Events

WEBINARS

CHSA's 2020 - 2021 webinar trilogy "...and Other Tales of Construction History" was developed to fill the void left by postponing our 7th Biennial Conference.  (Look for the 2021 - 2022 trilogy coming in Fall 2021)

The 2020 - 2021 series was moderated by A. Peter Hilger (University of Minnesota) and Clifton Fordham (Tyler School of Art and Architecture) and supported by Paul McLagan (University of Minnesota).

METALS THROUGH TIME AND OTHER TALES OF CONSTRUCTION HISTORY

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Sara E. Wermiel:  Introduction of the Rolled I-beam in the U.S.A. in the 1850s

Tait Johnson, PhD:  Machines for Selling: Kawneer Products in Commercial Districts

Kevin Vazquez, PE:  Dunwoody College of Technology Renovation – Minneapolis, MN

 

BRICK BY BRICK AND OTHER TALES OF CONSTRUCTION HISTORY 

DECEMBER 4, 2020

 

Rebecca Kennedy:  Shifts in the Productive Landscape: Traditional Construction in Oaxaca Mexico

and its Relationship to Broader Land Use Patterns

Kevin Griebenow:  Block by Block, A Short History of Masonry and Concrete Dams

Paolo Vitti:   Origins of Brick Vaulted Construction in the Mediterranean Region and

Evolution through Roman, Byzantine and Arabic Times

 

QUARANTA GIORNI AND OTHER TALES OF CONSTRUCTION HISTORY 

MAY 29, 2020

 

Brian Bowen:  Quaranta Giorni:  The Bubonic Plague in 14th C. Europe and its effect on Construction

Betsy Frederick-Rothwell:  The Underground Origins of Air Conditioning

Polly Root Sturgeon:  Building a Nation:  Indiana’s Dimension Stone Legacy

With Todd Thompson and Jennifer Lanman

 

CONFERENCES

One of the defining activities of the Construction History Society of America is its biennial meeting, and members are invited to attend our events at a discounted rate.  From its beginning in 2007, the society has recognized the value of having scholars, students and friends gather to exchange ideas and explore the discipline of construction history.  Our annual meeting is a combination of business, scholarship, exploration and merriment and we aim to select diverse locations within the geographic boundaries of the society.

Plenary and technical sessions as well as tours are organized to present the latest research, take advantage of the location, show off our host department, and for the general benefit of attendees.  Each meeting is directed by a member of the society who presides as the program director and is supported by an academic institution which hosts the meeting.

CHSA also organizes meetings on the off year, often in collaboration with compatible organizations, and members attend International Congresses in conjunction with the Construction History Society.  The Fifth International Congress on Construction History (5ICCH) was held in Chicago in 2015 and was organized by the Construction History Society of America.