Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair
I hope that by now you’ve recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and that life is getting back to normal. If you need help with disaster aid, please consider submitting an application for assistance. For those of you who were unable to attend the conference in Richmond, or attend the Business Meeting, I want to provide a summary of a few items.
First, many thanks go to the Local Arrangements and Program Committee chairs and respective committee members for hosting and coordinating a terrific conference. A special thanks goes to Paige Newman and her committee for leading the planning efforts surrounding the 40th anniversary celebrations. Thank you!
And yes there were a variety of ways we celebrated MARAC’s birthday, from a 1970s “best outfit” award to the “Decades Drawing” to the MARAC trivia contest to the most meetings attended (Mike Knies should be the unofficial MARAC mascot). As I mentioned in my comments, MARAC has now met 81 times in 65 different cities, offering thousands of sessions and hundreds of workshops. Our conference attendance has been increasing too as the years go by…we had 358 attend the Fall meeting.
As a method of capturing and preserving conference presentations and other electronic material (such as conference programs and other publications), we piloted an opt-in program enabling conference presenters to submit their paper or PowerPoint to MARAC’s new online repository system. Since MARAC’s archive is housed at the University of Maryland, they have agreed to host our digital repository as well in their DRUM system (Digital Repository of the University of Maryland). We hope to fully implement this repository at the spring 2013 meeting.
On behalf of MARAC, I attended a regional “summit” hosted by SAA at their annual meeting in San Diego. I was joined by 15 other leaders of professional organizations at the regional and/or state level. I plan on devoting my next From the Chair column to share what was discussed and learned but suffice it to say that it was a very successful and encouraging time together.
Next spring, we will be going to ERIEsistible Erie, PA (April 25-27, 2013), and then Philadelphia in the fall (Nov. 7-9, 2013). Beyond that we are making plans to go to Rochester, NY in Spring 2014 and Baltimore, MD in Fall 2014. As Mary would say, “All the meetings are important to attend no matter where they are so COME!”
We continue to be a very financially healthy organization, ending the FY2012 4th Quarter with $168,165.72 in the bank. Note that over $107,000 of that are Restricted Funds, such as the education endowment, Finch award and disaster assistance support. We reached the challenge set by a MARAC “Angel” who was willing to match a $2000 contribution to the Scholarship program; 57 individuals contributed that $2000 to guarantee the match. Thank you!
We recognized the achievements of several MARAC members during the award portion of the meeting. Congratulations to:
- Maurice Isserman, winner of the Arline Custer Memorial Award for Books for On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, 1812-2012.
- Ed Galloway, winner of the Arline Custer Memorial Award for Articles for “Guyasuta: Warrior, Estate, & Home to Boy Scouts.” http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/10839/
- Virginia Historical Society, winner of the C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award for “Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names.” http://unknownnolonger.vahistorical.org/