Call for Papers

Abstracts are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010.

The Pioneer America Society will hold its 42nd annual conference at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, on October 13-16, 2010. Hotel accommodations are available at the Comfort Inn Trolley Square in Rutland, Vermont. This event is hosted by the Department of History, Geography, Economics, and Politics at Castleton State College.

The 2010 Conference theme is: Memory and Landscape on New England’s Northern Frontier. The meeting begins on Wednesday with registration and a welcoming reception. Papers presentations are on Friday, and day-long field trips on Thursday and Saturday. The Thursday Marble Valley tour heads west to Proctor (including the Vermont Marble Museum); to West Rutland (including its cemetery and the Vermont Carving Studio); to Hubbardton, a Revolutionary War battlefield; and to Castleton Village (including Higley House, the museum of the Castleton Historical Society). The Saturday Town & Village field trip explores the region to the east of Castleton and includes stops at Shrewsbury (Pierce’s Store), at Cuttingsville (the Bowman Estate), at the Shrewsbury Historical Society (housed in a 19th century Methodist Church and its cemetery),and at Mount Holly for a barn tour.

The conference committee is now accepting proposals for papers, special sessions, and panel discussions. The meeting organizers encourage papers and sessions that reflect the conference theme, but they welcome all papers of interest to members of the Society.

Presenters must be members of PAS: APAL. Individual memberships are $50 per year, while student memberships are $25 per year. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes for questions.

Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words, which includes the authors’ names, affiliations, and title of the paper. You may submit as a hard copy or as an email attachment in Microsoft Word. Abstract submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010.

Abstract Format

Name of Presenter


Paper Title

Body of the abstract: This should include a problem statement, a statement about methods, and a brief description of the conclusions.

Send Abstracts to:

Scott C. Roper, Castleton State College, Leavenworth Hall, 6 Alumni Drive, Castleton VT 05735; email:

Audio-Visual Equipment

All meeting rooms have a projector, screen, DVD, VHS, PC with internet access, ELMO (to project everything from photocopies to overhead transparencies), and laptop hookup.

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