What can I say about today?
Each day at the ANA has been an incredible learning experience, but today I focused on panels as my source of education. Whitman author Ken Bressett joked that he thought I had frozen to my chair, I stayed glued to the same spot for so long! I started out visiting the Women in Numismatics (WIN) general meeting and helping Ron Guth present the new book 100 Greatest Women on Coins. The book received glowing praise and circled the room for so long that not everyone got to see it. Luckily we had some copies back at the Whitman booth, so we were able to send the eager readers to the bourse floor to get a sneak preview of the book, which comes out in September.
Next, I moved down the hall to the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Symposium, where experts in the field of publishing, journalism, writing, etc., answered questions about the changing industry, the internet, and marketing. Back to back with this symposium was the Numismatic Bibliomania Society symposium, where we learned about the new Newman Numismatic Portal, which is in the works and promises to be an incredible and overwhelming source of research, study, and knowledge for numismatists. The amount of work and detail they are pouring into this new “numismapedia” is staggering! I cannot wait for it to be released in December so that I can explore it myself. The presenters expressed their hope that numismatists will get lost in the portal–not in a sense that they will be unable to use it and understand it, but that in the search for answers one will be able to continually go from point to point, cross-reference to cross-reference, in an unending discovery of new connections and ideas. Similar to how some readers surf wikipedia, the Newman Numismatic Portal will encourage users to click from reference to reference as they learn more about a certain topic. Very exciting.
I attended a couple of Money Talks sessions with Q. David Bowers next, listening in on the “Stump the Experts” panel, where Dave joined Larry and Harvey Stack to answer any and all questions posed to them. After that, Susan Trask and Dave presented on Civil War tokens, a subject I am only vaguely familiar with but enjoyed immensely.
By the end of all this, it was time to go and prepare for the WIN mixer (where I met several lovely ladies in numismatics) and the NLG Bash! This being my first Bash, I had no real idea what to expect. It was humorous and lighthearted, yet at times serious and sincere. The awards presented were multitudinous, and I was shaking with excitement when the third and fourth volumes of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money won in the category of “Best Specialized Book, U.S. Paper Money.” The books themselves, and the opportunity to coordinate them and work with Dave in their production, are a reward all their own, but it is incredibly exciting to see them recognized by other numismatists.
I am still beaming.
Caitlyn Trautwein is Senior Associate Editor at Whitman Publishing.