2016 (March 17–20, Greenwich, CT)
This year’s ephemera conference features discussions on American propaganda, political-themed posters, political printmaking in the 19th century, women in the armed forces, 20th century African-American books and films, war efforts portrayed on paper, the growth of mass packaging, anti-war buttons, Revolution almanacs, and sheet music from the US Marine Band. For more see the complete list of topics below.
Kit Hinrichs: “Patriotism, Protest and Propaganda: The Vacillating Lives of America’s Icons”
Kit Hinrichs studied at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Before the 2009 opening of his own San Francisco rm, Studio Hinrichs, he was a partner in Pentagram for 23 years. He received the AIGA medal for exceptional achievements in the eld of graphic design and visual communication, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He is co-author of ve books, including Typewise, Long May She Wave and e Pentagram Papers.
Martin Pedersen: “Political Protest Posters”
B. Martin Pedersen grew up under the 1941 German occupation of Norway and emigrated to America in 1946. In 1969 he started Pedersen Design Inc.; in 1975 co-founded Johnson, Pedersen, Hinrichs & Shakery; and in1985 purchased Graphis Inc. Among his many honors: Columbia University National Magazine award for his 1973 creation of Nautical Quarterly, and in 2003 the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in Graphic Design.
Thomas A. Horrocks: “Ephemera and Image Making in 19th Century American Politics”
Thomas A. Horrocks is a historian, former library administrator, and a collector of presidential campaign biographies. Currently a consultant with Heritage Auctions, he is the author, editor, and co-editor of seven books, including Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies (2014) and e Annotated Lincoln (2015). He has served on the Board of the Ephemera Society of America since 2011.
Margaret Vining: “Women - Unofficial Soldiers of the Great War”
Margaret Vining, a graduate of George Washington University’s program in American and Museum Studies, has for over three decades worked in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where she currently serves as Curator of Armed Forces History. She founded and now supervises the Smithsonian Archive of Women’s Military History, soon to become digitally available.
Elvin Montgomery Jr., Ph.D.: “Politics, Patriotism, Protest and Culture in 20th Century African American Ephemera”
Elvin Montgomery Jr., Ph.D., M.Phil., M.S. (all in Psychology) from Columbia University, has worked as a manager or consultant in both the private and non-profit sectors since 1970 and is a member of several professional groups including the Appraisers Association of America. He teaches Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City College of Technology, both campuses of the City University of New York
Anne Stewart O’Donnell: “Greeting Cards Go to War”
Anne Stewart O’Donnell is a freelance writer and researcher based in College Park, Maryland. Former Editor in Chief of Style 1900 magazine, she has written two books and innumerable articles on turn-of-the-century design. Her 2002 thesis for a Masters in the History of Decorative Arts is now a book manuscript nearing completion, From Friend to Friend: Greeting Cards and the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
Charles Epting: “Roosevelt’s Blue Eagle: The NRA and Mass Culture”
Charles Epting is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. His published books include e New Deal in Orange County and Victorian Los Angeles, and he
is writing a biography of silent lm actress Bebe Daniels. He is currently a Young Philatelic Leader Fellow through the American Philatelic Society, a research associate for UC Berkeley’s Living New Deal program, and serves on the board of the US Philatelic Classics Society and the Historic Resources Board for the city of Huntington Beach.
Carlos A. Schwantes, Ph.D.: “Railroad Patriotism: Teaching with Ephemera”
Carlos A. Schwantes, a Ph.D. in American history from e University of Michigan, has authored or edited twenty books about various facets of the American West and about transportation – his most recent: Just One Restless Rider: Refections on Trains and Travel (2009). Before coming to the University of Missouri-St Louis in 2001 he taught American history for nineteen years at the University of Idaho.
Rick Stattler: “Almanacs and the American Revolution”
Rick Stattler is Director of the Books Department at Swann Auction Galleries, and since 2007 has organized the auction house’s Printed & Manuscript Americana sales. Rick previously spent 15 years in the library world, rst as manuscript curator and library director at the Rhode Island Historical Society, and then as an archivist at Harvard’s Houghton Library.
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