** Bloomington, Indiana
** Mon Feb 20, 2000 - 3:00 p.m. EST
** Contact: Lee W. Formwalt, OAH Executive Director
** Phone: (812) 855-7311 Fax: (812) 855-0696
** E-mail: email@example.com http://www.oah.org/
After careful consideration of several sites, the Organization of
American Historians announced today that it will move its Annual
Meeting registration, book exhibits, and nearly all its sessions to the
campus of Saint Louis University. Beautiful, compact, and convenient
to downtown St. Louis by MetroLink, the university campus has been an
anchor for urban renewal efforts in the area. Historians and other
conference goers will find the university a perfect setting for the
2000 Annual Meeting on 30 March - 2 April.
The meeting had been scheduled to take place at the Adam's Mark Hotel,
but last week the organization decided to shift sessions and events
offsite. Its goal is to ensure that all OAH members and participants
feel welcome during the conference and to protest the hotel's record of
racial discrimination toward guests and employees.
Responses from hundreds of OAH members and other meeting participants
during the past three weeks indicate a widespread unwillingness to
enter the Adam's Mark and a growing concern that the hotel had created
a hostile atmosphere. Allegations of differential treatment for
African American guests at various Adam's Mark locations and a 1996
judgment for employment discrimination against the hotel in St. Louis
have been particularly disturbing. The continued refusal of Adam's
Mark to sign consent decrees with the U.S. Department of Justice and
the NAACP to resolve racial discrimination lawsuits has made it
impossible for the OAH to conduct its international scholarly meeting
in its entirety at the hotel as planned.
With only five weeks before the meeting, the OAH will be unable to
return its sessions and events to the Adam's Mark should an agreement
be reached between the hotel and the Justice Department. The days
remaining will be used to ensure the smooth running of the conference
now scheduled at Saint Louis University.
OAH is not canceling the contract it signed in 1995 with the Adam's
Mark. Rooms for OAH members at hotels in downtown St. Louis, including
the Adam's Mark, are still available. Members are encouraged to make
their hotel reservations soon, however, since other conventions are
meeting in the city at the same time and rooms will soon be scarce.
OAH, along with its cosponsors, the National Council on Public History
and the Missouri Conference on History, is delighted with the new
arrangements at Saint Louis University. OAH particularly thanks
UM-St. Louis, Washington University, St. Louis Community College, and
St. Charles Community College for their assistance. Given the clear
support of the city's educational and political leadership and the
enthusiasm of the entire St. Louis community, this could easily be one
of the best OAH annual meetings ever.
SPECIAL FUND As we approach the annual meeting with renewed energy and
excitement, we know there will be substantial additional expenses,
including the cost of the alternative meeting space as well as possible
legal action. In order to meet these unbudgeted expenses, the OAH has
established a Special Fund. Some members have made tax-deductible
contributions, ranging from $25 to $1,000. Several other historians
have already expressed their support by joining OAH at the Life
($1,200) or Patron ($1,500) levels; several members have upgraded their
memberships to those levels. If you wish to contribute to this Special
Fund or upgrade your membership, please send your check to OAH, Special
Fund, 112 N. Bryan Avenue, Bloomington IN 47408-4199. Or contact the
Membership Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 855-7311; or visit the
online membership page at:
Any unused money in the Special Fund after the annual meeting will be
placed in the OAH Fund for American History for new initiatives in
historical inquiry, teaching, and professional development.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE ST. LOUIS MEETING Dates and times of original
meeting schedule remain the same.
Most events set for the Adam's Mark Hotel are now at Saint Louis
All events originally scheduled off-site (at the Old Courthouse, the
Wainwright Building, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame,
and the Missouri History Museum) will be held at those sites.
Saint Louis University is approximately 2 miles west of downtown.
From downtown board at either 8th and Pine or Laclede's
Landing, going west toward the airport, and get off at the Grand Avenue
From the Airport take the MetroLink east toward downtown and get
off at the Grand Avenue stop for Saint Louis University, or continue to
8th and Pine for downtown events.
From Union Station head west toward
the Airport and get off at the Grand Avenue stop for Saint Louis
University, or go east to 8th and Pine for downtown events
Exhibits and Registration will be in the Simon Recreation Center,
strategically located in the middle of the Saint Louis University campus.
Weekly updates will be available on the OAH webpage
. Information about lodging downtown, near Union
Station, and by the Airport is already posted on the OAH website.
If you did not receive this statement directly from OAH by email and
wish to have future messages sent to you, please send your email
address to the OAH membership director at .
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