The 92nd annual meeting of the AAHM will be held in Columbus, Ohio, April 25-28, 2019.
The preliminary program is available here.
The Plenary: “Three Centuries of Medicine in Caricatures, Cartoons, and Comic Books,” will feature papers by Jared Gardner and Bert Hansen
Themed Breakfasts: are planned for Friday and Saturday morning where you may talk with colleagues interested in the same historical subjects. Sign up at registration to participate in this new programming idea
Flash Sessions: a new session format offering graduate students opportunity for feedback on their works-in-progress is schedule for Friday afternoon
Garrison Lecture: Shigehisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History at Harvard University, will present the 77th Fielding H. Garrison Lecture followed by a reception
AAHM Awards and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: The annual award program will be held Saturday evening at the Billy Ireland Library & Museum where everyone will be able to enjoy the museum’s new exhibit, “Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine”
The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215. Columbus’s Hyatt Regency hotel is conveniently located adjacent to food, drink, and cultural hotspots, including historic German Village, the Brewery, the Arena Districts, and the Short North Arts District.
Room rate is $173 a night plus local taxes of 17.5%. The cut-off for the AAHM rate is April 3, 2019. You may make your reservations online here or calling 614-463-1234. Valet parking is available for overnight hotel guests for $26 a day or self-parking is available for $18 a day.
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square 75 East State Street Columbus, OH 43215; Room rate is $169 a night plus local taxes of 17.5%; Reservations at 800-325-3535 or online here
Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown 33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215; Room rate is $175 a night plus local taxes of 17.5%; Reservations at 877-283-1700 or online here
Tour 1: Explore German Village by Bus: German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. German immigrants settled there in the mid-1800s. More than 1,000 brick homes and commercial buildings have been lovingly restored over the past 60 years. This guided coach tour will showcase many of the historic homes, private gardens, and public parks that characterize this charming urban neighborhood and the colorful histories of the men and women who built it.
Tour 2: The Anti-Saloon League Museum and Collection: From 1893 to 1933, the Anti-Saloon League was a major force in American politics. The League promoted temperance by publishing thousands of fliers, pamphlets, songs, stories, cartoons, dramas, magazines and newspapers. Here you will find information about the history of the Prohibition movement, the League’s associated organizations and leaders, and examples of the propaganda created and distributed by the League, based on a collection
Getting to Columbus
Conference attendees can get from the John Glenn International Airport to the primary conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency (350 N. High Street), via a variety of transportation options. Taxis take fifteen minutes and cost about $25 each way. For specifics on taxi rates, visit flycolumbus.com. It is also easy to secure a Lyft or Uber. Taxis and pick-up locations for ridesharing services are available on the ground level of the Columbus airport 24 hours a day. AAHM conference attendees may also take the COTA AirConnect bus to and from the airport. You can purchase your ride pass with a credit card at the bus stop just to the right of the taxi station. The COTA AirConnect shuttle bus stops right in front of the Hyatt Regency and also leaves from there every thirty minutes from 6 am to 9 pm, seven days a week and costs $2.75 each way.
For attendees driving to the conference, the hotel is accessed via highways I-70 and I-71. Directions from the North, South, East, and West are available on the website for the Greater Columbus Convention Center; the Hyatt Regency is physically connected to the Columbus Convention Center via a walkway. For guests of the hotel, self-parking is available just one block south at the Chestnut Street Garage (located at 44 E. Chestnut and accessible to the hotel via an enclosed walkway) at a rate of $20/night. Hotel valet parking is also available for $33/night. The Columbus Convention Center also offers parking in five locations, including the South, Vine, and Goodale garages and the North and East Surface lots. Standard event parking rates for these spaces are between $10 and $12. Detailed maps, addresses, and rates are likewise available on the Greater Columbus Convention Center website.
Things to do in Columbus
There is much to see and do in the country’s 15th largest city. See this recent article in the Washington Post for many suggestions. If you prefer to remain in the vicinity of the conference hotel, exploring the area is easy. The CBUS circulator takes riders from Italian Village in the North to German Village in the South at no charge. The hotel is also conveniently located on the 2 bus line, which runs North and South on High Street. Standard fare is $2.00, or $2.75 during rush hour (M-F 6:30 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm). Day passes are also available on board for $4.50/day. Riders must have exact change; operators do not carry cash. For more information, visit COTA.com.
Nearby Archival Collections
While visiting Columbus, you may want to take advantage of the many archival collections at research institutions both in Columbus and at Ohio University in Athens, an 80-minute drive away.
The OSU Medical Heritage Center
Founded in 1997, the Medical Heritage Center (MHC) is the special collections of the Health Sciences Library at The Ohio State University. The Center’s holdings include rare books, archives, and medical artifacts. The rare books collection contains over 20,000 volumes, representing limited edition and one-of-a kind monographs dating back to 1555. The archives include the papers and memorabilia from regional and nationally recognized luminaries, as well as local health sciences organizations. Areas of focus include homeopathy, nursing history, nuclear medicine, surgical technique, and dental history. The artifacts within the Center’s collection represent medical equipment used as early as the 1800s, and ranges from those now perceived as quackery to those that were truly unique innovations of their time. The Center itself hosts regular programs, exhibits, and is open to the public for research by appointment Monday-Friday.
The Ohio State University Special Collections
In addition to the Medical Heritage Center, OSU is home to seven other special collections units that span a wide array of topics of interest to scholars from Cartoon Research to Congressional Archives.
The Ohio History Center
The Ohio History Center is the headquarters of the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) and houses an extensive collection of Ohio-related history, including holdings in the health sciences.
Ohio University Alden Library Archives, Athens, OH
Alden Library at Ohio University has a variety of materials related to the history of medicine in the rare book collection of the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections. These range from anatomy texts, to herbals and botanicals with medicinal usages described, to texts on motherhood, maternity, midwifery, and child-rearing, to historic texts people would have kept in their homes advising them how to cure all manner of ailments, to medically focused almanacs. The library also has several manuscript collections relating to doctors and medicine, including the William Parker Johnson letters, the Josiah L. Brown papers, the Andrew J. Crawford papers, the Zenner collection, the Athens County Medical Society records, the Ohio Osteopathic Association records, the Dr. H.S. Lark Daybook, the Albert Wood James collection, the H. Richard and Olive M. Blackwell papers, the Cline’s Pharmacy records, and the Blaine R. Goldsberry collection.