MARAC excitement is coming back to New Jersey!

The New Jersey Caucus looks forward to seeing you April 20th – 22nd when it hosts the Spring 2017 MARAC meeting in reinvigorated, rejuvenated, revitalized, extremely historic, and ultra-exciting and awesome Newark, New Jersey, America’s third oldest city. The conference hotel, the Robert Treat Best Western, named for the original settler of Newark, opened in 1916 and has hosted American presidents and other dignitaries. Right across the street from beautiful Military Park and the newly renovated Hahne & Co. building, it is also conveniently located within walking distance of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Public Library, and Rutgers University-Newark.

For the first time, MARAC will conduct a Business Archives Forum on Thursday, April 20. Additionally, MARAC-In-Service: A Community Service Project, where professionals assist local archives, will take place at the New Jersey Historical Society. The traditional full and half-day workshops are also available, including “An Introduction to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Archivists” and “Data Privacy for Born-Digital Collections.” Newark offers a wide array of destinations of cultural and historical significance, arts and entertainment and fine dining that conference attendees are sure to enjoy. See the spectacular Branch Brook Park cherry blossoms which bloom in April and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States. Tour radio station WBGO, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, and enjoy the current exhibits at the Newark Museum. End the day at the Member Meet-and-Greet reception on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

On Friday, the plenary will be given by Dr. David Kirsch, associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Timothy J. Crist, president of the Newark History Society. After a full day of breakout sessions, join us for a reception at 15 Washington Street, a 1920s skyscraper that first served as the headquarters for the American Insurance Company and later became Rutgers’ S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice. Rutgers renovated the building in 2015 and restored its Great Hall, which will serve as our backdrop while we listen to some swinging jazz, savor Iberian-themed appetizers, and enjoy historical displays from local repositories. Before you call it a night, stop back at the hotel where we’ll be showing a few films on Newark history.

To view a complete list of workshops, tours, sessions and speakers, check out the program available at the MARAC web page at http://www.marac.info/upcoming-conferences.

All roads, railroad tracks and runways lead to Newark. Located on the convenient Northeast/I95 corridor and served by one of the largest and busiest airline hubs in the country, you will find your transportation options ample and plentiful as you plan your travel to Newark. If traveling by rail, Newark’s Penn Station is reached via the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line, New Jersey Transit regional services and the PATH line running to and from downtown New York. Newark International Airport is one of United Airline’s busiest regional hubs, and is also served by all other major airlines. The Garden State Parkway connects to the New York Thruway to the north and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to the south. The New Jersey Turnpike is at the center of the I95 corridor of the Boston to Washington megalopolis. Additionally, all national and regional bus services stop in Newark.

So be sure to register today for “Adaptable Archives: Redefine, Repurpose, and Renew” in Newark! You can find complete conference and local information at our conference web page, https://marac2017newark.wordpress.com. We’re looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat in Newark, truly a remarkable renaissance city.

From the Local Arrangements Committee, MARAC Spring 2017 Conference

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