Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Upcoming Event : Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show, April 3

The 53rd annual Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show will be held Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Antiquarian Book Dealers Association and is advertised as the Midwest's Largest show of its kind.

Admission is $4.50 for adults, which gives you access to a football stadium size room full of between 150 & 200 tables & vendors of books, postcards, photographs, magazines & comic books, trading cards, maps...pretty much anything that could be published on paper.  Of course, there is plenty of items of interest for those doing family history & genealogy.

I have attended this event in past years and spent the entire day walking up and down aisles, still not having time to visit every booth.  Because it's inevitable that you will find things to buy, you might want to consider bringing a backpack or a wheeled cart so that you don't tire of carrying your treasures.  Because it's a significant walk from parking to the show, you probably won't want to lug things back to your car during the day, as I didn't.

What can you expect to find?  I won't predict that for you, but will say that I came away with things for our collection such as telephone/city directories, school annuals, postcards, cemetery listings, Michigan history, a couple of rare local history items, among other things.

For more information about the show including a free copy of the 2010 bookseller directory, visit or contact them by e-mail.