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Waff Symposium Call for Papers


27 - 29 June 2014


Cincinnati Observatory Center, Ohio


Trudy E. Bell

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List - A unique, interdisciplinary symposium on the history of astronomy and on the origins of baseball in memory of historian Craig B. Waff will be held Friday, 27 June – Sunday, 29 June 2014 at the Cincinnati Observatory Center in Ohio, under the auspices of the Antique Telescope Society and the Vintage Base Ball Association, two organizations in which Craig was actively involved. Keynote speakers at the dinner Saturday night, 28 June, will be two eminent historians who were Craig’s colleagues and friends: Steven J. Dick, former NASA Chief Historian, and John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball. It is hoped that the symposium will result in a proceedings as a lasting legacy.

Abstracts are now solicited for research papers in any topic of history of astronomy, mathematics, aerospace, or the origins of baseball, as well as work-in-progress presentations from historians who kindly volunteered to receive Craig’s extensive research materials. Deadline for the submission of an abstract (about 250 words) plus a paragraph of biographical information (about 150 words) is Friday, 15 March 2014.

More details about the symposium and the papers plus bios of the two keynote speakers appear at the ATS website. Click on “Waff Symposium 2014” in the left-hand menu under Conventions/Workshops. Feel free to post or forward this announcement to other historian colleagues.

Please submit abstract and biographical paragraph, preferably by e-mail, to all symposium organizers:

Local organizers:
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Craig Niemi, Executive Director, (513) 321-5186 x1

John E. Ventre, Historian, (513) 321-5186 x4

Program/Papers co-chairs:
Trudy E. Bell, M.A., (567) 623-6233 (for the ATS)

Eric Miklich, VBBA Historian (for the VBBA)

Travel/logistics/accommodations coordinator
Valerie Niemi, Prestige Travel