Fall - 2013 Message
I’m writing this at the American Numismatic Association Convention in Rosemont, IL, where Bourse Chairman Patricia Foley and I are engaged in the marketing of our 75th Anniversary Convention next April 21-26 at the nearby Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Bourse sales for our event are moving ahead at a pace I’d describe as somewhere between enthusiastic and frantic. To date 232 of our available 255 booths have been reserved and paid for in full. While no potential site is a “10” in every respect, when dealers are willing to make such a significant financial commitment to secure their space at an event that is still more than eight months in the future, I have to interpret that as a pretty strong endorsement of our Schaumburg site.
We’ll once again have two Heritage Signature Sales, one dealing with rare coins and the other focused on collectable paper money. The Heritage auctions held in conjunction with our 2013 convention were simply extraordinary. They certainly have the formula down to virtual perfection when it comes to marketing numismatic material at auction.
Our 2014 convention will once again include a multisession Civil War Educational Forum. By the time you receive this issue of The Centinel, the final schedule for this popular feature of our annual gathering should be up on the website, so please take a few minutes to visit www.centralstates.info. If you click on the “conventions” tab at the top, a slide out menu will appear that includes the various categories of information you should find of interest about the event. Thanks are due to our webmaster, Bruce Perdue, for the many hours of effort he devotes to keeping the website current and up to date.
I’m especially looking forward to being able to welcome Greg Oglesby back to our convention security staff in 2014. Greg’s “day job” includes career service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He has missed two of our last three events while serving first in Korea and then in Afghanistan. I know that our Board will join me in thanking him for his important service to us all.
I should also remind everyone of the importance of making your room reservation at our convention host hotel, the Renaissance Schaumburg. Last year the hotel was sold out over a number of our dates and some of our attendees were forced to stay some distance away. The Renaissance is a facility of really exceptional quality. Our special rate is $151. You can book accommodations there by calling the hotel directly at (847) 303-4100 and mentioning rate code “CSNCSNA.” Please don’t wait to do this. I can’t emphasize enough that the Renaissance will almost certainly be sold out over most of the nights of our convention, so please take this advice seriously. The Renaissance offers free parking and is directly connected to the convention center, making it a particularly secure choice of a place to stay.
I’ll hope to see you in Schaumburg next spring. If there are questions that you have about our convention and you can’t find the answers on our website, feel free to give me a call at (414) 807-0116.