Collect it

Third Saturday program features collectors and their collections


THIS PHOTO OF Mill Street in downtown Plymouth from 1929 is part of Plymouth historian Al Kranick’s collection that will be on display during the Sheboygan County Historical Museum’s Third Saturday program, Collectors and Their Collections, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Submitted photo THIS PHOTO OF Mill Street in downtown Plymouth from 1929 is part of Plymouth historian Al Kranick’s collection that will be on display during the Sheboygan County Historical Museum’s Third Saturday program, Collectors and Their Collections, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Submitted photo Collectors and their Collections will be the focus of the Third Saturday program Oct. 15 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 figure’s head to a misspelled word, the smallest detail is what matters. It makes the item rare which makes it 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 being searched for 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.

Those sharing their collections will be Augie Margenau sharing his collection of premiums, the items one would receive from sending in box tops, a truly unique item to collect. Cathy Retzak will be sharing her collection of Barbie Dolls. “Barbies” are some of the most collected items, and one that will surely bring back memories, especially for the women. Father and son, Keith and Aiden Kraemer, will be sharing their collection of PEZ dispensers. These are the little candy dispensers that are in the form of characters and other objects.

Candice Schmidt will be showing her collection of service station memorabilia. Her father ran stations in Sheboygan and this allowed her to collect some wonderful items that will take you back to the days of “full service” filling stations. Sheboygan City Historian Bill Wangemann will be sharing his vast collection of Sheboygan merchant memorabilia. I’m sure some of these items will bring back fond memories of our wonderful city.

For those who are interested in railroads and farming, we will have Kyle Blindauer showing his collection of Chicago Northwest Railroad items and Barb Scholten sharing her husband’s collection of toy tractors.

Some of our more unique items that will be on display include Sonja Barta’s collection of hats and Tony Fessler’s collection of penguins. Joining them will be Carl Toepel showing a part of his political campaigning items, a perfect collection to be sharing at this time.

Finally, Al Kranick will be sharing his collection of all things Plymouth. For a small city, Plymouth has an excellent history and Kranick is one of many who work tirelessly to keep its history alive.

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 $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military and adjusted prices for children. 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 and Great Lakes Blue Printers. “Third Saturday” programs extend from February through October.


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