May 18, 2013
The sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, John T. Crawford, with the support of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, have come together for the purpose of honoring the approximately 2,800 Indiana County Civil War veterans.
The ceremony will take the form of a life-size statue of a Civil War private atop a barn stone base. The memorial will be placed in the front lawn of the Silas M. Clark House. In the traditional style of the Grand Army of the Republic, a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the base of the Rest on Arms Civil War memorial is planned for May 18 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the Silas Clark House in Indiana. State Senator Don White, Indiana, will be the keynote speaker. A reception will follow.
May 11, 2013
Got old stuff and wonder what it's worth? Bring it to our Historical Museum, 621 Wayne Avenue, Indiana on Saturday, May 11, 2013, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Three people knowledgeable in antiques will be available to evaluate your treasures and estimate their value. Scrounge through that attic or basement and join us for some fun. Spectators of all ages are welcome at no cost. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Evaluations and appraisals will be done by Jeffrey Rouse, Royce Walters, and Audrey McNutt (dolls). Limit is two items. Cost is $5 per item for evaluation for those who pre-register, or $10 at the door. Cost is $15 for written appraisals (available only from Jeffrey Rouse) for those who pre-register, or $20 at the door.
To pre-register, phone 724-463-9600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information:
Your Name:________________________________ Phone: ____________________________
Brief description of your "Old Stuff" (limit 2 items):
___Expert Evaluation ($5 per item) ___ Written Professional Appraisal ($15 per item)
by Katie Gaudreau
On Saturday, May 19th the society held it’s “Old Stuff, What’s It Worth?” event at the armory building. For three hours, Jeff Rouse and Royce Walters gave estimates on various antiques that their owners hoped might be valuable. Over forty people attended the event, bringing items that ranged from works of art, pieces of china, furniture, and textiles. A few items of note were an end table made of beautiful polished wood with artwork on the face, a gorgeous waterfront scene painting belonging to volunteer Maggie Pesci, and Dick Cassel’s 74-year-old teddy bear that was in remarkably good shape.
row: Program Committee Members Sandy Williams and Erma Conrad,
It was fun to see what everyone brought in—a queen sized hand-woven bedspread
for example, but more amazing was that both Jeff and Royce were fountains of
knowledge not only about the items, but on the history surrounding particular
artists or artifacts.
On leaving the armory, some people were a little disappointed that their treasure had little monetary value, while others were pleasantly (or very pleasantly) surprised at the amount their antique could draw at auction. In both cases, knowing the story behind a treasured item was a primary goal, and the sentimental significance often outweighed the amount of money it was worth. Overall, the event was extremely successful in bringing much needed funding for museum programs. Many thanks go to Program Committee chair Dick Cassel and committee members Sandra Williams, Marjory Lynn, and Erma Conrad with the help of Coleen Chambers, Joanne McQuilkin, and Katie Gaudreau. Good job on a fun and prosperous event.
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