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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
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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.

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