We study maps, we make maps


Historic maps

From their earliest forms maps were recognized as valuable for their power to communicate across time and space. Meaningful and useful maps were saved and shared.



New maps for new understandings


The closing decades of the 20th Century saw a revolution in cartography with the advent of geographic information systems (GIS). Using the power of digital technologies to wed verbal and numeric data with graphic images, these tools have opened up powerful avenues of summarizing, analyzing, and displaying what we learn and what we know about the world.

Thus we are enabled to convert historic cartographic information into forms that can be creatively adjusted for better understanding, and can be viewed with direct reference to the written historical record of its times. Here are the towns on this peninsula, we can see, and here is the population of each at the time. And we can display the relative sizes of the towns graphically, immediately visible to the viewer.


This advances our understandings of history to an order of magnitude.


And it allows us to communicate our findings with others.



The Mission

of the

Colorado Institute


Historical Geography


To encourage the continued growth of the community and all its members


by emphasizing our common interests


through nurturing a sense of time and a sense of place.

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