Numismatic Bibliomania Society President Dan Hamelberg's President's Message in the latest issue of our print journal, The Aylum, gave a great overview of our club activities planned for the upcoming convention of the American Numismatic Association in Boston. Editor David Yoon provided the text for publication here. I hope many The E-Sylum readers can be there as well.
August is just around the corner! I hope all NBS members are marking the week of August 9 on their calendars. In addition to our NBS meetings there are meetings sponsored by just about every major numismatic group. Additionally, the week will be full of lectures and seminars for every numismatic taste. If early American history is of interest to you, Boston is the cradle of the revolution and offers an abundance of “living” U.S. history references along the Freedom Trail: so much to do, so little time!
Our NBS schedule at the Boston ANA in August is set. The NBS Symposium will be held on Thursday, August 12 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm). The symposium will feature John Adams with a presentation and discussion of his new book, Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon. In his review, Joel Orosz says “Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon does such a superb job of defining the previously indefinable, the only numismatic book in English to which it can appropriately be compared is Sylvester Sage Crosby's Early Coins of America.”
This “don't miss” presentation will be held in the Fairfax-A Room in the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Please note that the Sheraton Boston Hotel connects directly to the Convention Center and the Bourse Floor. The NBS Board meeting will immediately follow the symposium at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the same room.
The regular NBS meeting will be held on Friday, August 13 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This is just a few blocks from the convention center. John Adams was instrumental in making the arrangements for us to have our regular meeting in one of the special library rooms in the MHS.
The regular meeting will include notes from the board meeting (previous day), current NBS status, literature dealer announcements, input from members, fund raiser auction (with Brad “open up your checkbook” Karoleff), future NBS projects, and a few surprises.
Our featured speaker will be Frank Campbell. Frank will highlight some of his favorite memories on books and personalities during his outstanding career as librarian of the ANS: another “don't miss” presentation. We will also be given an opportunity to look over some of the significant collections at the MHS, so plan for a little extra time. This should be a great meeting.
Donations. If you have any numismatic literature material that would be suitable for the NBS auction, please bring it to the regular meeting. The auction proceeds provide funds that allow us to continue our grants and awards. As you know, Brad will maximize the bidding on all the lots to maximize our treasury. Again this year we are providing a $1000 ANA summer seminar scholarship to some deserving Young Numismatist.
Be Sure to Vote. You will find a ballot in this issue of The Asylum to vote for the best overall article and the best new author for 2009. Please fill it out and return it by the due date. The award winners will be announced at the regular meeting in Boston. The Jack Collins Award for best new author carries a $250 prize. The NBS Writers Award for the best overall article recognizes the best author with a plaque.
Something new this year is the Young Numismatists' writing contest. We will award a $250 prize to the best article submitted by a YN. The YN articles will be reviewed by our editor and the winner will be published in a future edition of The Asylum.
ANA Exhibits. The Aaron Feldman Exhibit Award was funded some time ago and is handed out be the ANA for the best literature exhibit at the annual summer ANA. We need exhibits to trigger this award. Boston presents a fine opportunity to show some of your special items. See you in Boston!
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Below is an excerpt from an American Numismatic Association press release describing some of the educational events available to convention visitor.
Many educational opportunities await visitors. The Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series, held Aug. 12, features original academic research; the topic this year is “New England Numismatics and Numismatists: Then and Now.” Presentations include “Colonial Edward H.R. Green, Collector Extraordinaire” by Peter Huntoon, “It May Prove a Drugg in Time: The Rise and Fall of Wampum in 17th Century Massachusetts” by Max B. Spiegel, “Making Money in Massachusetts” by Dr. Richard Doty and “Military Medals of the Colonial Wars” by Erik Goldstein.
Numismatic Theatre, held throughout the show, lets ANA members discuss their research and ideas in lecture format. Many talks focus on the convention's host region. This year's presentations include “Engraver and Patriot: Paul Revere, the Man and the Medallion” by convention medal artist Jamie Franki; and an early U. S. minting technology panel discussion with Dr. Richard Doty, Brad Karoleff, R.W. Julian and Douglas Mudd.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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