Beth Davis-Brown and Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz 2014-07-22 11:31:47
To help you navigate and enjoy Washington, DC, during the Joint Annual Meeting August 10–16, the Host Committee has written an array of blog posts. Here’s a recap of posts you’ll definitely want to check out before you arrive in the nation’s capital! The blog address is http://archivesdc2014.wordpress.com. Getting Around Various ways to travel to the Greater DC area were reported on earlier in the year by transportation mavens Caroline Muglia and Morgan Sawicki. They continue their excellent advice with two posts about how to get around the city after you’ve arrived. Their May 30 post gives helpful hints on the Metro (subway), buses, and automobile, including both taxis and the new car share services, Lyft and Uber. Their June 2 post discusses seeing the District via bicycle, Segway tours, and good old-fashioned walking, and provides a reminder about the MARC train service between DC and Baltimore. DC Ducks amphibious tours were explored on May 5. (Even though the “quacker” tours may seem like a touristsonly activity, local residents can enjoy a new and free way to experience the city when accompanying an out-of-towner who purchases a ticket.) Fun for All Visitors tend to think of DC as a stuffy, serious, “all-business-all-the-time” kind of place to tour historic and educational venues, but Jennifer Kinniff and Cheryl Stadel-Bevans show you another side of the city with their May 27 post, “Kid-Friendly DC.” Kinniff and Stadel-Bevans provide a thorough summary of places where children can run around, play in water, learn about other species—the National Zoo is just a stone’s throw from the conference site—and visit kid-oriented educational attractions. As for entertainment more suitable for the over–twenty-one crowd, Kinniff’s April 28 post gives tips on beer and breweries. Service Projects and Outings Interested in sharing your time? Carole Prietto has done a fabulous job of lining up a community service project at the DC Central Kitchen during the conference. See more details on this project in her May 13 post. For those with time for a day trip before or after the conference, we’ve covered three fun outings you may wish to consider. In an April 25 post, Prietto writes about how to enjoy the historic attractions in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Nadia Nasr shares ideas about how to get to and what to do in two of Maryland’s major cities—Baltimore and Annapolis—in her April 18 and April 22 posts. Finally we’ve profiled a number of neighborhoods, including brief descriptions and lists of amenities, restaurants, and attractions in areas such as Georgetown, the U Street Corridor, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Cleveland Park, and Woodley Park. Stay tuned for upcoming profiles of Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, Chinatown, the Atlas District, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market, and many other exciting neighborhoods around town. Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz has been the principal author of these posts, with help from Casey Coleman. You’ll also want to review the repository tours that we have lined up on Tuesday, August 12, and Wednesday, August 13 (see http://www2.archivists.org/2014/washington/ Repository-Tours). They’re a great way not only to learn about interesting and unique archival repositories in the DC Metro area, but also to see some of DC before the conference starts and meet other attendees. Tour the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the National Library of Medicine, the DC Historical Society, and the National Gallery of Art, to name just a few of the participating repositories. New tours will be added between now and August 12, so check the website regularly. Space is limited for many of the repository tours, so make sure you secure your spot by contacting the person who is responsible for each tour (see “Contact Information”). In addition to these fun and informative posts, look for new ones on the Host Committee blog as we get closer to the CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA Joint Annual Meeting!
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