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1996_Armillary_PhillipsSquareThe NASS conference was held at the University of Toronto, where a number of unique dials were presented, including Paul Lapp’s garden analemmatic dial, and Bill Buckler’s analemmatic gnomon on an equatorial dial. Sara Schechner Genuth presented a paper on historical dials as evidence of consumer culture and Don Petrie explained his model sundial used to teach gnomonics.   The dial tour included the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Michener Institute of Medical Technology.

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1995_NationalCathedral_4aOur first NASS conference was held in Washington, D.C. with a small group of about a two dozen people meeting at The Smithsonian Institution on the mall.  The group one common interest: sundials.  During the conference, the group was able to visit a special display of dials and rare books on dialing in the Smithsonian collection.  Papers equinoctial clocks, analemmatic sundials and digital sundials were presented.  George McDowell organized a sundial tour of “Twelve Sundials of Washington” that included dials at the National Cathedral, Eastern High School, and an enigmatic sundial at Tudor Place.

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