The next ACCLA meeting will be held Sunday October 11, 2015 at the Getty Center Museum starting at 2:00PM. Note the later start than usual so that members can attend the memorial service for Dave Stepsay that will start at 12:00PM.
The visit to the Getty museum will focus on the highly touted exhibit of Greek bronze statues ... Power and Pathos. Please take the tram to the Museum and assemble at the top of the steps near the Museum entrance at 2:00PM. We will then proceed to the exhibit where we have scheduled a self-guided tour. After the tour we will have a short informal meeting. At this time you may visit other parts of the Museum as you wish. Note there is a $15.00 parking fee per car so carpooling is recommended. If you plan to attend please email Roger Burry so we can adjust the tour to match the number of people.
The Museum is located at 1200 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Enter the parking structure, take a ticket and park your car. From the parking structure, take the elevators up to the Lower Tram Station (T1). The tram takes you from the street-level entrance to the top of the hill. The tram is fully accessible. You will need a validated ticket to exit the parking structure. Have your ticket validated at any of the self service parking pay stations, or at the parking office at the tram departure station. All pay stations accept credit cards and many accept cash. Find the stations by the elevators on every level of the parking structure, as well as behind the tram station at the top of the hill. For more information see http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/plan/hours.html#map_canvas
President Ken Friedman opened the meeting by announcing the sad news of the recent passing of Dave Stepsay, ACCLA’s long serving Secretary and friend of all present. Mike Connor volunteered and was appointed as Secretary to fill the vacancy. Barry Rightman reported that the ACCLA treasury remains sound. Mike Connor reported that we now have 750 followers on facebook. Merrill gave his report on membership outreach including plans for a possible tabling and presentation at the Long Beach Expo next February, and the ANA World’s Fair of Money at the Anaheim Convention Center next August. Roger Burry outlined the upcoming meeting programs. Our November meeting will include an auction. Roger finished with a tribute to David Stepsay.
Presentation Roger Burry and Bob Effler gave the final round in Silk Road series with a presentation entitled Last Act in Palmyra. Roger and Bob covered the western end of the trade routes between Chinese and Roman territories focusing on Antioch, Palmyra, and Petra. The Antioch component featured coins from the end of the Seleucids, Tigranes the Great, and the Romans including a bronze of Valerian I – his last coin before he fell to the Sasanians. Palmyra was the largest of the caravan cities. In the third century it was the center of a breakaway empire controlled by Queen Zenobia (and her infant son Vaballathus) that stretched south to Egypt. Queen Zenobia was eventually defeated by Emperor Aurelian and taken as a hostage. In 274 CE, she was paraded through the streets of Rome clad in golden chains. Sadly, the ruins of Palmyra are now the target of the unparalleled acts of vandalism practiced by IS. Roger and Bob finished up with coins of the Nabataeans and their magnificent stronghold of Petra.