Boston conference promises to be FAN-tastic

Those interested in hand fans should check out this year’s Fan Association of North America (FANA) 37th annual meeting in Boston, on April 10-14, 2019.
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BOSTON — Are you interested in hand fans? If so, you should check out this year’s Fan Association of North America (FANA) 37th annual meeting in Boston, on April 10-14, 2019. FANA members will gather to view and learn about historic, unique, and stylish hand fans. The host hotel is the Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport Hotel Revere, 407 Squire Road, Revere, Massachusetts.

Meeting chair Shelly Gonçalves said, “Our educational agenda will delight FANA members and guests with numerous fan-viewing opportunities.”

Tours of historical sites

Fan enthusiasts, who are members, will participate in several guided field trips including a visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Braintree Historical Society, and the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. The tours will include information and close-up views of the Ester Oldham collection at the MFA and the Hicks Collection at the McMullen Museum of Art that includes 18th and 19th century mother-of-pearl fans.

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Another tour will be to the Braintree Historical Society which has many examples of fans made in the late 1800s by the Braintree fan manufacturer, Hunt and Allen. These field trips are especially exciting because museum fans are rarely on public display due to their fragility.

The agenda also includes a talk on Japanese fan screens, a discussion by students from Lasell College about their fan collection, and a display of members’ scrapbook-type fans (popular in the early 1900s).

A meeting highlight is the members’ fan sale that offers antique fans along with other fans in all price ranges, followed by a charity fan auction to benefit FANA’s educational outreach efforts.

“FANA members who attend this conference are always delighted to find that ‘special fan’ (or two or three) that they have always wanted to add to their collection,” said former FANA President, Katherine Lukas.

The meeting will culminate with a banquet where members are encouraged to bring their favorite sparkly fan to brighten the evening.

FANA welcomes new members who may join by visiting FANA’s website, fanassociation.org. In addition to the annual meeting, member benefits include the FANA newsletter and FANA Journal. Also check out fan discussions on Facebook at “Hand Fan Collectors.” For further information contact Kathryn Hanna at westonkafan@gmail.com or call 952-200-9727.


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