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The educational event, “Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The Renaissance of American Coinage,” will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H. The seminar is the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural “Destination Education” program that will offer a unique opportunity to study the life and work of the designer-sculptor in the New Hampshire setting where he created his work and made his home.
Students will spend three nights at the historic Juniper Hill Inn and attend four three-hour sessions scheduled over two days to study Saint-Gaudens’ work and influence on American art and coinage.
Some of the world’s top Saint-Gaudens scholars will be featured:
Dr. Henry J. Duffy, curator, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Duffy will lead a museum tour of the site and present a lecture covering the historic Saint-Gaudens site, the artist’s life and his importance to American art history. More than 100 of Saint-Gaudens’ works can be seen in the galleries.
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, executive director, American Numismatic Society. Kagan will examine Saint-Gaudens’ artistic influences, primarily from 19th century French and Italian Renaissance medals.
Roger W. Burdette, author, The Renaissance of American Coinage. Burdette will discuss how President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for U.S. coins and faith in the skills of Saint-Gaudens began a renaissance of American coinage.
John Mercanti, chief engraver, United States Mint. Mercanti will lead a discussion about numismatic engraving techniques and artistry, and how they have changed since Saint-Gaudens’ time. He will also focus on the development of digital data that enabled the U.S. Mint to generate work dies that produced the 2009 version of the 22-karat Saint-Gaudens ultra-high-relief coin.
The Juniper Hill Inn is an historic Vermont bed and breakfast located in the town of Windsor and is the largest Colonial revival mansion in New England. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower have stayed there.
“Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The Renaissance of American Coinage” will be held in conjunction with the ANA’s 2010 World’s Fair of Money in Boston. The cost is $1,595 per person and $2,390 per couple (one queen-sized bed). The price is all-inclusive. Tuition, meals, lodging and transportation are included.
This event is open to members of the ANA, or the ANS. To register, or for more information, call (719) 482-9850, or visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
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