2018 Manuscript Society Annual Meeting – New Orleans
April 18 – 21, 2018
New Orleans – the Crescent City, the Paris of America, the Big Easy, that “land of dreamy dreams,” and the “city that care forgot” – has a long history and a rich culture that has made it a destination for colonists, immigrants, fortune-seekers, artists, musicians, and visitors of all backgrounds since its founding in 1718. Many may be familiar with our celebration of Carnival culminating in Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) and our cuisine, but may not be as knowledgeable regarding New Orleans’s wealth of archives and rare book holdings in our university, municipal, and private repositories. Showing their faith in the rebirth of New Orleans, the Manuscripts Society came to New Orleans in the Spring of 2006. The Manuscripts Society will once again be “’Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” for its Annual Conference in 2018, the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding.
JOIN US FOR A FABULOUS ANNUAL MEETING IN New Orleans!
April 18 – 21, 2018
As is always the case, the events and scheduling can change.
Registration for the Annual Meeting
Register on line or watch your mail for the registration packet! Registration for the Annual Meeting from April 18 – April 21, 2018 is $575.00 per person. Travel and hotel are not included.
Hotel Reservations and Travel Information
The Place d’Armes Hotel sits in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter and is just steps away from Jackson Square. Its beautifully restored 18th and 19th century buildings surround the lush tropical courtyards, beautiful magnolia trees, a sparkling swimming pool and fountains. It is a property of the Valentino Hotel Group, a New Orleans family that has welcomed visitors to New Orleans and the French Quarter for over 60 years. Rates: $169.00 (one bed) and $199.00 (two beds) based on double occupancy plus taxes.
Online reservations: www.placedarmes.com
Access code: SCRIPT18
Call for reservations: (800) 366-2743 and identify yourself as a member of The Manuscript Society.
Reservations must be made by February 17, 2018
Getting to New Orleans
Expedia notes that there are 6 daily roundtrip, nonstop flights between Los Angeles and New Orleans, and between Chicago and New Orleans, starting at $307.00; and 10 daily roundtrip, nonstop flights between New York City and New Orleans starting at $287.00.
There are a variety of options for traveling from the airport to the Central Business District including taxicabs ($36.00), airport shuttles ($24.00 one way, $44.00 roundtrip), and public transportation ($2.00 per person on the Airport Line (E2) managed by Jefferson Transit). See the http://www.shuttlefare.com/new_orleans_airport_shuttle_msy
JT Airport Line (E2): http://jeffersontransit.org/e2airport.php
Restaurants and Local Attractions:
New Orleans is justifiably famous for its creole cuisine at historic venues such as Antoine’s, Brennan’s, Galatoire’s, Tujague’s, and Commander’s Palace. With the city’s ever-changing ethnic mélange, New Orleans also can boast of having eateries representing just about every nationality and style of cooking imaginable. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/restaurants/listings/
- Steamboat Natchez – http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/
- Contemporary Arts Center – http://cacno.org/facility-rental
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – https://www.lpomusic.com/Online/default.asp
- Audubon Zoo – http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo
- Aquarium – http://www.auduboninstitute.org/aquarium
- New Orleans Museum of Art – https://noma.org/
- Hermann-Grima House – http://www.hgghh.org/
- Beauregard-Keyes House – http://www.bkhouse.org/
- Old Ursuline Convent – http://www.stlouiscathedral.org/convent-museum
- National World War II Museum – http://www.nationalww2museum.org/
- Confederate Memorial Hall – http://confederatemuseum.com/
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art – http://www.ogdenmuseum.org/
- Destrehan Plantation – http://destrehanplantation.org/
- Laura Plantation – http://www.lauraplantation.com/
- Whitney Plantation – http://whitneyplantation.com/
- Interested in a Caribbean or Mississippi River Cruise? Although the city itself is a vacation destination, conference attendees may wish to consider adding a cruise to their itinerary. New Orleans is also a home port for both cruises of the Western and Eastern Caribbean, as well as Mississippi River cruises. http://portno.com/cruises