Save the Date

Join us in North Canton, Ohio for 47th Annual Conference of the International Society for Landscapes, Place, and Material Culture. The theme of this year’s conference is “Ohio and the National Hearth: A Mosaic of Rural and Urban Landscapes.”

The Hotel

The conference hotel is the Courtyard Inn located in North Canton, Ohio. Please note: There have been a couple of concerns with Courtyard’s central reservation system and some folks making reservations for our meeting in North Canton. To remedy any concerns, we have agreed with Courtyard to do the following things:

1) We have extended the deadline to receive our group block discount to August 31, the same as the registration deadline.

2) Next week we will have an online code so you can bypass having to call Courtyard’s central reservation system.

3) Should you still have a problem getting a reservation in our block for the correct rate ($129), email Chris Post ( about your issue and he will forward your email to the conference hotel’s sales manager. She will personally make your reservation for you.

Conference Events

Paper sessions will be held at the Conference Center building at Kent State University at Stark, located across the street from the hotel. To help plan your trip, please see this map of our conference sites and local eateries. Y0u may also find the Kent State University at Stark campus map useful.

The events begin Thursday, September 24, 2015, with an all-day bus tour of rural landscapes, focusing on the Amish settlements in the region. The opening reception will be held on Thursday evening at the Courtyard Inn. The paper sessions will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015, in the Conference Center building on the Stark Campus of Kent State University. The Awards Ceremony and Banquet will be held on Friday evening at 91 Wood Fired Grill. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, there will be an all-day bus tour focusing on landscapes in the region, urban and/or rural.

After returning to the hotel, some folks may choose to visit Gervasi Vineyard which is known for its unique landscape and the property’s history. A 6 pm tour is scheduled. We will have to find our own transportation as arranging such with the bus was cost-prohibitive.

The North Canton, Ohio Conference Committee is soliciting proposals for papers, special sessions, and panel discussions relating to the conference theme. Papers on all aspects of material culture that are of interest to the Society are welcome. Please note that all presenters must be members of the International Society for Landscapes, Place and Material Culture, and that only papers submitted by registered conference participants will be accepted for the Friday program.

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Hop House and Kiln, Bridgewater, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
Octagon Barn north of Cooperstown, NY (Photo courtesy of Wayne Brew)
Aqueduct remnants of the Erie Canal, Mohawk Valley, NY (Photo courtesy of Wayne Brew)
19th Century Wrobel Farmhouse, Bridgewater, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
The Landmark Tavern, Bouckville, NY - 1850 (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
Hop House and Kiln, Wrobel Farms, Bridgewater, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
The Chenango Canal Cottage Museum and the Bouckville Mill, Bouckville, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
The Congregational Stone Church, Oriskany Falls, NY - 1834 (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
Hotel Utica main lobby, Utica NY (hotel for this year's conference) (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
Local Bed and Breakfast, Poolville, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
A Former Feed Store, Cassville, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)
Bouckville Mill, Inc. along Canal Road, Bouckville, NY (Photo courtesy of Keith Roe)