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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), Forty-First Annual Conference

Milwaukee, WI, May 2007

The Ward Irish Music Archives will host the 41st annual ARSC Conference in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2-5, 2007. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509
West Wisconsin Avenue, will be the conference venue. Completed in 1928,
the hotel has been returned to its original Art Deco splendor.

In addition to the usual exciting presentations, two very special events
have been planned for the conference.

On Thursday, May 3, join us for a dinner reception at the Irish Fest
Center. The center, dedicated to Irish-related activities, including
concerts and workshops, is home to the Ward Irish Music Archives. The
archives "promote, preserve, and celebrate Irish music in all forms," and
houses more than 40,000 Irish music artifacts, from sound recordings and
sheet music to musical instruments. It is considered to be the largest
public collection of its type in North America.

On Saturday, May 5, buses roll out to Barrington, Illinois, taking
registered conference attendees to an all-day outing at Jasper and Marian
Sanfilippo's Victorian Palace, a unique 44,000-square-foot mansion and
private museum. The world's largest collection of restored automatic
musical instruments is on display -- phonographs, music boxes,
coin-operated pianos, orchestrions, dance organs, calliopes, and more. The
gargantuan 80-rank, 8000-pipe theater organ, with chambers occupying four
stories, will impress anyone privileged to hear it.

On the grounds of the Victorian Palace, the carousel building houses the
Eden Palais, an exquisite European salon carousel from 1890. Steam engines
from the 1800s and fairground and dance hall organs are also showcased in
the structure.

ARSC offers this rare opportunity to tour the spectacular Sanfilippo
museum, which is not open to the public.

More details about the 2007 ARSC Conference will be posted at 
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