From H-Material Culture:
The Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts & Landscapes (PAS: APAL) will hold its 44th annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 26-29, 2012. The meeting will be held in downtown Philadelphia at Loews Hotel, housed in the historic 1932 Philadelphia Saving Fund Society skyscraper.
The 2012 Conference theme is: Philadelphia: the Vernacular to the Spectacular. Philadelphia has a unique history among major U.S. cities and has garnered many descriptions — City of Brotherly Love, Athens of America,
Green Country Town, the Holy Experiment, City of Firsts, Cradle of Liberty, City of Neighborhoods, and Workshop of the World.
The meeting will begin on Wednesday with registration and an evening welcoming reception. On Thursday, participants may choose between walking tours of Center City Philadelphia, or a day-long field trip. The Thursday bus trip will focus on historic houses (including log structures), barns, cemeteries, and past rural landscapes of Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia. Friday will be devoted to paper presentations and the annual Awards Reception and Banquet. Saturday will offer a second field trip that will spotlight urban landscapes within Philadelphia and will include vernacular to spectacular structures, neighborhoods, and post-industrial and gentrified landscapes.
Registration is open, download the form here (PDF).