Beth Davis-Brown and Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz 2014-05-27 13:19:52
We wrote about the Host Committee and our broad plans in the March/ April issue of Archival Outlook. In this issue we’re pleased to introduce you to the Host Committee blog and summarize the topics we’ve covered thus far, as well as our plans for summer posts as we count down to the Joint Annual Meeting August 10–16 in Washington, DC. The blog is available at http://archivesdc2014.wordpress.com/. Transportation Transportation is a key issue for anyone planning a trip to our nation’s capital. Host Committee members Morgan Sawicki and Caroline Muglia have written three posts about transportation options for traveling to DC and getting around once you arrive. Their investigations have uncovered the best ways to travel to DC by car, train, plane, and bus. They also learned that Southwest Airlines will be adding more routes to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) around the time of the conference. Check out their posts: Around Town Those familiar with DC know that the city is divided into four quadrants (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast). Each quadrant, and more specifically each neighborhood, has its own personality, in addition to a variety of tourist attractions, amenities, and public transportation options. Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz and several of our colleagues on the Host Committee will share information about each of DC’s four quadrants, exploring them in advance of your arrival and documenting their findings to help you decide on the coolest neighborhoods to explore, the greatest museums to visit, the most compelling monuments to see, useful smartphone apps for navigating, and the best restaurants to enjoy. Accompanying our DC favorites is additional information about activities for children, day trips to neighboring cities and sites, entertainment options, and the service opportunities and repository tours available to attendees. We plan to share a little something about ourselves as we discuss why we enjoy living and working in the “DMV” (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area. Baseball For baseball fans, the Washington Nationals will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, August 16, at 7:05 pm. Blog posts by John LeGloahec, organizer of JAL Tours, will address this year’s baseball outing at the Joint Meeting. See http://archivesdc2014 .wordpress.com/2014/03/11/, and if you’re interested in attending, send John an email at email@example.com. Weather DC weather in August can be a challenge for those who have never experienced it before, so Beth Davis-Brown provides some tips on coping with the “Mid-Atlantic summer wonderland” in a post at http:// archivesdc2014.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/. Be prepared for average temperatures near 90 degrees and expect high humidity with scattered rain showers. As you consider what to pack for your trip, make sure you put sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable walking shoes at the top of your list. Monuments Madness Comfort is especially important if you’d like to reenact the Washington Post’s inaugural Monuments Madness challenge to determine the best monument in DC. See Caroline Muglia’s post describing the challenge at http://archivesdc2014.wordpress .com/2014/04/03/ and see how many you can cross off your list. Your Suggestions Of course, if you think we’ve overlooked something, or if you just want to chime in with your approval of our suggestions, we welcome your comments and questions on the blog. We want to incorporate our readers as much as possible into our explorations of DC. The Host Committee is eager to go beyond our already-planned adventures to investigate the neighborhoods, attractions, and restaurants you recommend. Keep checking the blog between now and the conference as we explore DC neighborhoods from Adams Morgan to Woodley Park. If dining is more to your, ahem, tastes, we’ll discuss restaurants such as Ben’s Chili Bowl and Zaytinya. Whatever you decide to do in DC from August 10 to August 16, we hope you make our home your home!
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