13 July 2016

57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

September 22 (Thursday) – September 24 (Saturday), 2016
Newport, Rhode Island

The conference hotel is the Viking Hotel in downtown Newport, RI, just a few short blocks from the waterfront.
Link here for hotel reservations at the discounted SHD rate. 

Preliminary Program

(All events take place at the Viking Hotel unless otherwise noted)
Thursday, September 22

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.            Opening Reception/Registration

Friday, September 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast/Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome:  SHD President:  James Matthews

8:45 am. –10:15 a.m.               SESSION 1
·         Chet Van Duzer, “The Cartographer Sets Sail: Eyewitness Records and Early Modern Maps”
·         James Walker, “Chart of the Northwest Coast of America: An Unrecorded Legacy of the 1790-1793 Voyage of the Columbia Rediviva and A Record of Earliest Encounters”
·         Richard Vondrak, “Amundsen's Difficult Search for the Elusive North Magnetic Pole”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Break/Registration

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          SESSION 2
·         Thomas J. Rushford, “Jean Ribault: Huguenot Explorer in the Atlantic World”
·         Lauren Beck, “Extramarital Explorations in the Early Spanish Atlantic”
·         Simon Sun, “Your Affectionate Son: Family Letters of Samuel Shaw”

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              SESSION 3
·         Mirela Altić, “Jesuits at Sea:  Jose Quiroga and Jose Cardiel—Two Different Views of Patagonia 1745-1746”
·         Anne Good, “Curious Tastes:  Experimental Eating on Ship and on Land”
·         Thomas J. Anderson, “The Desert Mariner: Understanding the Global Experiences of F. G. Lyon in the Sahara and Artic”

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.              SESSION 4
·         Charles Sullivan, “From Sea to Shining Sea: Measuring North America in the 16th Century”
·         Lydia Towns, “To Regulate or Not to Regulate: the Seven Years' War and William Pitt's Attempt to Control British Privateers”
·         Janet Rith-Najarian, “Captain Grace O’Malley and the Irish Seas: Piracy, Rebellion, and Cartographic Espionage in the Elizabethan Era”

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.              RECEPTION, ANNUAL DINNER
Keynote Address by D. K. Abbass:
"How So Many of James Cook's Ships got to Rhode Island without the Great Navigator: The After-Glow of Discovery"

Saturday, September 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.               SESSION 5:  Connections:  Captain Cook and Rhode Island
·         Stephen Baines, “Rhode Island and Yorkshire:  Colonial Rhode Island's Religious Tolerance and the Quaker Connections to Maritime Trade”
·         Kerry Lynch, “The Search for the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour:  The 2016 Update on RIMAP's Archaeological Progress”
·         Nigel Erskine, "What Finding the Endeavour Means to the Modern World: 150th Anniversary Plans in England, Australia, and (by the way) the Media”

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Annual Business Meeting

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          SESSION 6
·         Felipe Fernandes Cruz, 2015 SHD Student Prize Winner, “Napalm Colonization: Indigenous Peoples and Exploration in Brazil’s Aeronautical Frontiers”
·         Anthony Mullan, “Agustin Codazzi and Nation Building in Nineteenth Century Venezuela”
·         Frances L. Pollitt, “Charting Casco Bay: Lemuel Moody’s signature (and unrecognized) contribution towards saving mariners’ lives in and around Portland Harbor, Maine, 1825”

Optional Outing

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Picnic Lunch and Harbor Tour (Separate Advance Registration required; location/time is tentative and subject to change)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               Special Tour: Redwood Library

There are many things to do and see in Newport, many of them within walking distance of the Viking Hotel.  We encourage you to visit the DiscoverNewport website to plan additional activities during your visit. 

Registration Information

Conference registration is now open!
  • $250.00 per person ($225.00 per person if you register by August 10, 2016)
  • $200.00 Companion registration
  • $175.00 Graduate Student
The fee for the excursion (lunch and harbor tour on Saturday afternoon) is $40.00.  Please be sure to include this in your payment and note it in the registration information -- this is limited to the first 20 people.

Please register via Paypal, following the instructions below:

1. Go to the Internet URL https://www.PayPal.com  
2. Click on "Send Money"
3. Sign up for FREE personal Account if you do not already have one. If you live in the USA, use U.S. Account Registration. If not residing in the USA, click on “International Account Registration.”
Enter NO for Premier Account.
4. Under "Recipient's E-mail" enter brandebo@hotmail.com
5. Under "Amount" enter the amount you want charged to your
credit card.
6. Under 'Type" enter 'service.'
7. Under "Email Subject*" enter "2016 Conference Registration-your last name" (enter YOUR last name, not "your last name")
8. Under "Note*" enter the names of conference registrants, any dietary restrictions (this is important!), and your contact information (address, phone, e-mail).  If you are also registering for the excursion, please indicate this and the # in your party.

If you have any questions about this procedure, contact the Treasurer at E-mail: brandebo@hotmail.com

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