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2020 Early Television Convention

Date change for 2020 Early Television Convention

This year's Early Television Convention will take place in the fall of 2020. We've always held the Convention in the spring up until now but this year two things have influenced our choice of dates.

First, as President of the Early Television Foundation, founder Steve McVoy has traditionally managed most aspects of the Convention. Steve is currently recuperating from surgery; he's doing well but is facing a potentially lengthy recovery and won't be at 100% by the time preparations would need to begin for a May event. (Preparations begin in earnest in February.)

In addition, the museum is dealing with the fallout from a recent visit by the fire inspector. Numerous situations (that were not flagged as code violations in years past) will require attention. Clearing some of the violations will require a significant amount of work and modifications to the building. It is entirely possible that completing all the work could take longer than the amount of time between now and May. It's also possible that the museum could be ordered closed if the fire inspector isn't satisfied with the work. 

So to be safe the Board of Directors has decided to move the Convention to the fall. This will allow time for Steve to get back on his feet and will also allow ample time for the museum building to be brought up to all required fire code standards.

Please mark your calendars for August 28-30, 2020 for the 2020 Early Television Convention. We'll look forward to seeing you then!

Here is information on the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Conventions.


Events in gray were at the museum and those in green at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Ce nter

Friday, August 28

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet other collectors at the museum. Demonstration of sets in the Museum's collection. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Saturday, August 29

7:30 am – 8:00 am Swap Meet setup
8:00 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
9:00 am - 12:00 noon Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm Presentations
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 4:15 pm Presentations
5:30 pm Deadline for purchasing sweepstake drawing tickets
6:00 pm Sweepstake Drawing
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner

Sunday, August 30

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Early Television Foundation Annual Meeting
10:30 am – 11:00 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum