Transportation Update

By Caroline Muglia and Morgan Sawicki, Host Committee Members

The Joint Annual Meeting is almost here (and it is here for those of you who are participating in pre-conference activities)! We’ve already put up some blog posts covering all of your transportation wants and needs, but here’s one more giving you some up-to-date information about what to expect while you’re here for the conference.rail_info1

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Host Committee Favorites

By Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz, Host Committee Co-Chair

For the past five months, the Host Committee has been working non-stop to provide you with all the information you need for your upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. With the Joint Annual Meeting almost upon us, we wanted to take a moment to tell you about our favorite D.C. neighborhoods, museums, restaurants, and more. As you explore the District during the conference, feel free to stop by the registration desk and let us know what your favorites are too!

Favorite Neighborhood

Jenny Kinniff: Takoma Park. It has the nicknames “The People’s Republic of Takoma Park” and “The Berkeley of the East” because of its serious counterculture attitude and commitment to social justice and the environment. It also has great gelato and a fun vintage clothing store, among other things.

Kat Bell: H Street. Not as popular as DuPont, Chinatown, or Adams Morgan, this neighborhood offers some great restaurants and bar-hopping if you’re looking for something more casual and easier on the wallet than the see-and-be-seen areas of D.C.

Morgan Sawicki: U Street during the week; Eastern Market on weekends. U Street has such a wide variety of people and places (plus a cultural heritage self-guided tour) that you’re bound to find something you like, but it gets exceedingly crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Eastern Market is quaint and beautiful, and the weekend farmer’s market/flea market is a great place to get gifts and delicious food.

Beth Davis-Brown: Capitol Hill, until recently my home for 16 years.

Caroline Muglia: H Street, also known as the Atlas District, is one of the earliest and busiest commercial districts in the city with the first Sears Roebuck store in the area. Since then, it has been revitalized several times over, but now has long-standing establishments and an upcoming trolley line. If you’re heading to the area, you could start at H and 3rd and walk all the way up until 14th street, looking for a place that suits your fancy.

Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz: Logan Circle. With new construction on every corner and new restaurants and bars opening all the time, Logan Circle is one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in D.C.! Easily located from multiple Metro lines and bus routes, Logan Circle contains all your dining, drinking, and shopping needs.

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Neighborhood Profile: Columbia Heights

By Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz, Host Committee Co-Chair

Neighborhood: Columbia Heights (NW)

Columbia Heights community mural, located near intersection of 14th and Chapin St., NW, Washington, D.C. The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/highsm/09500/09518v.jpg

Columbia Heights community mural, located near intersection of 14th and Chapin St., NW, Washington, D.C.
The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/highsm/09500/09518v.jpg

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A Chance to Give Back

By Morgan Sawicki, Host Committee Member

If you’re planning on traveling around D.C. and its surrounding areas via public transportation, your best option is to purchase a SmarTrip card — we’ve already written about these in a transportation post. If you don’t live in or near D.C., though, what will you do with that card when you leave the District?

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Tweetup!

By Morgan Sawicki, Host Committee Member

Are you looking for yet another fun event to attend during the Joint Annual Meeting? The U Street neighborhood will be saturated with archivists on Wednesday night, August 13, due to the AV Archives Night Party and the History and Half Smokes events, both happening in that area. What else is going on around U Street on Wednesday night? Well, @AVPreserve is also hosting a tweetup alongside its previously-mentioned party at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW).

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What’s a tweetup? Simply put, it’s a meeting for folks who use Twitter. Don’t have an account on Twitter? Don’t worry; we won’t judge! This is really just a way for people to get together and enjoy themselves. Feel free to ask people any questions that you might have about the social media site — chances are they’ll be happy to answer. Tweetups are a fantastic way to meet new people at conferences. They’re casual, friendly, and fun, and can be a lot less intimidating than some more structured events. For more information, see this Tweetvite. If you happen to be at either of the other events happening that night on U Street (or if you’re just looking for something to do), it’s definitely worth stopping by. It’s not too far from the conference site, and it’s easily accessible by Metro.

For those of you who aren’t on Twitter but are curious about it, the archives field has a vibrant and exciting Twitter presence. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on news and meet like-minded people who love to help each other and share awesome archival things 140 characters at a time.

 

Neighborhood Profile: Atlas District

By Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz, Host Committee Co-Chair

Neighborhood: Atlas District (NE)

The Atlas District is best known as the neighborhood containing H Street NE, which was voted the 6th most hipster place in America by Forbes Magazine in September 2012.

Buildings and cars, H St. near intersection with 14th St., NE, Washington, D.C. The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/highsm/09800/09817v.jpg

Buildings and cars, H St. near intersection with 14th St., NE, Washington, D.C.
The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/highsm/09800/09817v.jpg

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Register for THATCamp SAA 2014

By Kat Bell, Host Committee Member

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Sticking around D.C. after the Joint Annual Meeting for an extra day and looking for something to do? Interested in technology, the humanities, or just want to experience an “unconference”? Register to attend THATCamp SAA 2014 on Sunday, August 17.

“The Humanities and Technology” Camp is a collaborative, informal day-long discussion. Campers suggest topics and ideas, and the agenda will be developed the morning of the unconference. THATCamps invite anyone interested in the humanities and technology, and attendees are expected to participate and engage in every session. No sitting back listening to presentations!

THATCamp SAA 2014 will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM at DC Public Library’s Digital Commons, located just blocks from Chinatown. To find out more information and to register, visit http://saa2014.thatcamp.org/.