Conference Art and Memory: The Role of Medals 10 November 2018.Saturday, 8:00AM - 6:30PM THE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. Dinner afterward (at The Colonnade Hotel), 7:00PM – 9:00PM A cocktail reception at the MHS will conclude the conference in the late afternoon

Medal Collectors of America and MHS Conference

There is a $75 per person conference fee, with dinner afterward optional at an additional $95 per person.

This conference on medals and medal collecting will include a series of presentations on the role medals have played in America history, the evolution of medallic art, and the ways medals have reflected American culture up through the 20th century. In addition, a panel discussion will cover the stylistic developments from Renaissance medallic art to contemporary art medals (“The Art of the Medal”).  A second panel will explore the individual passions that drive numismatists to build their unique collections (“Why Collect Medals?”).

8:00 am Arrival/registration/coffee; time to view the MHS medal exhibit

8:30 am Welcome, A primer on the MHS Numismatic Collection.

Anne Bentley, Curator of Art and Artifacts

9:00 am Their Secrets Revealed! Early American College Secret Society Medals

John Sallay

9:45 am Medallic America: Allegorical Representations of America on European and American Medals

Alan Stahl

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Panel Discussion: “The Art of the Medal”

Ira Rezak (moderator)
Cory Gilliland
Robert Hoge
Scott Miller

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 pm The Early Work of Victor David Brenner

Patrick McMahon

1:45 pm So-Called Dollars as a Reflection of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American Culture

Jonathan Brecher

2:30 pm Break

2:50 pm Welcome

Catherine Allgor, President of the MHS

3:00 pm Medals and Books

Len Augsburger

3:45 pm Medallic Art Company Archives at the ANS

Ute Wartenberg Kagan

4:15 pm Panel Discussion: “Why Collect Medals?”

John Adams (moderator)
Q. David Bowers
Rob Rodriguez
John Sallay
Stephen Scher

5:15 pm Wrap up

A cocktail reception at the MHS will conclude the conference, followed by an optional dinner at the Colonnade Hotel (120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116)

5:30 pm Social/cocktails/reception at MHS

6:30 pm Depart for dinner

7:00 pm Dinner at the Colonnade Hotel (Braemore/Kenmore Room)

The special rate offered by The Colonnade Hotel has expired and other rooms may or may not be available there. A list of other nearby hotels is available by request.

MHS is proud to partner with the Medal Collectors of America, a national organization dedicated to the study and collection of artistic and historical medals. For further information, please see