The conference in a nutshell
Wednesday evening for those arriving early, we'll have pizza and informal chow on the Texas level of the Delta Queen, look at the river and city and sunset, wishing we'd brought our fishing poles. It is so relaxing on that big old boat nobody will have trouble sleeping.
  A great breakfast buffet awaits us in the morning. Following breakfast, we’ll spend some quality time learning about 19th century mapping with the emphasis being on the War Between the States. Following a box lunch on the grounds of beautiful Coolidge Park, we will celebrate the entire afternoon mapping; utilizing tools and techniques used during that War. That evening, we’ll board buses and travel to the side of Missionary Ridge to enjoy an evening of fellowship. Sugar’s Ribs overlooks the City of Chattanooga and if we’re lucky, we’ll get one of those famous sunsets.
  Friday morning brings us some local history that had an impact on not just all the United States but the world as well. Both current and former employees of TVA will share that organization’s contributions to the mapping sciences. Did you know that the standard Quad sheet was developed right here in Chattanooga or know that photogrammetry was perfected here? The afternoon is on your own. SHS Board of Directors will meet at this time. That afternoon, TAPS is having a golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus designed "Bear Trace". SHS will have the swap meet set up, a number of authors will be there conducting book signings and there’s an enormous number of restaurants within walking distance. That evening, we’ll have the annual SHS banquet and auction (bring some goodies to bid off).
  Saturday, SHS will part ways. The Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors will hold its fall Board of Directors meeting.
********** ITINERARY **********
Thursday, September 16
  • 7:00-8:00 am: Breakfast in the Orleans Room
  • 8:00-8:30 am: Welcome with dignitaries
  • 8:30-12:30: 19th Century American Mapping With Emphasis on the Civil War
        There will be one morning break with refreshments.
  • Expeditionary Mapping 1838-1860
   Presenter: Don Erickson, U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers
  • Mapping with Old Rosey (Union General William Rosecrans)
   Presenter: Don Teter, LS (Porte Crayon)
  • Jed Hotchkiss, Stonewall Jackson’s Topographical Engineer and Maker of the Map of the Valley
Presenter: Evan Castle, LS, Co B, 3rd Regt, CSA Engineers
  • Union Mapping During the Civil War (including an overview of techniques and equipment to be used in the afternoon field exercises
Presenters: Bob Mergel, PS, PE and Don Tackett, PS 
      • 12:30-1:30: Box lunch in the Park
  • 1:30-5:30: Field Mapping Exercise. We will basically divide into two general groups with various instructors, including the morning presenters. Our duty is for each "side" to produce a period correct map, using period equipment and techniques, including compass, chain and plane table surveying. There will be at least 8 plane tables set up so each person will collaborate on at least 8 ongoing maps. The two main maps will be fine tuned later that evening and cleaned up the next day, to be framed and auctioned off at the banquet. The map bringing in the most donations will be the winner of our "War between the States' Mappers".
  • 6:30: Load up the buses and head to Sugar’s BBQ. Relax, socialize, eat, eat, eat and enjoy the view.
Watch the goats.
Friday, September 17
  • 7:00-8:00: Breakfast in the Orleans Room
  • 8:00-12:30: Tennessee Valley Authority's Contributions to Cartography
        There will be one morning break with refreshments.
  • Evolution of the 1:24K Map Series (quad sheet) at TVA
Presenters: Alan W. Voss, MS, BS and Dr. Major McCollough, BS, MA, PhD
  • Video: History of Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Surveying and Mapping Procedures Circa 1940's
Presenter: Roy Teal, BS, LS, Certified Photogrammetrist
  • Original Reservoir Property Mapping at TVA
Presenter: TBD
  • TVA's Role in Mapping for the Department of Defense
Presenter: Ray Mitchell: BS, PG, Certified Photogrammetrist
  • The Geospatial Revolution Project
Uwe Zitzow – BS, MS
      • 12:30 – 1:30: Lunch on your own: food will be available on board or visit one of the many nearby great eateries.
  • 1:30-2:30: Video: Nickajack Cave Survey and Rescue (National Geographic Series)
voluntary. A cave with remarkable history (situated about 20 chains north of the TN/AL/GA corner) now partially submerged by Nickajack Reservoir.
  • 1:30 – 6:00: TAPS Fall Golf Tournament
at the Jack Nicklaus designed "Bear Trace at Harrison Bay" a short distance from Chattanooga. The format will be a Scramble with 4 players to a team. $75 per player includes green fees, golf cart and prizes. Make your individual or team reservations with Mario Forte, TAPS Secretary 423-624-0020 or Bpsincorp@aol.com. Mail your checks to Lori.
  • 2:00 – 7:00: SHS Board of Directors Meeting (location TBA 3:00-6:00)
SHS Swap Meet, book signings, visit the city. The water taxi can take you across the river to the Tennessee Aquarium and other attractions.
  • 7:00: SHS Annual Banquet and Fund Raising Auction You’re urged to bring an item or to donate toward the cause. Wrap up of the Surveyors Historical Society portion of the event.
Saturday, September 18
  • 7:00 – 8:30: Breakfast in the Orleans Room
  • 9:30 –12:00: Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour
Join a park ranger for a free leisurely-paced historical ride through the Chickamauga Battlefield. Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga are sponsoring this free leisurely-paced historical ride through the Chickamauga Battlefield. This two-hour tour begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Contact: Kim Coons
  • 10:00 – 3:30 pm Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors Fall Board of Directors Meeting
Luncheon and Installation of New Officers (12:30 – 1:30). The meeting and lunch will be held in the Orleans Room aboard the Delta Queen. Valet parking is free for those arriving Saturday morning. For those departing, there is much to do. The Battle of Chickamauga took place September 18-20, 1863. The battlefield is about 15 miles south of Chattanooga. There will be reenactors, encampments and many demonstrations all weekend. Hey Tennesseans, stay the night, enjoy our community.
For biographical information on speakers, please go to: www.surveyorshistoricalsociey.com. Also, please follow the website for updates and details of the Rendezvous as we progress.
********** MEETING SITE **********
100 River Street :: Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
(the boat is now stationary, moored to the banks of the Tennessee River)
423-468-4500 :: www.deltaqueenhotel.com
Securing a room is the responsibility of the individual registrant. Nightly room rates are as follow: $108 for a Master Cabin, $99 for a Deluxe Cabin, $85 for a Standard Cabin and $69 for the Bunk Cabins. All rooms are subject to a local hotel/motel and sales tax totaling 17.25% Space is limited to 88 rooms. Room reservations are on a first come/first served basis. When making reservations, mention words such as surveyors, Tennessee surveyors or historical in order to get a room and the discount.
The Delta Queen is a Registered Historic Structure. Therefore, it cannot be modified for ADA. There is no elevator access to the Hotel section of the vessel. The Orleans Room (breakfast, classes and banquet room) is wheelchair accessible through a service elevator. Just let us know if you have special needs and we’ll accommodate as best we can. We encourage you to go to their website and take a tour of the boat. Should you encounter any problems or need additional directions or information, please call Bart Crattie at 423-505-1358. bart_nilessurvey@comcast.net
If for some reason, you wish not to stay on the Delta Queen, any hotel or motel in the downtown area is a fairly easy drive to the meeting site. A water taxi will be in operation making runs from the Delta Queen side of the Tennessee River over to the downtown side of the river. The water taxi is $6.00 for an all day pass. Once on the downtown side of the river, everything is easily accessible on foot including the Tennessee Aquarium and a number of other attractions. There is a wide variety of restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the Delta Queen.

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