Council of Geographic Names Authorities

The 2019 Council of Geographic Names Conference

Baton Rouge, LA


Monday, August 5th

Registration & Opening Reception

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel

  • 11:00—5:30 p.m. Registration & Packet pick up: Creole Room
  • 6:00—8:00 p.m. Welcoming Reception: Riverboat Room

Tuesday, August 6th

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel, Cypress 1 Room

8:00 a.m. Registration & Packet pick up

8:30—8:45 a.m. Housekeeping announcements, opening remarks

8:45—10:00 a.m. State Reports: Discussion about Louisiana Geographic Names, Legislated Issue; Darryl Mack

10:00—10:30 a.m. Break

10:30a.m.—Noon: State Reports

12:00—1:30 p.m. Lunch break

1:30—2:00 p.m. Disappearing Geographic Names: Thaddeus Ellerbe; NOAA

2:00—2:30 p.m. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge Names and Commemorative Names: Sean Killen

2:30—3:00 p.m. Finish State Reports

3:00—3:00 p.m. Break

3:30—5:00 p.m. COGNA Business Meeting (Open to all)


Wednesday, August 7th

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel, Cypress 1 Room

8:30 a.m. Registration & Packet pick up

8:30—10:00 a.m. U.S. BGN Staff Reports

10:00—10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. —Noon U.S. BGN Cases

12:00—1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30--5:00 p.m. The afternoon will be a workshop session of discussions on policy and procedures by the USBGN and State Names Authorities including a look at some problematic cases and roundtable topics.  3:00—3:30 p.m. Break

Topic items include, but are not limited to the following:

U.S. Board on Geographic Names procedures: Jenny Runyon

The State Names Authorities procedures: How SNA's work on Name Issues; Bruce Fisher, Christine Johnson, Dan  White

A Look at Problematic Cases with Typical Policies

Doso Doyabi and Jefferson Davis Peak: The sociocultural Challenges for the Nevada Board on Geographic  Names: Christine Johnson; Nevada Board on Geographic Names

Dead Indian Lake to Dead Warrior Lake: Wayne Furr; Oklahoma Board on Geographic Names

Other cases?

State/Federal roundtable topics

Thursday, August 8th

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel, Cypress 1 Room

Papers and Discussions on General Interest Topics

8:30—9:00 a.m. Geographic Names Authorities and Geographic Names Authorities: Ed Callary

9:00—9:30 a.m. The Newberry Volcano Naming Project in Oregon: Bruce Fisher, Oregon Geographic Names Board; Betsy  Kanalley, USBGN/DNC-FS; Maxine Kline, USFS

9:30—10:00 a.m. The Geography of Cook: The impact of a Man on the Globe: Christine Johnson; Nevada Board on Geographic Names

10:00—10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m. Specific Toponymic Decisions and Policies made at National Geographic in Recent Years: Scott Zillmer

11:00—11:30 a.m. Hotbed of Multicultural Toponymy: Karnes and Wilson Counties in Texas: Claire DeVaughan, National Liaison for Texas, Oklahoma & Utah

11:30—12:00 noon Early American Migrations: Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia

12:00—1:30 p.m. Lunch break

1:30—2:00 p.m.  A look at Unusual Sounding Geographic-Place Names that have been Described as Unusual, Weird, Funny, or Lewd: Wayne Furr; Oklahoma Board on Geographic Names

2:00—3:0Conference Wrap-up


3:30—4:30  Closed Meeting of the Executive Committee

6:00—9:00 p.m. Dinner Reception with Keynote Speaker Richard E. Condrey, Louisiana State University retired: The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessions from the Past-Restore the Mississippi Delta


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