Last day to register online is April 15th (tomorrow)

Register here until the 15th.

After April 15th, you can register in person at the conference hotel starting Wednesday, April 23rd from 3PM-6PM (Roanoke Foyer in the Westin at Crown Center).

In-person registration continues from 7AM-5PM on Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th, and concludes on Saturday, April 26th from 7AM-12PM (all in the Roanoke Foyer of the Westin).

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Something new this year

If you haven’t already, check out the web-based schedule being tried out for this year’s Annual Meeting at mac2014.sched.org.

Here are some highlights of the website:

  • easily and quickly access, sort, filter the sessions, tours, workshops, and meetings
  • add the schedule to your digital calendar (mac2014.sched.org/all.ics – right click to download the calendar file and then import into an email client; for information on adding the schedule to other calendars like Google, see mac2014.sched.org/mobile-site)
  • see speakers, workshop instructors, and conference attendees (at least those who have signed up with sched.org),
  • a nice, functional layout of the site for the mobile version (mac2014.sched.org/mobile)
  • create your own custom schedule (requires signing up with sched.org via facebook or by creating an account)

Attention all Alumni, Students, and Friends of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is pleased to host an Alumni, Students, and Friends reception at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting!

Please join us for free food, friends, and a cash bar!

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Place: The Garden Terrace of the Westin Crown Center Hotel (on the Executive Office Floor above the Lobby)

Questions?  Please contact Meredith Lowe at mclowe@wisc.edu

See you in Kansas City!

Musical Kansas City

Though the dates for this year’s MAC Annual Conference aren’t brimming with lots of live music in and around Kansas City, here are a few events and some places you can look to see if anything strikes your musical fancy:

At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:

At the Kansas City Starlight Theatre:

At the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland:

At the Lied Center of Kansas:

Other venues:

  • see The Pitch for other live music and entertainment options

A great way to start MAC 2014

Hopefully you’ll be in Kansas City by the early afternoon on Thursday the 24th of April because you don’t want to miss this year’s plenary session!

Following opening comments by MAC President Amy Cooper Cary, Chuck Haddix, the director of the Marr Sound Archives, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will give the keynote speech entitled “Early Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker in Kansas City: An Archival Perspective.”

Haddix, whose biography of Parker was published just last year (Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker), will discuss his research into Parker’s formative life and career in Kansas City. The presentation will include previously unknown photos of and recordings by Parker, focusing on four key recording sessions: the Honey Suckle Rose/Body and Soul sessions from 1938, the Wichita Sessions recorded Thanksgiving weekend 1940, a previously unknown recording of Parker with the Jay McShann band made in February 1941, and the Damon sessions from 1943.

Since the 1980s, Haddix has produced “Fish Fry,” a popular radio program on KCUR in Kansas City that features the finest in blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive, and zydeco. Feel free to give a listen to what Haddix puts on the air.

The plenary session will be held from 1:30PM-3PM on Thursday, April 24th.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Districts

Country Club Plaza – Known as Kansas City’s Premiere shopping, dining and entertainment district. This 15-block district is home to over 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants and is perfect for an evening stroll before or after dinner. This gives you a chance to do a little premiere people watching too!

Westport – More than 150 years ago historic Westport was the jumping off place for the Western frontier. Today it is a fusion of local bars and restaurants, shops, and night time hot spots sure to keep you entertained.

Power and Light District – Kansas City’s newest dining, entertainment and shopping district! Power and Light is located in the heart of downtown and offers more than 50 unique and captivating restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues.

Walking Distance Dining!

There are plenty of dining options within Crown Center but here are a few suggestions within walking distance of the hotel. Fiorella’s, Lidia’s and Grunauer are located across the railroad tracks from Union Station and are accessible via the Freight House Pedestrian Bridge. Pierpont’s, Harvey’s and Parisi are located within Union Station itself. Bon Appetit!