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FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

Latest Update: 14 February 2017

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Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place | Hotel Reservations

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For Online Hotel Reservations: Click Here Rate is $119

If guests prefer to telephone for reservations please call: 1-800-325-3535 or 413-781-1010 to book reservations. You will have to mention the Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors National Convention group name to receive the discounted $119 rate.


13 February 2017: Remember the Membership Breakfast!

The FOHBC General Membership Breakfast Meeting will take place on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 am with the membership meeting starting at 7:30 am in the MassMutual Center, Meeting Rooms 4 & 5. Please join us for a full buffet breakfast and our annual membership meeting. This event is specifically for current and paid-up FOHBC members and will be at no cost to attendees. We encourage you to come and be part of the FOHBC by participating in this event, our once a year General Membership Meeting. Get the latest news on the Federation, the Virtual Museum and our hobby. You will be able to join the FOHBC, or renew membership prior to the breakfast.

02 February 2017: Official 2017 Springfield National Photographers

The FOHBC is extremely pleased to announce that the husband-wife team of Carol & Bill Petscavage will be the official convention photographers for the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo this coming August 3rd thru 6th. READ MORE

17 November 2016: Room Hopping – New Poster Art Created

A new event for the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo … Room Hopping! More Info

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17 November 2016: Springfield Bottle Battle – New Poster Art Created

Art created for the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo bottle competition. The Battle of Springfield event is highly anticipated and will be one of the highlights of the convention. More Info

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29 October 2016: Springfield Armory Reception – New Event added to the 2017 Springfield National

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The FOHBC is working with the Events Coordinator at the Springfield Armory Museum and the Campus Events Coordinator at the adjacent Springfield Technical Community College. Both are in historic buildings on the National Historic Site (National Park Service) grounds and hold events. The FOHBC and Springfield Co-Chairs will be holding an afternoon reception on the 7th floor, “Top of the City” conference room at the Education Center which has large windows that overlook the historic grounds. READ MORE

15 September 2016: Press release Springfield 2017… Winner of free night stay drawing

Well, the early bird has caught the worm! As promised, when we reached our first 50 received contracts, we promised we would draw one lucky dealer to receive a two night stay at our host hotel during the 2017 Springfield National Convention & Expo. The lucky winners are Peter & Trish Manfredi from South Glasonberry, Connecticut. Congratulations!

Remember, we’re not done! When we reach our 100th contract for Springfield, we will be having another drawing, this time for a one night stay at our host hotel! Don’t hesitate, make your move now! We told you Springfield was really going to be something special, we’re just beginning! A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Bob Strickhart
Springfield National Co-Chair

04 August 2016: Watson One Auction Announced

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We’re going to bring back the FOHBC auctions of the past and this will be an event you do not want to miss! For the first time in many years, we will conduct a live auction on Saturday Morning, August 5th, 2017. The FOHBC and the Watson family is extremely pleased to present to the public, for the first time ever, a wonderful selection of antique bottles and glass items from the famed collection of Dick & Elma Watson. We are very grateful to the Watson family, who in their parents’ footsteps, continue to support the efforts of the FOHBC. Clearly, this auction is a momentous occasion and will offer a wide variety of categories of glass items from the Watson collection. Dick and Elma always believed that these fine collectibles were intended to be in the hands of appreciative collectors. The Watson’s also believed strongly in this organization. And so, in typical Watson fashion, Dick and Elma continue in this way to support our hobby. A live preview of the Watson One Auction will take place in the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel Meeting Rooms 1-3 on Saturday August 5, 2017 starting at 7:00 am followed by the live auction starting at 9:00 am. Catalogue availability and bidding information will be released in a timely fashion. Check the FOHBC website or contact Jim Bender or Bob Strickhart for more details. You don’t want to miss this historic and epic event!

04 November 2015: Contract & Hotel Information

Interest in the 2017 Springfield Convention is growing every day. I now am getting many calls a week from dealers and collectors asking me for contracts and hotel information. Could you please post this letter to let the people know that contracts will be available one week before the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo (30 July 2016) and that Bob Strickhart and myself will have a table in Sacramento to answer all questions and sign people up. These dates are very important to remember because Bob and I are doing something new for 2017. We are having a dealer drawing of the first fifty contracts we take and will be giving the winner two (2) free room nights at our host hotel the Springfield Sheraton. But this even gets better! If you are one of the first one hundred dealers to sign up we are having a second drawing for one (1) free room night and then a third drawing for two (2) free banquet tickets.

Speaking of the Banquet, we also would like to announce officially that our banquet feature presentation will be a large screen viewing of the late Dick and Elma Watson Collection of New Jersey. Bob and I were friends of Dick and Elma and both conceder it an honor to be able to share the collection on a big screen for those who never got to see. Bob and I, along with a guest speaker, will share our thoughts about the collection and the Watsons as we view this wonderful collection of over 5,000 bottle in all categories. This will be a once in a life time event and you won’t want to miss it.

I am also including the link to make your hotel reservations which can be made now. If calling by phone be sure to mention the FOHBC to get the discount. Rooms are just $119 per night. We have booked as many rooms as we can and they will go fast. Springfield is going to be a bottle event talked about for years to come. We have other big surprises coming. Once we get all the details worked out we will forward the information to you so we can share it with all. Anyone who is interested in helping at the show can contact us. With an event this size we can use all the help we can get. Be it one day or all weekend.

SPRINGFIELD HERE WE COME!

Jim Bender
FOHBC Historian
FOHBC 2017 Show Co Chairman

09 September 2015: Logo and Graphics Look Approved for Convention

The logo and graphics layouts below were presented to the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo Co-Chairs Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart on Monday, 31 July 2015. Graphics approved for development by Co-Chairs and FOHBC Board of Directors. Read full Story

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02 August 2015: 2017 Springfield National C0-Chairs

FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo Co-Chairs, Jim Bender (left) and Bob Strickhart (right), take a moment to pose at the 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show.

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For Immediate Release: FOHBC in Springfield, Mass in 2017!

13 May 2015

Northeast Region: Some things are worth waiting for. This is one of those things…

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is proud to announce that the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo for 2017 will take place in Springfield, Massachusetts. Commencing Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, the MassMutal Center of Springfield Mass. will be the site of a historical bottle and glass experience you will remember for years to come.

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From Thursday the 3rd to Sunday the 6th of August in 2017, this Bottle Convention & Expo will bring back all the familiar FOHBC show favorites such as a world-class antique bottle show and sale, banquet, auction, educational seminars, displays and the bottle competition shootout. However, Show Co-Chairmen Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart, have a little something special planned that will make this Convention and Expo an event that is talked about for decades to come. Jim and Bob have made it their mission to make this “the bottle show of the century!”

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After an exhaustive search, the MassMutual Center of Springfield was chosen for its location and superior accommodations. Teaming with the MassMutual Center, the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel will provide host hotel services sure to meet and exceed everyone’s expectations. Deluxe accommodations including free overnight parking will be available for an affordable $119 per night. A stones’ throw away, the MassMutual center will provide us with a comfortable venue with plenty of natural light and a spacious setting for seminars, banquets and the many other special activities planned.

Watch the FOHBC Web Site “2017 Springfield National” page for updates including a live link for room reservations. Also, information concerning show contracts, seminars, banquet, shootout and the like will be forthcoming.

This will be worth the wait!