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    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Although we are postponing our full 2020 conference, one component of our usual meeting will go forward in a new format.  The paper and poster sessions scheduled for Saturday, 9 May will be presented as a Zoom meeting, hosted by Brent Fortenberry and his colleagues at Texas A & M University.  

    The conference will include most of the papers and posters selected for the San Antonio Conference. Some paper sessions have been reorganized, and the schedule has been adjusted to accommodate multiple ontinental US time zones. There will be three blocks of paper sessions, each session including three or four 20-minute papers, as well as an hour for questions to poster presenters.  The conference will run from 10 am to about 5 pm Central Daylight Time. See below for the schedule and the list of sessions, papers, and posters.

    For our paper sessions:  Our session chairs will provide live introoductions to each session and its speakers and will moderate the live questions-and-answer session that follows.  Speakers will have prerecorded their presentations and will be available to answer questions live.

    ***registration currently in testing  *** please do not use. 

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA


    The Board of the New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum has decided to reschedule the 4 April 2020 VAF-NE Chapter Annual Meeting that was to be held at Old Sturbridge Village.  We reached this decision owing to a concern for the safety and well-being of our members and attendees and the recommendation by health authorities to postpone events and gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The new date for the Annual Meeting will be 7 November 2020 at Old Sturbridge Village so mark your calendars!

    We will refund the registration fees and food order monies to anyone who would like them but of course are hoping you’ll just ask them to be held as registration for the newly scheduled meeting. 

    For further inquiries, please email

    Current Research by Members of VAF-New England

    New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum

    Annual Meeting

    Saturday, 4 April 2020

    Fuller Conference Center ~ Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge, MA


    Registration and Coffee


    Welcoming Remarks

    Laura B. Driemeyer, President, VAF-NE Chapter


    “Framing the Old Colony: Early Plymouth Architecture in Context”

    James Kelleher, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in American Material Culture

    “The New England Squash Barn”

     Sally McMurry, Penn State University




    “Marblehead Land Company, A Well-Documented Residential Subdivision of the 1880s John D Clemson, Independent Scholar

    A Look Back at a WWI Housing Effort

    Lorna Condon, Historic New England

    Introducing the Royal Barry Wills Associates Archives

    Lorna Condon, Historic New England

    12:00 to 1:30


    Box lunches ($20) will be offered at the Oliver Wight Tavern—see choices below.  Other lunch options are also available at the Museum and in nearby Sturbridge. 

    **Please reserve lunch by March 26!


    VAF-New England Chapter Annual Meeting (VAF members)

    President’s Report; Secretary’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; Board Nominations and Vote; Fieldtrip Committee Report; New Business


    “Developing ‘New England’s Niagara’: Capitalism, Corporate Branding, and the Trackside Architecture of the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway, 1890-1895

    C. Ian Stevenson, Independent Scholar




    FORUM: Recovering Urban Vernacular Spaces in Boston and New York City

    “They Persisted: Women Confront the Corporate Improvement of Boston’s Waterfront, 1790-1820”

    Kathryn Lasdow, Suffolk University

    “Real Estate and Reimagining African American Free Space in New York City”

    Alexander Manevitz, New York Historical Society

    What spaces do we honor and whose stories do we tell?  How can the physical destruction of our urban vernacular landscapes teach us about our historical and present-day values?  Join Kathryn Lasdow and Alexander Manevitz as they discuss vernacular destruction and dispossession for women and African American communities in nineteenth-century Boston and New York City. Using a combination of vernacular architecture, historical geography, archaeology, and social history, they’ll share what they’ve uncovered about the female property-owners and renters who resisted the rise of corporate development on the Boston waterfront, including the Charles Bulfinch-designed India Wharf complex.  They’ll examine Seneca Village, a free black experimental political community in upper Manhattan, ultimately displaced by Central Park. Then they will open the floor for a discussion on research methods, findings, and contemporary ramifications.

    2020 VAF National Conference: The 2020 Annual VAF National Meeting—Vernacular Landscapes of San Antonio & Central Texas--will be held in San Antonio, TX from 6-9 May 2020.  For more information, please go to:

    VAF-NE Board of Directors (2019 - 2020):

    Laura B. Driemeyer, President; Peter Michaud, Vice President; Michael Steinitz, Treasurer; Karen Robbins, Secretary

    Directors: Nicole Benjamin-Ma, Andrew Cushing, Kathryn Lasdow, Elizabeth Peebles, Phil Pendleton, and Elaine Stiles.


    VAF Member            $20.00

    Non-Member             $30.00

    Student                       $10.00

    BOX LUNCH                        $20.00

    Roast Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Honey Mustard on a Soft Artisan Roll

    Roast Beef with Bleu Cheese, Spinach and Dijon Mustard on a Soft Artisan Roll

    Grilled Vegetables and Goat Cheese with Basil Oil in an Herbed Wrap


    VAF-New England operates primarily through donated funds and services.  Your additional contribution will help us to continue our program of field trips and annual conference!

    • 01 Jan 2021
    • San Antonio

    Conference Co-chairs: Brent Fortenberry, Ken Hafertepe, Clifton Ellis, Evan Thompson

    Conference Planner: Michelle Weaver Jones

    Conference Information can be found here.

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