Want to find out what that antique’s worth? Clark County event to help

Mel Glover places an antique butter churn on a shelf as he organizes some of the items in the Clark County Historical Society’s collection of artifacts. The society has teamed up with several other organizations to offer an antique appraisal fair. Bill Lackey/Staff

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Mel Glover places an antique butter churn on a shelf as he organizes some of the items in the Clark County Historical Society’s collection of artifacts. The society has teamed up with several other organizations to offer an antique appraisal fair. Bill Lackey/Staff

Several organizations in Springfield have teamed up to present an Antique Appraisal Fair for residents who want to learn more about their treasured items.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday at the Heritage Center of Clark County, 117 S. Fountain Ave. It’s a partnership of the Clark County Historical Society, Woman’s Town Club, City Federation of Women’s Clubs and Triad/GFWC.

“We are looking forward to the community responding to the event and joining in,” said Ardeth Dellapina, education and program director at the Heritage Center.

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Guests are asked to limit their items to five antiques. All appraisals will cost $7 per item.

Eleven guest appraisers will donate their time to give people an informal value guide of their antiques and help them understand more about their items. Appraisers will be able to evaluate general antiques, stoneware, glass bottles, sports memorabilia, china, Flow Blue China, Civil War and military items, Native American artifacts, books and comics, quilt and textiles, and coins.

Small furniture will be welcome, but larger furniture and clocks only will be appraised through photographs.

The proceeds from the event will be split between the Heritage Center and the Clementine Buchwalter Museum at the Woman’s Town Club.

The hope is to create a museum on the second floor of the Woman’s Town Club where Clementine Buchwalter used to live.

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“We’re doing it as a sort of a history project,” said Marianne Nave, chairwoman of the committee behind the project. “We will use the proceeds to renovate the two upstairs rooms into a bedroom and sitting room that will be decorated in the fashion of 1890s.”

Buchwalter was the founder of the Women’s Foundation Club in Ohio, said Christine Zechman, Springfield Federation of Women’s Club president.

“The purpose was to organize and support a campaign for women’s rights because at that time women were fighting for the right to vote and health issues weren’t being addressed,” Zechman said. “She was a pretty valuable asset for the town of Springfield because of all she did in her lifetime. We want to establish the museum to let people know why it’s important and why we should remember her.”

Kim Williamson, president of Triad/GFWC, said the groups hope to have the upstairs developments done in time for next year’s Ohio Federation of Women’s Club meeting that will be held in Springfield.

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Dellapina had put on an independent antique appraisal in 2004 and had success with the fundraiser. When she was approached to do the fundraiser again this year, she was more than willing to help.

“It’s important that we’re all involved,” said Janet Hains, president of the Woman’s Town Club. “I think it’s really good because we are developing a museum and it is to honor a leader of the federation. And that Ardeth has offered her time and expertise to put this on, I think it’s great to see something like that in our community.”

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