Volume 13, Number 3, Sept 1991, pp.1-2

1991 WAAC Annual Meeting Special Conference Activities

by Elizabeth C. Welsh
The Edgewater Hotel

Our meeting site is the Edgewater Hotel, Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle 98121. The telephone is 206/728-7000 or 800/624- 0670. Small discounts are provided to those attending the meeting by Budget Rent-a-Car (800/772-3773, ask for rate code VAR2/WAAC) and by America West Airlines (800/548-7575; select 1 and give CAMS code 4302WE for discount).

Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Explore Seattle's outdoor sculpture on Saturday afternoon, September 28. The city was one of the first to establish a One Percent for Art policy, and a member of the Seattle Arts Commission will be along to discuss Seattle's model public art program. Patricia Tuttle-Leavengood is organizing this trip for early arrivals, and those who wish to take part should call her by September 20 to obtain details and reserve a place. There will be a small charge for the tour to cover the cost of renting a vehicle. Telephone Patricia at 206/587-3725.

Brunch at the Seattle Art Museum

Sample Pacific Northwest regional foods at a pre-conference reception from ten to noon on Sunday, September 29, hosted by the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle-area conservators. This gathering will be held at the Seattle Art Museum building on Capitol Hill in Volunteer Park (not the new downtown museum site). There will be an exhibit of photographs on view: "Old World/New World: Three Hispanic Photographers," showing works by Cristina Garcia Rodero (from Spain), Paz Errazuriz (from Chile), and (Graciela Iturbide (from Mexico). A small collection of the museum's Japanese, Korean and Chinese art will also be on exhibit during our reception. The Seattle Art Museum is in the process of moving a large part of their collections to a second site in downtown Seattle. Following the opening of the new downtown museum in December, the Volunteer Park site will close for interior renovation and will reopen with exclusively Asian art. The Seattle Art Museum is best known for its Asian art collection, and also has significant collections of African and North American Indian material, as well as European decorative arts, especially 18th century porcelain. You can get to the Seattle Art Museum by cab or take the 7 bus, which will bring you to the east side of Volunteer Park, and from there you can walk to the museum.

Dinner on the Virginia V

During our banquet on Sunday, September 29 from 6:00 - 9:00 aboard the Virginia V, the historic wooden-hulled steamship will travel through Lake Union and Lake Washington. Built in 1922, the Virginia V was one of many ships used for passengers and freight transport in Puget Sound in the 1920s and 1930s. So many of these vessels were visible in the water from the surrounding hills that they were nicknamed "the mosquito fleet." The Virginia V is the only survivor, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This will be an informal "banquet," and WAAC will have exclusive use of the steamboat during that evening. You are encouraged to bring spouses, companions and children. The cost of attending the banquet is not included in the conference registration fee. Make reservations immediately.

Reception at the Burke Museum

Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum is on the campus of the University of Washington. The museum's natural history, ethnology and archaeology collections from the Pacific Northwest are its best-known holdings, but there are also materials from Oceania, Asia, Africa and Europe. A WAAC reception is scheduled for Monday evening, September 30, 6:30 - 8:30. The Burke recently reopened after 7 months of building renovations that greatly expanded their exhibition space. While at the reception, we will see photographs taken between 1893 and 1943 by frontier photographers Lloyd Winter and Percy Pond titled, "Images from the Inside Passage: An Alaskan Portrait by Winter and Pond." Exhibited with the photographs are Tlingit pieces from the Burke's collections including baskets, robes and totem poles. Also on view will be geology and paleontology exhibits. A computer touch-screen enables museum visitors to have viewing access to the 13,000 artifacts in the museum's Pacific Northwest collection.

Post-Conference Training Course: Conservation Information Network

Following the WAAC Annual Meeting, an all-day training session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2 on the University of Washington campus (in Seattle). For information, call Conservation Information Network User Services, 213/301-1067.

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