Conventions & Events

Marriott Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District.
A Convention of Philatelists
Unlike Any Other...
With friendship and lots of social activities and opportunities to acquire material, CSA conventions are an annual treat.

We sponsor the annual CSA Philatelic Convention and Exhibition held at various World Series of Philately national stamp shows across the country. The CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE Convention and Exhibition is the major annual gathering of Confederate collectors and features spectacular exhibits of Confederate stamps and covers.

The famous Southern Supper is a major philatelic event. Each year at the Southern Supper, the Confederate Stamp Alliance Awards are presented. These consist of the Haydn Myer Award (service to the Alliance), the CP Writers Award (best article in the Confederate Philatelist since the last convention), and the August Dietz Award (research and writing since the last convention). Click the award name to review a listing of past recipients. In addition to these three awards, the exhibitors at the convention are recognized with a series of various exhibiting awards the most prestigious being the CSA Trophy for the best Confederate Exhibit. The awards presentations are always a highlight of the Southern Supper.

The original inscribed plaque of the Haydn Myer Award is on display at the APRL (American Philatelic Research Library) in State College, Pa. The archives of the Alliance were moved to the APRL in 2002 and are available for research and study.


 

Future Sites of CSA Conventions:

2014 Mid-Year: Fredericksburg, VA, October 24-25, 2014

2015 Annual: London, England, London 2015 Europhilex, May 13-16, host John Walker

2015 Mid-Year: Asheville, NC, October 9-10, 2015

2016 Annual: St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Expo, March 27-29, host TBD

2016 Mid-Year: TBD

2017 Annual: TBD

2017 Mid-Year: TBD


Convention/Events Coverage:

Annual Conventions:

Special Note: All photographs shown on the following pages are provided courtesy of Gen. Trish Kaufmann and/or Col. John Kimbrough.

February 2014 - Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition, Sarasota, FL

March 2013 - Garfield/Perry March Party - Cleveland, OH

June 2012 - NAPEX - Tysons Corner, VA

April/May 2011 - WESTPEX - San Francisco, CA

August 2010 - 75th Anniversary - Richmond, VA

December 2009 - FLOREX - Orlando Florida

July 2008 - Charlotte, NC
November 2007 - Williamsburg, Va.
March 2006 - New York City, ASDA Mega Event
June 2005 - McLean, Virginia, NAPEX '05
February 2004 - Sarasota, Fla. National Stamp Show
March 2003 - St. Louis Stamp Expo
July 2002 - CHARPEX, Charlotte, North Carolina
November 2001 - VAPEX, Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 2000 - TEXPEX, Dallas, Texas
February 1999 - Sarasota, Fla. National Stamp Show

Mid-Year Gatherings
Special Note: All photographs shown on the following pages are provided courtesy of John Kimbrough and Trish Kaufmann.
September 2013 - Huntsville, Alabama
October 2012 - Fort Worth, Texas
November 2011 - Savannah, Georgia
May 2007 - Memphis, Tennessee
November 2006 - Jacksonville, Florida
November 2005 - Mobile, Alabama
October 2004 - Asheville, North Carolina
October 2003 - Harrisburg, Pa.
October 2002 - Chattanooga, Tennessee
April 2001 - Charleston, South Carolina
October 2000 - Richmond, Virginia

 

CSA Midyear- Fredericksburg, VA Oct 24-25, 2014

Location: Marriott Courtyard Historic District, Fredericksburg, 620 Carolina Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Reservations: 540-373-8300 or 1-800-Marriott (you can specify Confederate Stamp Alliance Room Block for October 23 – 25, 2015)

You can book online using booking code CSACSAA for 1 King Bed or CSACSAB for 2 Queen Beds.

Room Cost: $119+tax per night
Saturday Dinner Cost: $75 per Member, $50 per spouse/significant other

Plans are now finalized for a joint midyear gathering with the Virginia Postal History Society (Col. Wayne Farley, President) on Friday Oct 24th and Saturday the 25th 2014 in Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The venue chosen is the Marriott Courtyard Historic Fredericksburg, 620 Carolina Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Room cost is $119 per night.

Six or seven dealers are planned to participate.  General Peter Powell and Col. William Shulleeta are the local hosts who scouted the hotels and arranged for a Saturday evening meal at the Bavarian Chef Restaurant. Participant may order off the wide menu.  Since Bavaria is in Southern Germany this qualifies as a quasi Southern Supper. Right!


Please make your room reservations directly with the Courtyard, whose direct line is 540-369-9321.  VPHS/CSA member cost for the gathering, including hospitality room, and Saturday dinner is $75 per Member, $50 per spouse/significant other. Dealer cost is $250 a table, including dinner at the Bavarian Chef.

Signup sheets will be emailed in the next CSA Bulletin and through the VPHS.

For CSA Trustees, there will be a Trustee meeting Thursday evening at approximately 6:30PM.


LONDON 2015
CSA Annual Convention in
Conjunction with EUROPHILEX
May 13th - 16th, 2015
LONDON 2015


Plans for our Annual Convention taking place in London, England in 2015 are at an advanced stage.

London 2015 - Europhilex will mark their 80th year and the 150th Anniversary of the end of The American Civil war. The event will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. N1 OQH from Wednesday 13th May until Saturday 16th May 2015. Other details are as follows:

CONVENTION HOTEL

The Convention Hotel chosen is DoubleTree by Hilton London-Islington, Pentonville Road, Islington, London (note that this is a name change for the hotel but it's the same hotel and any reservations already made are still good). This is also the Hotel used by the International Judges and Commissioners at the Exhibition. A special room rate of £164.00 per night has been negotiated for a room with two persons sharing and £155.00 per night for single person occupancy. This rate is inclusive of Value Added Tax and includes the cost of a full English breakfast. No other costs are applicable. This is a very reasonable cost for Central London and the Hotel is a five minute walk to the Business Design Centre. Booking a room can be done in one of two ways:

  1. 1. By telephone - call (44) 207282 5500 then press option 1. Once through to a member of staff advise them to book a room quoting reference INTE 130515.

  2. 2. Go to DoubleTree by Hilton London-Islington website and e-mail them stating that you wish to book a room and quoting the above reference In both instances you will need to give your credit card details and dates you wish to stay. Several members have already made reservations.

OTHER EVENTS
1. A visit has been arranged to The British Library on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 2.30pm for a private viewing of the Confederate portion of the famous Tapling Collection. This contains many famous and unique items especially Postmasters Provisionals. This will be followed by a private conducted tour of the Library.

2. In the evening of Thursday 14th May we will be hosting our traditional Southern Supper in a cordoned part of the Doubletree Hotel Restaurant.

3. The C.S.A Annual Convention will be held in the Executive Suite of The Business Design Centre (The Exhibition Venue) at 10.00 am on Friday 15th May 2015. This will be followed by 4 Wonderful Confederate presentations of great interest. This in turn will be followed by a Wine & Snack Reception when the C.S.A. will host representatives of London 2015 concluding at approximately 2.00 pm.

4. A visit has been arranged to the Headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society, London. The oldest and most well known philatelic society in the World on Saturday morning 16th May 2015 at 10.30 am. Tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.

5. The Royal Philatelic Society London is hosting a Gala dinner on Friday evening 15th May 2015 at the historic Guildhall in London. This will be a superb banquet and will be a Black Tie/Tuxedo event. Tickets are likely to be restricted and the approximate cost is stated to be £100.00 per ticket. Col. John Walker our host in London is a member of The Royal. Several members have already made provisional bookings. Should you wish to attend please email John at j.h.walker@btinternet.com and he will endeavour to secure a
ticket for you as soon as possible as he has been asked to notify names of C.S.A members at the very earliest opportunity.

In addition to being the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, 2015 also marks;

  • a) The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black postage stamp - the first in the world introduced by the British Post Office.

  • b) The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated.

  • c) The 800th Anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

It should also be noted that the London 2015 Europhilex Exhibition has been granted Royal Patronage by Her Majesty the Queen and leading auctioneers Heinrich Koehler and Corinphila appointed official Auctioneer for a major auction on Saturday 16th May 2015.

Members are encouraged now to start making plans to come to London 2015 for this once in a lifetime CSA Convention.

London is one of the most vibrant and exciting capitals in the world with a host of world famous attractions, historic buildings, theatres and restaurants. Please visit the London 2015 website where you will see the C.S.A. coming to London is given as a press release. We await to welcome you all.

The Registration cost is $150.00 per person and will include the cost of the Southern Supper, The Wine & Snack reception following the A.G.M/Presentations and also Tea/coffee and snacks at the visit to the Royal.

Please make checks payable to The Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA) and send to:

Col Larry Baum
316 W Calhoun St.
Sumter, SC 29150

The Southern Supper will be a 3 course dinner including 2 glasses of wine/soft drinks per person. The main course which has to be pre-ordered, offers a choice of the following:

  • a) Marinated grilled pork loin, dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vegetables and red wine jus

  • b) Roasted white fish fillet stuffed with smoked and confit salmon mousse with baby potato cake and cherry tomato salsa

  • c) Vegetarian option - Potato gnocchi with wild mushroom sauce, wild rocket and parmesan shavings with a touch of truffle oil

Please state choice when booking registration with Larry.