ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS PRESENTS, “OLD MONEY:'DID YOU FIND ANY GOLD DOWN THERE?” wWITH MARGIE AND KEVIN AKIN
March 1, 2018 –
On March 1, join us as we welcome Marjorie and Kevin Akin, authors of Numismatic Archeology of North America: A Field Guide. We will explore the fascinating history of coin collecting. Event will take place at 7 pm at the Riverside Public Library downtown, upstairs.
Marjorie Akin, PhD is an independent researcher, author, and community activist. Marjorie (Margie) Akin has spent most of her life in California where she completed her education (Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1996) married and raised four children. A proud product of UCR’s four-field approach to anthropology, she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, applied medical anthropologist, and has written on a wide range of topics. Her area of specialization within the field of historic archaeology is numismatics and included among her publications are contributions to Roberta Greenwood’s “Down by the Station: Los Angeles Chinatown 1890-1933,” Julia Costello’s “The Luck of Third Street,” and many journal articles and reports about Asian coins recovered in North America. Her publications in other fields include the seminal essay “Passionate Possession: the Formation of private collections” (Smithsonian 1992) which examined the world of collectors and the often-fractious relationship between archaeologists and collectors.
Margie feels strongly that those who wish to learn from the past have an obligation to actively work to protect remaining resources. As a result, she has been active in the Riverside “Save Our Chinatown Committee” serving on the board since the committee was created in 2008 to protect the archaeological remains of Riverside’s Chinatown from development. (See www.saveourchinatown.net)
Kevin Akin, a retired steam engineer, has collected and studied coins and tokens since he was 8 years old. He has provided physical labor for Margie Akin’s archaeological projects for 42 years, and has designed a number of medals for numismatic and community organizations. The author of two local history books on the Riverside area, he has also published articles on local history and numismatics. Kevin and Margie Akin have four adult children and five grandchildren.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The event will be followed by light refreshments. The Riverside Public Library is located at 3851 Mission Inn Avenue in the heart of downtown Riverside.