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Carson Valley Historical Society will hold second Appraisal Fair in September

by Liz Paul

Back by popular demand, an Appraisal Fair is planned for Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Old Gym Playhouse, next door to the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Last year’s successful fund-raiser raised $5,400 after expenses. These funds were used for new exhibits and helped defray operational expenses for the two museums the Carson Valley Historical Society (a non-profit corporation) owns and operates. They are the Genoa Courthouse Museum and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

There will be 15 professional appraisers who have many years experience and expertise in their respective fields participating this year. The Certified Appraisers Guild of America as Certified Personal Property Appraisers has approved the majority of the appraisers. These professionals have businesses in Minden, Carson City, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Dayton and San Francisco.

The Appraisal Fair has a three item limit per person. It will cost $15 per item for the general public. For Carson Valley Historical Society members it will cost $10 per item with a three items per person limit.

“There will be a Carson Valley Historical Society membership table set up outside the Old Gym Playhouse for those who wish to become members of the society and take advantage of the special rate,” said Liz Paul, publicity chairperson and trustee for the historical society.

Some of the articles that will be appraised include Americana, Civil War memorabilia, costume jewelry, fine jewelry, firearms, Indian art, mining items, phonograph records, scientific instruments and tools.

“Last year’s event attracted many people who had lovely decorative arts pieces, and we only had one decorative arts appraiser. This year, we have three decorative arts appraisers. We also will have appraisers for musical instruments and clocks of all types,” said Grace Bower, fund-raising chairperson and trustee for the historical society.

For more information, call Bower at 265-6097, the Carson Valley Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit the Web site at http://www.carsonvalleymuseums.com.