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Kathryn Hanna
Fan Assocition of North America (FANA)

Fans in the Windy City! Members of the Fan Association of North America (FANA), a national collector’s group of hand fan enthusiasts, will be creating their own breezes as they hold their 35th annual conference on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, from April 26-30, 2017. Fan lovers from across the country and beyond will have many opportunities to view and learn about historic and stylish hand fans during the 4-day conference. Highlights of the meeting include viewing exquisite fans from collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Chicago History Museum. Lectures on Imperial China treasures, ivory and the law, and lace fans will be held and the use of fans in Tai Chi will be demonstrated. In addition, a members’ fan sale that offers extraordinary antique fans, along with other unusual and interesting fans in all price ranges will be held, followed by a fun charity fan auction to benefit FANA’s educational outreach efforts. FANA members who attend this conference are always delighted to find that ‘special fan’ (or two or three, or more) that they have dreamt about to add to their collection. The meeting will culminate with a banquet where members are encouraged to bring their favorite fan evoking the elegant Gay 90s-Guilded Age theme. FANA welcomes new members who may join by visiting FANA’s web site, In addition to the annual meeting, member benefits include the FANA newsletter and the FANA Journal. Also check out fan discussions on Facebook at “Hand Fan Collectors.” For further information contact Kathryn Hanna at or call 952-200-9727.