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June 14-17

The Spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 14-17 at the Crowne Plaza located in Springfield, IL.  The nightly rate will be $109.  Reservations line is 1- 217-529-7777. 


Springfield was the home of Abraham Lincoln for 30 years.  Historic sites include Lincoln’s home, designated a National Historic site, the Lincoln Presidential Library, Lincoln Presidential Museum and Lincoln’s tomb.   So lots to see and do while you are in Springfield.  The men’s display theme will be “tool advertising”.  We are looking for examples of advertising signs, tool displays, giveaway items, such as pens, tape measures, etc.  

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday June 14 from 2-6 PM.  You can expect up to two dozen rooms will be open Wednesday for in room tool trading.  Once again we will “kick off” the meeting with a Welcome Reception at 6 PM with a light meal.  Tailgating will start early Thursday morning (bring a flashlight) weather permitting.   The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by David Heckel on Stanley 4 Square.   On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 6:30 AM for display set up and loading in of tools.  At 8:30 AM displays will be ready for viewing followed by tool trading at 10 AM.  Friday afternoon Ian Hunt from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will speak on the subject of tools and related military hardware in Mr. Lincoln’s life. 

At recent meetings the amount and quality of tools brought to the Friday evening auction has been outstanding.  The auction will get underway at 7:30 PM with the auction preview at 7:00 PM. 

For those members that can only attend on Saturday we again are offering registration for ‘Saturday Only” with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM.  The What’s It session will be held in the Trade Room at 10:30 AM.  

Saturday afternoon Terry Jones will provide a presentation on Lincoln’s New Salem.  Reconstructed New Salem is the village where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man.

Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with a short business meeting and banquet.  Please consider staying for the banquet as I have been advised by our President that there will be a drawing for attendance prizes. 

Jim and Phyllis Moffett are providing you with a special opportunity to view their collection at an open house prior to and after the meeting.  Their farm is located approximately 35 miles from the hotel.  Open house is currently scheduled for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday and Sunday after the meeting.  Further details will be provided with meeting registration materials.

Your hostess will be Julie Pangrac.  She has been busy planning activities for the Auxiliary as well as planning the tours.  With all the Lincoln Museum has to offer you can expect it will be on the tour.

You must be a member to attend as the meeting is closed to the public.  You can join MWTCA by completing the application available on this website.  Meeting badges are required for entry into all meeting functions without exception.

More information and meeting agenda will be posted to the website in April. Registration materials will be mailed in mid-April.   Note the deadline for making hotel reservations is Saturday May 27. 

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