NEA taking the past into the future

NEA at the Yiddish Book Center

2016-09-07 8:40 AM | Michelle Romero

Registration is now open for the New England Archivists' Fall 2016 Meeting on Friday, October 14th, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This year’s fall meeting, "Bridging the Gaps," will explore ways the archival profession can reach across divisions and work with stakeholders to expand access to collections and document underrepresented communities and issues.

If you come to Amherst earlier in the day, be sure to reserve a spot on one of the tours of the Yiddish Book Center. In the late 1970s, then-graduate student Aaron Lansky (the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting's plenary speaker) discovered that untold numbers of irreplaceable Yiddish books were being discarded by American-born Jews unable to read the language of their Yiddish-speaking parents and grandparents. Organizing a nationwide network of zamlers (volunteer book collectors), in 1980 Lansky launched a campaign to save the world's remaining Yiddish books and materials, founding the Yiddish Book Center. In less than four decades, Yiddish works have gone from being endangered to being one of the most thriving, open, and shared in-print literatures in the world.

The Yiddish Book Center will be offering tours on Friday, October 14th, at 10:45 AM and 11:30 AM, prior to the afternoon meeting. Please reserve a spot by filling out our Tour Sign Up form – space is limited.

Take advantage of our early-bird rates and register online today.*

And this year, for the first time, NEA will offer a chartered bus to provide a greener and more affordable travel option from Boston to Amherst. Sign up for the bus when you register for the meeting.

NEA Fall 2016 Meeting
Bridging the Gaps
Friday, October 14, 2016 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Yiddish Book Center | Amherst, MA

* Anyone interested in changing their registration status can contact the registrar at

See you in Amherst!

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