Appraisal Fair, Workshops Will Evaluate Heirlooms

Appraisal Fair, Workshops Will Evaluate Heirlooms

Event at Historical Society will offer collectors a chance to have items appraised, educational workshops.

Do you have priceless antiques or sought-after relics gathering dust in your attic?

There's a chance to find out when the Kansas Historical Society presents Loving Your Stuff: Gems in the Attic, an appraisal fair and workshops featuring collections preservation 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

Rachel Cozad and Soodie Beasley from Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals will be on site to appraise 19th – 20th century European and American art, antiques, furniture, silver, and crystal.

Experts from the Historical Society and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will present workshops about collecting and collections care.

Find out how much the antiques in your attic are worth at the Kansas Historical Society's Loving Your Stuff: Gems in the Attic appraisal fair and workshops on collections preservation.

Workshops on collecting and preservation
The first workshop titled "Researching and Documenting Your Collectibles" will start at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed at 11:30 by "Textile Preservation." At 12:30 p.m., the workshop of the hour will deal with "Donating to a Museum," and at 1:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on "Paper Preservation."

Admission to the workshops is free. Tickets to the appraisal fair are $20 for the first item, $15 for the second, with a maximum two items per person. Kansas Historical Foundation members and Friends of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library receive a 20 percent discount.

Six tickets are offered each hour; space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance at 785-272-8681, ext. 415, or online at The Kansas Historical Society is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, visit

The event is presented in cooperation with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and the Topeka Landmarks Commission as part of the Preserve Topeka workshop series. In 2014, Topeka is commemorating the 160th anniversary of its founding. The Preserve Topeka workshop series was developed to honor this milestone and encourage Topekans to preserve their family and local history.

The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.

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