This weekend is about more than St. Patrick’s Day and the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. (although that is certainly reason enough to celebrate.) It’s also the weekend of Ephemera/39, sponsored byThe Ephemera Society of America, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Exhibitors from 12 states will showcase approximately 10,000 items covering hundreds of years of human history from every part of the globe, including posters, broadsides, letters, maps, magazines, photographs and other paper items.
According to Marvin Getman, the show’s organizer, “even professed ‘noncollectors’ often leave with at least one item that catches their interest. It could be a $20 photograph from a century ago, or this time it could be a multimillion-dollar collection that seeds the next great history museum.”
There will be a special exhibit on national emergencies and historic documents that shaped America – not for sale – including a copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, worth $15 million. The exhibit is provided by Seth Kaller Inc. of White Plains and University Archives of Westport. Kaller is a leading expert in documents of freedom (sethkaller.com). University Archives is a leading Connecticut dealer and auctioneer of historical documents and relics (universityarchives.com).
“Ephemera/39” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1800 East Putnam Ave. in Old Greenwich from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday March 16 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets are $15 for adults. Students with college ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. Parking is free. Discounted tickets are available at ephemerafair.com.
– Georgette Gouveia