Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 4:30 PM EDT
Sunday, March 19, 2023 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 43 Conference and Fair 

Mark your calendar for the Ephemera Society of America’s forty-third annual conference, From Here to There; The Ephemera of Travel  on March 16–19, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Travel is an integral part of our life, whether it be for pleasure, business, adventure, necessity or to visit friends or family. Ephemera 43 will focus on various aspects of travel, past, present and future — even imaginary. This rich topic allows us to explore not just diverse destinations and activities, but travel planning, the modes of transportation and our memories.

On Thursday, March 16th 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 17th we will feature eight presentations will explore the travel experience — not just the destinations, but also the promotion and planning, the voyage to and from, and the remembrances we bring home. 

On Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th, 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, promoted by Rarebooks LA 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 Fair 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

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Board reception, Condes Room
Reception for early arrivals featuring a cash bar and light refreshments. Join old and new friends, and be fresh for the conference that begins Friday morning. 


Four morning conference sessions: Roundhill Room

8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Barbara Loe, Conference Committee Chairman
David Lilburne, ESA President 

9:00 a.m.

 “To the North”: The Arctic Regions In Ephemera
Doug Wamsley

9:45 a.m.
Travel Posters I would Love to Own: A Connoisseur’s Fantasy
Nicholas Lowrey 

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m.

Taking the Waters: Healing Springs & Medical Tourism
Hannah Swan 

11:30 a.m.
Travel and Tourism in Southern Appalachia
Greta Browning 

12:15 pm. - 1:45 p.m. 
Lunch Break

Four afternoon conference sessions:
Roundhill Room

1:45 p.m.
African American Baseball: Barnstorming into History 
MIke Peich  

2:30 p.m. 
On the Road: Travel Ephemera in the Margolies Collection
Mari Nakahara

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m.
Wish You Were Here!
Kevin Johnson

4:15 p.m.
Dudley P. Flanders 1874 “Trip Through Arizona”
Jeremy Rowe

Also Friday:

• 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 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 43rd Annual Ephemera Fair in Grand Ballroom. Membership cards will be available at registration desk.

• 10 a.m. — General public entry. Admission is $15. Discounted tickets sold online at Eventbrite

• 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.

• 6:00 p.m. — Live Auction Roundhill

• 7:00 p.m.Ephemera 43 Banquet and Presentation — Mead ABC.

After Dinner Presentations:

Nautical Eye Candy: The Birth of Clipper Ship Sailing Cards
Greg Gibson  

Evie Eysenburg

• 9:00 a.m. Members annual meeting, Mead AB
All members are urged to attend.

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

• 4 p.m. — Ephemera 43 closes.