The Souvenir Building Collector Society’s annual convention this year will be held in the Washington, D.C. area. Keep your calendar open for the weekend of June 10,11 & 12 for the not-to-be-missed events. The SBCS returns to our Nation’s Capital for the first time since the 1997 convention. Meeting organizers Harry, Julia and David are planning the weekend-long events busy with architectural tours, the swap/sale and socializing. The D.C. area is filed with many of the real buildings which souvenir building collectors have displayed on our shelves: the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Supreme Court, White House, Iwo Jima Monument, Octagon Building, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and others. We believe We’ve planned a great convention filled with famous building tours and visits to some outstanding souvenir building collections. Join us for panoramic views from atop the G.W. Masonic Memorial. Experience jaw-dropping moments the first time you see the massive columns in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum.
The Hilton Arlington in the Ballston area of Arlington, Va. will be our base of operations for this year’s convention. Book your room by May 19 to get the special SBCS rate ($149/night includes breakfast). We chose this hotel because it stands on top of the Ballston Metro Station, so we’ll be able to take Metro to all the building tour sites. We also hope to have a shuttle service to take members to the Friday dinner and the Sunday collection tours, which will minimize or eliminate the need for cars.
FRIDAY: If you pre-registered a few months ago, Friday will be filled with tour of the White House, U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress. That night, we’ll dine during the opening reception at my condo building’s rooftop community room. The rooftop patio affords views of the National Cathedral and Washington Monument. You’ll also get to see a few souvenir building collections here. We plan to have shuttle bus service between the Hilton and the condo location, which is just one mile away.
SATURDAY: After the Swap/Sale, We’ll hop on the Metro and visit the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria then the National Building Museum’s Designing Tomorrow exhibit and architectural tour. We then head back to the hotel for our traditional banquet including the raffle and live auction of souvenir buildings. Please bring a souvenir building or two to donate for the raffle, which benefits the SBCS.
SUNDAY: Tours of both Harry and Russell’s collections with additional local collectors also displaying highlight from their collections in these locations. The 2011 Convention website is up and running and will have online registration available soon. We’ll add more convention material to the official website as we get closer to June. In the coming weeks, I’ll also feature some of the many D.C. souvenir buildings and more about the tours, so check back often.