Photos from the 2022 Annual Conference — Atlantic City, New Jerseys: “Boardwalk Empire: Landscapes of Leisure, Sin, and Redemption.”

We are pleased to share these images from our 53rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Landscapes, Place, & Material Culture which was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in October. Click any image for a larger view and/or view the photos as a slide show, using your keyboard’s arrow keys. On a touch screen, simply tap the image for an enlargement — best viewed in the wide orientation.

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The theme of the ISLPMC 2023 meeting in Atlantic City was “Boardwalk Empire.” Shown is the group photo for the Thursday Bus Tour at the north end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. We had the great privilege to be guided by tour leader extraordinaire Kevin Patrick who took this photo. Kevin captured the essence of Atlantic City by tracing the geography and history of this seaside resort through the game of Monopoly.
On the Thursday Bus Tour we stopped in Wildwood, New Jersey to learn about the geography and history of this auto driven resort. One of the stops was at the Doo Wop Museum which was recognized with a certificate of merit by the ISLPMC Historic Preservation Committee. The museum has preserved and displays many of the signs of motels that have been torn down along with other artifacts inside. Please see the Awards Page for more details.
After strolling the Asbury Park Boardwalk on the Saturday Bus Tour the attendees were treated to lunch in what used to be a Howard Johnsons.
The Saturday Bus Tour Group in front of the Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove. The Historical Society of Ocean Grove was chosen for the ISLPMC Historic Preservation Award. Ocean Grove was founded in 1869 by Methodists as a camp meeting ground. The community still has tents in the summer and an amazing collection of Victorian Era architecture. The Great Auditorium was built in 1894 and houses one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
Tour guide extraordinaire Kevin Patrick on the Atlantic City Boardwalk during the Thursday Tour using the game of Monopoly to explain the geography and history of Atlantic City.
ISLPMC members on the Saturday Bus Tour strolling on the Asbury Park Boardwalk with the Convention Center in the background.
The last stop on the Thursday Bus Tour was a stroll through Cape May, New Jersey, to hear about the history and to see the many fine examples of Victorian Architecture.