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41st Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries
October 12-14, 2000
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


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The Society for the History of Discoveries held its 41st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. from October 12-15, 2000. While scholarly papers were presented in sessions at the Library of Congress, participants were able to partake of many other sites in the area during pre- and post-meeting events. The first trip was to the NARA 2 - the National Archives location in College Park, Maryland for a tour and presentation. Many do not realize that for six years the National Archives has been able to enjoy a very spacious and state-of-the-art facility, and that researchers have near unlimited access to the holdings; all attendees, especially those from outside the US, were very impressed with the breadth of the holdings. The second tour was to the Jefferson exhibit and other areas of great interest at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The Meeting formally opened with a reception and tour at the Geography and Map Division in the Madison Building; several exceptional treasures had been brought from the vault for display. Nearly fourteen total hours of presentations were heard from US and international scholars and researchers. The 123 conference registrants had much to choose from: the Vinland Map, globes, exploration of many places, the origins of Columbus, and much more. The meeting ended with a full-day (perfect fall weather) trip to Charlottesville Virginia and visits to the residences of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The committee responsible for the event, under the leadership of Eric W. Wolf, was composed of members of the Washington Map Society and the Phillip Lee Phillips Society. They included Tom Sander, Ron Grim, Bob Highbarger, Nancy Miller, Mike Miller, and Jeanne Young. 

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