50th Biennial in D.C. April 30 – May 3, 2021


By Sheila M. Byrnes, Biennial Chair and National First Vice President

Due to the postponed Biennial, I recently negotiated a third contract with The Darcy to host the event. The Darcy has honored our previous guest room rate of $178 and has waived the hotel’s facility fee for our convention. Registrants also have the option of booking at the same rate three days prior and three days post of our Biennial, as long as rooms are available. (Go to bit.ly/2021Biennial for link.)

The Darcy hotel is within walking distance of Pen Arts, the League’s headquarters, where events will take place on Saturday, May 1. A professional sound system has been purchased in anticipation of the Biennial Music Performances to be held in the parlor of the Pen Arts Building. The Music awards and concert, with a tea reception co-hosted by the Central New York and D.C. Branches, will take place at Pen Arts.

The Letters Chair arranged for distinguished speakers for the Vinnie Ream Banquet and Letters Luncheon. Both Ann B. Friedman, founder and chair of Planet Word, and Karen Pastorello, national award-winning author and historian on women’s rights and suffrage, have stated that they are able to attend the events in 2021.

Barbara Wolanin, who served as curator for the architect of the U.S. Capitol and mural conservation in the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, judged the 2020 Biennial Art Contest. She will be the guest speaker at the Art luncheon.

Check this page regularly for updates and other new information about the Biennial.


Calling All Shutterbugs!

Have some fun during the 2021 Washington, D.C.. Biennial. Sandy Huff, Tampa Branch, once again is sponsoring a Biennial photo contest.

From the moment you set foot on D.C. soil until Saturday evening, take as many digital photos of our nation’s capital as you want. Choose your best two photos to enter in the contest.

There will be SD card readers and some common cables available to help you with uploading at The Darcy on the second floor.

All entries give NLAPW permission to publish your photos in League-related publications and publicity materials, including the website.

The three winning photographers will receive a cash award: $25 for first prize, $15 for second, and $10 for third.

View the Virtual Show of Biennial Art Competition Entries