June 1-4, 2017
The President Abraham Lincoln Hotel of Springfield, Illinois, will host the Society’s Annual Meeting June 1-4, 2017, in conjunction with the Associated Antique Dealers of America Antique Show. The President Abraham Lincoln is in the heart of downtown Springfield surrounded by a multitude of historical sites not to be missed.
The Abe Lincoln, a Double Tree by Hilton, is located at 701 E. Adams St. Room rates are $112.00 and include a full breakfast that will not disappoint you! MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW! The antique show is a short, easy ten minute drive from the hotel. Telephone for reservations: 217-544-8800 or 1-866-788-1860; THE RATE AND ROOM BLOCK ARE GUARANTEED ONLY TO MAY 1, 2017
Go to VisitSpringfieldIllinois.com or 1-800-545-7300 to plan/outline your sightseeing itinerary. There is also enjoyillinois.com and www.rankinpublishing.com/discover which outlines the Amish counties of central Illinois.
Not to be missed: the Capitol Complex, Lincoln Home, Lincoln Tomb, Lincoln Museum and several Historical Homes (the Edwards Place for one). You could easily spend two days touring; most of the Lincoln sites are within walking distance of the hotel.
There are antique malls in the City (we will have directions for you) and also on I-55 exit 90 and two at exit 82. If you are coming from the north try Exit 60. We will have area information for you at the hotel.
Admission to the show will be a special rate of $2.00 per person for our members (pick up your special admission ticket at the Thursday evening reception). The show will have a glass grinder, a silver repair person and a costume jewelry repair representative. The lunch available at the show is tasty and very reasonable. There is also a daily door prize of $200.00; one of our own members was a winner last year. Plus, there will be “Book Signings” and books available at the show.
Thursday evening you can view the display of gifts for the Edwards Place (see donation details on page 22), view the new books on the market, participate in the pattern ID or simply ob-serve and enjoy an evening of informal hospitality.
Our guest speaker at Friday’s dinner will be Abe Lincoln discussing his experiences in the Springfield area and Saturday after dinner Peter Thomas will present “Tasty Glass”.
Any questions, call Gloria Dobbs at 913-681-1452 or email email@example.com (put EAPGS in the heading).
Dates: October 12, 2017 arrival Thursday -- October 15, 2017 departure Sunday
Best Western Holiday Lodge
2023 7th Ave. N
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428
$92.00 a night includes a full hot breakfast - one, two, three per room
They have a few king beds; King accommodations are not included in the special rate, other beds are all Queen size.
Friday's A.M. agenda includes a trip to the Historic Mill in Fertile, Iowa. Many of the "old timers" will remember it as Anne Hargrove's home. The current owner, Ann Jones has graciously agreed to open her home to us (it is not normally open to the public). We will breakfast in the hotel and arrive at the Mill with box lunches. After touring and having lunch at the Mill we will journey to the home of Dave and Alice Christiansen. You will see their family homestead, as well as, a tour of their EAPG glass from Greentown to historic to you name it.
Friday's dinner in the hotel will be followed by a talk on the history of NE Iowa from homesteading to Buddy Holly.
Saturday will be a tour of Mason City, Iowa, from the Music Museum to Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, and Clear Lake, Iowa.
In Mason City, Iowa: Historic Park Inn Hotel, the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel still standing in the world. Stockman House, built about the same time as the hotel, 1908, Prairie School design. Wright's vision for middle class housing.
Tour of Rock Glen- Rock Crest neighborhood, a planned neighborhood of Prairie School houses across the street from the Stockman House, seeking National Landmark status.
Music Man Square and Meredith Willson boyhood home. Recreated 1912 streetscape based on Willson's MUSIC MAN broadway show and movie. Also, Meredith Willson museum housing personal memorabilia from his long career in show business.
Visit MacNider Art Museum on your own, housing a magnificent collection of American art
In Clear Lake, Iowa: Tour of Surf Ballroom, best known as the last performance venue of Buddy Holly, Big Booper, and Ritchie Valens, 1959. Past and present site of some of the best known Big Band and Rock'n' Roll performers
Tour to Buddy Holly crash site, located about 3 miles from Christiansen home, depending on sufficient interest. Antiquing in Clear Lake on your own
Dinner on Saturday will precede a presentation about Iowa City glass. Presenters are Larry and Linda Yoder.
We have arranged space at the hotel for our members to set-up displays and sell glass. A small fee will be charged.
Registration forms, full details, etc. will be available at the annual meeting in Springfield, Ill. this coming June 2017, and on the EAPGS website.