returned from MAC conference

I am just back from the MAC (Midwest Archives Conference) meeting in St. Paul, MN. I was delayed traveling due to a monstrous migraine. Good thing because on the way out I had to run through Detroit-metro airport vaulting luggage and small children both on up and down escalators.  The hotel was plush and the city very clean and friendly. I did not see garbage anywhere. How do they do it?  Didn't get a chance to do much sight seeing, but did visit the King Tut Nat Geo exhibit at the wonderful science center. The exhibit was phenomenal.  I highly recommend it. I thought the ancient Egyptian toilet seat was fascinating. Who knew? MAC sessions were all very good. I attended most of the ones focusing on electronic records, meta data, ER workflows, etc., and one on collaborating with faculty. The session I chaired, Bringing History to Life: Teaching with Primary Sources, was hailed by the 100 or so in attendance as the best session. Thanks to Portia Vescio, Catherine Rod, and Cynthia Ghering who spoke.  Overall it was an excellent conference. I met archivists from as far west as Colorado and Kansas, from the midwest and some from the mid-Atlantic region.  And, as always, it was good to see colleagues from my PA-days and a number from MI.  Our reception was in a cave that was once a speak easy. Apparently St. Paul was a veritable criminal center from the 1920s to the 1940s. I also found out they have a Spam Museum. More about the conference soon.


  1. If anyone ever needs a moderator, I highly recommend Marian. She did a great job of introducing the session, had questions ready in case there was a void at the end, and was also able to share her experiences. We see so few good moderators that we forget why they are really there. Marian reminds us what moderators can really contribute to the session.


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