MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) returns to Philadelphia this fall for the first time since 2001. “Friends Meeting: Arts and Advocacy Along the Delaware” will be held from November 7 through 9 at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing. A number of sessions focus on art, artists, and archives, with others devoted to advocacy and outreach. Other programs and workshops relate to technology and software, classified documents found in collections, mysteries solved using archives, bringing previous experience to work in archives, and the effects of Hurricane Sandy on cultural institutions.
The plenary speaker will be Dr. Martin Levitt, Librarian of the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Levitt retired last year after 20 years of teaching the three-course archival sequence in Temple University’s History program. He continues in his position at the APS. The luncheon speaker will be Sam Katz, Philadelphia businessman, civic leader, and former Mayoral candidate who has recently branched out into filmmaking with the epic series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.
Tours include the new Barnes Foundation on the Parkway, mansions on the Delaware River, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the American Philosophical Society, Temple University’s Special Collections and Research Center, and Yards Brewery.
For more information, check out the conference program: