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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 and is located on the Richmond Astronomical Society website. Thanks for the history lesson.

PAST VAAS CONFERENCES

Year Site Society Chairman Link
1975 Richmond, VA Richmond Astronomical Society and original Norfolk Astronomical Society - Link
1976 April 17 Richmond, VA Richmond Astronomical Society - Link
1977 and 1978 Unknown Unknown Unknown -
1979 NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton) Tidewater Amateur Telescope Makers Joe Guth Link
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1980 May 16-18 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society Ray Butzner Link
1981 May 30-31 Old Dominion University (Norfolk) Astronomical Society of Tidewater Leonard W. Scarr Link
1982 May 15 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Tidewater Amateur Telescope Makers Don Wright Link
1983 May 21 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society - Link
1984 May 19 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Tidewater Community College Astronomical Society - Link
1985 May 25 Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville) Piedmont Astronomy Club Ray Durand Link
1986 May 10 Va. Western Community College (Roanoke) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society - Link
1987 May 2 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society - Link
1988 May 14 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers & Tidewater Community College Astronomical Society Glendon Howell Link
1989 May 6 Va. Museum of Natural History (Martinsville) Piedmont Astronomy Club - Link
1990 May 19-20 Tidewater Community College (Suffolk) Tidewater Community College Astronomical Society - Link
1991 Jun 8 Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) Richmond Astronomical Society - Link
1992 May 30 Univ. of Va. (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society - Link
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1993 Event was canceled - - Link
1994 Event was canceled - - Link
1995 Apr 1 - Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society Britt Rossie Link
1996 Apr 13 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Kent Blackwell Link
1997 Sep 27 Randolph–Macon College, (Ashland) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society - Link
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1998 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker Link
1999 Nov 6 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Kent Blackwell Link
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2000 Sep 22-24 (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society - Link
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2001 Oct 13 Va. Western Community College (Roanoke) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society John J. Goss Link
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2002 Oct 5 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker Link
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2003 Nov 15 Chesapeake Planetarium (Chesapeake) Norfolk Astronomical Society Glendon L. Howell -
2004 Oct 16 University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society Mark Klosinski Link
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2005 Va. Western Community College (Roanoke) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society - -
2006 Sep 30 Randolph Macon College (Ashland) Richmond Astronomical Society Terry Barker Link
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2007 C. M. Crockett Park (Midland) Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - Link
2008 Sep 20 James City County Library (Williamsburg) Norfolk Astronomical Society (NAS) and the Virginia Peninsula Astronomical Society (VPAS) Glendon Howell Link
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2009 Sep 12 University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society - Link
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2010 Oct 9 Roanoke College (Salem) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society John Goss Link
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2011 Oct 1 Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach) Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Chuck Jagow Link
2012 Sep 15 Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation (Maidens) Richmond Astronomical Society Betty Wilson Link
2013 Oct 5 C. M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA Northern Virginia Astronomy Club David Werth Link
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2014 Sep 27 EVENT WAS CANCELED Norfolk Astronomical Society - Link
2015 Oct 3 University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Charlottesville Astronomical Society Steve Layman Link
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2016 Oct 29 Roanoke College (Salem) Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society Frank Baratta Link
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The next VAAS Convention will be hosted by

THE BACK BAY AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS

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