Council of Geographic Names Authorities
in the United States


2017 Geographic Names Conference

Richmond, VA


The Old Dominion and Beyond:

Four-Hundred Years of Settlement and Naming


The conference will be held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, May 8 - 12, 2017. 


There is a slight change in the schedule of events for 2017.  Early arrivals may want to come in on Sunday, May 7.  The host committee is working on  suggested personal activities for Sunday and Monday before registration opens. 


Monday, May 8, registration will be open from 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. at the Library of Virginia with the opening reception to follow in the Library starting at 5:30 P.M. Make plans to tour the library before the reception starts.  The sessions will run Tuesday through Thursday with a closing reception with guest speaker starting at 6:00 P.M.  


The optional Educational-Toponymic Excursion will be held Friday, May 10.  This will truly be an educational day exploring the names and history of the Old Dominion.


A block of rooms has been arranged at the Hilton Richmond Downtown.  The room rate for single or double is $135.00 plus taxes per night.  To reserve a room, click on this link:  https://aws.passkey.com/go/COGNA2017AnnualConference


Here are some helpful links regarding what to do in the Richmond, Virginia area.


Visit Richmond:  www.visitrichmondva.com/


What to do; 36 hours in Richmond: 

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/17/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-richmond-virginia.html?smid=tw-nytimestravel&smtyp=cur&_r=2


Downtown experiences:  www.venturerichmond.com/experience/index.html


Downtown Dining Guide Map as of December 2015:    www.venturerichmond.com/pdfs/diningguide.pdf


Links to Richmond museums, Historic Richmond, monuments and cemeteries, gardens:  www.richmondgov.com/common/Visitors.aspx


Just to whet your appetite: www.richmond.com/food-drink/restaurant-news/article_88c89fdc-ba36-11e5-a2a2-9b6a686333d3.html


And, The Best 10 Dive Bars in Richmond, VA:  www.yelp.com/search?cflt=divebars&find_loc=Richmond%2C+VA



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