In the past month, as much-delayed spring warmth finally settled over New York, we have been witnessing a sudden increase in the number of friends visiting us here at our headquarters. So much activity adds to the excitement of this time of year and fills us with hope, especially when we anticipate your response to our Mid-year Appeal.
This year started out with a vivid sense of newness, as we held our Gala in January at the Harvard Club of New York, our new venue now that the Waldorf Astoria is undergoing years-long renovations. As it turned out, the location could not have been better, nor the turnout more enthusiastic. We had a splendid—and financially successful—Gala, overflowing with surprises and camaraderie, and distinguished by a strong show of support for the mission of this institution. That has all continued in the months since, and it leaves us more than optimistic about the rest of the year to come. Your membership dues and donations are helping to fund not only the projects cited in the enclosed insert, but a host of others as well (which you can find more information about on our website, numismatics.org).
Our online presence is growing and thriving in ways we could have scarcely imagined just a few years ago. The Society’s digital investment is enabling new research capabilities in our collections databases, enhancing communications with our members, allowing them to dive ever deeper into their areas of special interest. At the same time we are implementing new programs to expand numismatic interest and knowledge among the community at large. Back in the analog world, our publications department is busy with new projects; our collections manager is busy coordinating many requests for loans from our collections to museums throughout the U.S. and around the world; our curators are expanding our outreach to schools and students of varying ages and backgrounds; and our fantastically successful monthly “Money Talks” series has brought old and new friends to our New York headquarters for stimulating, interactive, hands-on seminars.
There are many more projects and upcoming events to note, and I urge you to stay on top of them through our monthly e-newsletter. You should also take a look at the ANS blog, Pocket Change, which offers fascinating takes on a variety of numismatic subjects (www.anspocketchange.org).
I cannot stress enough that all of this is possible only because of your support. Thanks to your unceasing loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for a very productive 2018, and today I ask that you please consider making a donation to our Mid-year Appeal so we can continue the wonderful momentum we have built up.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire staff of the ANS, I thank you.
Dr. Ute Wartenberg
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