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2020 Virtual Convention Patches and Pins

Richard F. Raber (NSS 6695) volunteered and sponsored the project of producing a patch and pin for the 2020 NSS Virtual Convention. As a serious NSS patch and pin collector, he could not see the NSS having a gap in the series of convention patches, so he “insisted” that the staff approve one being made. With the encouragement of Gary K. …


2020 Cartographic Salon

The deadline for the 2020 Cartographic Salon has been extended to June 26. We also removed the file size limit. Please see details on the Cartographic Salon website at Also, one emailed entry did not get to me. If you sent an entry and don’t see your name in the list below, please email me at …


Virtual Convention Update 6/18/2020

When the 2020 NSS Convention had to be canceled back in April due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Convention planning staff began brainstorming a first for the NSS—a Virtual Convention!  They reached out to presenters to ask if they would like to record their presentations. An overwhelming majority of the presenters responded with a resounding YES!  From …


Michael Taylor Book Signing

Join caver, explorer, and author Bill Steele in conversation with Michael Ray Taylor about Taylor’s new book, Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves. Beyond describing the majesty of the TAG region’s wild caves and the concurrent joys and dangers of exploring them, Taylor examines their scientific importance, their relationship to clean water, and their uncertain future—and also the culture and personalities …


Virtual Events for the National Speleological Society 2020 Convention

May 1 2020 Dear NSS Friends, As you know, due to circumstances beyond our control, this year’s NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, was postponed to 2023. As a sort of consolation and distraction from being quarantined, we are offering some elements of Convention as virtual events. These include the Cartographic Salon, Cave Ballad Salon, Graphic Arts Salon, Photography Salon, …


Important Convention News

April 18, 2020 Dear NSS Friends, After much listening, discussion, careful consideration, and in accordance with federal, state, and local recommendations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NSS Convention. Given the terrible realities of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the prudent and right thing to do.