Meeting Particulars

Accommodations: Members, their spouses (or one family member over the age of 16), and invitees are guests of the Society while attending the Meeting. Members pay personally for their first or only night’s room and tax charges at the Renaissance Franklin (4th and Chestnut Streets) or at the Hotel Monaco (5th and Chestnut Streets). The Society pays room and tax charges for the second night. Those who wish to include additional persons will be billed for their guests’ hotel and meal expenses. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; checkout time is   When checking out, please pay all charges except the one night allowance.  Valet parking is available at both hotels. 

Reservations, Changes, Cancellations: Room reservations are made by completing and returning to the Society the mailed Registration Sheet or register online. Please do not call our contracted hotels directly.  Credit card information must accompany your hotel request. Should your plans change and you or your guests are unable to use all or part of your hotel or meal reservation, please contact Annie Westcott at 215-440-3441 or You will be billed for room reservations and meals not canceled 72 hours before your scheduled arrival.

Registration: Registration opens in Benjamin Franklin Hall at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 7. It reopens each morning of the Meeting at 7:45 a.m. Please sign in and receive a Program, Attendance List, name badge, and other related Meeting materials. 

Cell Phones:  As a courtesy to our speakers and audience, please silence cell phones in the Auditorium.

Acoustics: Earphones are available at the registration desk to enhance hearing as necessary. Participation in the discussion to follow each presentation or symposium is encouraged. To ensure that everyone is able to hear and appreciate your question or brief comment, please stand upon being recognized by the Chair, wait for the arrival of a microphone, and introduce yourself to the audience. 

Dining: A continental breakfast will be served in Benjamin Franklin Hall on Friday and Saturday mornings from to  Luncheon will be served in Benjamin Franklin Hall on both days. In advance of Meeting attendees dining on their own on Thursday evening, there will be a cocktail reception in Franklin Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For your convenience, a list of Philadelphia restaurants is included with this mailing. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Cocktails and light supper will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall on Friday evening.

Publications: Books recently published by the Society, its Members, and Meeting speakers are on display in the registration room.

APS Museum: During the Meeting, Members and guests are encouraged to visit Mapping a Nation:  Shaping the Early American Republic. This exhibition at the Museum in Philosophical Hall traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning.

APS Library: Members and Meeting guests are invited to a private showing of Society “treasures” and recent acquisitions by Librarian Patrick Spero on Saturday afternoon, November 9. Please gather in the foyer of Library Hall at 1:30 p.m.


  • Development Committee meets at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, in Franklin Hall.
  • Library/Museum Committee meet at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, in Franklin Hall.
  • Class Committees on Membership meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, in Philosophical Hall.
  • New Member Orientation is offered at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, in Library Hall.
  • Council meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, in Philosophical Hall.
  • Daland Committee meets at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in Franklin Hall
  • Members’ Business Meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in Philosophical Hall.