Member events and fun gatherings complement the American Numismatic Association’s educational programs at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 13-17, and are the perfect opportunity to socialize and network with fellow hobbyists. ANA members are encouraged to pre-register for the convention to receive admission badges in advance. Member badges provide show attendees access to the bourse floor 30 minutes prior to the show opening to the public. Those who register by July 22 will receive member credentials in the mail, avoiding the need to stand in line.
While at the convention, members can also participate in the following events:
The Sundman Luncheon will be held on, Wednesday, August 14, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 6 and 23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Attendees will meet Sundman Lecture Series presenters during a catered, gourmet luncheon. Attendees may choose from roasted chicken breast, grilled hangar steak, or a vegetarian lasagna option. In Room 6, guests can enjoy two lectures preceding the luncheon, discussing the future of the hobby and what it means for collectors, focusing on the theme “The Future of Money and Collecting.” The luncheon will be followed by two additional presentations in Room 23. The luncheon is $20 per person and is underwritten by Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series Endowment and David Sundman. Registration closes July 22.
A Member and Awards Celebration takes place Thursday, August 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Rooms 46/48 on the Second Level at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The always-popular ANA Member and Awards reception celebrates membership anniversary milestones and honors service award winners, literary award recipients, and the ANA Young Numismatist of the Year. Donors also are recognized for their contributions and support to the ANA. This is a great event for members to meet new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. Refreshments are provided. There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Legacy Series will be Thursday, August 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 44 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.Here, you can take the opportunity to get acquainted with the legends in numismatics, celebrating their lives and contributions to the hobby. Moderated by Barbabra Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist, this year’s Legacy Series guests are Kenneth Bressett and Jeff Garrett. Don’t miss this chance to learn about their early years, challenges and crowning achievements. Admission is free, but space is limited. Attendees must register by July 22.
The ANA 128th Anniversary Banquet and Silent Auction takes place on Friday, August 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. The fellowship gala of the year, the annual ANA Banquet includes a cocktail hour for mixing and mingling, a three-course dinner, and presentation of ANA awards. Tickets are priced at $100 until July 5. After July 5, ticket prices are raised to $110. A Silent Auction during the banquet raises funds to underwrite full and partial scholarships to the ANA’s Summer Seminar. This year’s banquet will include the installation of the 2019-2021 ANA Board of Governors. Banquet registration closes July 22.
The Exhibit Awards Presentation and Reception is held on Saturday, August 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 46 on the Second Level of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The ANA Exhibit Awards reception recognizes excellence in displays of numismatic research. Come to celebrate distinguished exhibitors at the World’s Fair of Money in competitive, non-competitive and marquee categories. There is no cost to attend this dessert reception.
To register for events or learn more about the World’s Fair of Money, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org. ♦