2020 Conference in Horse Cave, KY (near Mammoth Cave)

Cover for 2020 Conference program.
The North American Jules Verne Society will be holding our 2020 Annual Meeting from Wednesday, April 15th through Sunday, April 19th, 2020 in Horse Cave, KY (near Mammoth Cave).
Our hotel is located at:
A block of 10 rooms at the rate of $75.00 for a King or Double Queen plus tax per night, for the period of April 14 - April 19. You are responsible for making and guaranteeing your reservations individually. Rate includes breakfast buffet.

To reserve a room, you can call the hotel directly at +1.270.786.5000 and tell them you are reserving with our room block, otherwise they will transfer you the national reservation line, which won’t be able to do the reservation. Mention our group name: “NAJVS”.

Rooms at this rate will be held until April 1st, 2020.

Check the hotel website (linked above) for a list of other amenities.

Should you need to fly in, Louisville, KY is located about 75 min north on I-65 and Nashville, TN is located about 90 min to the south on I-65.
The latest details as they become available will always be found here.


A theme for the meeting is “Journey to the Center of the Earth”; however, any paper related to Jules Verne will be welcomed.
Presentations should be 20-30 minutes in length.
Please contact Dennis Kytasaari <djk_@_epguides.com> by March 30th to discuss making a presentation. A laptop with a digital projector should be available.
Need more information, or have any questions? Contact: Dennis Kytasaari
We’d like a head count of who (including spouses, etc) who is attending what activity. Please fill out this form and return it to Dennis Kytasaari at the address listed on the form (or better yet scan and email a copy).
Planned Presentations (held at Thomas House, near American Cave Conservation Association -ACCA-) include:
  • Prof. Art Evans - “The Demise of Horrible Hardwigg -- English Translations of Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Cato Holler - “Jules Verne and the Ruhmkorff Lamp: A Brief History of Underground Lighting Devices”
  • Jean-Michel Margot - Overview of the Available Research Tools
  • Steve Southard - “The Impact of JCE on Subterranean Fiction”
  • Ronald “Reggie” Van Stockum, Jr. - “Jules Verne; a Writers Inquiry”
  • David Foster, Director ACCA - “Kentucky Caves” followed by tour of Hidden River Cave
  • Gordon Smith, National Cave Museum and Library; followed by tour of Diamond Caverns
Planned Activities include: