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Joy of collections to be shared at museum’s Third Saturdays event


Among the features of the Sheboygan County Historical Society’s Third Saturday presentation on collections will be model railroading (1960s set, top), postal carrier items (Sheboygan postal carriers in front of Eighth Street office in 1915, bottom), Sheboygan’s own The Chordettes (album cover, below left) and Tootsie Toys (1941 catalog, below right). — Submitted photos Among the features of the Sheboygan County Historical Society’s Third Saturday presentation on collections will be model railroading (1960s set, top), postal carrier items (Sheboygan postal carriers in front of Eighth Street office in 1915, bottom), Sheboygan’s own The Chordettes (album cover, below left) and Tootsie Toys (1941 catalog, below right). — Submitted photos Collectors and their Collections will be the Third Saturday program Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Collecting is an activity that just about anyone can do. One simply needs to find a subject that has personal meaning and then set aside the time, and sometimes money, to find the items needed. From the popular collectables like baseball cards to the unique item, almost anything can be collected.

To collect, one needs to know the details. A collection is valued on the rare items that are a part of it. The slightest flaw can make an item important. The coloration of an action figures head to a misspelled word, the smallest detail is what matters. It makes the item rare and hard to find.

The collector must be active in the pursuit, but yet patient. One needs to know the right places to search. Even with this information, it could still take years to find that right piece. The search is a large reason some people decide to collect, and finding the item brings a feeling of accomplishment that cannot be beat. There is a sense of pride in showing a collection. Collectors, and especially museums, understand this.

Joining us on Saturday will be Ken Bailey with his collection of graphic novels as well as some of the artwork he has produced for his own graphic novels. We also have Augie Margenau showing his collection of United States Postal Carrier items.

Musical items are popular with many collectors. To cover this topic, II Cool band member John Kendrick will be sharing his collection of Rock n’ Roll memorabilia. We also will be joined by Assistant City Historian Scott Lewandoske with his vast collection of The Chordettes. He will share his experience on writing a book on the singing group and may be joined by surprise guests.

For the photography enthusiast, we have Patrick Gahan joining us to show his collection of different types of cameras. Railroads seem to be a great topic for photography. Joe Erickson will be on hand to show some of his model railroading items. He will have some of his model trains running for our enjoyment. Along with them, John Brown will be showing part of his collection of wooden trains, Tootsie Planes and rubber cars.

For you animal lovers, we will have two presenters with us that own collections of animals. Shirley Leighty will be showing her collection of squirrel items and Kris Potter will be on hand to show her collection of penguins. We have a wide array of items that should interest all who attend.

Third Saturdays start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free.

The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. Third Saturday programs extend from January through October.


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