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Spelean History

Black Guides of Mammoth Cave

The American Spelean History Association (ASHA) is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society that is devoted to the study, interpretation, and dissemination of information about spelean history, which includes folklore, legends, and historical facts about caves throughout the world and the people who are associated with them, their thoughts, philosophies, difficulties, tragedies, and triumphs.

This section of the NSS publishes the "Journal of Spelean History" (ISSN 0022-4693). Much like this convention session, the journal includes articles covering a wide variety of topics relating to man's use of caves, including historical cave exploration and use, saltpeter and other mineral extraction, show cave development and history, and other related topics.

Session Details

Session Moderator

Bob Hoke

Session Moderator

Dean Snyder

Call For Abstracts:

Opens: Monday, March 1, 2021
Closes: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Notifications of Acceptance: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Session Moderators:

Bob Hoke & Dean Snyder
Email: bob@rhoke.net; dsnyder3@ptd.net


How to write an abstract

Online Abstract Submissions:

Link will be available here after the call for abstract submission date. Check back.

Student Scientists:

The James G. Mitchell Fund was established in 1965 and is maintained by contributions to the National Speleological Foundation. This award includes a cash award for the best scientific paper presented at the NSS Convention by a student member (or members) of the society. Eligible papers shall be judged by an interdisciplinary panel appointed by the Mitchell Award sub-committee chair. For consideration, contact sub-committee chair, Dr. Kathy Lavoie at award-mitchell@caves.org.