National Meeting Information



September 25-28, 2019

The Fall 2019 meeting will be held September 25-28 at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Same location as our 2013 meeting. The hotel rate is $104 and includes a hot breakfast. The rates are good for three days prior and three days following the meeting. The hotel reservation number is 417-866-5253 and make sure you ask for the MWTCA meeting rate. Located in south central Missouri, there are a number of interesting things to see and do in the Springfield area. Springfield is located on former Route 66. Branson, MO is located some 60 mile south of Springfield. The men’s display theme will be “leather working tools”.

The hotel and convention center is located just off I-44 with a large meeting room to accommodate our tool trading and displays.

On Thursday we will feature tours to the Pythian Castle which covers 100 years of history including the time it was an orphanage and a military post. Tours to the Pythian Castle depart 9:45 AM and 12:20 PM. Multiple tour to the Bass Pro Shop are scheduled during the day so you can visit the “Granddaddy” of all outdoor stores including the Sporting Arms Museum and the National Archery Museum. Tours depart from the hotel 10:25 AM, 11:30 AM, 12.40 PM and 2:40 PM  Last bus back to hotel is 4:00 PM. Space is limited to 35.

The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Norm Walzer on leather working tools and their history. Norm’s presentation will feature pre-civil war leather tools.  On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 8:30 AM beginning with the displays followed by tool trading at 10 AM.   We expect to have several demonstrators in the Trade and Display Room on Friday demonstrating cabinet making, tinsmith and wood carving. On Friday afternoon JB Cox will present a program on a brace rule /framing square anomaly 1843-1874 with the ever popular tool auction Friday evening.  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.

On Friday evening the Auxiliary will present a program on the National Tiger Sanctuary (NTS), a non-profit, rescue organization providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. The NTS provides unique educational programs and experiences to foster a love and appreciation for nature in the heart of every visitor. Join us to see how this special place takes care of large cats.

For those members that can only attend on Saturday we again are offering registration for ‘Saturday Only” at $25 with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM.

The Auxiliary will host a luncheon on Saturday. The guest speaker will be John Sellars, Executive Director of the History Museum on the Square. He will present an interesting and fact filled program on Springfield history.  Topics include the origin of Route 66, The Trail of Tears, Wild Bill Hickok shoot out, the civil war and much more. Sellars is considered the Springfield Master of History.

At 2:00 PM we will conduct the election of officers for the following year followed by a presentation by Christopher Costa from Springfield Leather Company.

We will close out the meeting with our banquet and short business meeting.

Your hostess will be Catherine Trahin

You must be a member to attend as the meeting is closed to the public and there is also a registration fee – $54. The registration fee on Saturday is $25 and includes a complimentary membership for new members. You can join MWTCA by completing the application – Click Here