Ephemera Society Mid-Year Meeting


ESA Members Invited to Ann Arbor, October 17-18, 2019

Each fall, the Ephemera Society of America's Board holds its mid-year meeting in a different city, along with a two-day tour of that area's ephemeral riches. This year, on October 17-18, all ESA members are invited to join in exploring outstanding institutional and private collections near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

By the way, note how well those dates dovetail with the 70th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show in Lansing, October 20.

Ephemera Mid-Year Meeting - Clements Library


Thursday, October 17th, will take us afield to Alma, MI, where John Kemler has built a legendary collection of trade cards and Victorian Christmas cards, and his brother David has restored historic Michigan-made farm equipment using a reference library of factory drawings and trade catalogues.

Friday, October 18th, will be spent at the University of Michigan, visiting the William L. Clements Library's renowned American history collections and then the Special Collections department of the Hatcher Graduate Library (home to the Joseph A. Labadie Collection documenting anarchists and the history of social protest movements, and the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive). The day will end amid the rare books and ephemera of Garrett Scott, Bookseller.

Saturday, October 19th, the Board of Directors will meet at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-West.

Sunday, October 20th, the "largest book and paper show in the Midwest" will be taking place in Lansing. Find your own ephemeral treasures at the 70th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show, open from 9:30-5.


The ESA has negotiated a special nightly rate of $130 plus tax at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-West (734-994-1100, event code "Ephemera Society" or "ESA"). For more info and to register, contact Board member Barbara Fahs Charles at bcharles@staplesandcharles.com