E&E RPCVs E&E RPCVs Reunion 2004

The Ethiopia II group (63–65) will celebrate their 40th anniversary in Chicago. Contact Gloria Gieseke Curtis (Asmara) for what and when.

Chicago August 5–8 RPCV Conference
The next big get-together for RPCVs will be in Chicago this summer, where the NPCA and the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association will host a conference from Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 8. It will be held in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago.
  • For full and current info, go to www.rpcv2004.org
  • For registration costs and to register (there is a discount if you register before July 23rd), and hotel reservation info and costs ($135 per rrom per night for 1–4 in a room — this rate was quoted as being good through July 15th, but it can't hurt to ask about it).
  • For timing of conference events.
  • See photo essay about the conference at PeaceCorpsOnline.org Click on "See you in Chicgo — A photo essay"

Special E & E RPCVs events

Thursday 8/5  2 p.m.

Special viewing of the Abyssinia Expedition Collection at the FIELD MUSEUM

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
(312) 922-9410

The general admission charge for the museum is $10. There is no additional charge for our special viewing.

There will be a sign in the lobby instructing us where to go.

Mike McCaskey (Fiche 65–67) has arranged for RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea to see the Field Museum historic collection from their Abyssinian Expedition* of 1926–27. A special viewing of items not on display to the public is being planned.

This collection includes 113 original pencil and watercolor zoological field studies by famed ornithological painter Louis Agassiz Fuertes, the C.S. Cutting film of the expedition, and other materials. Nearly all of these valuable documents are held in the Library's Rare Book Room. This special viewing is being arranged through the kindness of John McCarter, President and CEO of the Field Museum, a friend of McCaskey.

Thanks to Mike and John Coyne (Addis 62-64) for arranging this event.

* You can read about this expedition in the last issue of The Herald (#27 available at this site in .pdf format) in the review of the book about the expedition, Unknown Ethiopia: New Light on Darkest Abyssinia.

For a map to the Field Museum: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

For instructions on taking a bus from the Palmer House to the Field Museum, go to the "Printer friendly version" of this schedule.

NEW Thursday 8/5 after the Field Museum program
Mike McCaskey, chairman of the board of the Chicago Bears football team, will take those interested on a tour of Soldier Field, the new stadium of the Bears.

The field is next to the museum.

Thanks again, Mike.

NEW Thursday 8/5  8 p.m. – ?
CASUAL GET-TOGETHER
(after the Conference Opening Reception)

Miller's Pub
134 Sourth Wabash Street
(just around the corner from the Palmer House Hotel)

The balcony has been reserved for our group.

$20 per person (includes tax and tip) for hot and cold hors d'oeuvres plus two drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks)

Space limitations necessitate that the get-together be limited to 50 people.

RSVP - send your check made out to E&E RPCVs with "get-together" noted to

E&E RPCVs
c/o Beil
4 Lodge Pole Road
Pittsford NY 14534

Thanks to Nancy Horn, John Kulczycki, John Coyne and John Coyne's niece for their efforts in locating a place for this event.

Friday 8/6, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m
E&E RPCVs will have a table at the INTERNAATIONAL MARKETPLACE (Booth #4) to meet and greet and gather. Learn more about E&E RPCVs' RPCV Legacy Program. Clare Shea and Arthur Andersen (both Debre Marcos 65–67) will be selling a variety of items to support a DM library library project, and Judy Smith (Asmara 63–65) will be selling African jewelry made by girls from a shelter in Senegal.
Friday 8/6, 7:00 p.m.

Dinner at the Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
6120 North Broadway
$20 each includes tax and gratuity (cash bar)

Buffet that will include at least six different meat and vegetable dishes and salad, and includes a soft drink (Coke, Diet Coke, or Sprite). Beer and wine and other drinks will be available from the cash bar. The menu will include doro wett, kye wett, ciga alecha, messir or kik wett, etc., plus injera.

Live Afro-jazz, recorded Ethiopian music, dancing possible!

R.S.V.P. — Send a check for $20 per person, made out to E&E RPCVs, indicate "Dinner" on the memo line. Send to

E&E RPCVs
c/o Beil
4 Lodge Pole Road
Pittsford NY 14534

Reservations and payment MUST be received by Monday, August 2.

For a map to the restaurant: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

For instructions on taking the "EL" from the Palmer House to the Ethiopian Diamond, go to the "Printer friendly version" of this schedule.

Thanks to Nancy Horn (Addis 66–68) for her leadership in arranging the dinner.

Saturday 8/7  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
E&E RPCVs will have a table at the INTERNAATIONAL MARKETPLACE (Booth #4) to meet and greet and gather. Learn more about E&E RPCVs' RPCV Legacy Program. Clare Shea and Arthur Andersen (both Debre Marcos 65–67) will be selling a variety of items to support a DM library library project, and Judy Smith (Asmara 63–65) will be selling African jewelry made by girls from a shelter in Senegal.
Saturday 8/7  2 – 5 p.m.

Country-of-service updates

Our group will present a program including updates about Ethiopia and Eritrea and a discussion of group projects.

Speakers will include:
Shlomo Bachrach (Staff: 66–68), country updates
Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 62–64)
Leo Cecchini (Asmara 62–64)
Lee Gallery (Dire Dawa 64–66)
John Kulczycki (Debre Zeit 63–65)
Scott Morgan (Debre Zeit 64–66)
Clare Shea (Debre Marcos 65–67)

Thanks to Leo Cecchini (Asmara 62–64) for arranging the presentations.

Saturday 8/7  6 – 9:30 p.m.
Founder's Day Fundraising Dinner

If you would like to sit with at one of the E&E RPCVs tables, contact Marian Beil at mhbeil@rochester.rr.com and make note of that fact on the back of your reservation card.

Sunday 8/8, 8 a.m.
Flag Ceremony and Closing Ceremony.
Walk behind the flag of your country for this closing event — and take a turn carrying the flag.
Some things to do in Chicago
Interested in the architecture of Chicago. Check out the tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation at Architecture.org.

Nancy has also begun to scope out activities that you may enjoy while visiting the city.
• Architectural Boat Tour
• Architectural walking tour
• The Field Museum
• The Aquarium
• The Museum of Science and Industry
• the Art Institute (featuring "Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte")
• lots of ethnic restaurants all over the city
• the Miracle Mile shopping along Michigan Ave.
• Formal High Tea at the Drake Hotel or the Four Seasons,
• the scrumptious Cheesecake Factory
• trips to the top of the Hancock Building
• swimming in Lake Michigan
• Blue Man Group (Briar Street Theatre, 773/348-4000)
• The Second City (comedy theater at its best)
• The Hellenic Museum (celebrating Greek-American culture)
• Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum• Children's Museum of Immigration
• DuSable Museum of African American History
• The Polish Museum
• Spertus Museum (Jewish religion, art. culture)

See also Tour Chicago at the Conference site.

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