Upcoming events

    • 25 Mar 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
    Registration is closed

    Registration still open!!  Come on over!

    8:30 - 9:10


    9:10 – 9:15


    9:15 – 10:15

    SAM SHUPE "Pedaling Vacationland: Bicycles, Architecture, and the Leisure Landscape in Maine 1878-1902"

    10:15 – 11:00

    KAREN ROBBINS "Building Reform at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls 1870 – 1900"

    11:00 – 12:00

    CATHERINE ZIPF "'You Will Find it Handy': Researching African-American Automobile Travel Guides and Their Sites"

    12:00 – 12:15

    VAF-NE FIELD TRIPS ~ 2016 Review & 2017 Preview

    12:15 – 12:45


    12:15 – 1:30

    LUNCH ~ Box lunches will be offered at the Oliver Wight Tavern (see below).  Other lunch options are also available at the Museum and in nearby Sturbridge.

    1:30 – 2:15

    WORKS-IN-PROGRESS ~ Several brief presentations of works-in-progress from the field.                

    2:15 – 3:00

    STATE OF THE CHAPTER ~ Join the discussion about the state of vernacular architecture studies in 2017 and the role that the VAF-NE chapter could play in advancing the field!  We look forward to your thoughts, ideas and feedback. Your contributions can help move the chapter forward in the coming years!


    Member  $20.00

    Non-Member  $30.00

    Student  $10.00


    $20.00 (reservations accepted through March 17)

    Roast Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Honey Mustard on Ciabatta

    Roast Beef, Bleu Cheese, Watercress and Dijon Mustard on Multi Grain Bread

    Grilled Vegetables, Goat Cheese with Basil Oil on Herbed Focaccia


    *VAF-New England operates primarily through donated funds and services.  Your additional contribution will help us to continue our program of field trips and annual conference!

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    • 31 May 2017
    • 03 Jun 2017
    • Salt Lake City, UT

    Two Utahs: Religious and Secular Landscapes in the Great Basin West

    Tom Carter, Conference Chair

    The conference will highlight the central role the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more widely known as the Mormon Church, played in this place-making process, while at the same time acknowledging the significant contributions of non-Mormon groups as well. Rather than framing the narrative within a simple Mormon/non-Mormon opposition, however, we have chosen to break the story down into a more fundamental dialogue with religious and secular forces: both Mormons and non-Mormons had to find ways of making a living and they did this by utilizing and exploiting the ample natural resources of the region. 

    Registration will open in late February.

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