2016 Agricultural History Society
June 23-25, 2016
New York City and Briarcliff Manor, New York
Registration is now open. Please click here to begin.
Town & Country
This year’s annual meeting will embody the program theme: connections between city and farm, between urban and rural spaces. Accordingly, the conference will be held at both City College of New York (in New York City) and the Edith Macy Conference Center (in Briarcliff Manor, New York) on June 23-25.
The 2016 conference is an all-in event (like the 2013 meeting in Banff). Lodging and meeting rooms are contained at the Edith Macy Conference Center, located on 405 wooded acres in Westchester County. Meals and lodging are part of a package, payable to AHS at time of conference registration. For a conference in a major metropolitan area, we’re quite proud of the work we’ve done to keep costs reasonable. One reason for this is that AHS is recognized as a tax-exempt organization in the state of New York and will be responsible for making all payments to the Edith Macy Conference Center. The benefit of this is that all expenses paid by AHS are tax free, resulting in significant savings passed on to attendees.
Program and Tour
The program committee, led by Drew Swanson, has put together an excellent slate of 45 panels that draw on multiple disciplines and reach across multiple continents and time periods.
The conference will open in Manhattan at City College of New York on the morning of Thursday, June 23 with a keynote address by Ted Steinberg and the first set of panels. Conference participants will then pick up a box lunch (included in your registration fee), board a motor coach, and head north to Pocantico Hills for a tour of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a diversified, four-season farm located in Tarrytown, New York just twenty-five miles from City College. We will then re-board for a short drive to the Edith Macy Conference Center where we will refresh and enjoy a welcome reception followed by the evening meal.
Friday, June 24 is a full day of sessions that begins after the AHS Business Meeting. Your conference registration includes a seat at the AHS Presidential Luncheon that day.
Sessions continue all day on Saturday, June 25, followed by the evening Awards Banquet (also included with registration). Participants will have breakfast on Sunday morning and may pick up a box lunch upon departure from the Edith M acy Conference Center.
Lodging and Meals
June 22 Lodging: Participants are on their own to book and pay for lodging for the night of Wednesday, June 22 in New York City. The following hotels are in reasonable proximity to City College:
- Aloft Harlem
- Hotel Beacon
- The Lucerne
- The Excelsior
- Days Inn New York City
- Courtyard Marriott Central Park
- Hotel Newton
June 23-25 Lodging and Meals: Edith Macy Conference Center packages include lodging and meals for the period beginning on the evening of Thursday, June 23 through the morning of Sunday, June 26. These packages are all-inclusive, with every meal and coffee break provided for, including the Presidential Luncheon, awards banquet, and a box lunch to take away on Sunday.
Roommates, Single Occupancy, and Overflow: Rooms at the conference center are doubles and triples. There is a space on the registration form for you to indicate a roommate preference. Please don’t delay in working this out. For those who do not have a preference or perhaps do not know anyone else, use H-Rural or feel free to contact someone from the preliminary conference participant list.
Requests for single occupancy rooms and overflow lodging will be handled by the Edith Macy Conference Center. We are doing this to make sure that our block there is filled and financial exposure for the society is limited. There will be a shuttle between the overflow hotel and the Edith Macy Conference Center.
Registration fees pay for lodging and food at EMCC as described above, plus the field trip tour, transportation from City College to the Edith Macy Conference Center, welcome reception, and registration expenses (on-line fee processing, name badges, program printing).
AHS encourages you to register for the full conference and to share a room to maximize occupancy at the Edith Macy Conference Center to fulfill our contractual obligation for rooms and meals. As always, participants may elect to participate for a single day with food only; no single-night lodging is available.
Single-day rate (Fri. or Sat.; includes three meals, but not lodging): $250
Half-day rate (Thurs. a.m. only; includes keynote address and session I at CCNY. Does not include field trip.): $100
Single-day registrants must contact email@example.com for details on how to register.
- The tour of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is only available to those who register for the full conference.
- Not a member? Sign-up before you register (via our website) and you’ll receive the discounted member-only rates.
- Registration will begin in March and be available through the AHS website: aghistorysociety.org
- On-site registration will only be available for single-day attendees. You must pre-register before June 8 to receive lodging.
- Registration cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Requests postmarked or e-mailed on or before May 15, 2016 will receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. Due to the financial obligations of the Society, no refunds will be available after May 15, 2016.
Registration is now open. Please click here to begin.
The Edith Macy Center will coordinate transportation to the airport for Sunday morning departures. There is a space on the room booking form to indicate flight information as well as costs to nearby airports. Transportation leaving EMCC is not part of your registration fee.
Amtrak trains to New York arrive at New York Penn Station. From Penn Station, take the subway to City College. The Metrocard fare is $2.75 one way. Two subway lines serve the City College neighborhood: the 1 and the A (an express train), B or C. Take the 1 to 137th Street/City College. Walk east on 138th Street to Amsterdam Avenue. The campus will be directly in front of you as you cross Amsterdam. The North Academic Center will be the large building to your right. The trip will take about 20 minutes.
Take the A to 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 138th Street. You also can take the City College shuttle from the 145th Street stop, which makes regular runs to and from the subway throughout the day. The trip will take about 20 minutes.
Three airports serve New York City: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark. LaGuardia offers the best access to City College. Taxi service is available to the campus for about $25. Bus service directly from LaGuardia airport to City College is also available. Take the West Side Broadway -106th street bound M60 bus. Get off at West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Walk west to St. Nicholas Avenue and then south, almost to the corner of 124th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Wait in front of the Dollar Tree and Chuck E. Cheese. City College operates a shuttle bus that will take you directly to campus. It is a white mini-bus with “City College of New York” written in purple letters.
From Kennedy airport, the fare is about $45 plus tolls. A cheaper but more time-consuming option is to take the A train from JFK to 145th Street. The subway fare is $2.75 one way. Walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 138th Street. You also can take the City College shuttle from the 145th Street stop, which makes regular runs to and from the subway throughout the day.
From Newark airport, take the New Jersey Transit train to New York Penn Station. Make sure to buy your New Jersey Transit ticket before boarding the train to avoid a $5 surcharge. The New Jersey Transit is $13 and the subway fare is $2.75. Once you arrive at Penn Station, walk inside the station to either the 1 line or the A line. Take the 1 to 137th Street/City College. Walk east on 138th Street to Amsterdam Avenue. The campus will be directly in front of you as you cross Amsterdam. The North Academic Center will be the large building to your right.
Take the A to 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk west one block to 145th Street and Convent Avenue, then south to 138th Street. You also can take the City College shuttle from the 145th Street stop, which makes regular runs to and from the subway throughout the day. The trip from Newark Airport to City College will take about an hour and 20 minutes using New Jersey Transit and either subway line.
Graduate Travel Funding
The Society is offering $250 travel stipend to support currently-enrolled graduate students who are presenting a paper at the 2016 meeting. To be considered for the award you must submit an application form before the April 15 deadline.
Executive Committee of the AHS
The AHS Executive Committee will meet late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 22 on the CCNY campus. Members of the committee should plan to arrive in Manhattan no later than early-afternoon that day. Please contact Executive Secretary Jim Giesen for details about this meeting before making travel plans.