Preparations are nearly complete for the 10th North American Masonry Conference (10NAMC) and TMS Meetings that will be held this June in St. Louis, Missouri. The 10NAMC provides a excellent educational forum for engineers, architects, contractors, producers, suppliers and others interested in masonry. Over 90 papers are included in the conference proceeding and will be reviewed at the conference. There will also be informative and enjoyable general sessions, seminars and tours. If you haven't already registered, you will want to do so soon as the hotel room block is filling up quickly. You will also want to bring you family and/or friends to the conference to see beautiful St. Louis.

NAMC Technical Sessions
Over 90 technical papers on a broad range of masonry topics will be presented at the NAMC, including papers on Masonry Design, Codes, Behavior, Units, Existing Masonry, and Testing and Evaluation. Attendees will receive a CD ROM of the Conference Proceedings containing detailed papers on these presentations for later reference and reading. Papers will be presented by the authors of each paper, who are experts on masonry. In addition, authors from over a dozen countries will be presenting their work, giving the conference a global perspective on masonry.

In addition, prior to the conference, The Masonry Society will hold its business and committee meetings to further the work on a number of important projects, including the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, the Direct Design Project, a Sustainability White Paper and much more. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings.

Social Events and Tours
The conference will allow numerous opportunities to meet with old friends, make new ones, and see area attractions, including the Gateway Arch, the mighty Mississippi River, and downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will open with a relaxing and enjoyable Welcoming Reception on Sunday June 3rd. In addition, after the technical sessions on Monday, three optional tours are planned; the first to the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the second to Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the third to Busch Stadium. Afterwards, a Riverboat Dinner Cruise will take attendees down the mighty Mississippi River. Attendees will also not want to miss the Closing Banquet on Tuesday evening, when awards and recognitions will be given.

Things to do while you are in St Louis
Where to begin? There are numerous opportunities within walking distance of the hotel. To describe all of them would fill this newsletter. But, to name a few, let's start at the hotel. The Adams Mark Hotel is a premier hotel with numerous amenities, including several excellent restaurants and bars. On its top floor it has an extensive exercise room, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool that looks across to the Gateway Arch. Obviously, with the Gatway Arch being so close, you will want to visit it, as well as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Old Courthouse. Several Metrolink stations are near the hotel and can take you to a number of other sites, as well as offering you transportation to and from the airport. Plan to spend an extra day or so in St. Louis to see this beautiful city that is so rich in history.

Guest/Spouse/Family Activities
Besides the Social Events and Tours noted above, your guests, spouse and family, will want to participate in the Guest/Spouse activities. Activities being considered include (please note that these costs are not included in registration fee) trips to Laclede's Landing, Keiner Plaza, the St. Louis City Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, Union Station, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

For more Information
Additional details on the conference, including a list of papers submitted, which papers will be presented at which sessions, and the registration form are posted at www.masonrysociety.org/NAMC/.