Spring 2019 National Meeting Information


The Spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 12-15 at the Embassy Suites located in East Peoria, IL.  The nightly rate will be $138.00 which includes a hot breakfast and, in the evening, complimentary snacks and beverages (including beer and wine).  The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting.  Reservations line is 1-309-694-0200.  Make sure you mention MWTCA when making reservations.

While the French and British occupied the Peoria area for several centuries, the first American settlers began farming here in 1819. Soon the small village experienced a great economic and population boom. With an abundance of natural resources and access to the great water highway of the Illinois River, many early industries arose, including meat-packing plants, casting foundries, pottery factories, wholesale warehousing, distilleries, and earthmoving and farm machinery manufacturers.  The Peoria area is the home of international manufacture Caterpillar.  Will it play in Peoria??  This famous question originated during Peoria’s exciting vaudeville days during the 1920s. After a new live act or stage show was produced, it was soon booked into a Peoria theater to test audience reaction to the show.

The men’s display theme will be “Keen Kutter wood working tools”.  We will have a sizable area for tool trading and displays so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale and trade as well as displays.

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday June 12 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 so don’t forget to register for this function.  The Tailgating will begin early Thursday morning (bring a flashlight) weather permitting.   Be aware that there is NO BACKUP plan should it be raining.

Thursday afternoon James Wright from Woods by Wright will conduct a workshop on “Cool tools and how they came to be”.   He will be discussing several complicated hand tools and their predecessors to see what innovations and changes that were made over the years. There will be demonstrations of all of the tools showing how they work.  There may even be some joinery demonstrations and a bit of hand on teaching.  On top of all of that, James will have door prizes for those who register for the workshop at  https://www.woodbywright.com/mwtca.

This workshop is sponsored by James and you do not need to be a member of Midwest Tool Collectors or register for the meeting to attend this workshop.  Note that anyone who intends to “shop for tools” in either the parking lot on Thursday morning or the trade room on Friday will need to be a member and pay the registration fee – no exceptions.

Several tours are scheduled for Thursday.  In the morning their will be a guided tour of Peoria and the John Flannigan historic home.  This tour will depart at 9:30 AM and return to the hotel at noon.  In the afternoon we plan to tour the Caterpillar Visitors Center and Museum and return to the Flannigan House to view their tool collection.

The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Jerry and Elaine Heuring on Keen Kutter tools.   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 Jim Gehring will update members on regulations governing ivory and present a program on Techniques and Instruments Used in Surveying the Mason Dixson Line.  The tool auction will get underway at 7:30 PM with the auction preview at 6:30 PM.  If you have tools that you would like to sell please give serious thought to bring them for the Friday auction.

Thursday evening the Auxiliary will host their Meet and Greet where first time attendees are recognized followed by show and tell. Auxiliary members are encouraged to bring projects, recently found treasures, parts of your collections—or share personal stories about trips, challenges, victories, family. . . whatever is important to you. It’s a time to enjoy and get to know each other better!

Friday afternoon there will be a book discussion: Francis Fite will discuss the book NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people In this multilayered novel of historic fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor and trust. Friday evening Sandra Sanders from the Prairie Quilt Guild will present a program on QUILTS THAT TELL A STORY.

On Saturday after the luncheon Linda Herron from the Peoria Historical Society will present WEDDING HISTORY, complete with a display of vintage wedding gowns. A short business meeting follows.

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.   Attendance at the banquet is NOT included with “Saturday Only” registration.

Saturday afternoon Tom Krupa from the Peoria Historical Society will present a program on “Roll Out the Barrels” detailing Peoria’s distilling history. Peoria was once the distillery capital of the United States.

Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with a banquet and short business meeting.

Your hostesses will be Judy Escallier and June Kucia. They have been busy planning activities for the Auxiliary as well as planning the tours.

You must be a member to attend as the meeting is closed to the public and there is also a registration fee – $68. The registration fee on Saturday is $25 and includes a complimentary membership for new members. You can join MWTCA by completing the application available on this website.

Meeting badges are required for entry into all meeting functions without exception.