The Ephemera Society of America (ESA), in conjunction with the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, is working out the final details for a series of ephemera related activities and events in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington beginning Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Visits and behind the scenes tours of special collections that feature ephemera of all kinds are being arranged for Thursday and Friday preceding the public dates of the book fair, including the collections of the Washington State Historical Society Research Library (Tacoma), the Sophie Frye Bass Library of the Museum of History & Industry (Seattle), the Special Collections of the Seattle Public Library, and the Special Collections of the University of Washington Library (Seattle). Although many of you will be setting
up on Friday, we hope you can at least join us on Thursday afternoon, October 6 to visit the WSHS special collections in Tacoma. Those dealers who sign up (see below) will receive further details as they are finalized.

Friday evening Book Fair Exhibitors and ESA members are invited to a special reception in partnership with The Ephemera Society of America, The Book Club of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ABAA. Details will be provided to all exhibitors on Friday during set-up.

When the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair opens Saturday morning, October 8, the ESA will have a presence with an information table, plus an exhibit of ephemera from several northwest ESA members and friends. Saturday evening at 7:30 pm, the Seattle Public Library and the ESA are co-sponsoring a free-to-the-public mini-symposium on ephemera at the downtown central library featuring three different components: a curator of special collections that emphasizes regional ephemera; both partners of Beautiful Angle, a contemporary Tacoma/Seattle-based graphic design firm famous for its posters; and a group presentation featuring University of Washington students discussing various ways scholars and historians can interpret a single vintage scrapbook. Book Fair exhibitors are welcome to attend.

Space is limited in several of the behind the scenes tour venues, so it is important that you let us know if you would like to participate in the tour to Washington State Historical Society on Thursday, or any of the venues scheduled for Friday, in order for us to work out the logistics. Otherwise, space may be on a “first come - first served” basis.

To register for the tour(s), please email Glenn Mason at or call him at (503) 297- 5892. Please provide the following: 1) Name(s) of those planning to attend; 2) both an email and mailing address; and 3) a cell phone # while in Seattle just in case venue times change. Those who are registered will receive updated information regarding times of the scheduled tours.