The Daguerreian Society 31st Annual Symposium & Conference
It's time to start planning for the 2019 Symposium and Conference, held at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted by the Nelson Atkins Museum. Come celebrate with us and enjoy four days of exception speakers, tours and events, our trade fair, silent & live auctions, and camaraderie and great food!
Date: OCTOBER 3-6, 2019
A special group rate of $169.00/night, including complimentary self-parking, is available to attendees 9/30 through 10/7.
Book your room on line here for the special group rate, or call 800-810-3708 and ask for The Daguerreian Society's special group rate.
The symposium registration form and exhibitor contract can be found here.
The first events of the Symposium are several “behind the scene” tours at the Nelson-Atkins Museum on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 2, and the morning of Thursday, Oct. 3. Although tour capacity is limited, the Nelson-Atkins is graciously hosting our Thursday evening reception from 5-7 pm, at which point you will be able to tour the exhibits freely.
The Symposium's talks will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Nelson-Atkins auditorium. We have a stellar speaker venue. Here is a preview, in no particular order:
- Jane Aspinwall: California Gold Rush Daguerreotypes
- Carlos Vertanessian: Juan Manuel de Rosas: The Impossible Portrait
- Mike Robinson: Sterling McIntyre’s Five-Plate Panorama of San Francisco: Its History and Conservation
- Ariadna Romer: Girault de Prangey: The Puzzle of the Plates
- Rachel K. Wetzel: The Robert Cornelius Project
- Elliot Adrian Conte & Abigail Conte: A Survey of Early Photographic Headstones in Maine
- Michael Lehr: Members aspects of their own collections
Details on the speakers and talks are forthcoming.
We have an exciting activity on Friday evening at the Marriott Country Club Plaza. Mike Medhurst, our President, and Nick Vacarro, dealer & collector, will exhibit highlights from their personal collections. This will be held in the Union Hill Room starting at 6:00 pm.
This year our Trade Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 5, will take on a little different twist: we are excited to announce a collaboration with Military Images magazine. We will have many Civil War dealers joining us at our trade show on Saturday, so be sure to make your way around all of the displays.
When planning your visit to Kansas City, keep in mind the wonderful local museums and places to visit:
- National WW1 Museum & Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
- Kansas City Zoo
- Arabia Steamboat Museum
- Kansas City Museum
- The Money Museum
- American Jazz Museum
As a teaser, here are some of the truly spectacular images you will see at the Nelson-Atkins Museum:
Unknown maker, American. Gold mining, North Fork, American River, ca. 1850–55. Daguerreotype, 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.112.
Unknown maker, American. Gold mining landscape, California, ca. 1855. Daguerreotype, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.113.
Unknown maker, American. Gold miner, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype, 4 1/4 × 3 1/4 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.115.
Unknown maker, American. Gold miners, California, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype, 4 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2011.37.34.