Prepare now for the North American Sundial Society's annual conference in Portland, Maine, June 23-26, 2016. As always, the conference includes a tour of local sundials. But this year's tour starts with a walk-in camera obscura and special talks on its application to solargraphs. The tour will end at the University of Southern Maine to visit the Osher Map Library and learn about the history of analemmas and maps. We will finish with a lecture on ancient astronomy at the Southworth Planetarium. And as always, there will be two days of interesting presentations on sundials, sundial history, and mathematical gnomonics. Registration is provided in both full and partial form. Download the registration form for details:
Registration Cost Now - April 15th Full $300 Partial $190
Registration Cost April 15th - June 1 Full $325 Partial $215
The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Portland, Maine at 88 Spring St. There is a complimentary shuttle to/from PWM airport and the Amtrak station. A number of rooms have been set aside at a discounted rate of $140/night (plus 9% tax). For reservations, call the Holiday Inn number at 1.800.345.5050 and mention the North American Sundial Society conference, or call the hotel directly at 1.207.775.2311. See the hotel’s website (http://www.innbythebay.com/) to learn about the location and amenities. To assure availability of rooms, please make your reservations as soon as possible – no later than May 23.
Make your reservations with NASS and your accommodations with Holiday Inn by the Bay now! This is an opportunity not to be missed.
In 2000 the North American Sundial Society held its annual conference in San Francisco and visited the Ingleside Terraces Sundial. A century ago the site was a racetrack and as it turned into a housing development in 1913, a promotion sundial was installed with the advertisement "largest sundial in the world". Michael Callahan of "This Forgotten Day in San Francisco" talks about this historic dial and the developer Joseph A. Leonard of Urban Reality Improvement Company on November 15, 1913.
French inventor and maker of things Julien Coyne of Mojoptix has created an intriguing digital sundial gnomon that can be 3D printed. His software design (dated 13 October 2015) uses the 3D open software OpenSCAD described as "The Programmers Solid 3D Computer Aided Design Modeller".[http://www.openscad.org/about.html].
The North American Sundial Society likes to record public sundials that are in good or excellent condition. Dial #797 in Cranford, New Jersey is a sad exception. In 1972 the Kiwanis Club of Cranford presented a 15-foot diameter sundial to Union College as an expression of interest in the college and the youth of Cranford. But the years have taken a toll where it sits adjacent to the William Miller Sperry Observatory. The dais stonework mortar has given way and the concrete dial face has deteriorated.
A plan to restore the dial is underway. Dr. Stephen D. Nacco, of Union County College, Vice President, Administrative Services & Executive Assistant to the President set up a Sundial Fund under the Union County College Foundation, a 501(C ) 3 not-for-profit organization. Donations can be made online via the Web Site, http://www.uccfoundation.org/give.html with the donor selecting GIVE ONLINE NOW. Choose Donation Type "Other", and then put “Sundial” in the Additonal Comments Area as the reason for the donation.
Checks can be made out to:
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
The large analemmatic sundial in front of the Harton Theater North Entrance of Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is being formally dedicated on Thursday, November 5th, 2016 in memory of the late David Thomas Smith, a 1957 SAU alum and retired assistant director of the SAU Physical Plant.
The Smith Sundial, funded by family and friends of David Smith was built by the SAU Department of Art and Design and engineers of the SAU Physical Plant. Patrick Finney was the construction supervisor and Steven Ochs was the project concrete art designer and craftsman. As described in the NASS Sundial Registry, Dial #800 is "a 22 by 17 foot analemmatic dial of stained concrete with Arabic hour numerals of polished brass. The dial perimeter and hour numerals are set in a blue decorative polymer "U" arc, appearing as a large mule shoe that represents the university Muleriders mascot symbol. Dial colors represent the royal blue and gold school colors."
As reported by Southern Arkansas University, "The Smith Sundial at SAU is one of only four Arkansas sundials that are registered on the North American Sundial Society, and the only one outside of Little Rock and North Little Rock. It is also the only sundial in the state that is [a monumental] analemmatic..."