Opportunities Await — and Abound!

Join CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, DC, this August

Serving as co-chairs of the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting Host Committee is proving to be a great gig. The sponsoring organizations have appointed a fabulous committee of archivists from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC, to serve as your guides, and we have plenty of suggestions, ideas, and activities planned for your visit to the nation’s capital this August.

The Host Committee has divided into different areas of expertise to report via our blog beginning in early April. Topics to be covered include:

  • Transportation and travel, both for getting to DC and how to get around once you’re here.
  • The behind-the-scenes tours planned before the conference at local repositories, including the DC Archives, multiple Smithsonian Institution archives, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Washingtoniana Room of the DC Public Library, profiled in January in the Washington Post.
  • Service projects, both archivally oriented and community-service-based, that are being organized and scheduled throughout the District. We also plan to provide guides to the different neighborhoods of the District, which will include restaurants, workout options, and other neighborhood services, as well as highlight places you may want to go on a day trip if you have time to vacation before or after the meeting (think Baltimore, Annapolis, Gettysburg, or Mount Vernon).
  • Cultural events, tourist attractions (be sure to check out Bao Bao!), and recreational opportunities, such as bike trails and walking tours that you may have time to enjoy while visiting our area.
  • DC-related mobile phone apps, which one Host Committee member is systematically downloading. Check the blog for the apps she finds most useful.
  • And, of course, we must discuss all of the unique shopping opportunities….

The Joint Annual Meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in the Woodley Park area of Northwest DC. And we’re delighted that The Library of Congress’s Great Hall is the setting for the All-Attendee Reception on Friday, August 15.

What would you like to know about visiting DC? We’ll be happy to help you individually or address questions via the blog. Opportunities await – and abound – and we look forward to hosting you this summer!

Beth Davis-Brown and Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz, Co-Chairs
2014 Joint Annual Meeting Host Committee

Aerial view of Washington, DC, looking west, shows The Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building and James Madison Building, the Supreme Court, and the US Capitol. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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