2018 APIC National Convention
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL
July 18th to July 22nd 2018
(see daily schedule below)


Click here to submit your registration on-line (and pay by PayPal, check or postal money order). We highly recommend registering using this on-line method.  If you pay by PayPal, you will not be required to submit any forms or payment by mail.  You will receive a copy of your registration by email.  So easy !!




The great city of Springfield IL is proud to be hosting the upcoming 2018 APIC National Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. You can now register (and pay via PayPal) for the convention via this website. If you have any questions, contact Steve Henry or Bob Atwater, the Convention Chairmen.

To Make Hotel Reservations

Room Rate of $106/night:   APIC members can book their rooms at the special rate of $106 per night. This rate is available from July 14th to July 22nd so people can extend their stays for vacation time! The room rate includes free parking and free WIFI.

Note! There will be a cutoff date to receive this special APIC room rate so don't wait! Book early! 

How to Make Reservations:

  • By Phone: Call 800.589.2769.
    Use group code "K6A"
    .  This is the number of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Be sure to specify the the group code "K6A" because the normal room rate is higher.
  • Online:  Click here and you will be redirected to the Crowne Plaza Hotel website where you can make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  NOTE THAT THE HOTEL HAS PLENTY OF ROOMS DURING THIS WEEK REGARDLESS OF THE MESSAGE YOU MIGHT RECEIVE ONCE YOU CONNECT TO THE HOTEL'S WEBSITE.

Convention Daily Schedule

Schedule last updated: 1/26/2018

July 14th and 15th - SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Sat / Sun
  Room Hopping All Day
  On Your Own Sightseeing options All Day
July 16th - MONDAY Monday
  Registration Opens 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  Room Hopping All Day
  On Your Own Sightseeing Options All Day
July 17th - TUESDAY Tuesday
  Registration Open 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  Room Hopping All Day
  The Lincoln Home Group Tour ($30/person) 9:30am-12pm
  Lincoln Museum/Tomb Group Tour ($50/person) 1pm-5pm
 July 18th - WEDNESDAY Wednesday
  Registration Open 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  Room Hopping All Day
  Chalk & Awe 6th Biennial Competition 10am
  Lincoln's New Salem Group Tour ($30/person) 9am-12pm
  New State Capitol Group Tour ($30/person) 10am-12pm
  Dana Thomas House/Old State Capitol Group Tour ($30/person) 1:30pm-4pm
  Opening/President's Reception - Lincoln-Douglas Debate 6:30pm
July 19th - THURSDAY Thursday
  Registration Open 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  Room Hopping All Day
  Seminiars 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  Chapter Meetings 9-12pm, 1-4pm
  APIC Board Meeting 2pm
  Exhibit Setup (12pm starts security) 12pm-3pm
  Exhibits Open (cocktails, cash bar & hors d'oeuvres) 5pm-6:30pm
  Keynote Speaker - Dr. James Cornelius, Abraham Lincoln Museum Curator 7pm-8:30pm
  Anderson Americana Political Trivia 5th Biennial World Series 9pm
July 20th - FRIDAY Friday
  Registration Open 9am-4pm
  Bourse Setup 6:30am-9am
  Bourse open to APIC registered members only 9am-4pm
  Exhibits open 9am-4pm
  Wines of Illinois - Rooftop Terrace - spouses and others 3pm-5pm
  Member's Auction Preview, bidder registration, cash bar 6pm-7pm
  Member's Auction - cash bar 7pm-9:30pm
July 21st - SATURDAY Saturday
  Registration Open 9am-4pm
  Bourse open to exhibitors 8am-9am
  Bourse open to the public 9am-4pm
  Exhibits open to all 9am-4pm
  Springfield Rules Walk-in Auctions as needed
  Social Hour 5pm-6pm
  Sit-down Dinner and APIC Awards and Volunteer appreciation 6pm-8pm
  Banquet Entertainment 8pm
July 22nd - SUNDAY Sunday
  APIC Breakfast 8am-10am
  Registration Open 10am-12pm
  Bourse open to exhibitors 9am-10am
  Bourse open to public 10am-3pm
  Exhibits open to all 10am-3pm
  Exhibits close and break-down 3pm-4:30pm
  Bourse close and break-down (end of security) 3pm-4:30pm

Convention Sponsors

Platinum = $1,000
Gold = $750
Silver = $500
Bronze = $250



Hake's Americana - www.hakes.com

Tony Atkiss APIC #2215

Drew Hecht APIC #2418

Anonymous APIC Family

Heritage Auctions



Anderson Americana

Robin & Julie Powell



Tom French APIC #1834

Rex Stark APIC $1754

Legacy Americana

Lori Ferber Presidential Americana

Chicago APIC

Steeles Display Cases

Bold Concepts Mort Berkowitz

Busy Beaver Buttons



APIC Gateway to the West Chapter - St Louis

Hal Ottaway APIC #35

APIC Kentucky Boys

Shopmaker Political Collection at UMSL

Northern California APIC

Phil Kellerman/Oley Foundation




How to Register

Two options to register:

Preferred Method

Submit your registration on-line (and pay by PayPal, check or postal money order). We recommend registering using this on-line method.  Also, note that, if you pay by PayPal, you will not be required to submit any forms or your payment by mail.

Alternate Method

Submit your registration by mail including your payment by either check or  postal money order.

By choosing this method of registration, you must first  print out the registration form (link to this form shown below), complete it by hand, and send your completed forms and full payment to the following address:

APIC National Convention 2018

c/o Bob Atwater, 11221 North Onyx Lane, Dunlap, IL 61525


Important Note Registration is not considered complete until full payment is received!8


Convention Forms, Members Auction and other information

There are two links below that allow for printing both the Registration Form and the Table Rental Agreement Form. If you are NOT going to register on-line, you can use these forms, however you must complete them manually.

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