We were so delighted that so many of you were able to join us for this yearâ€™s Annual National Conference.Â The spirit of friendship permeated our gathering as did the passion and commitment that you bring to our profession.Â We were sorry that some of you were unable to attend, but know that you were with us in thought, and that weâ€™ll see you next year, if not sooner.
Thank you for your many kind words of praise.Â We try hard to build a conference that offers the right mix of intellectual challenge, workshops on cutting edge topics, new ways of engaging the Smithsonian, and enjoyable networking opportunities.Â We hope our blend worked for you, but if not, let us know so we can try something different next year.
This year we had more Affiliate presenters and more Smithsonian participants than ever before.Â We are grateful to all of you for taking the time to prepare and share your experiences.Â They were informative, enlightening, and ever indicative of the impact that we create together through Smithsonian Affiliations.Â I am confident that everyone left with a suitcase full of new ideas; we canâ€™t wait to begin unpacking.
Wish we all of you a wonderful summer, certainly one not as hot as in Washington, and continued success in serving your communities.Â We are proud to be your partners!
Harold A. Closter
Have ideas for next year? Please email Elizabeth Bugbee with ideas for topics YOU want to learn about next year!