July 4 -- With temperatures outside knocking on the century mark, Civil War enthusiasts were inside
hoping to score come cool deals at the 45th Annual Artifact and Collectibles show sponsored by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association on June 30 and July 1.
Over the show’s run, including the Friday VIP opening, more than 900 people attended the show, an
increase over the previous year.
“Overall, the feedback we got from the vendors was that it was a good show and that people were buying
more than the last few years,” said GBPA President Barb Mowery.
The vendors and displayers were treated to a resumption of an awards program for the GBPA show, which
had been missing the past couple of years.
The awards program was reinstituted thanks to the sponsorship of collector Charles Petrillo of Levittown.
The recognition was obviously appreciated by those who put enormous amounts of time into researching and collecting relics of the Civil War and displaying them in a manner that educated the public about their historic value.
“The GBPA Board of Directors had determined we were going to bring back the awards this year and
Charles volunteered to spearhead the work,” said Mowery. “As we went around to the tables, you could see the pride the exhibitors had in their work.
Looking ahead to next year’s Artifact and Collectibles Show, the GBPA will be putting additional emphasis
on attracting more members of the general public to the show.
“The serious collectors know about the show, but we want it to be an opportunity for more people to
explore the hobby, even if it is just to acquire something that may have a link to their family history,” said Mowery.
“It can also be quite an educational experience for young people to see and actually touch things once held
by the people they read about in history books.”
The GBPA 46th Annual Artifact and Collectibles Show is set for June 29 and 30, 2019.
Award winners at the 45th Annual GBPA Artifact and Collectibles Show:
Jay Reid of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, was on the cutting edge for receiving the GBPA’s Best of Show
plaque for his display centered on the sword presented to Capt. Charles McAnally, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Civil War.
The People’s Choice Award was given to Chris Foard of Magnolia, Delaware, for his display on Civil War Nursing. Among the display are documents involving nurses who helped care for the wounded of Gettysburg, including those at the Camp Letterman General Hospital established in the weeks after the battle.
Faye and Ed Max of Honeybrook, Pennsylvania earned this year’s Best Photographic Display for their
presentation about Pennsylvania at Gettysburg featured an especially unique item: the Confederate bullet removed from the lung of Ed’s great-great grandfather after a clash near Antietam. Ed credits the story about the bullet with getting him interested in the Civil War.
Paul DeHaan of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is closing in on being at three dozen GBPA shows over the years.
His Judges Choice Award exhibit of items from the life of Union Admiral David Farragut included a silver chalice engraved: “To Dr. S.D. Townshend from his old shipmate and friend, Vice Admiral David Farragut.” Accompanying the chalice was a silver cup engraved with “Farragut to Townsend Jr. from his father’s friend. Sept. 20, 1865.”
The Best Union Exhibit Award was presented to Paul Loane of Mt. Holly, New Jersey, for his display of Tin
cups used by soldiers during the Civil War and at reunions afterward.
An Appreciation Award went to Buck Zaidel of Higganum, Connecticut, with his exhibit about Connecticut
soldiers of the Civil War, matching the subject of the book he co-authored, “Heroes for All Time.”
John Frowne of Hanover Courthouse, Virginia, was the recipient of an Appreciation Award for his display of
Confederate cap boxes and related artifacts.