Welcome Future NSS Members New NSS Members Articles Links Contact Us

American Spelean History Association

The American Spelean History Association (ASHA) is an internal organization of the NSS 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.

Membership : Membership in the Association is open to anyone who is interested in the history of man's use of caves. Membership in the National Speleological Society is not required. Click here to get a membership application.

Journal of Spelean History (ISSN 0022-4693): This is the Association's quarterly publication and is mailed to all members. It is nominally published on a quarterly basis, but if insufficient material is available for an issue, the quarterly publication schedule may not be met. The Journal includes articles covering a wide variety of topics relating to man's use of caves, including historical cave explorations, saltpeter and other mineral extraction, show cave development, and other related topics. It is the primary medium for conveying information and ideas within the caving history community. All members are strongly encouraged to contribute material and to comment on published material. Items for publication should be submitted to the Editor.

Journal of Spelean History Cumulative Index : The Association's Web site, www.cavehistory.org, contains a cumulative index to the Journal . The index is available as a searchable html file or as a PDF file for printing.

Dues : Dues (or subscriptions) are $2.00 per Journal of Spelean History issue. Dues can be paid for up to 50 issues ($100.00). Checks should be made payable to "ASHA" and sent to the Treasurer.

NSS Convention Session : ASHA sponsors the Spelean History session at each NSS Convention, at which papers are presented on a variety of topics of interest to the cave historian. Anyone is welcome (and encouraged) to present a paper at the session. Contact the President for additional information about presenting a paper.

Annual Association Meeting : The Association holds its only formal meeting each year at the NSS Convention. All Association business, including election of officers, is done at that meeting.

Back Issues : The Journal of Spelean History started publication in 1968 and copies of all back issues are available, although many of the early issues are reprints. The cost is

  • $2.00 per copy for 1-2 issues
  • $1.50 per copy for 3-6 issues
  • $1.00 per copy for 7 or more issues

Add $0.50 postage for one issue or $1.00 for two or more issues ordered at once. Order back issues from the Treasurer.

Foreign Members : ASHA Welcomes members from foreign countries. The rate for all foreign members is US$2.00 per Journal of Spelean History issue and ASHA pays the cost of mailing. We regret that all checks must be payable in US$ and drawn on a U.S. bank. Send cash at your own risk.

Current Officers :

President : Dean Snyder, 3213 Fairland Dr. , Schnecksville , PA 18078

Vice-President : Carolyn Cronk, 1595 Blueberry Hills Rd. , Monument , CO 80132

Secretary-Treasurer : Bob Hoke, 6304 Kaybro St. , Laurel , MD 20707

(301)725-5877 bob@rhoke.net

JSH Editor : Greg Brick, 1001 Front Ave. , Saint Paul , MN 55103

(651)-487-3205 aplustre@msn.com

Welcome Future NSS Members New NSS Members Articles Links Contact Us