Got Treasure? What’s It Worth?

Do you have a treasure squirreled away that you would like to more about? Want to find out if it has any value? Here’s your chance. Washington County Library is offering antique appraisal events at three Washington County Library locations during the month of September.  

I wonder what my Ansel Adams photographs are worth, still in the same envelope they were in when my Dad, recuperating from war injuries in the 40’s at Yosemite National Park, purchased them…. I’d like to know about a necklace handed down from my Grandmother, an ornate tarnished metal piece….

Mark Moran, former senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books and author of more than 25 books will visit three libraries to examine and appraise objects. At each of the three events, up to 40 people may bring one item for Mr. Moran to evaluate. Pre-registration is required for those who want to have an item appraised.

·         PARK GROVE BRANCH, Cottage Grove
Thursday, September 12, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call 651-459-2040 or visit the Park Grove Branch to reserve your spot — beginning August 12.

·         WILDWOOD BRANCH, Mahtomedi
Tuesday, September 24, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call 651-426-2042 or visit the Wildwood Branch to reserve your spot — beginning August 26.

·         HARDWOOD CREEK BRANCH, Forest Lake
Wednesday, September 25, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call 651-275-7300 or visit the Hardwood Creek Branch to reserve your spot — beginning August 27.

The appraisal events are open to all. You don’t have to bring in an item in order to attend. Mark your calendar and enjoy a fun evening. These programs are paid for with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

If you miss this opportunity to talk with an expert, a wide variety of price guides are available from Washington County Libraries to help you research your item’s value. Another excellent resource for identifying and pricing art, antiques and collectibles is Washington County Library’s “Price It!” online database, available 24/7 from computers in the library and remotely.

Library Woman is Joey Halbach, Community Relations Librarian for Washington County Library. Contact her at: joey.halbach@co.washington.mn.us

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