Our 2018 Austin Families Association Conference was held this year in beautiful and historic Philadelphia, August 16th - 18th. Early arrival activities, such as trips to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the National Archives were offered on Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. There was a Social hour to kick things off on Thursday evening, with continuation of speakers and workshops on Friday and Saturday, the 17th and 18th. The conference concluded with a dinner Saturday evening and inlcuded a special guest apperance by Benjamin Franklin!
The conference hotel was Marriott’s Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown. This hotel, which is listed on the “National Registry of Historic Places”, was built in 1926 as the Annex to City Hall and operated as a governmental building for almost 60 years. In the late 1990’s, in a joint project between Marriott and the City of Philadelphia, the building was completely restored, reopening in 1999. Across the street in Center Square, the center of downtown Philadelphia, is City Hall—said to be the largest municipal building in North America.
2018 AFAOA Banquet Attendees
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