Calling All Archivists Interested in History, Innovation, Collaboration and the Exciting Future of Archives

Contributed by Jodi Boyle, MARAC Local Arrangements Committee, Spring 2014 Meeting in Rochester

Quick, in what city were baby shoes and bloomers invented?  What about items as diverse as the thermometer, Jell-O, and the first “gold tooth?”  Where did Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, George Eastman, Cab Calloway and Buffalo Bill Cody each call home for a time?  That’s right!  Rochester, New York.

Capturing the spirit of this richly historical city, the Spring 2014 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is being held April 24-26 at the beautiful Rochester Hyatt Hotel in the heart of city.  The theme for the meeting is “Film, Freedom and Feminism.”

Drawing on the conference’s theme, the Local Arrangements and Program Committees are planning an exciting meeting filled with sessions to challenge archivists just beginning their careers, to those with plenty of experience to offer.

Conference participants will enjoy opportunities to network and exchange ideas in the scheduled educational sessions, coffee breaks and at the Friday night reception.  The reception will be held at the beautiful George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, where the history of photography comes alive!  Some of the optional tours include ones at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and the Erie Canal/Subway Aqueduct.  These offer the opportunity to learn even more about the city, its residents and intriguing history.

So, this April, drive up, hop a quick flight to the Greater Rochester International Airport or take the train (only five minutes by taxi from the Amtrak station to the hotel)!  You’ll be glad you came to the MARAC meeting!

For more information, please visit the MARAC website at:

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