Accommodations | Travel
We invite all attendees to block within the OAH room block to save up to $100 per night.
Attendees of the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting are invited to reserve their rooms under the OAH room block at a discounted rate. These discounted rates are limited and only available until March 14, 2019 or until the block is filled.
Rates do not include taxes. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be cancelled no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled arrival date to receive a refund of the deposit.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Single/Double Occupancy: $229
A limited number of government rates are available at the prevailing per diem -- please contact us to receive the link to reserve
A limited number of student rates are available -- please contact us to reserve
Call: 877-901-6632 and ask for the "Organization of American Historians attendee block"
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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Located right across from Reading Terminal Market and a block from Philadelphia City Hall, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown's Central City location offers easy access to attractions, dining, and shops. Allowing you the opportunity to explore the city while attending the conference.
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- Valet parking, fee: 53.90 USD daily
- LIMITED ONSITE PARKING during special events and weekends/Garage 6 ft 8 in/Fees include tax-oversized USD 63.70
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Philadelphia International Airport
There are more than 525 daily nonstop flights to PHL. Once you’re here, it’s a 20-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to cover the 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75 when you purchase a Quick Trip from the Fare Kiosk on the platform. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50.
Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.
Traveling by Automobile
- Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.
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Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.
- Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
Check out the printable Center City map (pdf) or view our interactive city map for more information.
- Walking: First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
- Public transportation: Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1. Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. For families on the go, the best travel value is the One Day Family Independence Pass for $30 (good for up to 5 people traveling together). Sightseeing solo? Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.
- Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.
- By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.
- Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.
People with disabilities who are planning to visit the City of Philadelphia can receive information relating to accessibility in the City by visiting the website www.phila.gov/mcpd
Things to know about PHL Airport: Many services such as skycaps, sighted guides, or electric carts and wheelchairs are provided by the airlines. If assistance is necessary, advance notice may be given to the appropriate airline. This can be done by calling your airline directly or by contacting your travel agent.
Security checkpoints: To help expedite your passage through the security checkpoint and for information on what items are prohibited onboard the aircraft, log onto the TSA website at www.TSA.gov or call 866-289-9673. Email: TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov. Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call TSA Cares toll-free at 855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. The hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or email: TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov. TSA recommends that passengers call at least approximately 72 hours ahead of travel.
Elevators: Available between the lower and upper levels, in the bag claim areas and all parking garages. Elevators with Braille signage and raised numbers are in each of the terminals and parking garages.
Moving walkways: Available in 10 locations: on the walkway between Terminal A-East and Terminal A-West, on the connector bridge between the Terminal A-West bag re-check area and Terminal A-East, on the 3rd floor walkway in Terminal A-West, on the walkway between Terminals A-East and B, between Terminals B and C behind the row of shops, on the walkway between Terminals C and D and along the pedestrian bridges on the way to bag claim in Terminals B, C, D and E.
Restrooms: Accessible to individuals with disabilities are located throughout the Airport terminal facility in approximately 47 separate locations. These facilities are indicated by the international symbol of accessibility. Companion Care Restrooms are situated adjacent to the men’s and women’s restrooms in more than 40 of these 47 locations.
Parking and Ground Transportation: Dropping off and picking up passengers at the Airport is facilitated by the existence of designated areas in front of each terminal on both the Departing Flights road and outside each bag claim in the passenger pick-up area on the Arriving Flights road. The Short-Term parking lots on the ground level across from bag claim areas contain Handicapped Parking spaces; these areas are clearly marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility and are on accessible routes equipped with curb ramps to facilitate entering the terminal. Oversize wheelchair equipped vans that are unable to enter the garages due to the height limit (6 feet) can park in Short-Term (ground level of the garages) and will be charged the less-expensive Garage rate for visits less than 24 hours. (Note: Overnight parking is not permitted in the Short-Term lots). These vehicles must have Handicapped license plates or placard displayed. For visits longer than 24 hours, oversize vehicles that cannot enter the garages can park in the Economy Lot. The Philadelphia Parking Authority operates Short-Term, Garage and Economy parking facilities at the Airport. Handicapped parking spaces are located close to the elevators in the garages bus stops in the Economy Parking lot and bag claims in Short-Term (ground level of the garages) lots.
Some helpful tips for deciding which parking option to use are as follows:
• Short-Term (ground level of the garages) parking is recommended for brief visits of up to 1 hour.
• Garage parking is less expensive than Short-Term parking for visits of more than 3 and 1/2 hours.
• Economy Parking Lot – The Airport operates a free shuttle bus that is wheelchair accessible and has “kneeling” capability.
Travelers who will need ground transportation in wheelchair accessible vehicles from the Airport should make arrangements in advance of their arrival. The Airport’s website, www.phl.org, has a list of these providers. Additional information is available by calling the Ground Transportation hotline at 215-937-6958 or visiting a ground transportation counter in the bag claim areas (Terminal F passengers can access ground transportation and information in Terminal E bag claim).
SEPTA’s Airport Rail Line: Can be accessed off the pedestrian walkway between the main terminal and the bag claim area in Terminals A-East, B, C, D, E. Elevators are located on the SEPTA platforms and pedestrian bridges. The train platforms are equipped with bridge plates to assist people who use wheelchairs in crossing the gap between the train and the platform. Yellow safety stripes are at the edges of all platforms.
Getting wheelchairs or electric cart service: Individual airlines provide wheelchair service; US Airways provides electric cart as well as wheelchair service to its passengers. When making an airline reservation, advise your airline that this service will be needed at the Airport. It is advisable to confirm this request prior to your departure day. Airline personnel at the airport will facilitate this service.
The airport has bus services that are equipped for wheelchairs: An Airport shuttle bus provides service to and from the Economy Parking Lot and between the various terminals and is fully equipped to accommodate wheelchairs. The buses are operated by First Transit, which can be contacted at 215-365-3477.
Contact the Airport’s ADA Coordinator for other questions or additional information:
Lucinda West, ADA Coordinator
Division of Aviation
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Terminal D-E, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Philadelphia Wheelchair Taxi Cab: Freedom Tax’s commitment to accessibility allows people with disabilities greater mobility, resulting in fuller community participation and access to job opportunities, schools, and social offerings.
Contact Freedom taxi: 215-222-9999
Septa: In addition to a subway system, they run accessible commuter trains from the airport and suburbs into downtown. Most of the stations in the city center are accessible. All city buses are equipped to transport wheelchairs. You can see an accessible transit map attached.
PHLASH: The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. The PHLASH bus is one the best ways to get around to more than 20 key locations in Center City and is just $2 each time you board! So hop-on and hop-off to see Philadelphia in a PHLASH! All PHLASH vehicles are wheelchair accessible.
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Attendees who require childcare needs during the meeting are advised to make arrangments prior to conference as formal childcare services are not provided at the meeeing. The OAH assumes no responsibility with respect to the services and accepts no liabilities related to the services provided by the options below. The list below was compiled with the guidance of the Philadelphia Conventions Bureau.
Neighborhood Nannies, Inc.
Your Other Hands at 215-790-0990
The Philadelphia Nanny Network
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Best Practices for International Travelers to the OAH Annual Meeting:
Overall, international travelers need to be well prepared before traveling to the U.S. Specifically:
- Be prepared to explain where you are from, why you are coming to the U.S., where you will be staying, and your plans for departing the U.S.
- Be able to explain who you are, what you do, and the purpose of your conference in one or two sentences. (It is okay to rehearse!).
- It is a good idea to have a paper copy of your itinerary and paper evidence of your conference or activities.
- Have your papers organized and accessible – not in your checked bag. It is best to have hard copies – don't assume you can access information on your phone (and it may not be wise to do so).
- Be polite, well-mannered, and professionally dressed.
- Follow western cultural customs of eye contact.
- If you are receiving an honorarium or reimbursement of expenses, you may need to be able to explain how that is within the scope of your visa type and be clear that you are not coming in to the U.S. "to work". If receiving an honorarium, a pocket letter explaining this may also be wise.
- If you have any criminal history, you probably want to consult with an attorney.
- If you have traveled to one of the 6 countries listed in the travel ban or have ties to those countries, you probably should consult with an attorney.
- Be prepared for delays.
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