Upcoming Symposium

Portland Symposium Title

The Costume Society of America’s
43rd Annual Meeting and Symposium
May 29—June 4, 2017
Westin Portland Harborview | Portland, Maine

Jessica Urick, Symposium Chair
Kristen Costa, President, Northeastern Region

Enjoy a week’s activities of recent historic dress research findings through presentations, panel discussions, and exhibitions—including research, design and virtual exhibitions—in addition to professional development sessions and hands-on workshops. A silent auction and marketplace will be complemented with visits to local museums as well as opportunities to visit old friends and greet new members.

For a complete schedule, refer to the Registration Brochure (updated 3-12-17).


4:00 pm     Transportation leaves Westin Portland Hotel for the Angels Project Informational Meeting and Evening Events in Wiscasset, ME

9:00 pm     Angels return to Portland (approximate time)


All Day     Angels Project: Lincoln County Historical Association (Wiscasset, ME)

6:00 pm-10:00 pm     National Board of Directors Meeting and Dinner


8:00 am-8:00 pm     Registration

8:30 am-4:00 pm     Pre-Symposium Tour: Museum L-A and Maine Heritage Weavers

9:00 am-12:00 pm     National Board Meeting

9:00 am-10:30 am     Professional Development Workshop: Hands on with Digital Costume Collections

10:30 am-12:00 pm     Professional Development Workshop: The Academic Publishing Process

1:00 pm-4:00 pm     Endowment Trustees Meeting

1:00 pm-2:30 pm     Professional Development Workshop: Tips and Techniques for Effective Oral Research Presentations

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm     First Timers Meet & Greet

5:30 pm-8:30 pm     Welcome, Keynote Address, and Opening Reception


7:00 am-8:30 am     Breakfast

7:00 am-8:30 am     Regional Presidents/Treasurers Meeting

8:00 am-8:00 pm     Registration

8:00 am-8:00 pm     Silent Auction Open

8:30am-10:00 am     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

9:00 am-5:00 pm     Marketplace Open

10:00 am-10:15 am     BREAK

10:15 am-12:15pm     Plenary Session: Millia Davenport Publication and Richard Martin Exhibition Awards Presentations

12:15 pm-1:15 pm     LUNCH

1:15 pm-2:45 pm     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

2:45 pm-3:00 pm     BREAK

3:00 pm-4:30 pm     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

5:00 pm-6:30 pm     Special Interest Group for Guatemala and Honduras Study Tour 2018

5:00 pm-6:30 pm     Symposium Advisory Board Meeting

5:30 pm-7:00 pm     Meet Your CSA Editors

5:30 pm-7:00 pm     CSA Technology and Social Media Promotion

7:00 pm-8:30 pm     Publications Committee Meeting

TBD               Evening Interest Group Meetups


7:00 am-8:30 am     Breakfast With Your Region/Regional board meetings

8:00 am-8:00 pm     Registration

8:00 am-12:00 pm     Silent Auction Open

8:30 am-10:00 am     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers and Professional Development

9:00 am-10:00 am     Research and Design Exhibition Set Up

10:00 am-10:15 am     BREAK

10:00 am-12:00 pm     Research Exhibits Open/Juried Creative Design Exhibition Opens

11:00 am-12 pm     Stella Blum Award Presentation

12:00 pm-1:00 pm     LUNCH / Silent Auction Closes

1:00 pm-2:30 pm     Annual Meeting, Awards, and Invitation to Williamsburg

2:30 pm-5:00 pm     Off-Site Tours

5:30 pm-8:00 pm     CSA Fundraiser: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

6:00 pm-8:00 pm     Silent Auction Pickup

TBD     Evening Interest Group Meetups


8:00 am-12:00 pm     Registration

7:00 am-8:30 am     Breakfast

7:00 am-8:30 am     Regional Membership Chairs Meeting

8:30 am-10:00 am     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

10:00 am-10:15 am     BREAK

10:15 am-11:45 am     Scholars’ Roundtable – Technology: Friend and Foe?

11:45 am-1:00 pm     LUNCH

1:00 pm-2:30 pm     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

2:30 pm-4:00 pm     Concurrent Session: Juried Papers

7:30 pm-10:30 pm      Board Meeting


7:45 am-4:15 pm     Post-Symposium Tour: The Kennebunks and Saco Museum

Kristen Gwinn-Becker

We are excited to have Kristen Gwinn-Becker as the Keynote Speaker for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Dr. Gwinn-Becker is the CEO and founder of HistoryIT, a transformative technology and services company that provides clients with a brand new approach to making historical collections more useful, meaningful and accessible. Her company brings industry–leading expertise to preserve, make accessible, and even monetize historical collections of all sizes. Working with cultural institutions, universities, community organizations, professional associations, businesses and others, HistoryIT finds unique ways to extract more value from existing assets at an unprecedented pace. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, proprietary methodologies, and the subject matter expertise and commitment of our team we create appealing, effective digital spaces for archival resources.

See Kristen Gwinn-Becker’s TEDx Talk here.


The Westin Portland Harborview
157 High Street
Portland, ME, 04101

Westin Portland Harborview exterior


Our historic hotel features an ideal location in the heart of the vibrant Arts District in downtown Portland. Step outside and discover the many things to do in Portland, Maine. A short walk takes you to Portland’s Old Port district and Casco Bay.

Available rooms are very limited at this time, so we encourage you to make your reservations NOW.

Call 1-855-811-0043; tell them you are with Costume Society of America. You may also register online by clicking here. Reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 26, 2017.

We have negotiated a group rate of $169/night for Traditional Double and Traditional King rooms (there are additional charges for more than 2 guests per room). This rate is available 3 days prior and 3 days after the dates of May 29 through June 4, 2017, subject to availability at time of reservation, for those of you who would like to extend your stay. There will be complimentary Wi-Fi in the guest rooms.  For budgeting purposes, rooms are subject to state/local taxes, which are currently 9%. Self-Parking is available in an adjacent garage for $25 per night per car, billed directly to your overnight room.  Valet is $34 per night per car, billed directly to your overnight room.



Download the Registration Brochure (Updated 3-12-17.  NOTE: this is a large file so it may take a few minutes).

Register Online: early bird registration through April 16, 2017; registration closes on May 8, 2017.

Questions?  Contact the National Office: national.office@costumesocietyamerica.com.

Cancelation Policy: Registration fee refunded minus $50 administrative fee if canceled by May 15, 2017. No refund after May 15, 2017. Registration cancelation requests must be submitted in writing to the National Office via email: national.office@costumesocietyamerica.com or by post to: Costume Society of America, P.O. Box 852, Columbus, GA 31902-0852. Cancelations cannot be accepted over the phone.

The recipient of the 2017 Angels Project Grant is the Lincoln County Historical Association in Wiscasset, Maine. Planning for the Angels Project will begin in earnest after the first of the year.




Contact the National Office