Your Society has become virtually free to do more for its members!

Contrary to the cliché, every problem in Life does not in fact represent an opportunity.

However, your ESA team has come to realize that figuring out how to better serve our members while remaining distanced has broadened our horizons. Our March 2021 conference, “Women Challenging Expectations” will happen as planned . . . but online. This is not a limitation: to the contrary, it will open up our 2021 conference to every single member of The Ephemera Society, rather than only the 80-100 folks who have traveled to each in-person Greenwich event. In fact, “Women Challenging Expectations” will be accessible to anyone on Planet Earth with interest and an internet connection! This presents ESA with a wonderful opportunity to broaden our umbrella, and to better benefit each and every member.

Marvin Getman’s associated fair will also happen as usual in March of 2021, but virtually. As most of you likely know, Marvin has adapted to today’s transformed reality by holding successful and growing monthly online fairs. He plans a special fair event for us in 2021 with expanded dealer offerings.

Make no mistake . . . we would all prefer to gather together in person as soon as that is once more possible and safe, and are already working on staging our regular live events come 2022. We expect that by then members can enjoy Marvin’s usual in-person fair and our usual in-person conference, auction and banquet. We will keep you posted on that.

Meanwhile, your team is actively learning exactly how to best offer the upcoming 2021 conference—and more—online. We are planning additional talks and show-and-tell sessions even before March.

Every ESA member can enjoy all of these offerings gratis, though along the way we may remind that donations to the Society in any amount would be much appreciated. Our traditional annual in-person conference does provide necessary income to ESA, and our hope is that generous participants will be moved to contribute toward replacing that lost revenue.

Please do stay tuned . . . further information will be coming, both here on the website and in upcoming issues of eNews.

About “Women Challenging Expectations”

We have lined up an impressive group of speakers, who will use ephemera to highlight some quite amazing women.

Originally scheduled in 2020 for the centenary of the 19th Amendment it was natural to choose a conference topic focused on women. The young scholars presentation on the use of ephemera by college students in the classroom will feature Professor Heidi Herr and students at Johns Hopkins University addressing what suffrage ephemera can mean today.

For the keynote presentation, we will leave the Suffragists and turn to the surprising lives of women across centuries and cultures. Lisa Baskin will speak from her broad-based collection of ephemera interpreting working women, placed at Duke University. A woman who became an advertising icon – journalist Elizabeth Cochrane as Nellie Bly – will be described by journalism Professor Brooke Kroeger of New York University. From West Texas in the 19th century and Australia in the early 20th century comes evidence of strong women Johanna Wilhelm and Annie Tankesley, presented by writer Virginia Noekle, and Doris Blackburn, by writer Amanda Bede. Princeton University’s archive of Sylvia Beach adds 1920s Paris literary ephemera to writer Caroline Preston’s inherited personal collection of the founder of famous bookshop Shakespeare and Company, Research notes preserved at the American Philosophical Society enhance an understanding of the work of geneticist Barbara McClintock, researched by archivist Susan Anderson Laquer. Ph.D. candidate Jennie Waldow from Stanford University will bring us into the late 20th century with an exploration of the influence of Lucy Lippard on political art.