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Arrival Date

October 18, 2002
Day two of the Rendezvous!

As Lieca and I walked into the Eisenhower Conference Center lobby around noon today we were greeted by Chas Langelan, convincingly decked out in colonial garb as an 18th century surveyor. The Conference Center is situated in the rolling, green hills and farms of Gettysburg, Pa., now just barely touched by the reds and yellows of fall.

This morning surveyors gathered at the conference center (many are staying here anyway) for presentations on Mason and Dixon. One of the presentations was given by Edwin Danson, author of Drawing the Line, (see this month's issue of POB to read more about this book or click here). His presentation examined the background of the Mason-Dixon partnership, the boundary dispute between Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the survey of the famous line. Milton Denny, registered land surveyor, vice president of project development company 3001 and POB contributing editor, gave a presentation on the history of survey measurement devices, and showed off some of the replicas he's created. Other presentations included talks about different facets of the Mason & Dixon experience and more are to come tomorrow.

When attendees arrived yesterday and registered they were given bronze medallions honoring the surveying of Mason and Dixon. In addition to this coin there are annual surveying coins as well as a Lewis and Clark coin, part of a series initiated in 2000. These coins are available through District 9 Land Surveying Co., Laurenceburg, Ind., and Berntsen, Madison, Wis.
Emily