If you are not currently a member of the Surveyors Historical Society, it’s a great one! Their quarterly publication is called Backsights, and is full of stories, featuring excerpts and opinions from surveyors around the country and even the globe. A bulletin board with announcements about national current surveying exhibitions, and lots of information about surveying and situations with historical twists.The Spring 2023 edition (shown below) talks about Humbolts Scientific Study of the Orinoco River in South America, by Mary M Root, LS. Another fine featured article in this edition is Early American Surveying Equipment: A Primer, by Richard Elgin, PS, PE.
It is a national society, one that meets and hosts an annual rendezvous annually. Each rendezvous location is different, as the courses cover various topics, discussions and historical site visits.
The 2023 Rendezvous will be held in Katy, TX, Sept. 13-16th, to explore and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Felipe de Austin and the initial surveying of land grants in Stephen F. Austin’s first colony.