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28 Dec 2021

Mobile apps like Nextdoor allow groups

Club Exchange | user_33663

I'd like to attract more people to numismatics by inviting them to shows and clubs, so I set up a numismatic interest group a few months ago using Nextdoor app, which is free. So far, 9 neighbors have joined the group.I post about coin club meetings and shows that I plan to attend, and photo of coins that I find interesting.If you live in a populated area and want to promote numismatic community, mobile apps could be the answer.Yelp is another mobile app that I've used for free, but I have not tried putting my local coin club on there, yet!Of course there are a lot of other free apps out there (ZINGR, Whaller, Meetup, Citysocializer, Social Radar, for example)Anyone else using mobile apps to promote numismatic community?

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24 Dec 2021

ILNA Youth Associate Program

| user_33663

The Illinois Numismatic Association (ILNA) started a Youth Associate Program (YAP) in 2019, but with all the shutdowns it has been a challenge to develop! We did find 4 YN's ages 10-17 and matched them with Sponsors, for mentoring and guidance.For 2022, we're going to relaunch the program with a new opportunity, but I would like your feedback, as we're still in the development stage.Here’s the idea, tell me what you think:

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11 Dec 2021

Numismatic educational opportunities

Coins in the Classroom | user_33663

In 2019 I applied to be an adjunct instructor at the College of DuPage, Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), teaching a class titled “Exploring Numismatics”. The pandemic caused the campus to close, but I was able to create a virtual classroom using Zoom. I’ve run several virtual classes since then and being online has been both effective and a great convenience for all concerned. For 2022, I have decided to expand my classes to include Harper College, and also to invite local coin club members to help with the class. There are lots of ways that local coin club members can help! What I’m doing, other numismatically inclined educators/collectors can duplicate, or support. There are more than 400 LLI that operate in all 50 states: A-Directory-of-Lifelong-Learning-Institutes.pdf (northwestern.edu).

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