered at the Comfort Inn/Brown Palace hotel complex in the downtown area of the Mile-High City, where registration took place Thursday and Friday morning. A program of 21 papers, the main attraction of the meeting, was very well attended during seven conference sessions all day Friday and throughout Saturday morning. The SHD dinner banquet on Friday evening was enhanced by the excellent Brown Palace cuisine and an after-dinner presentation of how the failure of Coronado's expedition in 1541 affected the history of North America. The Saturday business luncheon covered several items of SHD business brought for discussion before the members.

Other Annual Meeting activities included a walking tour of the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol Building on Thursday afternoon and a Welcoming Reception at the Denver Public Library that evening. Guests at the reception socialized and enjoyed hors d' oeuvres on the 7th floor with its outdoor verandah overlooking downtown Denver and the Front Range of the Rockies. In addition, a special and unique exhibit of maps and other items from the Pike's Peak Gold Rush period were on display in the prestigious Western History Department of the library. Saturday afternoon featured a museum tour of the "Voyages of Discovery" exhibit, on loan from the London Museum of Natural History to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The exhibit included rare and historic items from the British scientific voyages of the 17th through 19th centuries. Saturday evening was wet and chilly but guests warmed up at a festive cocktail hour and frontier banquet at the adobe-walled Fort Restaurant near the foothills west of Denver.

An all-day round trip by tour bus from Denver to historic Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River was Sunday's highlight. A glistening cap of new snow brightened the Front Range peaks on a sparkling cloudless day as the journey traced the route of the 1820 expedition of Major Stephen H. Long south from Denver past Pike's Peak to the Arkansas. Brown Palace box lunches were enjoyed outside the fort before participants went inside to examine this important edifice on the Santa Fe Trail.

The 2001 Annual Meeting was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society, headquartered in Denver. Planning and execution of all activities other than the professional program were carried out by RMMS volunteers with the cooperation of the various venues.


J. Paul Mathias
President, Rocky Mountain Map Society
Chairman, 42nd Annual Meeting of SHD


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