Nick Graver forwarded me a copy of the new centennial history of the Rochester Numismatic Association. Written by RNA member and past president Scott Fybush, it is titled "Celebrating 100 Years of Numismatic Fellowship". The 38-page staple-bound softcover measures 8 1/2" x 11" and is printed in color on glossy magazine stock. 300 copies were printed. The price is $10.00 postpaid, available from:
RNA History, PO Box 10056, Rochester, NY 14610.
It's a nicely done and well produced work, with many images of club members, medals and memorabilia. Sections include:
In the Beginning: 1912
1913-1927: Boom years
1928-1941: Surviving the Depression
1941-1946: The RNA Goes to War
1947-1961: Peace, Prosperity and Youth
1962-1978: Years of Growth And Stability
1979-1996: New Coins, New Medals, New Awards, New Locations
1997-2012: Into the Future
I've always felt that a numismatic library lacking club histories such as this one are inadequate.
The story of numismatics in this country is inextricably intertwined with the history of its numismatists and the organizations they founded and attended. So fork out the ten bucks, people! This is a delightful history of a great club, filled with lots of interesting anecdotes.
QUICK QUIZ: Name just a few of the many nationally-known numismatists who have called the Rochester Numismatic Association their home club. EXTRA CREDIT: Tell us an interesting story about one of them.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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