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Invasion of Pittsburgh

On August 11th, 1989, during the 98th Anniversary Convention of the American Numismatic Association, ten dedicated bibliophiles visited the numismatic collection at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The books had once been used by the curators of the extensive coin collection owned by The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. They were transfered to Carnegie Library after the bulk of the coin collection was sold in the early 1980's. The visitors were:

Mark Auerbach, Clifton, NJ John Bergman, Lakewood, CA Armand Champa, Louisville, KY Nancy Green, Colorado Springs, CO Wayne Homren, Pittsburgh, PA Frank Katen, Silver Spring, MD George Kolbe, Crestline, CA Ken Lowe, Rocky River, OH J. Roger Persichilli, Trenton, NJ Myron Xenos, Rocky River, OH

Arrangements were made by John Burns of North Huntingdon, PA, through Joe Falgione of Carnegie Library. The group met outside the Vista Hotel, across the street from the David L. Lawrence Convention center. Wayne Homren drove the lead car, with passengers Armand, George, and John. The other drivers were Ken and Mark. The caravan of three cars wound its way through downtown streets and quickly became stuck in a road construction bottleneck. Despite the August heat and Pittsburgh humidity, the group eventually pulled into the Library parking lot in the Oakland section of the city. 

In 1990, Wayne prepared 13 photo albums commemmorating the event. Thirteen copies were made, one for each visitor, one for John Burns, and one each for the ANA and Carnegie Libraries.

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