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2018 Annual Conference in Manhattan, KS

Note from the 2018 Conference Chair David Sachs

The 2018 SESAH Conference will take place in Manhattan, Kansas, from October 3 through October 6, 2018. The host is Kansas State University.

Sketch of Blue Mont Central College

It will be my pleasure to introduce you to Manhattan Kansas, a college town of 50,000 permanent residents and almost 25,000 students. It is nestled in a valley at the confluence of the Kansas and Big Blue Rivers in Kansas’ Flint Hills. The town was settled in the mid-nineteenth Century by two separate groups of abolitionists. Soon thereafter Bluemont College, which became Kansas State University, was established on the western edge of the settlement that grew out to meet the school.

The original gridiron plan continues to serve the community and the generous planting of street trees continue to shade the streets. I enjoy the 20-minute walk from my home on top of Bluemont Hill to the campus.

As one traverses the town, one will see a variety of housing types, and a number of commercial and institutional buildings built from native limestone, both in the original downtown and on the campus. You might also enjoy visiting Aggieville, the area next to campus that caters to the needs of students.

Flint Hills Landscape

Manhattan is surrounded by breathtaking prairie landscape, and our Saturday tour will take us south through a particularly scenic part of the Flint Hills and to several early Kansas settlements including Council Grove, the jumping-off place of the Santa Fe Trail, and Cottonwood Falls, the home of Kansas’ oldest extant courthouse. We will also visit the U.S. Park Services’ Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Bob Berkebile, our keynote speaker, is the founder of one of Kansas City’s most celebrated architectural firms and one of the county’s leading advocates of sustainability. It will be a treat to also have him join us on our tour.

Your 2018 conference chair, David Sachs

To register, please fill out this form to Calculate Your Fees,
then go to the following link to pay: Conference Registration Page

For an updated preliminary schedule [23 August 2018], please click on the image below:


For information about the Saturday Study Tour please click on the image below:


Hotel information for Manhattan, KS is available here or by clicking on the image below:


The conference site: the architecture building of the Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Regnier Hall

Seaton Hall

Archive CFP for the conference (no more submissions will be accepted):

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