Landscape History Chapter

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Since 2004, the Landscape History Chapter of SAH has been gathering each year during the annual meeting of SAH. This year our chapter will host a one day symposium scheduled for just prior to the annual meeting in hopes that you will attend both the chapter symposium and the SAH Annual Meeting. If you are not a member yet, consider joining this dynamic group of scholars interested in landscape and history and landscape history.

History: In April 2004 a new Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians was launched. The consensus was that such a chapter could help increase the breadth and depth of work in the field as well as help overcome disciplinary and geographic isolation by providing an informal structure for the exchange of ideas, sources, and research concerned with the design and reading of the landscape. The purview of the chapter might extend from the cultural landscape to botanical studies (and related materials) and a range of topics in between. Chapter members will solicit membership from a wide variety of disciplines concerned with landscape history.

The mission of the chapter is as follows:

- To encourage research in landscape, gardening, and horticultural history, and to promote the dissemination of such research through publications, meetings, lectures, and other such means as may be authorized by the membership.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas related to these disciplines by programs at the meetings, visits, and functions of the Chapter. - To offer an opportunity for its members to visit significant sites or collections in North America.
- To promote conservation, preservation, and recording of significant landscapes.
- To cooperate with learned and professional societies in the pursuit of common objectives.

The current Advisory Board was selected to represent a diverse range of interests and areas of expertise and includes:
Sonja Duempelmann, Harvard University, President

Michael Lee, University of Virginia, Vice President
Stephen Whiteman, The University of Sydney
, Secretary/ Membership
Thaisa Way, University of Washington, Newsletter Editor

In addition to the officers, an advisory board includes:
Elizabeth Kryder-Reed, Indiana University, Advisory Board Member (2015-2018).

Judith Major, Kansas State University, Advisory Board Member (2015-2017).
John Beardsley, Dumbarton Oaks, Advisory Board Member (2015-2016).

The Chapter strives to support members who wish to host sessions at the SAH annual meeting devoted to landscape history. Other activities included establishing a book display of landscape-related titles at the next annual meeting. Efforts are also being made to add a landscape tour to the program of each annual meeting The creation of an electronic bulletin board has also been suggested for addition to the new SAH website.

Membership in SAH is required to participate fully in the activities of this chapter. Please consider joining us and participating in the Landscape History Chapter activities.