Appraising family treasures

Do you have treasures stored away in your closet and would like to find out how valuable they really are?

The Augusta Historical Society is hosting the Annual Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Augusta Historical Museum, 303 State.

Not only will it be a great opportunity to find out how much heirlooms are worth, but bring along any Native American artifacts that you might have and Donald Blakeslee, Wichita State University professor of Anthropology, will identify them.

“It’s always fun to see what people bring in and I think the appraisers are just as excited as the owners. Dr. Blakeslee is very knowledgeable about Indian artifacts and people that bring in items for him to look at leave with not only knowledge about their artifact but also about the people that made it,” said Rachelle Meinecke, museum director.

Volunteer appraisers will appraise glassware, dishes, pottery, toys, guns, coins, autographs and more.

Only $3 per item for appraisal and no charge for artifact identification. For more information, contact the Augusta Historical Museum at 316-775-5655.

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