SAH is accepting abstracts for
the 69th Annual Conference

Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA
April 6-10, 2016

Deadline June 9, 2015

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The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System 

Produced by the Library of American Landscape History

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Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism

September 1-12, 2015


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Bury the Lantern: The Other Side of Promoting Farm Electrification

By Sarah Rovang | April 23, 2015

Tombstone for a kerosene lamp

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, numerous farm communities across the United States gathered to enact lantern funerals, the ritualized interring of antiquated kerosene lamps. Cloaked in the guise of mourning, these parodic rites were actually celebrations of the arrival of electric lighting in the rural landscape. In some cases, the burial plot was marked with a tombstone such as the one seen in Figure 1, which explains that the “coal-oil lamp” has been “abolished for all time” by the advent of electricity.

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SAH/Mellon Author Awards    6/1 
2016 Call for Papers    6/9 
Brooks Travelling Fellowship    10/1 
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2015 Field Seminar
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  • 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 14 – 17 May, 2015
    The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations, and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers, and purveyors of medieval sundries. The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning until Sunday at noon.
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  • Walking Tour: 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center - Architecture, Urban Planning and the History of the New and Original World Trade Center

    New York | Dates: 02 May, 2015
    This architectural walking tour offers participants an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial and to see the current state of construction at the World Trade Center site. We discuss the highly publicized competitions for the site’s master plan and memorial. Delve into the design and development of each of the main structures, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, office towers, and transportation hub. Consider the influence and concerns of the different stakeholders by comparing the initial winning plans for rebuilding at Ground Zero to the final, much altered, designs that we see today.
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  • The Reel Lake Oswego: The Lake Oswego Preservation Society Brings the Past Alive through Historic Home Movies

    Lake Oswego | Dates: 30 May, 2015
    The Lake Oswego Preservation Society presents The Reel Lake Oswego: Clown Diver to Sky Divers. You’ll see early water sports such as aquaplaning, a 1930s equestrian event at the Lake Oswego Hunt, the City’s 1947 Rose Parade float, dining at Irelands on the lake, golfing at the Oswego Lake Country Club in the 1930s and 1950s, the Boones Ferry Day Parade in the 1960s, and even a shark infested Oswego Lake!
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