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2018 ANNUAL
3 March 2018
San Marcos, Texas
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NAVA 51
13-15 Oct 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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ICV 28
15-19 July 2019
San Antonio, Texas
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NAVA 42/VAST 2

 

The Vexillological Association of the State of Texas hosted NAVA 42, the 42nd annual meeting of the North American Vexillological Association, in Austin, Texas from 10-12 October 2008. The meeting was also the second vexillological conference in Texas sponsored by the Association, or VAST 2.

It was highly appropriate that vexillologists met in the Lone Star State's capital in the year that marked the 75th anniversary of the 1933 Texas Flag Act, which officially re-established the Flag of the Republic as the State Flag of Texas.

The meeting was held in the historic Texas State Capitol. NAVA 42 began with a Friday afternoon reception of the rooftop of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association building, which provided guests with a breath-taking view of the Capitol building itself. The reception was followed by an evening tour of the Capitol building which included a peek at the original San Jacinto battle flag that hangs in the Hall of the House of Representatives.

Saturday's proceedings began with opening ceremonies and presentations in the Capitol Auditorium. The highlight was a visit from Christopher LaPlante of the State Archives, who displayed the original Peter Krag artwork for the Lone Star Flag and the 1933 flag act itself.

After lunch, attendees visited the Center for American History at The University of Texas. The Center opened its collections to attendees, who were able to provide expert advice and knowledge about several collection ites with incomplete or unknown identification or provenance. On the way back to the Capitol, attendees stopped at the Austin History Center to see the original 1919 Austin City Flag on display in the Mayor's Room.

Back at the Capitol, members heard a special lecture from Dr. Peter Keim, in which he discussed his book, A Grand Old Flag, and his theory of why the stars and stripes were selected in the original design of the U.S. flag. He also shared two rare and important flags from his personal collection.

The keynote dinner was held later that night after a group photo in the Capitol Extension rotunda, which displays the reverse of the State Seal of Texas. Held in the Lieutenant Governor's Reception Room, the dinner was sponsored by State Senator (and NAVA member) Leticia Van de Putte. The keynote address was given by Dr. Robert T. Maberry, Jr., director of the Historical Flags of Texas conservation project, who discussed the singular history of Texas flags and their deep meaning for Texans.

After the keynote address, Vice President Hugh L. Brady and Secretary-Treasurer Charles A. Spain, Jr., presented Dr. Maberry with the inaugural William Wharton award for his outstanding contribution to vexillology in Texas by his seminal work, the book Texas Flags. (Dr. Maberry graciously signed copies of his book after dinner.)

Spain also presented guest of honor Michel Lupant, FIAV President, and Dr. Whitney Smith with certificates signed by the Governor declaring them to be Honorary Texans.

On Sunday, the North American Vexillological Association held its business meeting, at which Mr. Brady was elected as that association’s new president. Members heard more presentations and the auction was held before Anne M. Platoff was awarded the Captain William Driver Award for her presentation on Russian regional flags.

NAVA 42/VAST 2 was notable for its many guests from various parts of the country and world. It was the first meeting not held in conjunction with an International Congress of Vexillology that hosted the entire FIAV board. And the meeting also hosted Sanjay Rao, president of the Indian Vexillological Association.

NAVA 42 AUSTIN COMMITTEE

Charles A. Spain, Jr.

Chairman

James T. Liston

H.P. (Pete) Van de Putte

Harry W. Oswald (1927-2008)

Co-Chairmen

Hugh L. Brady

Secretary

ANNUAL MEETING OFFICIALS

Peter A. Ansoff

President of the North American Vexillological Association

Charles A. Spain, Jr.

Chairman

Hon. James R. (Jim) Dunnam

Hon. Leticia Van de Putte

Hon. Judith P. Zaffirini

Honorary Co-Chairmen

James T. Liston

H.P. (Pete) Van de Putte

Harry W. Oswald (1927-2008)

Co-Chairmen

Gustavo Tracchia, F.F.

Program Chairman

Hugh L. Brady

Secretary

PRESENTATIONS

Backward in the Dark: Some Observations on U.S. Flag Etiquette

PETER A. ANSOFF, Virginia

County Flags: Developments in British Vexillology

GRAHAM M.P. BARTRAM, F.F.I., United Kingdom

History of the First Republic of Texas Flag

THOMAS BRUCE GREEN, 3d, Texas

The Saga of the (John) Shaw Flag

RICHARDSON A. LIBBY, Maryland

Flags over Sikkim

MICHEL R. LUPANT, Belgium

Lions and Babrs and Bears: Analyzing the Flags of Russia’s Federal Subjects

ANNE M. PLATOFF, M.A., California

What Is Vexillology?

WHITNEY SMITH, Ph.D., Massachusetts

Two Years into a Vexillological Adventure: The Bear Flag Museum

WILLIAM J. TRINKLE, California

UNDERWRITERS AND SUPPORTERS

Advertising Flag Co.

Annin & Co.

Bear Flag Museum

Jeff Bridgman American Antiques

CRW Flags

Hon. James R. (Jim) Dunnam

Energy Future Holdings

The Flag Guys

Herold Flags

Licensed Beverage Distributors

Luminant Energy

Preservation Designs

Six-Sided Simulations

TME Co.

TXU Energy

Texas State Preservation Board

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Hon. Leticia Van de Putte

Vexman Consulting

David Yañez

Hon. Judith P. Zaffirini