MARAC in Philadelphia

That’s right, MARAC is heading to Philadelphia! The Philadelphia Local Arrangements and Program Committees enthusiastically invite you to “Friends Meeting: Art and Advocacy on the Delaware,” November 7-9, 2013. Throughout the next five months, we’ll be blogging about the conference and writing a Philly guide to help you get the most out of your time in the city. Here are a few basics to get you started.

We’ll be meeting at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing in Old City. If the names didn’t give it away, this is the place where William Penn is said to have landed to form his New World colony, in what is now the oldest part of the city. We have secured a very competitive room rate of $169 (plus taxes), which includes complimentary wireless in all sleeping rooms. If you want to drive, the hotel is located just off Interstate 95, and self-parking will cost $18 (rather than the usual $30.) The hotel is also a short ride from Philadelphia International Airport, and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.

We are arranging a number of tours to local repositories, including the American Philosophical Society, Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center, and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. A highlight is the planned docent-led tour of the new Barnes Foundation building, including a visit to the Art Library, and time to view the galleries at your own pace afterwards. Tickets will be limited at a special friends and family price, so submit your registration early!

Philadelphia is a food city, and we will be offering archivists the opportunity to “Dine Around” and meet other archivists in a small group at one of ten of our favorite restaurants on Thursday evening. We’ll feature these restaurants in future blog posts, and many of our other favorites in all price ranges.

This is a city where you will want to come early, or stay after the conference. Bring your family and friends, and plan to have a great time in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. We have it all…a convenient and easy-to-access location, great food, great history, great art, and archives and archivists. We look forward to welcoming our friends to Philadelphia!

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