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VAAS HISTORY

about the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies Convention

The mission of VAAS is to be a forum for cooperation and collaboration between the clubs of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through annual meetings, attendees come away with new friendships, fresh ideas, and knowledge of what other societies are doing around the state and beyond.

VAAS was founded as a result of a joint meeting in 1975 between the Richmond and original Norfolk Astronomical Society. The annual event is open to societies and the interested public across Virginia and surrounding states. Hosting of the event is passed around participating Virginia societies. A fixed host rotation was implemented after 1995 when for the 2 years prior the convention host society faltered on having the event.

Much of the following information was gathered from Glen Howell on the Richmond Astronomical Society website. Thanks for the history lesson.

PAST VAAS CONFERENCES

Year Site Society Chairman
1976 Site Society -
1977 - - -
1978 - - -
1979 NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton) Tidewater Amateur Telescope Makers Joe Guth
1980 May 16-18 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society Ray Butzner
1981 May 30-31 Old Dominion University (Norfolk) Astronomical Society of Tidewater Leonard W. Scarr
1982 May 15 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Tidewater Amateur Telescope Makers Don Wright
1983 May 21 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society -
1984 May 19 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Tidewater Community College Astronomical Society -
1985 May 25 Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville) Piedmont Astronomy Club Ray Durand -
1986 May 10 Va. Western Community College (Roanoke) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society -
1987 May 2 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society -
1988 May 14 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Glendon L. Howell
1989 May 6 Va. Museum of Natural History (Martinsville) Piedmont Astronomy Club -
1990 May 19-20 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Tidewater Community College Astronomical Society -
1991 Jun 8 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society -
1992 May 30 Univ. of Va. (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society -
1995 Apr 1 - Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society Britt Rossie
1996 Apr 13 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Kent Blackwell
1997 - Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society -
1998 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker
1999 Nov 6 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Kent Blackwell
2000 Sep 22 (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society -
2001 Oct 13 Va. Western Community College (Roanoke) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society John J. Goss
2002 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker
2003 Nov 15 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Norfolk Astronomical Society Glendon L. Howell
2004 Univ. of Va. Charlottesville Astronomical Society Katherine Hix
2005 Va. Western Community College Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society -
2006 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker
2007 C. M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA Northern Virginia Astronomy Club -
2008 Sep 20 James City County Library near Williamsburg Norfolk Astronomical Society (NAS) and the Virginia Peninsula Astronomical Society (VPAS) -
2009 University of Virginia in Charlottesville Charlottesville Astronomical Society -
2010 Oct 9 Roanoke College in Salem Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society John Goss
2011 Oct 1 Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Chuck Jagow
2012 Sep 15 Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation in Maidens, VA Richmond Astronomical Society Betty Wilson
2013 Oct 5 C. M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA Northern Virginia Astronomy Club -
2015 University of Virginia in Charlottesville Charlottesville Astronomical Society Steve Layman
2016 Oct 29 Roanoke College, Salem, VA Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society -

The next VAAS Convention will be hosted by

THE BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS

October 21st 2017 at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA