National Carousel Association Conference
This token commemorates the first time the National Carousel Association (NCA) came to St. Joseph, Mich. The conference was held Sept. 19-23, 2012. More than 150 carousel owners, operators and volunteers from across the United States and from Canada participated in the “Up & Down the Coasts Midwest Tour and Technical Workshop.” In addition to seeing and learning more about the Silver Beach Carousel, the tour included a rare visit to the European Eden Palais Carousel on a private estate in Illinois, plus stops at the C.W. Parker Carousel at Crossroads Village in Flint, Mich., Spillman Carousel at the Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., the DeBoer Brothers Carousel at Windmill Island, Holland, Mich. and a viewing of the Allan Herschell (Half and Half) Traveling Carousel at Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor, Mich. This proved to be one of the most unconventional conventions in the NCA’s history.