Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 4:30 PM EDT
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Hyatt Regency Greenwich Hotel 
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870

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Mary Beth Malmsheimer 
Ephemera Society of America 

Ephemera 42 Conference and Fair 

Mark your calendar for the Ephemera Society of America’s forty-second annual conference, Creating Places and Spaces  on March 17–20, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Please Note: All attendees at the Conference and Fair will be required to show proof they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask.

One of the fascinating things about society is how we create our living environments, whether it is the city or community in which we choose to live or our own living room. Ephemera 42 will focus on the design of environments, interior and exterior, ranging in scale from regional planning and urban design, to the architectural detail or sidewalk lamppost. This rich topic encompasses design innovations, stylistic and regional movements, architects, landscape architects, urbanists, draftspersons and craftspeople—anyone and anything that serves to shape the environment in which we live. 

On Thursday, March 17th we will hold our Young Scholars presention that provides a forum where undergraduate and graduate students can discuss the ways in which ephemera has informed their studies. Student presentations are lively, varied, and always offer thoughtful insights into the role ephemera has played in American cultural and social history.

The full conference on Friday, March 18th we will feature nine presentations highligting on our theme. 

On Saturday and Sunday March 19th and 20th, the ESA will present our widely anticipated Ephemera Fair which is considered to be the premier event in the country. There will be exceptional material from a broad spectrum of knowledgeable and experienced dealers, displaying an array of materials on countless topics. The materials are rich in content, desirable to the eye, entertaining and whimsical -- choose your favorite adjective and it will apply. The Fair runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, with an early preview for Ephemera Society members only at 9 am. On Sunday the Fair runs from 11 am to 4 pm. You can attend just the Fair if you are not able or interested in attending the conference. For more information on the fair you can visit our show promoters website.

For detailed information on each aspect of the event click here.

Schedule of Events:


9 a.m.– 4 p.m. — Board of Directors’ meeting, Belle Haven conference room.

4:30 p.m. Roundhill Room
Young Scholars Sessions
Home Making for Future Homemakers: Paper Doll houses and instructive womanhood in the early 20th century 
Rachael Kane, University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture


Three morning conference sessions: Roundhill Room

8:45 a.m.
Barbara Loe, Conference Committee Chairman

Four morning conference sessions: Roundhill Room

9:00 a.m.
Shaping the Nation’s First Rural Cemetery
Meg Winslow

9:45 a.m.
Streetviews: Walking the Ephemeral City on Paper
Jeffrey Cohen 

10:30 a.m. Break


10:45 a.m.
Unity of Creation: Designs by Winold Reiss
Mari Nakahara 

11:30 a.m.
Creating Amusement Parks in Western Pennsylvania
Jennifer Sopko 

12:15 pm. - 1:45 p.m. 
Lunch Break

Five afternoon conference sessions:
Roundhill Room

1:45 p.m.
Creating Spaces in the Movies 
Jeannine Oppewall  

2:30 p.m. 
Staging the Scene: Theater Set Design
Christine von der Linn

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m.
Promoting Herman Miller Furniture
Jared Arp

4:15 p.m.
Lippitt House: Using Ephemera to Preserve a Victorian Home 
Carrie Taylor

5:00 p.m.
Innovating traditional market spaces in Shanghai  
MinJoo Baek

Also Friday:

• 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dealer Set-up

SATURDAY — Ephemera Fair Opens today!

• 8:15 a.m. — Memberships will be sold at the Ephemera Society desk at the entrance to the fair in the Grand Ballroom.

• 9 a.m. — Members-only fair preview ($10) for the Society’s 42nd Annual Ephemera Fair in Grand Ballroom. Membership cards will be available at registration desk.

• 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Exhibits open in Laddins Rock.

• 10 a.m. — General public entry. Admission is $15.

• 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Silent Bid Auction in Roundhill. Many Lots. Bid early and often!

• 5 p.m. — Fair closes; reopens 11 a.m. Sunday.

• 5:30 p.m. — Silent Auction final bids close in Roundhill Room.

• 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. — Cash Bar outside Mead ABC.

• 6:15 p.m. — Live Auction Roundhill

• 7:00 p.m.Ephemera 42 Banquet and Presentation — Mead ABC.

After Dinner Presentations:

The Once and Future Station
Richard Wilson Cammeron  

Evie Eysenburg

9:00 a.m. Members annual meeting, Mead AB

All members are urged to attend.

9:45 a.m.
Exhibitor Roundtable – Laddins Rock
Exhibitors will have the opportunity to describe their themes and the significance of the pieces they selected. If you are interested in submitting an exhibit related to this year's theme, please contact our Programs Committee chair at info@ephemerasoceity.org 

• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Ephemera Fair in the Grand Ballroom.

• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Exhibits open in Laddins Rock.

• 4 p.m. — Ephemera 42 closes.