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2013 Annual SIA Conference

Saturday Paper Sessions, Lunch and Annual Business Meeting (June 1, 2013)
The Saturday Paper Sessions will cover topics related to industrial archeology, technology, social change related to industry, and historic bridges, many of which will discuss regional industries and transportation. The 23rd Historic Bridge Symposium will form one of the three parallel presentation tracks. The Society's Annual Business Meeting will be conducted over lunch.

Note: We are in need of volunteers to be moderators for some of the paper sessions. Please contact Erin Timms at if you are interested in helping.

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Saturday Night Banquet (June 1, 2013, 6:00pm social hour, 7:00pm dinner)
Sponsored by the Council for Minnesota Archaeology and
Minnesota Archaeological Society

The Saturday Night Banquet will take place in the Wabasha Street Caves. The venue is less than one mile from the hotel (well within walking distance). For those who walk, the journey will cross the Wabasha Street Bridge and offer beautiful views of St. Paul, the Mississippi River and several unique and historic bridges. For those who cannot or do not wish to walk, vintage buses will be running between the hotel and the Caves.

The banquet venue offers a unique look into St. Paul’s past. The Wabasha Street Caves were hollowed out by silica mining in the mid-1800s a. After the mining the caves were used for mushroom farming, cheese storage, and as the Castle Royal Night Club during the 1930s – a hang-out for many of the mobsters that frequently found refuge in St. Paul. During the banquet guests will be seated within the portion of the caves that served as the 1930s night club.

Following dinner there will be time to socialize with a cash bar (Cash only, no credit or checks), and tours of the caves.

Society for Industrial Archeology
Tel.: 906-487-1889

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