California, Here We Come

2023 Annual Meeting • May 16–20 • Los Angeles, CA

The sun. The stars. The seafood. And in the spotlight … the special collections. The Manuscript Society’s 2023 annual meeting takes us to the West Coast for five days in Southern California. Our tour goes from Hollywood to the Huntington, museums to mausoleum, with stops at three universities and plans for one magical evening. Let us set the scene as currently envisioned.

Los Angeles, California postcard.

Opening Night and Event Highlights

Our meeting opens on Wednesday with a welcome reception at our home base, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills. Come for the hors d’oeuvres and libations; stay for the fun auction. Bring your checkbook—as you eye a prize you can add to your collection while you support the Manuscript Society.

Thursday morning we’re off to the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library. Special collections curators will take us on guided tours in small groups so we can see the highlights up close. Next is the University of California, Los Angeles. We’ll lunch al fresco near the UCLA campus and, thus fortified, take in Young Research Library’s Special Collections along with its Center for Primary Research and Training. On Thursday evening, we have the big reveal: a special show and dinner at the Magic Castle. The castle is the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. Closed to all but members and their guests, business attire is required [Men must wear coats, ties, etc.]; people-watching may be a show by itself.

Friday begins with our annual business meeting over breakfast at our host hotel. Once we’ve taken care of business, we’ll board the bus for the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn–Glendale. This is where bygone stars came to rest, and the luminaries on the grounds are too many to mention. But the stars of our tour are the art installations, headlined by The Last Supper, a stained-glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Another exhibit awaits at the Caltech faculty club, the Athenaeum, this one on Nobel Prize laureates. After lunch at the club, we’ll head for the Huntington Library. Longtime Manuscript Society Trustee, the late L. Dennis Shapiro gave the Huntington a collection focused on American presidential administrations. We’ll see selections then break into small groups to explore more. Plus, the magnificent gardens.

Saturday takes us to the Getty Center, with so much to see and do. Enjoy lunch at the Getty’s Cafe, then regroup for our guided tour of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. We’ll have time to roam before we return to our hotel for our closing dinner and discussion. Panelists will talk about provenance, replevin, archives, and auctions —all subjects of close focus for our society.

The Waterfront Daytrip Sunday offers an add-on daytrip to the Los Angeles Harbor area. Plans call for a visit to the Terminal Island Japanese Memorial, lunch at a special seafood restaurant, and a guided tour of the newly renovated Los Angeles Maritime Museum in the old Port of Los Angeles ferry terminal. The day caps off with a visit to historic Point Fermin lighthouse and a stop at Lloyd Wright’s Wayfarers Chapel. Then it’s a quick nosh at Terranea resort, site of the former Marineland oceanarium, and back to the hotel for our final farewells.

Join Us!

Bob & Carol Hopper, Kevin Segall, and Richard Ellis

Registration: $750.00 (exclusive of airfare and hotel) Deadline for registration is April 21, 2023


Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Beverly Hills
10740 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Hotel: (310) 475-8711
Reservations: (800) 472-8556

The block of rooms is reserved for May 16 through May 21, 2023

Online booking →

After clicking the link, please select stay dates under “Check Availability.” The Manuscript Society block will pop up.

  • Rate $269.00 per night (plus taxes) (double or single occupancy)
  • Rates are available until April 21, 2023, or until the block runs out.
  • Rate available three days before and three days after the annual meeting, depending on availability

*** As a special thank you from the hotel to The Manuscript Society, they are waiving the Additional Charge/Amenity Fee of $39.00 per night. The Amenity Fee will appear at the time of booking, however please note, the Amenity Fee will be REMOVED from your invoice and will not appear on the final bill.

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills, is located about 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and takes between 20 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day and traffic.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located about 21 miles from Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport and takes between 35 minutes to one hour, depending on time of day and traffic.