Cindy Wibker, Bob Hurst, and I attended the Central States
Numismatic Society show located at the Renaissance Hotel and
Convention Center in Schaumburg Illinois on April 23-26. We
arrived on Wednesday about 3:45 p.m. The temperature was 46 degrees
Fahrenheit. It was in the 40s and 50s for the most part. The bourse
area opened to dealers from noon to 6 p.m. We set up the FUN table
that afternoon. There were 13 club tables.
On Thursday the bourse floor opened to the public at 10 a.m.
There were over 250 dealer booths. There were seven book signings,
eight Civil War Forums, and three other educational programs. The
Heritage auction ran Wednesday night through Friday night and
grossed over $53.6 million. Cindy, Bob and I judged exhibits on
Thursday. There were 74 competitive exhibits and four
non-competitive. There were 345 cases, 51 exhibitors from 16 states
and 11 first time exhibitors. Best of Show was "Baby Bonds" issued
during the Civil War by Georgia and Louisiana. The Peoples Choice
award was "1893 Columbian World's Fair." The quality of all
exhibits this year was exceptional.
Friday morning was the Club Representatives breakfast. ANA
President Walter Ostromecki gave out several awards. Over 40 clubs
were represented. Cindy visited every bourse table with bourse
applications for Summer FUN and the January FUN show. Bob and I
manned the FUN table. I purchased the remaining exhibit prizes
needed for the January FUN show. Friday evening was the judges and
exhibitors dinner at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant.
Saturday morning was the CSNS awards and installation banquet.
Several CSNS awards were given out along with all the exhibit
awards. Incoming President Bruce Purdue was sworn in along with
Board members. I presented Fran Lockwood with the FUN President's
Award for her help in building up the FUN exhibit area over the
last five years.
We left for the airport at noon and I arrived home about 9 p.m.