CANCELATION NOTICE: Due to the major concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the COGNA Executive Committee and the Oregon Geographic Names Board are forced to cancel the 2020 Conference.  Our decision was made based on available evidence and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Oregon Health Authority, state and federal government agencies restrictions.  The health and safety of our attendees are most important to us.


The 2021 Geographic Names Conference initially planned for Columbia, Missouri has also been cancelled due to the continued uncertainties of the effects of the Covid-19 virus.  The Missouri Board expressed an interest in hosting one of the future conferences hopefully in 2022, that is when the recommendations, sometimes requirements of wearing mask, social distancing, avoiding groups and staying home are lifted.  Because of having to cancel 2020 and 2021 the Oregon and Missouri Boards will have first options of hosting our future annual conferences.