Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 4:30 PM EDT
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Old Greenwich, CT 06870

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Mary Beth Malmsheimer 
Ephemera Society of America 

Ephemera 44 Conference and Fair 

Mark your calendar for the Ephemera Society of America’s forty-fourth annual conference, Conflict/Resoultion  on March 14–17, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

The taking of opposing positions and advancing them, often to a resolution, is integral to our history. Our March 2024 conference will look at the ephemera of conflict and where possible, resolution. While war, national and international, may first come to mind, our topic will also include significant social or political movements where ephemera has been produced to advance an argument or as evidence of what transpired.

On Thursday, March 14th 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 15th we will feature eight presentations which willl address a topic related to conflict and/or resolution, relying heavily on tangible ephemera. 

On Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th, 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 Sandford L. Smith + Associates 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:

THURSDAY March 14th:

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, Mead BC
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. 

FRIDAY March 15th:

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. Looted and Supplied: Ephemera Travels to the Enemy 
Richard Thorner

9:45 a.m. Interactive Political Ephemera: Making a Statement with Mechanical Paper
Ellen G.K. Rubin 

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. The American War In Vietnam: The Pro-War and Anti-War Movement 
Stuart Lutz 

11:30 a.m. Printing 1960s High School Student Activism 
Jennifer Hoyer  

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Lunch Break

Four afternoon conference sessions:  Roundhill Room

1:45 p.m. English Suffrage Ephemera of Militancy and Response 
Ken Florey   

2:30 p.m. How the Union Printing Industry Promoted Patriotism and Profited During the Civil War
Vinnie Vaicekauskas and Heather Locklear    


3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Strikethrough: Typography as Protest 
Stephen Coles

4:15 p.m. Gay liberation movement of the 1970s and 1980s  
Corey Serrant

SATURDAY, MARCH 16th:  Ephemera Fair Opens
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 ($12) for the Society’s 44th Annual Ephemera Fair in Grand Ballroom. Membership cards will be available at registration desk.

10 a.m. — General public entry. Admission is $15 at the door.
Discounted Fair tickets available online at: NEED LINK FROM JENNIFER

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 Room

7:00 p.m. — Ephemera 44 Banquet and Presentation — Mead ABC. Reservations required and additional fee. 

After Dinner Presentations:
Protesting on the Capitol Steps 
Barbara Fahs Charles

Ephemera Jeopardy
Evie Eysenburg


9:30 a.m. Mead AB
Members annual meeting All members are urged to attend.

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