Written by: Kathy Feeland
My name is Kathy Freeland, and I was the recipient of the FUN scholarship for a class at ANA's famous Summer Seminar. I had chosen Advanced Military Numismatics before I even wrote the scholarship application because I had research to conduct and writing to do on a publication that will hopefully be coming out by next April.
I want to first of all thank the committee who chose me as the recipient of the scholarship - the timing could not have come at a better time. This is my report on the class- I hope you enjoy it as much as I did the class.
Day 1, Thursday, June 27
My husband Dan and I began the first leg of our journey to Colorado Springs passing through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and part of Iowa. We would drive around 700 miles each day. Our intention was to get to Walnut, Iowa, for our first night's stay at a Super 8 Motel, an area surrounded by wind turbines. We would arrive about 6:00 in the evening and after eating a McDonald's supper, we relaxed and got ready for the next day's drive.
Day 2, Friday, July 28
We passed through the rest of Iowa, Nebraska, and head into Colorado. We stopped at the first rest area in Colorado where we learned about the state and the Pony Express. The weather was hot, and we were very grateful for the air conditioning in the van.
We arrived in Colorado Springs at a reasonable hour and were glad to check into our hotel, the Clarion, about 5 minutes by car from Colorado College. There happened to be a Denny's restaurant right across the street from the hotel, so we were able to enjoy dinner before we headed to our room for the evening.
Day 3, Saturday June 29
The day dawned nice and bright and we prepared to visit the Colorado Springs Coin Show, held each year between the 2 seminar weeks. We knew that there would be a mini-fest later in the day, so we spent a couple of hours just looking around and visiting with lots of friends and dealers. I had the opportunity to purchase a Yoruba wall hanging from Nigeria, a cool piece of Odd and Curious Money from Bill and Rita Rosenblum. Beautifully handmade with lots of small beads using neat symbols like a turtle and other animals, including shells around the edge, I considered it a purchase worth making, especially since I have a small collection of odd and curious money from many different areas. Now to do research and find out about it.
We then went back to Colorado College to register for our classes, eat the great lunch provided by the college, and visit with others at Loomis Hall, where registration takes place. Later that afternoon, we went back to the show to participate in a quick MPC minifest, where we met a small group of "Festers" and others interested in the military numismatic aspect of collecting, and shared information about ourselves, our hobbies, and why we were there. It was a small group, but there were enough people that we were able to chat for a while about military numismatics. Hosted by Fred Schwan and coordinated by Larry Gibbs, it was a great time of fellowship. After the mini-fest, we went back to the hotel, ate a quick dinner, and headed back to the college for introduction of instructors, etc.
Day 4, Sunday, June 30
We started off with breakfast at the hotel, followed by church at the Colorado Springs First United Methodist Church on Nevada Ave. This is a beautiful church, with lots of adobe features, and lots of ministries catering to all ages, and if possible we always try to attend. Of course, this is also the day of the ANA Library's Book Sale, so if desired, one could visit there as well. A visit to the ANA Museum and lunch at the college followed.
Class started at 1 p.m. this day, and both the Basic and Advanced Military classes met together for the first hour. We had 5 in our class along with Fred Schwan and Joe Boling, our instructors, including 2 that had been MPC Scholarship winners - John Phipps, Bob Jaques, Linda Wolka, Warner Talso, and myself. We all had different interests in the class, so I knew it would prove interesting. Because Fred likes military reenactments, we get paid in MFC that is designed to be a currency in a Theater of Operations (ours is called Camp Adna Wilde). After getting paid in Allied Fest Currency (see below), which this year was rubles, it was time for the 2 advanced students to adjourn next door to our own class with Joe Boling.
Both military classes are run a little differently than most regular classes at ANA Summer Seminar because of the fact that they are actual military reenactments. The Advanced class is even more different, because half of the time is spent in instruction, while the other half is designed for research.
So, on Sunday afternoon, we spent time talking about Joe's specialty - anything Japanese. Having recently been to the Memphis International Paper Money Show, he had been able to obtain images of the "Japanese Destiny Collection," an impressive collection of paper money from the World War II Post-War era. The red shading and lettering was used to indicate post-war, most notably 1946 as they were trying to issue notes to control inflation. Below are a couple of images from the auction catalog to show what was available.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon discussing these notes and looking at images from the auction, along with discussing specimen stamps from this time. They are truly an historic piece of World War II money and offered us the opportunity to learn about the creation of money in another culture. Tonight began the work on our book, American Red Cross in World War II Collector's Guide. I worked on the history of the Red Cross, and began to look at service clubs that were established in almost every location where there were soldiers.
Day 5, Monday, July 1
Today the discussion continued on Japanese notes, focusing on the puppet banks and notes in Manchuko as well as notes from the Provincial Bank of the Eastern Province, known as Sun Yat Seh. After lunch (always a treat at the college because of all the people you can meet), I had the chance to work on our book. For three hours in the afternoon, and three hours in the evening I typed away at my computer, continuing my research narrative on the American Red Cross service clubs with their different operations and continuing on to the clubmobiles, buses or vehicles that went to the soldiers in their units with coffee and doughnuts.
Day 6, Tuesday, July 2
Discussion today focused on different types of printing and how to recognize them. We discussed many different methods of printing, ranging from intaglio (used by the BEP) and photogravure, a type of intaglio printing. We moved on to letterpress, lithography and offset lithography, and finally to inkjet and laser printing that we use today for regular printing. We discussed the varieties of printing using each process. We also saw a clip of a movie called Seven Pounds with Will Smith that showed a printing operation and discussed all the different printing techniques. We also learned about the security features of the newest $10 Hong Kong note. Then we had an opportunity to use the microscopes to focus up close on a variety of notes that Joe had brought to class for each of us. We focused on a number of characteristics related to the type of printing, sometimes more than one per note, depending on what kind of note it was. Foreign notes were significantly different than United States ones, and the Military Fest Certificates that our class receives for pay and for travel were of course printed on a copier and were entirely different than those actually using a printing process. After lunch I focused on the American Red Cross War Fund, examining the different methods they used to raise funds for all the different projects considered essential both overseas and at home, continuing through the evening as well.
Day 7, Wednesday, July 3
Today we looked at propaganda notes from around the world during the World War II era and had a chance to get questions answered and opinions sought on these kinds of notes. I also had the opportunity to join Joe's talk on Official Counterfeiting given to the Light from Many Lamps class. After lunch today, since I had a presentation to create for both classes on Thursday, I worked on a Powerpoint project on the computer showing the different areas of research that had been completed to this point, as well as beginning work on the Red Cross War Fund, the process that the Red Cross had used for years to raise funds for all their different kinds of work. Since I had some interesting literature on this topic, including a salesmen's book for selling war funds, I took time to use a new wand scanner to make copies for the presentation.
Of course, on Wednesday night, there is the fantastic YN Auction. This is truly an event for all, even if you don't bid on anything. All monies collected go to send Young Numismatists to Colorado for the following year, and as 2nd week students and instructors, the goal is always to beat the amount raised by the first week students, which was over $30,000. We came close, thanks to some spirited bidding on a number of great items, but didn't quite make it. However, one of the highlights of the auction had nothing to do with bidding. President Tom Hallenbeck had the honor of bestowing a Presidential Award on Sonny Henry, the auctioneer. He was totally flabbergasted and speechless for just a quick second. Then he got his voice back and thanked everyone for their participation in the auction. Look for a picture in the next day's events, because there were more surprises on Thursday.
Day 8, Thursday, July 4
Today was our last day in class, and as Joe was instructing the Basic class, we spent most of the morning picking Fred's brain. We discussed training notes, Philippine Victory notes with very low serial numbers, and a Canadian Anabaptist 10-cent stamp, which read "War Sufferers Relief. Civilian Public Service" which of course brought about the discussion of the Mennonites and Amish view of the war, and their way to be patriotic but not actually fight. We joined the "Light From Many Lamps" class again, this time for Fred's presentation on "World War II Numismatic Trench Art." Finally, we took some time to check out our presentations and made sure that all was ready for the afternoon, as both Warner and I gave our presentations to the Basic Military class.
We also had a conversion day, which is another reenactment. The premise was that the rubles were being sold on the black market, and a new currency was issued to reduce (theoretically) the drain on the U.S. treasury. C-Day was a common event during the days of MPC. Did I mention that Warner was the paymaster as well as the bond salesman? This is a job that is not new to him, as he encourages all of us that attend the fest in Ohio to "do our patriotic duty" and support the war effort. Needless to say, by the time the afternoon was over, we had received new pay, purchased bonds, and finished our presentations, along with John Phipps, who gave a great talk on tax tokens and presented a gift to each of us for our collections.
Thursday night is always the Awards banquet, where all the students, teachers, and spouses or other guests gather for hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dinner. Since tonight was July 4, the catering staff served a great meal with beef brisket, chicken, and ribs, along with potato salad and other fixings, including cherry and blueberry pie and cobbler, complete with vanilla ice cream. It was a great meal. Then the awards began.
Bob Hoge, former curator of the Money Museum and recently retired from ANS, was given a presidential award from Hallenbeck. Bob is pictured below along with Sonny Henry who had received one the previous night.
With Wendell Wolka as master of ceremonies, the program moved right along. All of the instructors were thanked and presented with certificates and lots of hugs from Susan and others. Of course, Fred Schwan (our Basic class instructor) had to issue a challenge to all who had challenge coins (one of those military traditions). Fortunately, most of us rose to the challenge. In addition, writing awards were given for the YNs present, given by Whitman Publishing, along with Dennis Tucker and Ken Bressett. While there were several youths given awards, I have only chosen one to show. Congratulations to the youth who do such great writing.
Finally, the evening drew to a close, and as we helped to clean up the notes left on tables designed for the banquet, we said goodbye to all, including friends and classmates. In the last 2 pictures, my husband Dan poses with Joe Boling, and Fred and Judy (his wife), Warner Talso and Linda Wolka pose for one last shot.
Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6
We left for home early on Friday morning, and after 2 days of driving, with nothing exciting happening until we reached Michigan where we experience buckets of heavy rain, we arrived at home on Saturday evening. It was a great Summer Seminar, and we actually learned something.
Thank you FUN for allowing me the opportunity to take this class and enjoy all the hospitality that ANA has to offer.