Tuesday, August 30

"I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago. . . . I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages." ~ Rudyard Kipling, 1891

 

Last week I went to the SAA (Society of American Archivists) annual meeting in Chicago!

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If you’re thinking there is no way a meeting of archivists could be as exciting as it seems to be from the above picture . . . you’d be right. If you’re wondering “What the heck is an archivist?” you can find that here.

The conference was actually pretty good. There were some great panels and some incredibly boring ones, but luckily I got to go to them all with my friend Laura! It is super convenient to have one of your best friends in the same field (sort of, we at least needed the same degree) because then you always have a reason to hang out, and if you’re lucky, your employers will pay for you to hang out together! =)

We also had a chance to hang out in Chicago. Part of the conference was an event at the Field Museum. Even though not all the exhibits were open, being at a museum after hours is very cool. I highly recommend it. It was kind of like Night At The Museum. Haha.

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We spent quite a few hours wandering around the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute had a super cool exhibit on Russian propaganda posters, and of course we spent some time with the impressionists (what art museum visit is complete without a little Van Gogh?).

 

 

 

Other than that, we mostly walked around Michigan Avenue. We saw “the bean” at Millenium Park, checked out the Chicago Tribune building (which has bits and pieces from other famous buildings around the world), and went to the Harold Washington Library (the largest public library building in the world).

It was a great trip!

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2 comments:

Zane and Cami said...

Yes...this may be one of the most "Librarian-ish" things you have done thus far.

It breaks my heart to know you don't have a Trader Joes. I don't know how I lived without one in UT. I just wish they had one closer to me here, its still 30-40 min drive.

Laura said...

Fun times! ALA next year??!