The Pioneer America Society will hold its 35th annual conference in Bridgetown, Barbados, on October 12-19, 2003.
The meeting will be held at the Allamanda Beach Hotel, which is approximately three miles from the heart of the country's capital, Bridgetown, and is conveniently located on the island's south coast adjacent to the many tourist amenities of the St. Lawrence Gap area. Working days of the conference will be October 13-16, 2003. The Board of Directors meeting will be held on the evening of October 13th, and the Paper Sessions will be held on the mornings of October 13th-16th. The afternoons of those days will be left open for field trips and other activities. The hosts for this event will be Professor W. Frank Ainsley of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Dr. and Mrs. Tom Loftfield, of Frizer's Plantation, Barbados.
The overall theme for the 2003 conference is "The Caribbean–North American Connection" with specific emphasis on:
Caribbean material culture and its influence on North America
the Barbados-Carolina connection
similarities between the built environments of the West Indies and those of North America.
The annual field trip experience will not only include the historic architecture of Bridgetown but also the 1650s residences of Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall, two early sugar plantations, the Bulkeley Sugar Mill, the Morgan Lewis wind-powered sugar mill, several chattel house villages, and a number of "Scotland crofters cottages."
The conference committee is currently soliciting proposals for papers, special sessions, and panel discussions relating to the conference theme. Papers on the Caribbean are especially welcome, but presentations on all material culture topics of interest to the Society will be considered. The abstract deadline is: August 1, 2003.
For guidelines and complete conference information, contact:
W. Frank Ainsley
Department of Earth Sciences
601 S. College Road
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403
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