Use the links above if your VAF membership is current and you are ready to register.
Registration is now open for our 2018 Annual Meeting, A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac (May 2-5) . The Potomac Conference will focus on the connections and distinctions between the rural landscapes of the Maryland countryside and the urban setting of Alexandria, Virginia, which face each other across the Potomac River. Over the centuries, these two areas have developed on independent courses, all the while maintaining strong links across the river. Agriculture, including the exploitation of enslaved labor, was the basis for life on both shores. While Maryland’s economy relied overwhelmingly on tobacco , Alexandria’s rise was tied to a diversification of crops, pursued by the early planters of northern Virginia. Tours will focus on evolving pre-and post-emancipation heritage, highlighting resources ranging over four centuries. They will also shine a spotlight on the distinct character of life on both sides of the river, while underscoring the architectural, economic, cultural, and religious connections that span it.
Registration is limited to members, but we'd love for you to be a member of VAF . Benefits of membership include:
· A subscription (paper and electronic via JSTOR) to the VAF journal, Buildings & Landscapes
· Direct receipt of the quarterly Vernacular Architecture Newsletter
· Registration discounts for the VAF annual conference and other sponsored events
· Access to the VAF Member Forums
If you can't join the entire event, al a carte pricing is available
Please note three important points:
Conference Hotel Rate of $145 is available until April 10. Use the code RM2
Maryland tours on Thursday are limited to 100 participants each, so register early.
The boat for the opening reception leaves at 5:00pm on Wednesday, so make your travel plans accordingly. Charter buses will transport at 6 for the opening keynote at Mount Vernon.
We look forward to seeing you on the banks of the Potomac!
Landscapes of Succession
VAF 2019, Philadelphia, PA
May 29 to June 1, 2019
Jillian Galle, Aaron Wunsch, Catherine Morrissey, Jeff Cohen, co-chairs
Recent Past Conferences
Each year in May or June, hundreds of VAF members assemble for our annual conference. We spend at least two days touring the area to learn first-hand about its architectural and landscape heritage. On Saturday, a juried paper session provides attendees a forum to share their scholarship and field work. In addition, workshops, board and committee meetings, special events, and excursions create an enjoyable and memorable event. Heavily illustrated and details guide books and other publications from past conferences can be found here.
Past meetings have been held throughout North America.
For first-time paper presenters assistance may be available through Simpson Presenter's Fellowship
For student groups assistance to cover expenses of attending the conference is available through the Ambassadors Award
VAF 2017, Salt Lake City May 31 to June 3, 2017
VAF 2016, Durham, North Carolina June 1-4, 2016
VAF 2015, Chicago, Illinois June 3-7, 2015
VAF 2014, Galloway Township, New Jersey May 7-10, 2014
VAF 2013, Gaspé-Percé, Quebec, Canada, June 11-15, 2013