March 24 2011 12:00 AM

53rd Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
Twice a year, book and paper enthusiasts of all kinds come together in Lansing to search through books, postcards, magazines, posters and more. If it’s on paper you’re likely to find it at the Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.

This massive hunt for hidden treasure is happening again on Sunday, April 3, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over 70 dealers from across the country will be offering for sale an incredible number of items in nearly every category.

At the show you will find first editions, unusual and out-of-print books, rare and miniature books, postcards, maps, advertising items, photos, old sports material, autographs, military items, ephemera and more.

It’s a mind-boggling experience, as Bill Triola of Lansing said. “Like walking through the Library of Congress ...” Unlike the Library of Congress, you have the opportunity (for anywhere from 50 cents to $5,000) to take a piece of that history home with you.

This stroll through history, for young and old alike, has some items dating back just a few years and some centuries. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone from beginning collectors to die-hard history buffs.

Whether you’re seeking a book from childhood or a favorite poet, a historical map or a Civil War newspaper, a 1950’s auto brochure or a classic movie poster – this is definitely the place to go.

Comments from attendees, some traveling hundreds of miles, include “Love coming to this show!” and it’s a “semi-annual ‘religious’ pilgrimage”.

Additional features include plenty of seating and live music, featuring Dan Kuczek on acoustic guitar. The Lansing Center supplies concessions, making it easy to spend all day there.

Admission is $4.50 per person; kids 13 and under get in for free.