Compass Association

The Compass Association’s mission is to provide an organization focusing on the 18th century colonial surveying instruments that facilitates discussion, collection of historical data, and the dissemination of information to its members. We have a yearly convention where members can attend seminars, visit museums, and have the opportunity for an open forum discussion on the finer details of this field. We intend to provide a newsletter in which articles, questions, and theories can be presented to the entire membership base.

This association is open to historians, museum curators, collectors, and students; its aim is to provide a working environment where information can be searched out and shared within the group of members.

View slideshows from previous Compass Collectors Association meetings:

  • 2013 – Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. – View Slideshow
  • 2012 – Held in conjunction with the Transit of Venus – View Slideshow
  • 2011 – Held in Salem, Massachusetts at the Peabody Essex Museum. We viewed select instruments from their collection.
  • 2010 – Lectures were held at the American Philosophical Society with visits to the University of Pennsylvania to see the David Rittenhouse Orrery, to Drexel University to view the David Rittenhouse Astronomical Musical Clock, and to view an early manuscript map of Philadelphia from the City Archives, as well as to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to view early manuscript maps. View Slideshow
  • 2009 – Lectures were given at the American Philosophical Society and instruments from their collections were viewed with  visits to Independence Hall, as well as Historic RittenhouseTown, both in Philadelphia.  View Slideshow
  • 2008 – Inaugural Meeting in Philadelphia at the American Philosophical Society – View Slideshow