It was the second largest in SAA's history...What else but the 62nd Annual Meeting at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville could claim that place in our record book? The Nashville meeting attendance settled at just under 2,500 attendees. Watch out Seattle! Back in our offices, recovering from our Nashville meeting, staff can't help but think of Seattle in 1998. We will use the Washington State Convention and Trade Center along with our headquarters hotel, the Seattle Sheraton. The 1998 Call for Submissions mailed the third week of April. If you didn't receive a copy, call the office (202) 789-8200, fax (202) 789-0284, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why so soon...The 63rd Annual Meeting will be held March 25-29, 1998. Submissions are due by September 3, 1997. There are some new features in the submissions process including emailing abstracts (not the whole submission) and a seven-day grace period with a late fee attached. Please check out the call for this new information.
What next...In the fall, you will also receive a "sneak preview" brochure about the meeting and the available hotel accommodations. We will be mailing this sometime in September to provide more information about the meeting earlier. The preliminary program will mail near the end of the year, but since the meeting is in March, you'll want to think about registering a little bit sooner.
Planning for Seattle...I know that some of our Nashville attendees were disappointed not to be able to take one of the tours planned for that meeting. Unlike New Orleans, the Nashville meeting attendees did not preregister for tours and the special event in as large numbers. As a result, some tours and the special event were canceled. If too few attendees sign up for tours through the preliminary program, we cannot hold them open until arrival at the meeting. We must reach the minimum number of participants through preregistration; otherwise, SAA must cancel the tour. As you review the Seattle preliminary program, please keep this in mind.
And for the future...For those of you who want to plan for the next few years of SAA meetings, we have posted the meeting locations and dates through 2001 on the web site. Here they are as well: 1998 Seattle, March 25-29; 1999 Chicago, March 24-28; 2000 Philadelphia, April 26-30; 2001 New Orleans, April 18-22. In 2002, we will be in the West. The Executive Board will be considering sites this fall. Hope to see you every year!
Tobi Brimsek is executive director of the Society for American Archaeology.