The Collector Exhibit Area
In addition to dealer tables, MAX offers a seperate collector exhibit arena. Each year, collectors are invited to display their collections in this area. Each display is in competition for a coveted MAX Show trophy and/or cash award. There is not a more distinguished award in the hobby than a MAX Show trophy and the opportunity for recognition by one's peers for exceptional merit. We hope all attendees will take the time to visit the exhibit area, introduce themselves to the exhibitors and ask questions. Exhibit winners are announced on Saturday afternoon.
The MAX Seminar Program
One of the key ingredients to the on-going success of the MAX Show has been the seminar program. From its inception, MAX has always offered free lectures to collectors eager to learn. These seminars draw huge crowds, usually with standing room only. This is not surpising, as the list of past seminar speakers conveys the same impact of a "Who's Who" for the militaria hobby. MAX is very grateful to these past speakers, for not only have they entertained collectors, but they have unmeasureably aided in the constant search for education in a sometimes obscure and often expensive hobby. The caliber and reputation of each and every expert says it all.
Each year, under the Chairmanship of Ron Weinand, MAX provides an outstanding program devoted to lectures on our favorite collectibles. Ron as been our MAX Show Seminar Chairman since the Show's inception in St. Louis some 15 years ago. Every year, Ron puts together an outstanding seminar program, a MAX event looked forward to by hundreds of attendees. Many of the most well-known names in the hobby have shared their expertise by giving lectures under Ron's able guidance.
Scheduled 2014 Seminars
"The History and Technology of the World War II German Enigma Cipher Machine: Why are they so Valuable ?"
Professor Tom Perera will trace the history of the Enigma machine as the German Military forces came to rely on it to encode all of their important communications. He will describe the internal workings of the Enigma and describe how the Allies were able to decipher and read most German communications during the war. Finally, Dr. Perera will describe why so few Enigmas survived the war and why they have become so valuable.
Professor Perera received his doctorate from Columbia University where he taught and researched in the field of Neuroscience and coding strategies of the brain for 35 years. He has been hunting for, collecting, studying, and writing and lecturing on the German Enigma for over 20 years. He maintains an online museum of Enigma machines.
"Sacking Aladdin's Cave: Plundering Göring's Nazi War Trophies
As a second seminar on Friday evening, MAX is proud to announcethat the popular author on wartime military thievery, Ken Alford, will be returning to present another colorful lecture and visual presentation on his latest book, "Sacking Aladdin's Cave: Plundering Göring's Nazi War Trophies". The book details the magnitude of the art treasures acquired by Hermann Göring during his reign as Reichmarshall and their discovery by the 101st Airborne in a sealed cave near Berchtesgaden.
Mr. Alford will thrill the audience with his quips and frank matter-of-fact discussion of the many "secondary" thefts and the final disposition of many of these priceless artifacts. Mr. Alford will be available for signing of his book after the seminar. This presentation is not to be missed.
The MAX Show Raffle
Prior to the auction, raffle tickets are drawn for great prizes.The raffle has always proven to be a popular event at the MAX. All you have to do is purchase a MAX Show program for $10.00, and you automatically get a raffle ticket. Top prizes include several highly collectible artifats just waiting for you to add to you collection. But you can't win if you don't buy a program. The drawing for the raffle prizes will be held on Saturday evening, just before the the gala auction in the Radisson Hotel. You do not have to be present to win! Good luck!