NAVA 51 (2017)


2017 Annual Meeting / Réunion annuelle 2017

NAVA 51: Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
October 13-15, 2017

As this is the third time the Association has met in Boston, it reflects the fact that NAVA’s history is closely tied to the city. First of all, NAVA organized in Boston back in 1967. NAVA 3, held together with the 3rd International Congress of Vexillology took place in Boston a few years later. Now we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the North American Vexillological Association. Where else? Of course in Boston.

The Association’s executive board invites you to come to Boston for the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the North American Vexillological Association / Association nord-américaine de vexillologie. This promises to be a once in a lifetime annual meeting and experience that Association members will not want to miss.


NAVA 51 will be held at the Omni Parker Hotel, located in the center of historic Boston. Step out the front door and you are standing on Boston’s Freedom Trail. This 2½ mile walking tour includes 16 historic sites. Walk it on your own, join a guided tour or search out a site that holds special interest for you. If you can come early or stay late, Boston is full of outstanding historical sites and visitor attractions.

Part of Omni Luxury Hotels, the Parker House is the oldest continually operated hotel in the United States, and has an unrivaled historic location. The guest registry includes famous names. Charles Dickens not only made the hotel his home away from England, he performed his first American reading of A Christmas Carol at the Parker House. Mark Twain described the hotel as the nearest place to heaven. John F. Kennedy attended his Bachelor Party in the Parker House’s elegant Press Room, the room reserved for NAVA’s meetings. Kennedy also announced his first candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the same room.

While Boston is an expensive destination, accommodations have been arranged at the low rate of $275 per night for Deluxe Rooms with a king size bed, a queen size bed or two full size beds. Members sharing a room with two full size beds can each stay at this historic and luxurious hotel for $137.50 per night. Association members may take advantage of this rate from Wednesday night through Tuesday night, October 11–17, 2017. Anyone looking to share a hotel room should contact NAVA President John Hartvigsen at, who will maintain a list of those looking to share a room.

These rates are good for reservations made through Monday, September 11, 2017; however, the number of rooms available is limited, and reservations should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Any reservations received after that date will be accepted based on room type availability at the time of request, at the hotel’s prevailing rate of the day. You may make your reservation online at the Omni Parker House link. Those wishing to make reservations by phone may call 1-800-THE-OMNI and reference “NAVA Golden Anniversary Conference” to book rooms at the group rate. Please make your reservation early to avoid disappointment.



Inspired by the flag designed by Whitney Smith for NAVA 3/ICV 3, held in Boston in 1979, the flag displays the Continental Blue and Buff colors of the city of Boston. Three golden crowns first appeared on the arms of Boston, England, the place that gave the city its name. They also symbolize that NAVA 51 is our third annual meeting held in Boston. The three connected chevrons come from John Winthrop’s arms and symbolize the three mountains on Boston’s peninsula that gave Winthrop’s settlement its first name and are memorialized by the modern city’s Tremount Street, while also representing the three annual meetings held in Whitney Smith’s home town.

Further information will be posted here as the plans progress. Make your personal plans early to attend and be part of NAVA’s Golden Celebration.