We are very excited to announce the location of the next MBS Conclave XXXVIII: TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK - FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020


Hotel:  Double Tree by Hilton, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY.  A 4-star hotel.

Room Rate: $149.00 +tax & fees, and will be extended before and after our event dates.

In addition to our much anticipated events, the “Silent” & “LiveAuctions, and our Sunday Book Fair, we are also working with the FDR Presidential Library, in Hyde Park, NY, the first Presidential Library ever built, arranging for a special tour and exhibit of the miniature books that are part of their collection. This transportation will be included in the Conclave fee.  An additional Conclave activity will include a tour of Sunnyside, the Washington Irving House in Sleepy Hollow, NY, that is adjacent to Tarrytown.  The Conclave fee has not yet been finalized; more details will follow soon.

Nearest Airports – All about an hours’ ride from Tarrytown.

  • LaGuardia Airport, New York

  • JFK International, New York

  • NY Stewart International, New York

  • Newark Liberty International, New Jersey

Tarrytown is served by Metro-North Railroad commuter service and has excellent railway connections with New York City. Within Tarrytown, Bee-Line Bus System service is also provided.

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Each year the Miniature Book Society hosts an annual gathering of its members referred to as a Conclave. The Conclave — typically a three-day event — is held every autumn in a different city and is eagerly anticipated by the members. Conclaves have been held in Princeton (NJ), San Diego (CA), Seattle (WA), New Orleans (LA), Dublin, Ireland, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Attendees look forward to guest speakers, tours, workshops, book auctions, a book swap and an all-day book fair, but most of all, connecting with fellow miniature book enthusiasts and the camaraderie that miniature book lovers share. 

Conclave Keepsakes

One of the most fun aspects of any Conclave is the keepsake. The keepsake is a gift that many Conclave attendees create or purchase to give to each member of the Conclave. The keepsake can be a miniature book or a miniature book-related item. The keepsake can echo the theme of the Conclave or the location. (One member binds the state song in a hard-bound miniature book.)

Conclave Auctions

A major income sources is our Miniature Book Society’s auctions during Conclave.  There are two, a silent auction and a live auction. Both rely on member’s donation of miniature books and miniature book-related items.

Book Competition & Student Grants

Also during the Conclave we announce the winners of our annual miniature book competition and exhibition, as well as a number of project assistance grants for students.

For information about the annual miniature book competition and exhibition, go here.  For information about project assistance grants, available to students enrolled in a fine arts, graphic arts, book arts programs or information and library sciences, go here


Tarrytown, New York, Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9, 2020

Tarrytown is a village located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, about twenty-five miles north of New York City in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, United States. A village of rolling hills rich in history and local legend about, and was ranked second in the 2014 list of top 10 places to live in the State of New York by an online real estate broker. The average temperature in August is 83 degrees (F).

Across the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack, a brief 20 or so minutes, are several highly rated book stores.

Points of Interest.

  • Sunnyside, spanning over 10 acres of lush green land along the Hudson River, is the historic home of author Washington Irving short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), first American Man of Letters and the first to earn his living solely by his pen.

  • The Tarrytown Music Hall, built in 1885 by William L. Wallace, a local chocolate manufacturer, is one of the oldest surviving theaters in Westchester County; one of 6% in the US built before 1900.

  • The Tappan Z Gallery Contemporary and Fine Art Gallery is located in the heart of Main Street.

  • Lyndhurst Mansion, a Gothic Revival mansion and a signature landmark, spanning over 67 acres.

  • The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, currently the oldest church in New York, and the surrounding 3 acres of burial grounds, served as the inspiration for Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

  • Patriots Park, nestled between Sleepy Hollow and the Tarrytown borders, on Broadway, holds a Saturday farmers market between May and October, every year.


2019 MBS Conclave XXXVII
Tiny Matters: Creative Exploration of the Miniature Arts & Book History
Indiana University Campus
Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

MBS chose Bloomington, known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana," for its 2019 Conclave. Bloomington is the home of the University of Indiana, which was established in 1820 and will celebrate their 60th Anniversary in 2020. The Lilly Library is a world-class rare book library and contains over 16,000 miniature books. It is the home of the Elizabeth Ball Collection, as well as the collection of MBS past member, Ruth Adomeit. The Adomeit Collection is considered to be one of the largest collections of miniature books in the world.

A visit to the Lilly Library is always recommended.


2018 - Conclave XXXVI; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2017 - Conclave XXXV; Oakland, California, USA

2016 - Conclave XXXIV; McKinney, Texas, USA

2015 - Conclave XXXIII; Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 - Conclave XXXII; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2013 - Conclave XXXI; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2012 - Conclave XXX; Asheville, North Carolina, USA