Anthony Kim forwarded this query about the centennial medals of Oregon and other states. -Editor I was encouraged by Pete from Grove Coins to contact you with this inquiry. I am in the process of putting together a small publishing project that I had initially thought would be dedicated exclusively to the Oregon Centennial Medals and ephemera (woods=2C leather/paper=2C etc.). However, upon reflection I have decided that my little project would be far more interesting if I included some other state centennial medals information and since I collect Kansas, Minnesota and Montana (territory) centennial medals as well I hope to include a short article on all or any of them.
I have begun looking for experts specifically on the Minnesota issues and the Kansas issues. I am interested in some background information, identifying the various issues and mintages. I happen to know that each county in Kansas issued or was issued an official medal. I have also obtained one or two good-fors that bear the official symbol.
Minnesota's appear to consist almost entirely of civic organizations and private companies with an unknown but smaller number of issuing counties.
If anybody has any information about these issues that he is willing to share or, even better, would like to contribute a 2 to 4 page article with illustrations for publication would you please contact me?
I have also recruited a colleague who has agreed to contribute an article o= n US Centennial medals which he and I agree may be considered the progenitor of subsequent state centennial commemorations.
I have a go time of between 2-3 months. I expect to sell perhaps 100 copies realistically, and perhaps a hundred or so more over time. In other words this is going to be a very small project but I hope a significant one as I will be publishing the first formal catalogue of Oregon centennial medals.
I would be willing to pay any contributor the princely sum of $50 or a commensurate number of copies based on my printing costs. I have self-published a couple of other guides and find= that although the work is great, and the rewards small, it ultimately pays off in a rather difficult to describe sense of accomplishment that makes the project seem almost worthwhile.
Again, if any of you experts in either the Minnesota, Kansas or Montana centennial medals can help me please don't hesitate to contact me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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