MBS Grand Conclave XXXII
August 15-17, 2014 ~ BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The venue has been selected! Taj Boston, the Crown Jewel of Boston hotels, occupies the city's most prestigious address at Arlington and Newbury Streets. Renowned for its classic style and award-winning service, this 1927 landmark hotel overlooks the picturesque Public Garden with swan boat rides and the Boston Common's ice-skating at Frog Pond. Surrounded by art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, the hotel is ideally located near the Theatre District, historic sites, shopping at Copley Place and the Hynes Convention Center.
This iconic building underwent a complete restoration in 2002 to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Its prized collection of art and antiques is on display throughout the hotel. The Taj luxury hospitality, services, amenities and enhancements now add a new luster to the hotel's signature settings.
We have secured an excellent group rate of $230 per night (deluxe room with king bed), with 3 suite options. All group rates have been extended for 3 days before and 3 days after our event. To book your room, call the Taj Boston directly at 1-617-536-5700 and be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Miniature Book Society. For additional hotel information, please go to their website at www.tajhotels.com. Reservations MUST be made by July 15, 2014, to be eligible for the special group rates. Do not book online.
Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless high speed internet access, refrigerator, mini bar, fitness center, flat screen TV with satellite service, in-room safe, plush terry robes and slippers, business center, gift shop and more. The hotel is pet friendly and welcomes 4-legged friends year-round. Valet parking is available at $44 per night.
The Taj is a 15-minute taxi ride from Logan Airport; fare is approximately $25. You have the option of taking the subway (The T) Blue Line, then Green Line for the bargain price of $2 but this takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Registration is $250 per person and includes keepsake bag, 3 buffet breakfasts, an open house at Bromer Booksellers on Friday afternoon, reception and sit-down dinner Friday night, dessert buffet on Saturday night, a Saturday morning program, admission to the Boston Athanaeum and Conservation Laboratory on Saturday afternoon, admission to the Sunday Book Fair, reception and Awards Banquet on Sunday night.
REGISTRATION FORM (pdf)
Early arrivers are invited to meet at 75 Chestnut for dinner (at your own expense) at 7 pm on Thursday, in Beacon Hill, a short walk from our hotel. The owners of 75 Chestnut also own Cheers, of TV fame. Please email Ellen Diamond at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to join us.
This will be a relaxed day to allow attendees to check in, register, and mix and mingle. The Board meeting will be from 10 am to noon. Registration is in the afternoon. All attendees are invited to an Open House Reception at Anne and David Bromer's lovely book shop in the afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. Evening activities include a cash bar cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, Book Swap, and our Silent Auction.
Breakfast will be followed by our annual membership meeting and a talk by Christina Amato of the North Bennet Street School titled "Adapting Conservation Techniques for Miniature Books". Lunch will be on your own...lots of interesting choices nearby. In the afternoon, starting at about 12:30, we will be touring the famed Boston Athenæum, one of America’s oldest and most historically significant cultural institutions, and the Athenæum's Conservation Laboratory, dedicated to the care and repair of Athenæum holdings with inherent historic, artistic or literary value. Located across from the Public Garden and Boston Common, both are a short walk or cab ride from our hotel.
Dinner on Saturday will be on your own. At 7 pm, there will be a dessert buffet at our hotel and at 8 pm, the Annual Auction with Father Joe Curran as distinguished auctioneer.
The Book Fair will follow Sunday morning's breakfast, for members only from 9-11 am, and open to the public from 11-4 pm. Sunday evening's Awards Banquet includes a cash bar cocktail hour and sit-down dinner. After presentation of the Annual Awards, our speaker will be William Wallace, Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill's talk is titled "Memories of St. Onge".
An optional Monday bus trip to Worcester is planned to tour the Goddard Library at Clark University and the American Antiquarian Society. Robert Bradbury has been working with the Goddard Library's rare book director to mount a display of 75 important miniature books plus you will see a complete collection of miniatures published by Achille J. St. Onge including many variants and rarities. The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) library, founded by Isaiah Thomas, houses the largest and most accessible collection of printed materials from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States. Lunch will be provided by the AAS. We will return to the hotel by 4 pm. Tour cost is $50, including lunch.
Conclave Registration: July 15;
mail check & registration form to:
Kathy King, 402 York Avenue, Delaware OH 43015
Taj Boston Hotel: July 15;
see contact info above; reservations MUST
be made by this date to qualify for the discounted group rate!
Auction Items: July 15:
proceeds benefit MBS; please mail items to:
Jan Becker, 1700 Dix Road Middletown OH 45042
Silent Auction Items: August 1:
proceeds split 50/50 between donor & MBS; mail to:
Karen Nyman, 702 Rosecrans Street, San Diego CA 92106-3013
Keepsakes: August 1:
MBS welcomes all keepsakes for the keepsake bag; mail to:
Father Joseph L. Curran, Sacred Heart Parish, 770 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown MA 02472.
Father Joseph L. Curran, Conclave Host