and Council Members
2. DVGA Speakers and
3. DVGA Field Trips
1. DVGA History
The origin of the DVGA can be traced to
a meeting, sometime during the 1963 Christmas holidays, when Cyrus J. Sharer
introduced himself to J. Russell Smith at the latter's home in Swarthmore.
Having…"had the good luck to discover each other" as Smith put it, the
two laid plans to extend their circle of mutual interests to other geographers
living and working in the Philadelphia area. "Accordingly", in the words
of Dr. Smith's invitation of March 1, "Dr. Sharer and Mrs. Sharer, along
with Mrs. Lester Klimm and myself are hosts, conveners, chaperones, and
elder statesmen at an informal dinner at International House, 140 N. 15th
St., Philadelphia at 6:15 P.M., Friday, March 6, 1964." After dinner ($2.50
per head), Smith welcomed the gathering and then introduced the evening's
speaker, Art Loeben, Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.
Again in his own words, Art was…"to tell us about some of the devils that
beset the application of geography in Montgomery [County]". Subsequent
meetings were held at the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Club and other
city clubs and restaurants. The group met three additional times that first
year, but thereafter settled into a biannual schedule. By 1967 the group
adopted a constitution and soon afterward it was accepted as an integral
arm and regional affiliate of the Association of American Geographers.
At first the PHILADELPHIA AREA GEOGRAPHERS,
as the organization was originally named, was guided by an ad hoc committee
composed of Richard Bucksar, Gerald Karaska, Richard Keppel, Henry Michael,
Clinton Mullen and Cyrus Sharer. By 1969 the present name, DELAWARE VALLEY
GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION was adopted. At the same time meetings were moved
to the western suburbs; to points readily accessible to the majority of
the growing membership. Geographers and students from East Stroudsburg
University, Kutztown University, Millersville University, Philadelphia
Community College, Rowan College of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden campus),
Temple University, Trenton State College, University of Delaware, Villanova
University, West Chester University, York College of Pennsylvania, and
many other schools, community colleges, firms, and government agencies
in the region actively participate in the DVGA today.
Of local interest, it should be noted that
the formerly renowned Ph.D.-granting Department of Geography at the University
of Pennsylvania was terminated in 1961.
Field trips have long been an important
facet of the Association. More recently, the DVGA has been recognizing
outstanding undergraduate majors in geography at local institutions by
awarding them certificates of achievement.
The history of the development of the DVGA
has been a positive one. From a small, but auspicious, beginning, the association
over the past thirty years has been a source of inspiration to geographers
in the Delaware Valley.
2. DVGA Speakers and Presentation Titles
|6 March 1964
||J. Russell Smith: Opening Remarks.
Arthur Loeben: The Application of Geography
to Planning. (International House, Philadelphia)
|8 May 1964
||Joseph Schwarzberg: India.
(U. of PA, Faculty Club)
|2 October 1964
||Kazimierz Dziewonski: Population
Growth and Urbanization in Post-War Poland. (U. of PA., Faculty Club)
|11 December 1964
||Richard Keppel: Mapping Procedures
in Underdeveloped Countries. (U. of PA, Houston Hall)
|29 April 1965
||Richard Hartshorne: The Nature
of Geography. (U. of PA., Houston Hall)
|10 December 1965
||Henry Michael: Collecting Datable
Wood from the Pyramids. (U. of PA, Faculty Club)
|15 April 1966
||James Latham: Remote Sensing and
Geographic Science. (St. Anthony’s Club, Philadelphia)
|16 December 1966
||Peter Schauffler: Geography of
the Port of Philadelphia. (U. of PA, Faculty Club)
|7 April 1967
||C. H. J. Hull: Geography of the
Tocks Island Development. (St. Anthony’s Club)
|8 December 1967
||Arthur Getis: A New Technique of
Analyzing Spatial Processes. (Poor Richard Club, Philadelphia)
|5 April 1968
||Paul VanDerMeer: Land Fragmentation
in a Taiwanese Village. (Poor Richard Club)
|15 November 1968
||Richard Osborne: An Analysis of
Current British Regional Problems and Economic Policy. (Poor Richard
|28 March 1969
||Melvin Marcus: Glacial Climatology
and Glacial Geomorphology. (Peacock Inn, King of Prussia)
|7 November 1969
||William Warntz: Geography, Geometry,
and Graphics. (Peacock Inn)
|3 April 1970
||Robert McNee: A Systems Analysis
of Industrial Corporations. (Peacock Inn)
|20 November 1970
||Julian Wolpert: The Transition
to Post-Behaviorism in Geographic Research. (Peacock Inn)
|26 March 1971
||George Carey: Urban Development
(Holiday Inn, King of Prussia)
|5 November 1971
||William Koelsch: Terrae Incognitae
and Arcana Siwash: Geographic Thought and University History.
|21 April 1972
||Robert Sinclair: The Place of Regional
Studies in Geographical Research. (Holiday Inn)
|17 November 1972
||Pierce Lewis: Houses and the Diffusion
of Ideas. (Old Covered Wagon Inn, Strafford)
|6 April 1973
||Peter Gould: Sweden—Location in
Information Space. (Valley Forge Hilton, King of Prussia)
|12 October 1973
||The fall meeting was canceled to enable
DVGA members to attend and participate in the AAG Middle States Division
meeting in Philadelphia.
|29 March 1974
||Brian Berry: The Changing Nature
of Dual Housing Markets. (Valley Forge Hilton)
|22 November 1974
||Donald Meinig: American Beginnings—A
Geographic Formulation of Transatlantic Undertakings. (Lamb Tavern,
|18 April 1975
||Gordon Wolman: Generalists and
Specialists—The Interdisciplinary Dilemma. (Lamb Tavern)
|21 November 1975
||Edward Ullman: Amtrak from the
Inside and Outside. (Lamb Tavern)
|9 April 1976
||James Vance: Liberal Tradition
in American Urbanism—Medieval Roots in the American City. (Benjamin
Franklin Hotel, Philadelphia)
|12 November 1976
||L. Schuyler: Fonaroff: Medical
Geography. (Newtown Squire, Newtown Square, PA)
|25 March 1977
||Norbert Psuty: Sandy Hook and Coastal
Change. (Newtown Squire)
|9 December 1977
||James R. Anderson: Geographic Research
in the U. S. Geological Survey. (George Washington Motor Lodge, Plymouth
|5 May 1978
||Risa Palm: House Price Trends—The
Role of Financial and Real Estate Instructions and Growth Control Policies.
(Welkinweir, Pughtown, PA)
|10 November 1978
||Wilbur Zelinsky: Explaining the
Unexpected—Some Causes and Consequences of the Metro-Nonmetro Migrational
|30 November 1979
||Daniel George: Toward the Development
of a Theory of Black Crime and Urbanism. (George Washington Motor
|2 May 1980
||Martyn Bowden: Drought in America—Science,
the Media, and Government Response. (George Washington Motor Lodge)
|14 November 1980
||John R. Mather: Water—Not Enough
of the Right Kind; Too Much of the Wrong Kind. (George Washington
|10 April 1981
||Roger Downs: The Mystery of Wayfinding—Mazes,
Maps, and Minds. (West Chester Inn)
|13 November 1981
||Marvin Creamer: A Geographer’s
Odyssey—Sailing the Seas by Stars Alone. (West Chester Treadway Inn,
|16 April 1982
||Susan Hanson: Female Mobility in
the City—How Women’s Changing Roles Affect Daily Travel Patterns.
(West Chester Treadway Inn)
|19 November 1982
||Vincent Malmstrom: The Sacred Meso-American
Calendar—Its Origins and Diffusion. (West Chester Treadway Inn)
|8 April 1983
||Judy Olson: Future Directions in
Cartography (“Tanglewood”, residence of the President of West Chester University)
|2 December 1983
||Harm deBlij: Geography and Wine.
(West Chester Treadway Inn)
|6 April 1984
||George Demko: Manipulating People
over Space—An International Perspective on Population Distribution Policies.
(West Chester Inn)
|2 November 1984
||Marvin Creamer: Voyage of the Globestar—A
Non-Instrument Circumnavigation. (West Chester Inn)
||Robert Aangeenbrug: The Future
of the Association of American Geographers. (West Chester Inn)
|15 November 1985
||Melvin Marcus: Is Nepal Really
Slipping into the Sea? (West Chester Inn)
|21 March 1986
||Christopher Salter: Is Geography
a Trivial Pursuit? (West Chester Inn)
|14 November 1986
||Barry Bishop: Man and the Himalayan
Mountain Realm. (West Chester Inn)
|10 April 1987
||Rodney Erickson: The Role of Geography
in International Business. (West Chester Inn)
|13 November 1987
||Susan Brooker-Gross: An Agenda
for Geography of Mass Communications. (West Chester Inn)
|22 April 1988
||Harold Rose: Black Miami—Positively
or Negatively Affected by Cuban Political Migration? (West Chester
|14 October 1988
||Kenneth Corey: The Role of Information
Technology in Urban Development Planning—The Case of Singapore. (West
|28 April 1989
||Lydia Pulsipher: A Geographer’s
Perspective on the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’s Voyage. (West
|16 November 1989
||John Townshend: The Environment
Viewed from Space—An Illustrated Lecture. (West Chester Inn)
|23 March 1990
||Phillip Gersmehl: Bonanza for the
Land Miners: A Geographer Looks at Resource Issue. (West Chester
|2 November 1990
||David Cuff: Producing the Pennsylvania
Atlas. (West Chester Inn)
|5 April 1991
||Saul Cohen: Changing Geopolitics
of the Middle East. (West Chester Inn)
|15 November 1991
||Lakshman Yapa: Theories of Third
World Development—Solution or Problem? (West Chester Inn)
|24 April 1992
||Stephen Leatherman: Sea Level Rise
and Coastal Impact. (West Chester Inn)
|20 November 1992
||Richard Boehm: The Death of Geographic
Illiteracy. (West Chester Inn)
|26 March 1993
||Diana Liverman: Mexico in the 1990’s—Environmental
Change and Environmental Transformation. (West Chester Inn)
|22 October 1993
||Tina Cary: Around the World in
99 Minutes. (West Chester Inn)
|29 April 1994
||James W. Harrington, Jr.: The North
American Free Trade Agreement: Changing Economic Geography and Regional
Development. (West Chester Inn)
|23 September 1994
||Janice J. Monk: Finding Their Place:
Women Geographers in the 20th Century. (West Chester Inn)
|28 April 1995
The Land of Old Age: Housing America’s Elderly. West Chester Inn)
|3 November 1995
||John Benhart, Sr.: Geographic Change
in the Modern World. (West Chester Inn)
|3 May 1996
||Billie Lee Turner, II: Great Riddles
of Global Change. (West Chester Inn)
|22 November 1996
||Jeff Osleeb: The Greenpoint/Williamsburg
Environmental Benefits Program: Application of Modern Geography.
(West Chester Inn)
|11 April 1997
||Gary Shannon: The Geography of
Plagues: From the Black Death to Aids. (West Chester Inn)
|7 November 1997
||Patricia Gober: The Demographic
Balkanization of America: Migration Patterns of the US Foreign-born Population.
(Holiday Inn, Lionsville)
|17 April 1998
||Harold “Duke” Winters: Physical
Geography and the Eastern Theatre of the American Civil War. (Holiday
|4 December 1998
||Joseph S. Wood: American Settlement
Patterns: The Vietnamese Experience. (Holiday Inn, West Chester)
|16 April 1999
||Alexander Murphy: Contemporary
Europe: A Geographer’s “Take” on Integration and Disintegration.
|19 November 1999
||John W. Frazier: Minority Concentrations
and Issues of Equity in American Cities. (Holiday Inn)
|31 March 2000
||Susan Hardwick: Geographic Education
in the New Century: Distance Learning or Green Grass Campus? (Holiday
|3 November 2000
||Joel Morrison: The Effects
of Technological Change on Organizations—Examples from Census 2000 and
USGS. (Holiday Inn)
|16 March 2001
||Duane Nellis: Reflections on Botswana:
Geographic Information Technologies for Natural Resource Management.
|2 November 2001
Crews: Census 2000: Portrait of Our Nation.
|5 April 2002
Ratcliffe: The Greatest Survival Story Ever Told: A Re-creation of he
Original Lantern-Slide Lecture of Shackleton's 1914-17 Antarctic Expedition
|8 November 2002
|| Ronald F. Abler: Geography
and New Technology
|2 May 2003 ||
Victoria Lawson: Globalization, Neoliberal Reforms, and National Identity Among Poor Migrants in Ecuador
(The Inn at Chester Springs)
|7 November 2003 ||
Gen. Gerald Galloway: Floods and More Floods: Why Can't Geographers Get the Message Across?
(The Inn at Chester Springs)
|23 April 2004 ||
Ines Miyares: New York City's Changing Ethnic Landscape
|3 December 2004 ||
Richard Marston: Geography's Advantage in Environmental Change Studies
|22 April 2005 ||
Kenneth Lacovara: Paleogeography
(Holiday Inn--Ft. Washington)
|18 November 2005
Mark DeMulder: USGS Geospatial Information: A Legacy and a Future
|28 April 2006 ||
Kavita Pandit: Immigration of Indian Technology Workers to the US: Implications
for Geography and Beyond (Holiday Inn--Ft. Washington)
|11 November 2006
John Western: Muslims and Christians in Strasbourg, France: Five Recent
Encounters (Holiday Inn--West Chester)
|27 April 2007
Marie Price: Immigrants in Cities: Contemporary Perspectives   (Holiday
|30 November 2007
Roman Cybriwski: (Holiday
|25 April 2008
Kevin Patrick: A Geography of Changing Roadside Modernity   (Holiday
|20 November 2009
John Hasse: Finding the Right Track to Smart Growth in the Garden State   (Holiday
|23 April 2010
David Robinson: Thoughts on a Snowy Winter (Holiday
3. DVGA Field Trips
|9 June 1965
||The Philadelphia-Camden Port Area on the
|17 May 1969
||Western and Northern Suburbs of Philadelphia.
Art Loeben, guide.
|3 October 1970
||The DuPont Corporation and the Wilmington
Area. Ralph Shaffer, guide.
|11 November 1972
||Montgomery County. Art Loeben, guide.
|3 May 1975
||AMERIPORT: The Ports of Philadelphia via
River Launch. William Bennington, guide.
|8 May 1976
||The Brandywine Conservation Area.
Bob Struble, Jr., guide.
|9 May 1987
||Hawk Mountain. Percy Dougherty and
Sandra Pritchard, guides.
|1 November 1980
||Atlantic City, NJ. Elizabeth Marsh
and Charles Stansfield, guides.
|2 May 1981
||Pennsylvania House and Barn Tour.
Robert Ensminger, guide.
|26 June 1982
||Physical and Cultural Contrasts on Delmarva.
Laurence Kalkstein, guide.
|7 May 1983
||Over the Bridge to Camden. George
Blyn and John Tachovsky, guides.
|17 October 1983
||The Amish Landscape and Three Mile Island.
Harold Leaman, guide.
|20 May 1986
||A Planner’s View of Montgomery County:
Trends in Landscape Uses. Art Loeben, guide.
|27 September 1986
||Delmarva II. Tom Meirding, guide.
|7 November 1987
||Rails and Highways of York. Charles
||Anthracite Area. Chet Zimolzak and
Bernard McGonigle, guides.
|24 March 1990
||Lancaster County Tourism. Gary Hovinen,
|16 November 1991
||Wineries of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Percy Dougherty, guide.
|27 May 1992
||Aerial Data Reduction, Inc. Pennsauken,
NJ. Percy Dougherty, guide.
|5 December 1992
||Three Centuries of Philadelphia Urban
Development, Arthur Petrillo, guide.
|12 November 1994
||A Slice of the Poconos, Ian Ackroyd-Kelly,
|4 November 1995
||The Edge City, Arthur Loeben and George
|5 October 1996
||Environments of Delmarva, Laurence Kalkstein,
|8 November 1997
||Urban Land Use Changes in the Lehigh Valley,
Michael Kaiser, guide.
|18 April 1998
||The Role of Geography and Geology in the
Battle of Gettysburg, Harold “Duke” Winters, guide.
|1 May 1999
||The Geographies, Past and Present, of
Valley Forge National Historical Park, Joan Welch and Sandra Mather, guides.
|28 April 2000
||Mushroom Growing in Southeastern Pennsylvania,
Sandra Mather, guide.
|27 April 2002
||Edge City: The Western
Philadelphia Suburbs, Arthur Loeben, guide.
|5 April 2003
||The Pinelands of New Jersey, G. Russell Juelg, guide.
|16 April 2005
||Sterling Hill Mine and the Great Valley, Ian
|3 December 2005
||Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, Percy Dougherty and
John Watson, guides.
|5 April 2008
||Lehigh Valley Wine Terrior, Percy Dougherty and
Sam Landis, guides.
|2 May 2009
||Philadelphia Brewery Tour, Rich Wagner, guide.
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