The first Conference was held in October 1993, at the
Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. It was chaired by
Nancy Taron assisted by Henry Taron, Josiah Beeman and
Linda Beeman. Speakers included Michael German and Frank
Monek Sr., and Tradewinds held America's first all-cane
The second Conference was in 1996 also at the Samoset
Resort in Maine. It was chaired by Henry & Nancy Taron
and the keynote speaker was Jonathan Fairbanks, Curator
of American Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The third Conference was in 2000 in Salem Mass. It
was chaired by Henry Taron assisted by Chris Taron along
with a partnership from the Peabody/Essex Museum. The
highlight was a Collectors Exhibit held in the Museum
where five serious collectors showed their favorites and
spoke about their collections. The banquet in the
Museum's East India Marine Hall was memorable.
The fourth Conference was in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia
with new collector Emory Mulling as chair assisted by a
Committee including Henry Taron, Lonsdale Green, Herb
Sackett and Deanna Mandel. Tours in Atlanta and a
barbeque dinner hosted by the chairman were highlights.
The fifth conference was held in the Napa Valley of
California in 2006 with Eddi Van Auken as chair, along
with her fine committee of Larry Mattson, Deanna Mandel
and Dick Mandel. Eddi coined the title "Canemania" and
the event was memorable with great speakers, tours and
Thank you to Henry Taron of Tradewinds Antiques &
Auctions for providing us with the history of the
International Cane Collectors Conference.