MARAC Wilmington Conference Info


The Fall 2018 MARAC Meeting returns to historic Wilmington, Delaware, October 11-13.

Centrally located along the Northeast/I-95 corridor, Wilmington is a short train or car ride from the Philadelphia, NJ/NY, and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Whatever method of transportation you choose, it’s easy to Connect in Wilmington!

MARAC Wilmington co-chairs sought to bring a fresh vision to the program, and after surveying MARAC members, a few themes emerged as “most wanted” among prospective meeting attendees: accessibility; new professionals; archival education; leadership; diversity; and underrepresented archives (public libraries, small repositories, and lone arrangers). These themes have been transformed into “tracks.” In taking such an approach, attendees may easily and efficiently plan their conference by focusing on topics most important to them and/or their repositories.

Things to Look Forward to:

  • Historic, elegant conference venue
  • Mini-workshops
  • Great speakers
  • “Connecting Hubs”
  • Reception at The Queen

Event Speakers

Jennifer Daniels
University of Delaware

Patrick Kidd

Track Topics

Underrepresented archives
Leadership/New professionals

Coffee Breaks

Coffee and light refreshments will be available during breaks.


During the conference, vendors will be at tables throughout the hotel to share their software and tools with you.

Technology Demos

MuseumPlus, PastPerfect, Laserfiche, Preservica, ArchivesSpace, LibInsight and more!


MARAC Wilmington is pleased to welcome the following vendors to the conference on Friday, October 12 in the King and Sullivan Room.
Please stop by and see what they have to offer.



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Jennifer Daniels
Associate Director, University of Delaware Office of Equity and Inclusion

Jennifer is the Associate Director in the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Delaware. She holds a graduate degree in social work and oversees diversity and inclusion educational programming and various diversity initiatives for the University of Delaware community, specifically geared toward staff and faculty. Jennifer began her career practicing counseling and providing service to individuals and small groups on the micro level. Her passions for effectuating change and fostering inclusive environments have pushed her toward expanding her outreach to mezzo and macro level practice, particularly as it relates to diversity and inclusion. She has presented at several regional and national conferences, and was distinguished with the University of Delaware’s 2017 Louis L. Redding Award which recognizes individuals whose efforts have resulted in significant change in the campus climate and composition within the University community.

Her plenary will discuss the importance of inclusive environments and help participants connect to the idea that diversity and inclusion begins with you. She’ll explain how diversity and inclusion is multidisciplinary, and will help attendees understand how leveraging diversity leads to stronger teams, organizations, and society overall.


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Patrick W. Kidd
Communications Lead, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

Patrick joined Amtrak in 2010, where he writes for employee publications and oversees the Great American Stations Project and the Amtrak Historical Archives. He earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

With Amtrak’s 40th anniversary approaching in 2011, the company embarked on a year-long celebration that included writing and publishing an official corporate history, assembling a traveling “Exhibit Train” and launching a temporary history website. The success of this coordinated program led to creation of the permanent Amtrak Historical Archives, which is accessible to the public on the web at It explores the heritage of America’s Railroad® through images, original artwork, company documents, a blog and more.

Patrick will discuss the creation of the historical archives, provide an overview of its holdings, highlight contributions by employees and rail advocates and show how content is shared with internal and external audiences.


The Friday night reception will be held at The Queen, a revitalized historic theater in downtown Wilmington. For the MARAC reception, the full theater is open for reception attendees’ enjoyment. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the Music Hall while admiring the turn-of-the-century architectural details. Venture upstairs to the Balcony, where cozy seating worked into the original building layout offers a place to sit, chat and enjoy time with friends and colleagues. Check out the building details and equipment saved during the renovations, and soak up some of The Queen’s old-school glamour.

Located at 500 N. Market Street in Wilmington, The Queen is just a 10-minute walk from the HOTEL DU PONT. Limited shuttle service will be provided. There is also on street parking, and an extremely convenient parking garage on E. 5th Street, between Market and King Streets.

Find out more about The Queen