2019 Annual Meeting: Detroit, MI, April 3-6, 2019 

Welcome to the Motor City for MAC 2019’s Annual Meeting. Detroit is a city reinventing itself and thus is a perfect place for MAC’s most innovative program in years.  The meeting will be held, April 3-6, at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, a major feature of Detroit’s skyline with a view all the way to Canada! This year’s program features a unique blend of 45- and 90-minute sessions, a business archivist pre-conference, workshops, tours and other opportunities for professional transformation. In this year’s theme, Innovations, Transformation, Resurgence, we call all archivists to consider the ways they have transformed their local communities and the world.

The full 2019 Conference Program is now available!

You may also view the program on Sched: https://mac2019detroit.sched.com/

Workshops and Special Events

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
  • 12:15pm-1:00pm Fridays Forum: Archives Advocacy in the Halls of Democracy
  • 12:15pm- 1:00pm Fridays Forum: Networking and the Job Search: Learning to Love It
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm MAC Members’ Meeting
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Restaurant Tours


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Vendor Fair and Breaks

Discover the newest and best archival supplies, services and educational opportunities while you meet providers and talk to colleagues during the vendor fair on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fuel your conversation with refreshments while you visit the displays.

MAC Pals

If you are new to MAC or if this is your first time attending a MAC event, we have designed a special program for you, MAC Pals. MAC Pals matches experienced members with new members or first-time meeting attendees. If you would like to participate in the program—either as an experienced member or as a new one—simply check the appropriate box on the registration form. For more information, contact Alison Stankrauff at [email protected]. 


Child Care

If you have child-care needs, contact Debra Nolan, AMC Source, by phone at 800-440-4066 or email at [email protected].

Registration Information - CLOSED

UPDATE: Online registration will close at 4pm (CST) on Friday, March 22. After that date, conference attendees must register onsite at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.

Register on or by March 4, 2019, to receive advance registration rates:

$135 for MAC members
$165 for nonmembers
$65 for students

Rates for registration after March 4:

$155 for MAC members
$185 for nonmembers
$75 for students

The one-day registration rate is $90.

Register by submitting the online registration form or by printing the form and mailing it with a check made payable to "Midwest Archives Conference" to:

Midwest Archives Conference
2598 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

The registration desk at the Marriott Renaissance will be open on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cancellations and Refunds

If for any reason, you must cancel your registration for the Annual Meeting or MAC workshops, your written request must be received one or before March 4th to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after March 4th.

Refunds will be granted for tours or MAC workshops that are cancelled by MAC due to low enrollment or other reasons.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the Annual Meeting. If you have special needs, please contact Debra Nolan with AMC Source at [email protected]. Please inform the Marriott Renaissance of any special needs when making a reservation.

Hotel Information

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243

Group rate site

Reservation by Phone

Reservation can be made via phone by calling Marriott’s general reservation line at (877) 901-6632. Guests must mention the group name, "Midwest Archives Conference" in order to receive the group rate.

Rate: $169 per night (single or double), plus local taxes of 15%.

Deadline for reserving a room with the MAC group rate is March 12, 2019, 4pm.

Exploring Detroit

Detroit offers an abundance of attractions for every type of traveler, museums, historic architecture and theatres, local popups, and an exciting food scene reflecting the diversity of the Metro Detroit landscape. Enjoy the vibrancy of Southwest Detroit’s Latino community, the dense mix of Hamtramck’s Polish, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures, and the rise of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Explore Detroit’s art scene, from Eastern Market’s Murals in the Market to Detroit’s finest museums: Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Hellenic Museum of Michigan. With the conference conveniently located in Detroit’s downtown district – the hotel sits along the riverfront within walking distance of numerous attractions and the Dequindre Cut Greenway; an urban recreational greenway connecting the riverfront, Eastern Market and residential neighbors.

Find more information on the MAC 2019 Detroit Local Arrangements Committee blog and VisitDetroit. 

Getting Here


On approaching Detroit, take I-94 East, exit Lodge Freeway (M10) South. Lodge Freeway becomes Jefferson Avenue. Turn right on Beaubien - just past the GM Renaissance Center building.


Self Park for $20 a day is available at the Beaubien Place Garage at Atwater & St. Antoine adjacent to the Renaissance Center. Hotel valet parking is available at the hotel for $35 a day.



Amtrak serves Detroit through its Wolverine service, with three trains from Chicago daily.  Detroit’s Amtrak station at Baltimore is on the QLINE streetcar that takes riders within two blocks of the hotel.


Greyhound busses arrive in Detroit at the Howard St. station which is six miles from the conference hotel.

From Windsor, there is a bus service through the Canada/US tunnel. Please visit: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/transitwindsor/routes-and-schedules/tunnel-bus-to-detroit/Pages/Tunnel-Bus-to-Detroit.aspx for more information.


Detroit is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.  The conference hotel does NOT offer airport transportation.  

  • The Skoot Shuttle runs from the airport to the GMRENCEN for $30 each way. Make reservations at rideskoot.com.
  • Uber estimates rides from the airport to the hotel start at $29.  
  • Taxis are estimated to be $59:
  • Detroit Metro Airport Taxi & Transportation Service: 734-717-7737
  • D Best Taxi & Airport Transportation: 313-505-5205
  • Airport Transportation Detroit: 866-389-8294
  • Metro Airport Car Service: 734-556-2000
  • Detroit’s public transportation system (SMART) offers a FAST express bus (The #261 “FAST MICHIGAN”) that brings passengers downtown which loops around to the Renaissance Center for $2.    


For questions or concerns regarding the meeting, please email [email protected] or contact:

Debra S. Nolan, CAE, IOM
2598 E. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304