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55th annual - AMICA CONVENTION
BLACK HILLS - South Dakota
June 3 - 8, 2018

          Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                    By Q. David Bowers
       An AMICA-International Publication

2012 AMICA Convention
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
July 11 – 15, 2012


Please plan on attending the 2012 Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, an exciting city with attractions galore, many within walking distance of our convention hotel.

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Our convention hotel, the Sheraton Station Square, is situated at the premier location in the city: on the Monongahela Riverfront in downtown Pittsburgh overlooking Fort Duquesne and the Golden Triangle, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River.    The hotel is part of the Station Square shopping complex, which comprises 52 acres of indoor and outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment.  Being among Pittsburgh’s largest tourist destinations, it attracts more than three million people annually.  Station Square incorporates the former “grand” station of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, with some of the original structures such as the freight house building and the elegant concourse being converted into restaurants and a shopping mall.  (If you ever saw the movie “Flash Dance,” a portion was filmed at the Grand Concourse Restaurant).  Station Square boasts a stop on Pittsburgh’s Light Rail System (“PAT”), as well as the docks for the Gateway Clipper River Fleet and “Just Ducky” DKW (WW2 amphibious boat) tours.


ITINERARY – Updated as of 2/26/2012


Wednesday, July 11

  • Arrival and Board Meeting / self-guided sightseeing for non-Board Members

  • Pianola concert with Bob Berkman – Bob has several “shows” he can perform and will highlight a unique cultural aspect of the pianola in a finely-tuned and entertaining show


Thursday, July 12

  • Opening breakfast

  • Tour of Frick Art and Historical Center, including Clayton, the mansion of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and the Car and Carriage Museum.  The mansion includes a Welte Cottage Orchestrion restored by Durward Center in a rare “original installation” location.

  • Box lunch provided in between tours

  • Tour of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, with 17 distinct botanical experiences, including a Palm Court, Butterfly House, Orchid Room and formal outdoor garden.  The Phipps Welcome Center is the first LEED-certified building in a public garden and boasts a fabulous Dale Chihuly chandelier.

  • Return to hotel and board Gateway Clipper Riverboat dinner tour of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and stunning skyline.


Friday, July 13 

Our planned activities include visits to the following:

  • Tour of Blackwood, a 35-acre estate in Butler County built in its entirety by AMICAns Don Fink and Ben Robertson.   Visit to include a concert by Dave Wickerham on Blackwood’s meticulously restored 3 manual, 26 rank Wurlitzer theatre organ with gold-leaf “waterfall” console. 

  • Mini Organ Rally on the grounds during a wonderful outdoor catered lunch and after Dave’s concerts Tour of the grounds will include viewing the clock tower with its 1907 Seth Thomas clock and roll-playing Schulmerich carillon, a Blackwood gyrocopter, and an antique radio collection.

  • Dinner on own

  • Pumper contest


Saturday, July 14

  • Workshops

  • Mart (if sufficient interest)

  • Local Sightseeing

  • Banquet with Ortner-Roberts Jazz Trio


Sunday, July 15

  • Closing breakfast and annual meeting

  • Private collection tours (on own, or we may charter buses if there is enough interest; additional fee for buses on this day only may be assessed; see registration form).

The hotel rate is $119 a night, and the convention registration fee of $385.00 will include all attractions and transportation (except for Sunday collection tours by tour bus; we’ll see if there is enough interest to merit bus rentals for that day), as well as two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners.   The convention is open to members of MBSI, COAA and the Player Piano Group at no additional charge (or AMICA membership requirement).

To make a hotel reservation, call 1-800-325-3535 and mention the AMICA room rate.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh -
Sincerely, Tim Baxter,
Your Convention Chair

Useful links:

Sheraton Station Square:
Frick Art & Historical Center:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden:
Gateway Clipper:
Duquesne Incline:
Carnegie Museum of Art:
Warhol Museum:
Nationality Rooms at Pitt:
National Aviary:
Just Ducky Tours:


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