Opening Reception and Official Opening of the International Trade Exhibition
Monday, July 3, 2-17
6:00 pm – 7:30pm
The Opening Reception is an icebreaker that allows conference-goes to get to know each other better while having some fun! Held in conjunction with the opening of the International Trade Exhibition, the event includes food and drinks and the opportunity to mingle with organizations featuring the latest technology, products, and services for cartography and geographic information science. Attendees have a chance to meet up with old acquaintances, meet new friends, network with others in the community, explore, of the latest products, online services, and books, and discuss with experts the breadth and depth of services, tools, and technologies.
The Four Washington Meridians
Tour Leader: Keith Clarke (UC Santa Barbara)
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
10am – 3pm
Washington’s early cartography generated not one but four principal meridians for mapping. This field trip will visit markers and sites along the four principal meridians used in mapping the United States up to the adoption of the Greenwich meridian.
We will start by viewing L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington at the Library of Congress, then receive a briefing on the history and geography for the day. Sites included will be the White House, the Jefferson Pier, and the old and new Naval Observatories.
This will be a walking tour that also takes advantage of the Washington DC Metro, and would not be suitable for people unused to long urban walks. Guides will relate the details of the meridians and some local cartographic history over the course of the day.
Texas-Style Barbecue Dinner
Thursday, July 6th
7:30 – 10:30pm
Historic Bars of DC – Walking Tour
Wednesday, July 5th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Tour Guide: Douglas Vandegraft, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Tour Size: 20-35 participants
Cost: $25 (Cost of individual food and beverage are extra)
The District of Columbia has a long history of establishments that provided alcoholic beverages to a wide variety of clientele. The Civil War era saw the rise of “Rum Row” which was a portion of E Street between the Capital Building and the White House where soldiers, politicians, gamblers and prostitutes would come to intermingle. Prohibition came to DC two years before the rest of the nation, but hundreds of “speakeasies” sprouted up in defiance of the law. Most of these businesses are long gone, but the locations and storied reputations remain. Join Doug Vandegraft, author of A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska, for a walking tour of some of the most historic bars in DC. Included are Old Ebbitt’s Grill, the 1331 Lounge, and the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel. The costs of food and beverage are extra. Transportation costs via Washington DC Metro will be included in the $25 tour cost.