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Medieval Conference/Tech Fair At Penn State U.
Greetings Good Gentles
This is to announce the annual Medieval Studies Conference at
Pennsylvania State University, PA.
This years topic:
The Cathedral, the Mill, and the Mine:
Technology in the Middle Ages
Dates: April 7-9, 1995
Location: Pennsylvania State University
University Park Campus, PA
Centre County (near the geographic center of the state).
Conference location- Nittny Lion Inn
Fair location- Intermural Building
The campus is located on Routs 26 and 322. Route 322 can be accessed
one mile from exit 20 on Interstate 80.
Cost: There is a $25.00 per person registration fee. This fee is waived
for all students (high school and college), school teachers, and seinor
citizens. This fee does NOT include meals.
Times: Conference- Friday 9am- 5pm
Saturday 9am- noon
Fair- Saturday Noon- 5pm
Sunday 11am- 5pm
Conference: Eight visiting professors wil speak on subjects related to the
conference topic. The exact time of each lecture has not yet been set.
Speakers and Topics
(not in order)
"Late Medieval Cities and the Weapons of War: Production, Trade, Tactics"
Bert Hall, University of Toronto
"Technological Innovation in High Gothic Architecture"
Robert Mark, Princeton University
"Mechanization and the Medeival Economy"
Richard Holt, University of Birmingham
"Reconstructing a Medieval House: From Paled Saye to Fenestrels"
Dominic Tweddle, Assistent Director, York Archeological Trust for
Excavation and Research
"Technology and the Social Structure in the Medieval German Countryside"
Michael Toch, Hebrew University of Jeruselem
"The Archaeology of Water Power in Britain"
David Crossley, University of Sheffield
"Organization of Medieval Building Sites in North-Central Europe: Materials
and Techniques of Construction"
Giovanni Coppola, Research University od Basilicata,Matera
"Scale and Scantling: Technological Issues in Large-Scale Timberwork of the
High Middle Ages"
Lynn Courtenay, University of Wisconsin
Fair: Fifteen demonstrations and exibits have been scheduled so far.
Twelve more are under cosideration.
Exibits (partial list)
Cathedral Stone Masonry, demonstration of techniques. Philip Hawk.
Construction of a Medieval Arch. Joseph Conway, Professor of Engineering
at Penn State
Metallurgy, casting pilgrims badges and ampullae. Dr. Jerry Jackson
Agricultural tools with Medieval Counterparts.
Advanced registration is requested, but not nessesary. Refunds of fees
made if notification of cancellation is received in writing before March 28,
1995. Finale registration will be held Friday, April 7, 8am-noon. No
guarantee of space left if you try to register at the door.
Meals: Both a luncheon and a banquet will be served on Friday, April 7, at
the Nittany Lion Inn. These are optional and cost extra (no freebies for
anyone). There are also many restraunts and fast food shops in the
immediate area off campus.
Luncheon- 12:15 (approxamatly)
cost is $11.95
cost is $19.95
Will feature period cusine, music such as mill
songs and sacred music, and a preformance of the
Times and scheduling are subject to change. Don't even THINK of holding me
responsible for changes made by the event organizers.
Accomodations: There are many hotels and motels within 10 minutes of the
campus. Consult "Triple A Motor Club" for a list.
A limited number of rooms are being held in reserve for Conference
participants until March 7. These may be a bit pricey. Call Nittany Lion
Inn, (814) 231-7505.
For more info about registration, call:
Department of History
Pennsyvania State University
108 Weaver Building
University Park PA 16802-5500
Lord Degan of Coventry
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