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Annual Meeting -- October 23-24, 2008

Note: The following announcement of the 2008 annual meeting of the American Antiquarian Society appears on this website as an added convenience to members, who also receive a printed invitation in the mail. We wish to let non-members know that they are also welcome to attend events of the AAS annual meeting. They should register for the activities they wish to attend and remit payment for those that bear a fee (e.g., tours, receptions, and meals) by contacting Ann-Cathrine Rapp, arapp[at]


Call to the Meeting

The one hundred ninety-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Antiquarian Society will be held in Antiquarian Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday afternoon, the twenty-fourth of October, at five o'clock

  • to hear the report of the Council,
  • to elect officers and Councilors,
  • to elect new members, and
  • to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Related activities for members and guests will take place Thursday through Saturday, according to the appended schedule.

John Herron, Jr.
Recording Secretary
Worcester, September 10, 2008


Annual Meeting Schedule

Thursday, October 23
3:30- 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Future trends in the study of slavery, abolition and African-American history. Panel presenters include: David W. Blight of Yale University, Stacey Robertson of Bradley University, and Sean Kelley of Hartwick College. Antiquarian Hall
5:30-7:15 p.m. Cocktail supper, Goddard-Daniels House
7:30 p.m. David Brion Davis Fifth Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture
Reexamining The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture
By David Brion Davis
Antiquarian Hall

Friday, October 24
9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Library will be open to members and fellows
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Orientation for new members, Antiquarian Hall

Any member attending an AAS annual meeting for the first time, whether newly elected or not, is encouraged to attend this informative session outlining the collections and activities of the Society.

10:00 a.m. - noon Special natural history museum tour and planetarium program

1-2:15 p.m. Luncheon, with fellows' talks, Goddard-Daniels House
2:30-3:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting, Antiquarian Hall
3:30-4:00 p.m. AAS member Dan Tear will discuss the Grant-Burr Papers, a collection he has given AAS and in which he has done considerable research. AAS staffer Jaclyn Penny will demonstrate a new website based on the collection.
4:00-5:00 p.m. AAS curators will speak about collecting and resources related to African-Americans.

6:15-8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception


The Society has reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza in Worcester at the special rate of $109 single or double, plus tax. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel at (508) 791-1600 and identifying yourself as part of the American Antiquarian Society group. Any unreserved rooms in the block will be released on Friday, September 26, 2008.

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