The Ephemera Society of America’s held its thirty-sixth annual conference, “Politics, Patriotism & Protest,” on March 17 - 20, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The conference examined the use of ephemera in promoting political, patriotic, and protest movements, emphasizing such issues as race, gender, and war.
The scholar-collectors who presented during our Friday conference spoke about creating collections and the knowledge that can be derived from them, including their use in teaching university-level American history. Topics included symbols of patriotism, political protest posters, 19th-century presidential election campaigns, black protest movements, and war-related greeting cards. After the presentations, there was an opportunity to meet some of the speakers at a book signing. Attendees who came early, on Thursday, attended an important new Ephemera Society event, an afternoon presentation on the use of ephemera by college students in the classroom.
On Saturday and Sunday, was our widely anticipated Ephemera Fair, considered by many to be the best in the country. The Fair ran from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and there was an early preview for Ephemera Society members at 9 am. On Sunday, the Fair ran from 11 am to 4 pm. There was exceptional material from a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and experienced dealers, displaying their freshest and best ephemera relating to the myriad topics ESA members search for.
Following the Fair on Saturday, the Ephemera Society will held its annual fund-raising auction, preceded by cocktails and followed by our banquet, open by reservation to all ESA members. Our banquet presentation featured a talk and performance of patriotic music by Gunnery Sergeant Kira Wharton, USMC, Assistant Chief Librarian/Historian, United States Marine Band.