Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MAM 2015 Conference Information

Time to get up and join us at the 2015 MAM meeting at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library!

Annual Conference, October 8-10, 2015
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library – Saint John’s University
Collegeville, Minnesota

The annual meeting/conference for MAM is rapidly approaching. Here is some basic information for everyone to start making their plans! We hope to see you in Collegeville in October!


All those presenting at the MAM Annual Conference must be members of MAM. If you have not yet joined, please send your check with the membership form to Kristie Bixby at the address on the form. If you are not certain about your current membership status, simply contact Kristie at

A youthful Saint Benedict on the Saint John's campus.

Registration forms will be posted soon on the NuntiaBlog site. On-site registration will also be available Friday morning, the opening day of the conference. For registration questions contact Matt Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, phone: 320-363-2795, email:; or, Julie Dietman (same address) at The conference registration fee is $85.00 for regular MAM members and $45.00 for students, retired faculty, lifetime and patron members.

Getting to Collegeville

Driving:  The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library is located on the campus of Saint John’s University, about 1 ½ miles south of Interstate 94, at exit 156. This is about 10 miles west of the main Saint Cloud exits (171, 164, etc.) and about 1 ¼ hours northwest of Minneapolis. Be sure to turn south upon leaving the highway (DO NOT TRUST YOUR GPS!).

Flying: The closest larger town to Saint John’s University is Saint Cloud, Minnesota. While Saint Cloud does have an airport, the service is minimal. Your best option will be to fly to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport (MSP) and either rent a car or take the Executive Express shuttle from there. Executive Express stops both at Saint John’s and at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud.

A 16th-century edition of Gospel and Epistle selections in German, from the Saint John's collections.


A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations. Mention the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) or Julie Dietman when you make your reservation. Please contact us if you encounter any difficulties booking rooms at one of these two locations.

Abbey Guesthouse: 1-320-363-2573 ( – This is the most convenient option, right on the Saint John’s campus and within five minutes from all conference venues.

Holiday Inn St. Cloud: 1-866-280-5236 ( – in central St. Cloud, close to shopping and food; however, about 11 miles from the Saint John’s campus. This option will work better for those who have a car at their disposal.

Additional options for lodging:

Super 8 (St. Joseph): 1-866-276-6393 – about 5 miles east in Saint Joseph, Minnesota (on Minnesota Highway 75;

Budget Host Inn (Avon): 1-866-295-5798 – about 5 miles west on I-94 (

Still more options: Many hotel chains are represented in the St. Cloud area, such as Motel 6, Americas Best Value, Travelodge, Fairfield Inn, Marriott, etc.

Saint Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read--from a manuscript fragment in the Saint John's collections.

Conference Location

All sessions will take place on the Saint John’s University campus. Registration will be in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Reading Room. Plenary sessions and the banquet will be in the Founders’ Room in the Main Quad building. Other sessions will be either in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library or at Saint John’s School of Theology.

Parking on Campus

Free parking will be available on campus for both days. Further details will be coming.

Parking on campus is usually easier than this.
Scene from Lake Sagatagan on the Saint John's campus.

Conference Organizer
Matthew Z. Heintzelman
Curator for the Austria/Germany Study Center; Curator for Rare Books
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
P.O. Box 7300
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300

Another Benedictine with a book.

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