Publication Date

September 1, 1991

Perspectives Section

AHA Annual Meeting

The 106th annual meeting will be held in Chicago and headquartered at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Please use the reservation form for hotel accommodations on page 5 (this form may be copied as needed) of this issue of Perspectives.

The Program of the annual meeting will be mailed to the AHA members during the first week of October and will contain the meeting preregistration form.

Many of the profession’s most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers and over 800 scholars, including forty-seven foreign scholars, will participate in the three-day meeting. In addition, over two dozen specialized societies will be meeting in conjunction with the AHA. Each society will be holding its own sessions, luncheons, and/or meetings, as well as some joint sessions with the Association. William E. Leuchtenburg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will deliver his presidential address the evening of December 28, and recipients of the 1991 book awards, honorary foreign membership, Awards for Scholarly Distinction, and the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award will be announced.



The AHA has reserved substantial blocks of rooms at three Chicago hotels: the Chicago Hilton, the Palmer House, and the Congress Hotel. The Hilton, located at 720 South Michigan Avenue, will serve as headquarters and house the AHA Book Exhibits and Job Register. The Congress Hotel, located two blocks from the Hilton at 520 South Michigan Avenue, will host several affiliated society sessions and events. In addition, a substantial block of rooms has been reserved at the Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street. Reservations must be made IN WRITING on the Housing Form and mailed to the AHA Housing Bureau, Housing Department, c/o Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, McCormick Place on the Lake, Chicago, IL 60616. The bureau upon receipt will send an acknowledgement to the individual. The acknowledgement is followed by an actual confirmation by the hotel. No direct telephone reservations with the hotels or Bureau will be accepted; however, you can fax your housing form to the Bureau in Chicago at 312/567-8577. Any subsequent changes should be made directly with the hotel—the telephone number will appear on your housing confirmation. Cancellations should be made directly with the Housing Bureau in writing up to twenty days prior to the meeting; within the last twenty days, cancel directly with the hotel.


For discounted fares to the AHA’s Annual Meeting and a chance to win free tickets to Europe: Call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk toll-free at 800-433-1790. American Airlines is offering three discounted fare options to persons traveling to the AHA’s annual meeting in Chicago: 1) 45% off the full coach fare (7 day advance purchase); 2) 5% off any lowest fare for which you qualify, including “Super Saver” and first class (various advance purchase requirements apply); and 3) guaranteed fares which do not require a Saturday night stay (21 day advance purchase). These discounts are available for travel from December 26 through December 31. Agents will compare your options and advise the lowest rate possible. Credit card payment is advised to lock in any instant-purchase fares.

For information and reservations on American Airlines call 1-800-433-1790 and identify yourself as an AHA annual meeting attendee and ask for Star file number S09D1BD. Request that Zenith Travel mail your ticket—Zenith has been designated as the official travel agent for the AHA’s annual meeting. Since the number of seats at discount fares on each flight is limited, members are urged to make their travel arrangements promptly.

American Airlines FREE TICKET DRAWING: A pair of transatlantic roundtrip tickets to any American Airlines European destination will be raffled to a meeting attendee booking his or her travel through the toll free number. Tickets must be issued by Zenith Travel. The tickets will be raffled, and the winner will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting to be held December 29, 4:45 p.m. in the Hilton’s Joliet Room. These tickets, which are valid for one year, may not be used over certain blackout dates.


Local Transportation from Airport to Hotels

Arriving at O’Hare

Chicago O’Hare International Airport has three domestic terminal buildings and one international facility. The three buildings are linked on the upper level of each terminal to allow passenger travel between terminals. O’Hare is approximately seventeen miles from downtown Chicago. Taxicabs are located on the lower level of each domestic terminal; a ride from the airport to the hotels takes approximately 45 minutes and costs between $18 and $22, depending on traffic. A Shared-Ride program allows visitors to be charged a flat rate of $12. Continental Air Transport provides bus service to and from downtown Chicago. Buses leave O’Hare every half hour from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with departures every 15 minutes during peak hours—the trip takes approximately 55 minutes. Passengers can catch the buses at baggage claim areas. A one-way ticket from O’Hare to the Loop area is $10.75, round trip is $19.00. Information and ticket sales counters are located on the lower level of each domestic terminal.

Arriving at Midway

Midway Airport is located one half hour from downtown Chicago and is served by eight carriers from major United States cities. The one-building airport is divided into three terminals: A and C for the arrival and departure of each airline’s passengers and B, the Main (middle) Terminal, where the information booth and all vehicle pick-up services are available. Taxis are located in front of the Main Terminal; a ride from Midway to the downtown hotels takes about 35 to 40 minutes and costs between $15 and $18, depending on the time of day. Continental Air Transport also provides transportation to downtown hotels. The information and reservation booth is located on Concourse A; a one-way ticket is $8.00 and round-trip tickets are $14.00. Buses depart Midway every 30 minutes, and should be boarded at the Main Terminal<197>the trip takes thirty minutes.

Arriving by Train

Chicago is known as the “hub” of all Amtrak transportation with fifty trains arriving or departing daily. The main station is located downtown at Union Station, 210 S. Canal Street. Cabs, the suggested means of transportation to the hotels, are available on the lower level of Union Station at Adams and Canal Streets. A cab ride from Union to any of the hotels runs between 10 and 15 minutes and costs approximately $4.00 to $5.00.

General Information

AHA Sessions

All AHA sessions will be held at the Hilton. The Book Exhibits will occupy the Hilton’s Northwest Exhibit Hall located on the lower level of the hotel, one floor down from hotel registration. AHA meeting registration desks and meal ticket cashiers will be also be located on the lower level adjacent to the Book Exhibits. The AHA Headquarters/Staff Office will be located in P.D.R. # 7 on the third floor of the hotel; the Local Arrangements Committee office in P.D.R. # 5; and the Press Office in P.D.R. # 6. The Job Register will be located in International Ballroom North on the second floor.

Group Meetings and Reunions

Societies and groups that have not already made arrangements to hold sessions or other meetings should send their requests for room space as soon as possible to Professor Al Erlebacher, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee. Please specify preferred date, inclusive hours, attendance forecast, and any special equipment desired. Professor Erlebacher’s address is: Department of History, De Paul University, 802 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.

Business Meeting

Resolutions for the business meeting signed by twenty-five members of the Association will be accepted until December 15; those received by November 1 will take precedence and will be published in the December Perspectives and must be no more than 300 words in length. Resolutions should be sent to the Executive Director at the AHA office, with a copy to the Parliamentarian, Professor Michael Les Benedict, Department of History, Ohio State University, 106 Dulles Hall, 230 W. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

At its meeting on May 15–16, 1980, the Council adopted the following bylaw pursuant to Article VII, Section 14, of the constitution: There shall be a quorum for the annual meeting of one hundred members in good standing.

STEP Awards Cancelled

After many years of supporting the involvement of foreign students in AHA annual meetings through a grant of the Institute of International Education (IIE) for the Short Term Enrichment Program (STEP), the United States Information Agency has phased out financial support for IIE-STEP due to budgetary constraints. Unfortunately, additional funds are not available and no grants will be made this year.

AHA Registration

Advance Registration: Members are urged to preregister at the reduced rate of $40.00 (nonmembers $60.00; students and unemployed $20.00). The preregistration form will be enclosed in the Program mailed to members in early October. Advance registration must be received by December 6.

Registration at the Meeting: The registration desks at the meeting will be open from noon to 7:00 p.m. on December 27; from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 28 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 29.

Admission to all sessions, exhibits, and the Job Register requires a Registration Badge.

Book Exhibits

The exhibits will be located in the Northwest Exhibit Hall of the Hilton and will be open December 27 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; December 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on December 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Job Register

The Job Register will be located in the International Ballroom North located on the second level of the hotel. Hours of operation will be December 27 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., December 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and December 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Information on reserving a table or suite will be sent to history departments at the end of September. Deadline for table/suite reservations will be November 15, 1991.