2019 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference

Conference Program

Smithsonian Castle

Photo: Eric Long, Smithsonian

Join us for our annual Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference, June 23-26, 2019!  Exchange ideas and best practices with fellow Affiliates and Smithsonian colleagues in Washington, D.C. For 2019, we are changing the idea of what the National Conference can be by asking, “How can we collaborate more effectively? How do we leverage the power of our partnerships to shape a better future?”

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Each year, we bring together colleagues from Affiliate organizations across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Panama. This year we’re opening our conference to our Smithsonian colleagues from our 19 museums, various research and cultural centers, libraries, and the National Zoo to not only lead sessions, but to also attend the conference for their own professional development.

Over four days of insightful programming and networking, colleagues at all career levels and in diverse roles will gather for workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, sessions, evening events, and networking opportunities. We’ll be tackling topics such as women’s history, climate change, digital tools and technologies, leveraging your Smithsonian partnership and creating communities of engagement.

The Conference provides unique access to Smithsonian experts, program and exhibition possibilities, and collaborative brainstorming with fellow colleagues in the Smithsonian Affiliate network.

Conference Hotel

All sessions and the Smithsonian Resource Fair will be held in the conference hotel:

Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC  20024

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Reservation Information 

Room Rate: $285 per night
Special rate ends May 23, 2019.

Click the button below to book online.
To reserve by telephone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8668) Reference the group code SANC19 when booking by telephone.

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian staff members only. If you are interested in learning more about a Smithsonian Affiliation, please contact us. If you are interested in sponsor opportunities during the National Conference, please email affiliates@si.edu.