The 2013 Annual Convention
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See the PMCC's Convention History.

Convention forms:
General Registration [.doc] or [.pdf]
Hotel Registration [.doc] or [.pdf]
Transportation Request [.pdf]

See the May 2013 PMCC Bulletin for exhibit entry forms.
The 52nd PMCC Convention, in Johnson City, Tennessee
For the first time in PMCC history, our annual Convention heads to the Volunteer State for some Appalachian fun. Rodger and Nancy Hinshaw, who brought you the successful 1997 Convention in Asheville, NC, promise four days of philatelic and more excitement this summer!

Save the Dates: August 7 to 10, 2013
The convention will be held at Johnson City's Holiday Inn, located at 101 W. Springbrook Dr. The site is at exit 20 of I-26.

From the hosts:
Our discount rate at the Holiday Inn is $80.00 per night plus tax. The reservations must be made directly with the Hotel by calling 1-423-282-4611 (toll free at 1-866-400-0541), or by web site.

Hotel rates will apply on August 6 for those who wish to arrive early. There will be a NASCAR race in nearby Bristol, TN-VA the weekend following our Convention, so these rates will NOT apply after the 11th. In fact, all rooms at the hotel are already reserved.

We expect the weather to be mild, with high temperatures in the 80s (dropping to the 60s at night). Johnson City lies near the Appalachians about 60 miles north of Asheville, NC, and 100 miles northeast of Knoxville, TN. Our day trip will take us to Asheville's illustrious Biltmore House, which has been further renovated since our 1997 Convention. We expect the tour to be exciting, and there are several small post offices we'll be visiting along the way!

Convention news, May 2013:
It's time to get excited about the upcoming convention in beautiful Johnson City, Tennessee! Everything will begin at the registration at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City adjacent to I-26 at Exit 20 B on 101 Springbrook Drive. Registration begins on Tuesday August 6th after 4 PM. The convention will officially open at 8 AM on August 7th. Registration for the Holiday Inn Hotel will be available for their reservations through July 31st. The other registration forms need to be in our hands by July 19th so we can have everything ready when you arrive. If you fly in to the Tri-City airport outside of Johnson City the Hotel will furnish transportation to and from there free of charge. Check out time is no later than 11 AM on Sunday August the 11th.

There is no continential breakfast, but the hotel offers a breakfast menu of either a hot or cold breakfast of assorted items from cereals, muffins, pancakes, eggs, grits, potatoes, with meats of your choice, biscuits and gravy, and assorted beverages, served from 6 -11 AM. The Inn does NOT do lunch, but there are all sorts of restaurants in the area close by that will meet almost any budget from McDonalds to Red Lobster, so for lunch you are on your own. Dinner is served from 5 - 10 PM at your cost.

The Post Office with the special cancellations will be operating on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only, and for 2 hours per day. There will be 3 special cacheted envelopes, one for each of these days. The USPS has been working with us diligently as we get these cancels ready.

In the swap room we cannot have goodies to eat but there is a snack bar in the hotel on this same floor, and there will be water in the swap room.

There will be two Convention guest speakers. One is scheduled on Thursday to talk about the Lost State of Franklin. This area where the PMCC convention is being held was at one time in the State of Franklin, between 1784-1789 in Washington County. The oldest town in Tennessee is Jonesborough (Jonesboro), which was the first capital of The State of Franklin, which was later in Greeneville, NC (Tenn.). Tennessee became a State in 1796. Our second speaker will be talking about Blue Plum, Johnson's Depot and Johnson City, TN. The former were previous names of Johnson City. There will possibly be a third speaker to tell us more history of the area.

The Biltmore House trip will be on Friday morning. We have arrive there by 10 AM and our tour begins at 10:45. You won't want to miss it! A one-day pass for individuals is $65.00 when not in a tour group. We have a bus available to take us that day and bring us back.

The Albert Hornberger Ice Cream Walk [Ride] will take us about one mile from the hotel, to the Marble Slab Creamery. All flavors and many desserts are available!

President Andrew Johnson's home is nearby at the National Historic Site in Greeneville, TN. Additional points of interest include the Bays Mountain Park Observatory in Kingsport, TN, the Tweetsie Railroad, the Tipton-Haynes Civil War Battlefield, and a museum about Watauga Lake in Butler, TN featuring information about many small local communities.

Please bring any swap table and auction materials with you, as well as exhibits!

A lot of time and effort has gone in to making this one of the GREATEST Conventions ever, and we ask that you attend and support the Post Mark Collectors Club. We'll all have a fun get together!