The inagural Compass Collectors Association meeting will be held in Philadelphia on April 12th at the American Philosophical Society.
The agenda for Saturday, April 12 (beginning at 10 am) is:
- Demonstration on dividing a compass needle ring where the use of a dividing plate will be part of the presentation.
- Presentation by Steven Turner of the Smithsonian on “Early Instruments in the Museum’s Collection.”
- Presentation on “The Art of Colonial Surveying Instruments.”
- Demonstration by Dale Loberger focusing on period techniques, instruments, and attire to graphically illustrate the environment and procedures in which these instruments were used.
- Instrument Evaluation Session where members are encouraged to bring instruments from their collections.
- Swap Meet, including compasses, books, and other items relating to the early surveying trade.
Additionally, there are optional events on Sunday, April 13:
- Two gallery talks, presented by Jeffrey Lock, which are part of the American Philosophical Society’s “Science Sunday,” on the instruments displayed in the Museum’s current exhibition.
Note: If you plan to attend Saturday’s Compass Collectors Association events, you must first join the CCA by filling out the form below, then register for the meeting in advance by emailing email@example.com and we will send you the registration form. The fee is $35 per person. This includes a hot catered lunch by one of Philadelphia’s best caterers.
All registration confirmations and payments must be received by April 7, 2008.
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 intend to provide a newsletter in which articles,
questions, and theories can be presented to the entire
membership base. We also plan to 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.
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