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2019 Annual Meeting: Baltimore, Maryland

The Society's 131st annual meeting will be held October 16–19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is "Community Driven."

Meeting News and Announcements

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Find a round up of all the news we've shared about the Annual Meeting at  2019 Annual Meeting: News and Announcements.

Keep an eye on the online program addendum, Facebook or Twitter for announcements during the meeting. Follow AFS on Twitter @afsfolklorists, and track posts about the meeting with the hashtag #afsam19.


Find the complete, current schedule in the online program, which reflects all known schedule adjustments, including withdrawals as we receive them.

You can also access a pdf of the program book that will be distributed to attendees at the meeting. The book represents the program as of September 1. Any subsequent changes or announcements can be found on the program addendum.

Please notify us immediately of all further changes to this program at so they can be shared with conference attendees in the program addendum.

Meeting Registration

Preregistration closed August 31, but you can still register when you arrive at the meeting. Note that members save significantly on registration rates.

Looking for your registration receipt? You can find your receipts online if you signed in before registering: go to Manage Profile in the Profile Menu at any time to find your registration records and payment receipt under Account History. For your receipt, see Invoices and change the filter to "any status." Otherwise, contact us at

Hotel and Local Information

The Local Planning Committee has prepared this insiders' guide for visitors to Baltimore.

September 16 was the cut-off date to reserve a guest room at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor at the AFS conference rate.

See local information for more details about the hotel, getting there, and getting around.


August 31 was the last date to request a registration refund, but it is still important to notify us of any changes to the program. Contact us with withdrawal information at so we can share program changes with conference attendees in the program addendum. See Annual Meeting Polices for more information.

Preconference Events

Registration is closed for preconference tours and workshops. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after August 31.


General Meeting Information

Images of Baltimore

Our 2019 Annual Meeting image is a detail from "Baltimore Cityscape," a painted screen by Dee Herget, 1989. The images on our website header are: 1) skipjack races, Edwin Remsberg Photograghs; 2) an arabber on Baltimore Street in 2006, ©Martha Cooper.



This event is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (



Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with any annual meeting questions or concerns.

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