Volume 14, Number 2, May 1992, pp.1-2

President's Letter

by Tatyana M. Thompson

It's Time to Renew

Please renew your WAAC membership promptly. The membership renewal form is printed on the inside of the tear-off cover.

1992 Annual Meeting Update

This year's annual meeting to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, promises to be very exciting, and the location certainly couldn't be more historic and picturesque.

The meeting will start on Sunday afternoon, September 27, with a symposium on the conservation of Tibetan thangkas followed by a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Monday, September 28, will be a full day of papers (note the call for papers, this page) with the banquet held that evening at the Rancho Encantado. This restaurant is located north of Santa Fe with much Southwest ambiance, and appropriate music will be provided. On Tuesday, September 29, an all-day seminar with Richard Wolbers will be held at either the Museum of International Folk Art or the nearby Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. During lunch, traditional New Mexican crafts will be demonstrated by local experts. The meeting officially ends on Tuesday, but the San Geronimo Feast Day at Taos Pueblo commences Tuesday evening and concludes on Wednesday, September 30. It would be well worth staying an extra day in New Mexico to experience this harvest celebration.

A sincere and heartfelt thanks goes out to Landis Smith who, as the local arrangements person, has untiringly made wonderful suggestions for the meeting and followed through with local contacts. Her contribution has been invaluable.

Rooms have been reserved at La Posada ($115-$125) and at the adjacent Inn at the Alameda ($125). I would advise everyone to make their reservations as soon as the registration information is available (late June or early July), as Santa Fe is an extremely popular destination and rooms might be difficult to obtain at the last minute. A list of alternative hotels and bed- and-breakfast lodging will be available with the registration packet. Santa Fe is a small town, and many hotels are within walking distance of the plaza.

New WAAC Secretary-Treasurer

Liz Harvey has taken on additional work responsibilities and, with much regret, will not be able to continue as Secretary- Treasurer. We all thank for her contribution during her tenure. Happily, Mary Hough has agreed to take over the position, and we all look forward to working with her.

WAAC Board Meeting Report

The mid-year board meeting was held on March 20 at the Getty Conservation Institute.

It was decided to change the Secretary-Treasurer's term to a calendar year in order to ensure that one person handles the business of the entire annual meeting, thus allowing a smoother transition between terms.

The Membership Secretary, Chris Stavroudis, reported that WAAC now has a membership of 431.

Publication of "A Guide to Handling Anthropological Museum Collections" was discussed, and the Board looks forward to its publication in the near future.

Possible changes in the bylaws were presented, with the decision made that further discussion was necessary. Please submit any comments or suggestions regarding the bylaws to Victoria Blyth- Hill.

Patricia Leavengood is in the process of planning the 1993 Annual Meeting and is attempting to locate a rustic and retreat-like setting.

Call For Nominations

Please respond to the call for nominations to the WAAC Board by proposing candidates. We need your input to maintain WAAC's vitality. Use the form on the back tear-off cover of this issue, or send proposed candidates for three member at large and a vice president to the current vice president, Patricia Leavengood.

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