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Preservation group visiting city this week

October 08, 2007

Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes is holding its 39th annual meeting in Hagerstown, Oct. 10-13. Approximately 70 people from across the United States are expected to attend.

Pioneer America Society is a national, nonprofit organization that encourages the study of preservation of buildings, sites, structures and objects representing North American history, cultural landscapes and material culture. The society was organized in 1967 and carries out its mission by identifying, documenting, analyzing, and interpreting significant cultural landscapes, architecture and artifacts and by encouraging educational programs, scholarly research and preservation.

The keynote speaker for this year's meeting is Shenandoah University professor Warren R. Hofstra. Hofstra has written or edited five books on various aspects of American regional history. His current research focuses the uses of landscape as a tool for historical study and more specifically on the global economy of grain and flour production from the late 18th century to the 1950s.

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In addition to business meetings and paper presentations, participants will do some touring of the area, including the area along the National Road, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield and Monocacy National Battlefield. Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford is addressing the group at its annual awards banquet on Oct. 12.

For more information about the Pioneer America Society, visit www.pioneeramerica.org

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