Pre-Conference Ice-Breaker (Sunday, May 19th 4pm-6pm)

To welcome attendees from around the world, a reception will be held at the Creature Comforts Brewery, in downtown Athens, GA. The reception is free to all attendees including guests and will include light snacks and a drink ticket.

A registration booth will be available at the Ice-Breaker, where attendees can check in.



Mid-Conference Field Trip to Ocmulgee National Monument and Madison, Georgia
(Wednesday, May 22nd)

This trip will include transportation to historic Madison, Georgia for site seeing and shopping. This is followed by a trip to Ocmulgee National Monument Native American mounds and museum, a bagged lunch, and a tour of the site. The field trip is included in the full registration package. Single-day registrants can join in for $42 USD. Please register for the day trip when registering for the meeting.

Madison Georgia and the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

Once described in the 1845 Guide to Georgia as the "most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charlestown to New Orleans," Madison remains a genteel reminder of the country's southern beauty and grace that was spared General Sherman's torch in his infamous March to the Sea.

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is a multi-disciplinary non-profit institution that endeavors to enrich the lives of the residents of its immediate community and the broader region by presenting high quality programming and educational opportunities in the fields of visual and performing arts, history, and other humanities. MMCC will preserve and interpret its historical 1895 building and will cooperate with other organizations which have mission compatible goals. 


Ocmulgee National Monument

This park is a prehistoric American Indian site.  American Indians first came here during the Paleo-Indian period hunting Ice Age mammals. Many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years.  Around 900 CE, the Mississippian Period began. They constructed mounds for their elite, which remain today. -

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Gala Dinner (Thursday, May 23rd at 7pm)

The Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday May 23rd at the beautiful State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Cost to attend is $75 per person. Please register for the Gala when you complete meeting registration.

A selection of wines and local craft beers from numerous Athens area breweries will be available.

A selection of delicious, locally made, southern fare will be provided by Chef Mimi Maumus of Athens local southern kitchen Home.made.

The Gala will include live music by local artists Klezmer Local 42.

Please note that Gala tickets are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.