Save the Date: Spring 2022 Conference

March 24-26, 2022
Harrisonburg, VA 

Program and registration will be available soon! See below for sneak peek at pricing.

Conference Hotel

Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Photo courtesy of Hotel Madison

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah
Valley Conference Center

710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA
Phone icon (540) 564-0200

Conference room rate: $139/night 
Deadline for group rate is February 28th


With your health and safety at the forefront of our planning, MARAC is actively monitoring all changes in local COVID conditions and will keep registrants apprised of our policies.

Spring will be coming early for MARAC next year! Join MARAC in Harrisonburg, VA, on March 24-26, 2022, to explore the theme of Communities Big and Small, which seeks to highlight small and community archives, underrepresented collections, and the aspect of archiving that makes a group of people a community.  

Zakiya Collier of the Schomburg Center will be the Friday plenary speaker. The luncheon speaker will be Tim Binkley, the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Berea College. Tim will be presenting on the “Preserving Appalachian Voices” project.

The full program and registration will be available in January, but here’s a sneak peek at pricing to help you start planning now. 

Registration Rates:
Early-bird by February 16: MARAC member-$120, Non-member-$170
Regular by March 9: MARAC member-$140, Non-member-$190
On–site starting March 23: MARAC member-$160, Non-member-$210
Student Rate: $60
Saturday Only: $60
Workshop Only (pay only per workshop)

Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday, March 24th
Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics (full day $100)
Proper archival procedures enable safe and effective management of collections. Topics covered during this workshop include the fundamentals of archival appraisal, acquisition, and access; proper storage materials; and the most common preservation problems found with paper-based archival collections. Instructors will also touch on processing, arrangement, and description. This workshop is appropriate for individuals who may have found themselves in the role of archivist without formal training in the profession, or for those seeking a refresher course.

Reclaiming, Repairing, Renaming: Collective Archivism and Campus History (afternoon half day $50)
In February 2021 the James Madison University (JMU) board of visitors approved new names for three prominent, historic, campus buildings formerly associated with Confederate Lost Cause ideologies. Facilitated by members of the campus history committee that led this effort, this workshop will offer participants an experiential learning opportunity that includes touring JMU campus sites followed by a visit to JMU Special Collections. The goal of the workshop is to better understand how university libraries can authentically partner with campus and local community groups to help reclaim and repair systemic erasures of the narratives of traditionally marginalized and underserved populations in university communities. 

This session consists of a walking tour on James Madison University Campus ending with a discussion in Special Collections.

The Unknown Donor Files: Solving the Problem of Unaccessionable Items (morning half day $50)
This interactive workshop will empower archivists to accession items without donor information. The instructors will discuss how and why this issue occurs and methods for preventing the problem in the future. Information will be shared regarding the ethics of unaccessioned items and the legality of accessioning items lacking donor information. A simple “problem accession” policy will be introduced, and participants will work through the steps with facsimiles of items from their collections to tailor the policy for their archives. 

Stabilization Techniques for Book Collections (morning half day $50)
This hands-on workshop will teach participants techniques for repairing and stabilizing minor damage to cloth and leather books including damaged corners, split joints, and tattering at the head and tail of a book’s spine. These minimally invasive repairs are designed to be reversible and utilize pH-neutral and acid-free materials. In some cases, these treatments will serve as an intermediate state prior to later conservation treatment, while in other cases these books will be adequately stabilized with these minimal treatments. 

On a Roll: Storage & Handling of Rolled, Oversized Paper Collections (afternoon half day $50)
Storing oversized paper items such as blueprints, tracings, and maps presents a challenge for many archives. This workshop will review various preservation techniques and considerations for housing these oversized materials.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - $10
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a 125-acre woodland sanctuary, public urban garden, and forested greenspace on the campus of James Madison University. The Arboretum inspires outdoor engagement, preserves native plant species and wildflowers, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world. The guided tour, led by Arboretum staff, will cover the history of the Arboretum, flowers in bloom, and notable trees.

Duke Hall Gallery: Pablo Delano: Museum of the Old Colony - $5
Enjoy a special discussion of the exhibit "Pablo Delano: Museum of the Old Colony." Visual artist Pablo Delano's conceptual art installation addresses the complex history of his native Puerto Rico since 1898. Appropriating archival photographs, film footage, and found popular artifacts, Delano’s installation provocatively critiques the stereotypes and entrenched misperceptions of Puerto Rico disseminated in mainstream media while at the same time illuminating the power of images to inculcate cultural values as well as the authority of museums to confer meaning on the images and objects that such trusted institutions have collected and displayed.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library - $10
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is located in the heart of historic Staunton, Virginia, just 30 minutes from Harrisonburg. Participants will receive a guided tour of the restored Greek Revival manse, the Presbyterian term for parsonage, where Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, was born in 1856. After the guided tour, participants will have ample time to explore the museum and its series of galleries to learn more about Wilson’s life and legacy. Of particular interest is Wilson’s original 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine.

Virginia Quilt Museum - $10
Located in the historic Warren-Sipe House, the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) is the official quilt museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The museum celebrates and nurtures Virginia’s quilting heritage and is a resource center for the study of the role of quilts and quilting in society. VQM offers three floors of rotating, curated gallery space featuring significant work by early and contemporary quilt artisans.

Harrisonburg Local History Tour - $10
Enjoy an entertaining and educational outing learning about Harrionsburg’s rich history.

Friday Luncheon: $30
Guest Ticket Friday Reception: $20
Saturday Breakfast: $25

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Conference room rate: $139/night
Deadline to register at group rate is February 28th.  Reserve now at

Questions about registration? Visit MARAC's Registration FAQ or contact the MARAC Administrator at [email protected].

Financial Assistance

  • Visit MARAC Conference Scholarships to learn more about meeting scholarships and travel awards. Applications must be submitted by close of business on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
  • Lower your expenses by sharing a ride or hotel room.  Visit MARAC's Rideshare or Roommate finders to connect with other attendees.

Vendor Registration

Exhibit day will be Friday, March 25, 2022. Register online registration at Spring 2022 Vendor Registration or download the form here. For more information, contact the MARAC Vendor Coordinator, Nick Zmijewski, at [email protected].

Code of Conduct

MARAC is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for all participants, so we ask that you please abide by our Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct (adopted in 2017) encourages civil discourse and the free exploration of ideas and concepts–with a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons.

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