Minneapolis 2016

  • Minneapolis Skyline and Stone Arch

The eighty-ninth annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine will be held in Minneapolis, MN April 28-May 1,2016.


Advanced registration is closed . Please register on site in Minneapolis beginning April 28th.


Meeting Hotel

The meeting hotel is the Minneapolis Marriott Center City, 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402; (612) 349-4000

The conference room rate is $144.00.  State and local taxes are 13.4%.  To make reservations online, please click here:  Hotel Reservations for AAHM 2016  For telephone reservations, call (877) 303-0104 and mention code AAHM to the reservation representative. To receive the conference room rate be sure to make reservations by 5 pm on April 6, 2016.

Here are some alternatives:

Map of downtown Minneapolis showing alternate hotels in relation to the Minneapolis Marriott Center City

The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection has rooms for AAHM attendees at $169 per night plus 13.4% in state and local taxes. The Hotel Minneapolis is located at 215 4th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 340-2000. The Hotel is four blocks from the conference hotel and is also a Marriott property.  Book your group rate for The American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401 has rooms for AAHM attendees at $169 per night plus 13.4% in state and local taxes. Please contact Renaissance Reservations at (612) 375-1700 or (866) 211-4611. For online reservations: Book your group rate for AAHM Annual Meeting

Alfot Minneapolis 900 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415, (612) 455-8400 or (866) 716-8143. Aloft Minneapolis is a 15 minutes walk to the conference hotel and two-blocks from a Green Line light rail station.  Aloft is refreshing its look through May 2016, please call them for details.

Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown 425 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (888) 492-8847.  For discounted rate, call the reservations line and mention that you are visiting the University of Minnesota). Approximately 6 blocks from the Marriott (which is also on 7th St.)

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown 1500 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 333-4646. For discounted rate, ask for University of Minnesota room rate when making your reservations. This property is a 5 to 7 minute light rail ride from the conference hotel.

The W Minneapolis-The Foshay 821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402. (612) 215-3700. It is a 10 minute walk (4 blocks) from the Minneapolis Marriott Center City.


The Program Committee for AAHM 2016 has assembled an exciting program featuring panels, roundtable discussions, traditional paper sessions, and other events presented by an international group of scholars and practitioners.

POSTERS, POSTERS, POSTERS. This year, for the first time, the AAHM program includes poster presentations. New and veteran historians of medicine will share their research—from Solomon Northup’s sick chamber to the medicalization of play—in this visual format. We have designated Saturday’s morning (10:00 to 10:30 am) and afternoon (3:00 to 3:30 pm) breaks for our official poster sessions. During these times, authors will stand next to their posters, ready to tell you about their exciting work and to take your questions.

AAHM 2016 Final Program

Mobile App

AAHM has gone mobile with Guidebook! Our guide has information about restaurants, things to do, abstracts, and a full schedule for the meeting. Particularly useful features include maps of the hotel and downtown area and the ability to create your own schedule to keep track of papers you’d like to hear.

Get Guidebook by going to http:/guidebook.com/g/AAHM2016, or searching for Guidebook in the app store or Google Play store (Guidebook is free to download). Once you download Guidebook, search for “American Association for the History of Medicine” and click “download guide.” AAHM’s guide will be updated periodically, so check back for more information up until and during the meeting.

Graduate Students

The graduate student happy hour is on Thursday, April 28 from 8-10pm. We’ve reserved “Wilde’s Corner” at The Local (931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402), a great space for food, drink and good conversation. The cost to sign up is $5 for a drink and some snacks. Recent graduates welcome too!

Book Exhibit

Please plan to visit the exhibitors in the Book Exhibit during the annual meeting. This exhibiting with us include:


Consider taking one of the AAHM sponsored tours.  You may sign up for one of the tours during registration.

Tour 1: University of Minnesota Tour:  Thursday, April 28th, 1pm – 5pm. First, visit the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine to see unique treasures of this 80,000 volume collection.  Attendees can look forward to seeing print and manuscript books, such as one of Clara Barton’s diaries as well as the Bodies and Spirits exhibit. Next, on the tour is the Visible Heart Laboratory. Lab P.I. Dr. Paul Iazzo will discuss the lab’s historical collaboration with Medtronic in the development of the pacemaker and ongoing research in translational physiology research on both human and animal hearts. Last, special collections curators will lead attendees through the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections caverns, huge limestone rooms carved into the banks of the Mississippi where collections are stored. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the resources in the University of Minnesota collections, such as the Social Welfare History Archives, WMCA, Tretter and University Archives.

Tour 2: The Bakken Museum and Charette: Thursday, April 28th,  1pm – 4:30pm. Visitors will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bakken Museum, “A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.” In addition to visiting the museum’s vault and rare books library, the Bakken is also inviting attendees to participate in a development charette for a future exhibit, “Inventing for Health.” After the tour, you can be part of the charette or spend more time exploring the Bakken’s exhibits, collections, and medicinal and native plant gardens. The number of spaces for this tour is limited, so reserve early. The Bakken is open daily for regular visitors.


Transportation from the two terminals of the MSP airport to the Marriott is very easy. Simply take the light rail from the hotel and get off at the Nicollet Mall stop. The hotel is a short one to two  block walk from this station. Tickets are purchased at machines at the rail stops: $2.25 at rush hour, $1.75 other times; the fare covers all light rail and bus rides in any direction for 2.5 hours. Transit guide for the light rail

What to do in Minneapolis

Want to explore the area but need a few suggestions?  The Local Arrangements Committee has compiled a list of sights and activities you might want to consider adding to your trip to Minneapolis. Check it out here: AAHM 2016 Museums and Things to See