Written by: Tony Swicer
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. Saturday.