Education Director Column
CONVENTION TIME = EDUCATION TIME
Conventional thinking about CSNS conventions would most likely center on the bourse. Why you ask ?? Because most people attend a coin show to buy or sell coins. No big surprise here.
So what else can a CSNS convention visitor find other than coins? No big surprise here. Take the 2014 75th Anniversary Convention next April, for example. Here you will find a generous helping of numismatic education in a variety of formats.
FIRST - Check out the exhibit area with its 300+ cases of competitive and non-competitive exhibits. Take time to read the exhibits. Why? Exhibitors know that numismatic information is a major point-getter when their exhibits are judged. Therefore, a thorough exhibit reading will result in a wealth of numismatic knowledge. After all, the exhibitors have put in a lot of time and effort to build their exhibits with the specific purpose to educate those who view their exhibits.
SECOND - Attend one or more of the presentations in the Civil War Educational Forum. Four Civil War scholar/authors will speak on a variety of topics designed to educate all in attendance. Peter Cozzens, Bob Girardi, Lance Herdegen and Amy Taylor have authored over 25 books on all aspects of the Civil War. These experts will provide numismatic education in megadoses. Then, add President Abraham Lincoln (Dennis Boggs), who will give two first-person talks guaranteed to entertain and educate. By the way, there is no admission charge for the Civil War Educational Forum.
THIRD - Mike Bean and his spider printing press will make a special appearance at our convention. What an educational opportunity to see a beautiful old press cranking out engraved souvenir cards. Of course, Mike will be explaining the process in a precise, step-by-step manner. He always answers questions and enjoys interacting with his audience.
FOURTH - The young-numismatist area provides kids with opportunities to learn the basics about coins and collecting. Dave Heinrich and his volunteer crew are kid-friendly and love to educate young collectors in lots of fun ways. In other words, YNs will gain a lot of numismatic knowledge in a very happy atmosphere.
FIFTH - A Boy Scout coin collecting merit badge clinic will review the requirements for this important badge. Scout leaders who are also coin collectors enthusiastically lead the boys through their paces and reward them with coins donated by generous dealers.
SIXTH - Coin club booths provide a wealth of specialized information about a wide range of numismatic topics. Local, state and national organizations educate visitors about the advantages of membership and accompanying perks.
SEVENTH - The annual club breakfast brings together representatives from Central States member clubs. This social time is designed for the sharing of successful club practices and activities. All in attendance come away with personal knowledge of what it takes to run interesting club meetings and ways to keep members involved. The club breakfast has become a very positive addition to our Central States conventions.
FINALLY - The most obvious source of numismatic knowledge at any coin show is the interaction among show attendees and dealers. Collectors love to share knowledge, whether it's about their latest acquisition or the discovery of a new variety. There is no substitute for one-on-one sharing of information. So, if you are looking for an enjoyable day or two of numismatic knowledge, plan to attend the 75th anniversary convention of the Central States Numismatic Society April 23 to 26 in Schaumburg, IL.