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Annual Meeting

Fifty-fifth Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Discoveries
October 30 – November 2, 2014
Austin, Texas

SHD Annual Meeting 2014
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Meeting Summary

The Society for the History of Discoveries held its 55th annual meeting October 29- November 2, 2014 at the Bullard Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas across the street from the central campus of the University of Texas. The dates of our meeting were chosen to coincide with the opening of a new permanent exhibit at the museum devoted to the reassembly of the wreck of La Belle, one of La Salle’s ships that was lost in Matagorda Bay in 1686. Dr. Jim Bruseth who headed the team that raised the remains of the ship in 1995 was our keynote speaker and gave a spirited talk on the processes used to unearth, protect, and eventually display the ship in the museum. He also provided a film that highlighted our Thursday evening reception that helped members and guests visualize what transpired in the Bay those many years ago.

Our program featured two panel sessions devoted respectively to French exploration of the New World and women explorers. Thank you to David Buisseret and Lauren Beck for putting the panels together. Our essay contest winner, an undergraduate at Brown University delighted us with her paper that will be published in Terrae Incognitae. Other excellent papers informed us about the Spanish creation of towns in the American Southwest and the relationship between climate change and cartography. See the schedule and abstracts of the presentations by clicking on the tabs above.

The meeting concluded with a visit to San Antonio where we toured the Alamo and surrounding shopping district.

We look forward to the 56th meeting of the Society to be held in London England during the first week of July, 2015.

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