National ‘Surveyors Rendezvous’
Coming to New York and Massachusetts
Surveyors Historical Society Announces Next Two National Events:
September 2016 – Lake George NY – Verplanck Colvin, Surveyor of the Adirondacks
September 2017 – Walden MA – Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor-Author-Naturalist
First Rendezvous to ever be held in northeastern USA
Surveyors Historical Society announces two future Rendezvous’in the New York–New England area. These national events, held annually around the country since 1997, celebrate the history of our surveying profession.
The 2016 Rendezvous will take place September 28 - October 1 at Lake George, NY – site of Fort William Henry from the French and Indian War. Hosted by New York State’s “Colvin Crew” and sponsored by NYSAPLS and ENYSLS as well as Surveyors Historical Society, this event will explore the achievements of Verplanck Colvin - Surveyor of the Adirondacks. Colvin not only measured and mapped the entire rugged mountainous region of New York, he led the successful decades-long preservation effort that saved the Adirondacks as a scenic wilderness.
Then 2017’s Rendezvous will be held near Walden and Concord MA, a few miles from Boston, along the Revolution’s ‘Battle Road’ of 1775. Tentative dates are September 20 to 23, 2017. That year marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. Few people know that in addition to gaining fame as a philosopher, author, poet, naturalist, tax-resistor, environmentalist and advocate of ‘civil disobedience,’ Thoreau made his actual living from 1849 to 1861 as a skilled land surveyor. He left behind a philosophy about our craft that’s worth learning today.
For 6000 years surveyors have quietly led the march of human civilization. It’s a story seldom told, even to our own profession. At every national Rendezvous, Surveyors Historical Society examines and teaches another small part of that unexplored past - the remarkable accomplishments of land surveyors.
For more information and updates, visit www.SurveyorsHistoricalSociety.com.
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