IASA-AMIA 2010 conference

Conference tours

All tours can be booked through the on-site registration at Loews Hotel


Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives present: Philadelphia Sound and Vision

Monday - November 1 - 7-9 pm
Ibrahim Theatre @ International House
Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives presents a look at hidden stories of music and sound in Philadelphia. It features some of the more distinct characters, traditions and venues in the city's recent history. The screening will feature: free-jazz performer Sun Ra and his Arkestra, David Bowie visiting Veterans Stadium, synthesizer expert Gerson Rosenbloom, Philadelphia International soul legends McFadden & Whitehead, punk/...new wave stalwart Ken Kweeder at the Hot Club, the organist at the Spectrum sports and entertainment venue, jazz-vibraphonist Khan Jamal, Mummers new years string bands, the original Electric Factory concert venue and more! The program consists of unique footage from the Urban Archives' collections including unaired news footage, television broadcasts, news magazines and documentaries from local networks WPVI 6 and KYW 3. This highlights recent preservation and digitization work done on our film and video holdings. Open to the general public - and free!

Centuries of Beauty: A Cultural Philadelphia Journey

Tuesday, November 2 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Price: $60Philadephia Museum of Art
Take a journey through Philadelphia's cultural treasures. We will board our deluxe transportation for a tour of the outdoor sculpture, murals and architecture that make Philadelphia a cultural beauty. Next, visit the Rodin Museum, housing the largest collection of Rodin's major works outside of Paris, including bronze castings, plaster studies, drawings, prints, letters and books. The final visit is to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, America's third largest art museum with more than 300,000 works of art in 200 rooms, with objects dating from the third millennium BC. All guests will receive an Audio Tour and two hours to explore the museum at your own pace. And if you finish early - you can visit the Rocky Balboa statue at the bottom of the Museum's steps. Includes transportation, admission to the Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art including audio tour, professionally trained tour guide, taxes and gratuities. A minimum of 40 guests are needed to guarantee the tour.

An Evening at Eastern State Penitentiary

Wednesday: November 3 - 8:00-9.30pm
Price: $10 In addition to the Penitentiary, the tour will also include a screening inside an actual prison cell of the film "Release" by Bill Morrison, with the filmmaker in attendance. Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. Until its closure in 1971, it housed inmates such as Al Capone, Freda Frost, Slick Willie Sutton, and Morris Bolber. Also screened will be an 8minute silent film created at the prison in 1929. Eastern State Penitentiary is a short cab ride from the hotel.

Midtown Pub Crawl

Tuesday - 8:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 8:00pm

Price: $30
McGillin's Olde Ale House (photo: Bruce Andersen)Just steps from the Loews hotel is Midtown Village - Philadelphia's newest trendy neighborhood. Abuzz with new life, guides will discuss the background of several restored turn-of-the-century buildings that now serve as the backdrop for Philadelphia's new hub of eating and drinking establishments. One of the pubs we'll vist will be McGillin's Olde Ale House. McGillin's threw open its doors the year Lincoln was elected president. The beer taps have been flowing since 1860, making it the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia - even outlasting Prohibition. Includes tour guides, pub-crawl, tax and gratuity. Does not include drinks. Guests will be returned to the hotel at the conclusion. A minimum of 34 guests are needed to guarantee the tour.

IASA Institutional Visit - George Blood Audio/Safe Sound Archive

Thursday 4 November, 3.45-6.00 pm
Register for the tour at the registration desk (limit of 40 participants)
Depart Loews Hotel 3:45 (Valet Entrance on 12th street), return by 6PM
Tour Guides: George Blood & Staff

Safe Sound Archive/George Blood Audio/Video is a leading provider of preservation digitization of audio and video. Come see 2,000 lb video machines and 40 terabytes of RAID5 data storage; hear the difference between 96kHz/24bit and 44.1kHz/16 bit in a $100,000 listening room and see how 200 concurrent projects are managed; see tape storage that passively cures Sticky Shed Syndrome and meet the smiling elves that perform all this magic!



Tour of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ

Saturday - Nov 6 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The largest symphonic pipe organ in the world resides one block from our conference hotel. The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy’s Department Store has Wanamaker Organbeen the performance vehicle for many of the world’s most famous organists for nearly a century. Hearing this organ is a must for sound archivists, organ aficionados, and classical music lovers.  A tour of the internal workings of this huge musical instrument of 28,500 pipes is being offered to registrants for the IASA/AMIA conference. The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, the foundation that cares for the organ, will conduct the tour which is being sponsored by your friends and fellow conferees, Ralph Sargent and Alan Stark, from Film Technology Company, Inc. Please go to www.wanamakerorgan.com where you will find much information about the organ. The tour will begin at noon with a 45 minute concert that is also open to the public. At the conclusion of the concert, your tour through the organ will begin. (Free - tour limited to 30 people)



Valley Forge

Sunday, November 7 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Price: $70Valley Forge log cabin (photo: Dan Smith)
Valley Forge captures the spirit of America. Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. The men and women of the Continental Army were ordinary, but these everyday people were thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War generation, it pays homage to the ability of all people to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary Era from their tour guide, along with a tour of General Washington's headquarters. Tour includes transportation, trained tour guide and admission to General Washington's Headquarters. Does not include lunch. Minimal walking required. All weather tour. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour requires a minimum of 40 people.

Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation at Culpeper, Virginia

Monday November 8th
Price: $75
The Library of Congress built the new Audio-Visual Conservation facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Culpeper, Virginia to care for whatLibrary of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation is generally considered the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings. This is clearly one of the landmark developments of recent times in our industry and it champions the factory preservation of large collections. Read more.

The tour of these state-of-the-art facilities arranged for the AMIA IASA conference departs from Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel close to the Union Station in Washington, on Monday, November 8 costing only $75. The fare includes the bus trip from Washington to the Packard Campus, a tour of the facilities and a Deluxe Lunch (including beverages). See Lunch Options.

There is also an option for those wishing to, to have a personally guided tour of the Library of Congress’ famous Washington building, with a focus on the Folklore collection on Tuesday, 9 November.

All those wishing to go will need to make their own accommodation arrangements, and a list of nearby hotels is provided to help (see: Hotels Convenient To Union Station). Travel from Philadelphia to Washington is also up to the participants to arrange, but there are a variety of options, including cheap busses, hourly trains and air.

Book early as places are very limited!

- 8:15 am  departure from Washington DC - Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel http://www.affinia.com/Washington-DC-Hotel.aspx?name=Liaison-Capitol-Hil...
- 10 am arrival at LC Packard Campus, Culpeper, Virginia http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/
- Lunch included
 - 2pm departure from Packard Campus
 - 4:00 pm dropoff in Washington, DC at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel*

* visitors with an evening flight out of Dulles Airport can be dropped off on the return trip at the West Falls Church Metro stop to connect with a bus to Dulles Airport.  Drop-off would be at approximately 3:15pm. (NB: best to have a flight after 8.30 pm to make sure you make it). Please let Jacqueline von Arb jacqueline.vonarb@UIS.NO know if you would like to be dropped off at Dulles.