The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is in the early stages of planning a special event to be held during this summer's American Numismatic Association
World's Fair of Money. NBS Vice President Len Augsburger submitted this announcement with a link to a survey for potential attendees. If you'll be
attending the show and can spare a day for a memorable event, you're in for a great time with your fellow numismatic bibliophiles. -Editor
NBS Prepares to Invade Champaign: The Hamelberg Library Tour
Long time NBSers are no doubt familiar with the 1988 "Invasion of Louisville," during which a busload of bibliophiles descended upon the Armand Champa
residence for a day of fun and fellowship at the Champa library. For this year's ANA, we are exploring the idea of a similar tour of the Dan Hamelberg library.
An online survey has been created to gather feedback from potential visitors - which day would work best, travel arrangements, and so on.
The event would consist of a morning bus ride from Rosemont to Champaign, IL (about 2.5 hours), several hours of absorbing some of the finest numismatic
literature in the world, feasting on local Champaign fare, and returning to Rosemont. Scheduling around the ANA is not trivial, and we do not expect consensus
on the best time, but, in the interest of making this event accessible to as many as possible, we are gathering input at this early stage.
Armand Champa and George Kolbe at the 1988 "Invasion of Louisville"
Link to Hamelberg library visit survey:
Hamelberg Library Visit Survey (2019 Summer ANA Convention) (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R2BB7HN)
We held a similar, but smaller event when I was General Chairman of the 2004 Pittsburgh convention where we visited the Tom Fort and Wayne Homren
Opportunities like this don't come around every day. The Invasion of Louisville was a once-in-a-generation event that I'm eternally grateful to have
been a part of. The Hamelberg visit promises to be equally memorable. As Len noted, finding an optimal time is a matter of choosing a least-worst option in
relation to equally great events scheduled for the convention.
Thursday and Friday are off the table as those are the days of the regular NBS events. The ANA has not yet published the 2019 event schedule, but specialty
clubs tend to have their meetings on the same days every year, and below is a link to the 2018 schedule. Your mileage may vary, so be sure to confirm dates
with other organizations you belong to.
Space will be limited since we will have to consider the capacities of the shuttle bus and Dan's library spaces. -Editor
To view the 2018 World's Fair of Money schedule, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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