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Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures
An Antiques Appraisal Show
1. The History Center will open its doors at 10:00 a.m., however, please note that the line to speak with an appraiser will open at 11:30 a.m. Visitors MUST be in this line to access the appraisers.
2. Each visitor is allowed to bring TWO items for appraisal. These can be of any size that fits through a standard doorway. It is required that visitors be able to move their item(s) through the event on their own. Antique firearms, as defined by The Gun Control Act of 1968, will be permitted, and subject to inspection before being brought into the History Center.
3. Upon reaching the appraisal area, visitors will be directed to the appraiser(s) appropriate to their object(s).
4. Appraisers will provide information, to the best of their ability, on the object’s historic significance and provide a verbal estimation of the value of the item(s). No written appraisals will be provided.
5. To arrange a written appraisal, contact an appraiser after you have departed the History Center. Contact information for each appraiser is provided on a separate page enclosed.
6. If an appraiser or conservationist determines your item should be considered for a televised segment, you will be asked to join the expert for taping a segment to be used on KDKA-TV. If you agree, a History Center “runner” will then take you to the filming area in the Great Hall. Appraisers WILL NOT REVEAL THE VERBAL ESTIMATE INFORMATION UNTIL THE TV SEGMENT TAPING.
If you choose not to participate in a taped segment, the appraiser will still provide you with the verbal estimate of value.
7. Objects brought to the History Center cannot be left as a donation at today’s event. Information on how to donate an item to the History Center can be found on the enclosed information page, or at the Conservation Corner at today’s event. Please see the directional signs or ask a History Center representative for the location of the Conservation Corner.
8. The History Center is not responsible for the loss or damage to any items brought with you to the History Center. Please check with the Security Booth near the entrance if you have lost any item(s).
9. Visitors are not permitted to barter, buy or sell any objects brought to the History Center for appraisal, while at this event. It is not permitted that any appraiser, while at the History Center, offer you money or goods in exchange for any item you have brought today – if this happens, please notify a History Center staff member immediately.
10. The staff of the History Center, staff of the Smithsonian Institution, and conservation experts cannot and will not, provide monetary value for any objects brought to the History Center. However, they can assist you with determining the historic significance of your object(s).
If you need assistance, please ask one of our event volunteers, or History Center staff wearing an official badge.
We are glad that you have joined us for this very special event. To make your visit to the History Center a pleasant and memorable one, we have provided the following information. Please read it carefully, and feel free to ask any History Center staff member if you have any questions:
Appraiser Area of Expertise Contact Information 1. Nancy Boomhower Textiles Contact
2. Reza Arefian & Farokh Dooboli
Oriental rugs Contact
3. Kitty Litman Rare coins (U.S., Foreign, Ancients) / Paper currency (U.S., Foreign) / Jewelry – Diamonds, Pocket watches
4. Debbie Dechicchis Rare coins (U.S., Foreign, Ancients) / Paper currency (U.S., Foreign) / Jewelry – Diamonds, Pocket watches
5. Linda Gange Rare coins (U.S., Foreign, Ancients) / Paper currency (U.S., Foreign) / Jewelry – Diamonds, Pocket watches
6. Marcia Rosenthal Modern & Contemporary Regional and American Art Contact
7. John Taylor Sports cards and memorabilia; Movie/Political autographs and memorabilia
8. Richard A. Wagner Paintings and prints (American & European – not modern (after 1935); Ethographic art and artifacts; guns & swords – sporting and military; general Americana and folk art
9. Sam Berkovitz Fine art – Paintings, prints, photography & works on paper / Modern furniture & design (post – 1950)
10. Jim Tripodi Sports memorabilia; Sports cards Contact
11. Carol Foster Furniture, quilts, antique dolls – 1950’s and related items, prints, paintings, silver, porcelain, pottery, American baskets, needlework, sculpture
12. Jeff Mars Antique toys, militaria (Civil War to current) Contact
13. Donald Mars Antique toys, militaria (Civil War to current) Contact
Textiles Coins/currency (U.S. & Foreign) Pocket watches Jewelry/Diamonds Regional and American Art (Modern/Contemporary) Sports Cards/Memorabilia
Political autographs and memorabilia Paintings/Prints (American & European - not modern) Guns/Swords/Militaria Americana and folk art Fine art Photography and other works on paper
Antique dolls – to 1950s Silver Porcelain Pottery American baskets Needlework Antique toys
Appraisers specializing in a number of areas will be on site, including:*
Appraisers scheduled to appear at Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures:*
*Subject to change up to and including the date of the event.
Conservator Area of Expertise Contact Information 1. Rhonda Wozniak Objects Conservator - fine art, decorative art, contemporary art,
architectural models, historic or religious artifacts, ethnographic materials, and marine archaeological objects
2. Wendy Bennett Conservator of watercolors, drawings, prints, documents, oriental screens and scrolls, and other paper-based artifacts
3. Patty Huss West Objects conservator Contact
4. Odile Madden A generalist, object conservator - Smithsonian Institution Contact
Conservators scheduled to appear at Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures:*
*Subject to change up to and including the date of event.
Parking is available on Smallman Street across the street from the History Center and throughout the Strip District.
From the North and West (via Ohio and PA Turnpikes): From Exit 28 (Cranberry, old Exit 3) on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Interstate 79 South to Interstate 579 (the Veterans Bridge). Drive across the bridge and follow signs for Seventh Avenue. Turn right onto Grant Street. Go one block, get in the left lane and turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
*Alternatively, stay on I-279 S. Get in the left lane as you cross the bridge and take the left-most exit, following over- head signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the red light go straight, traveling under and around the Convention Center, then take the first left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the South and West (via Interstate 79 and Parkway West): Take Interstate 79 North to Interstate 279 North toward Pitts- burgh. Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel.*Stay in right lane across Ft. Pitt Bridge and curve right to access Interstate 376 East. After about a quarter mile, exit Grant Street on the left. Follow Grant Street, and after the Seventh Avenue intersec- tion, get into the left lane. Turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
*Alternatively, get in the left-most lane through the tun- nel. After exiting the tunnel, move to the far left lane of the bridge. Take the left-most exit, following overhead signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the red light go straight, traveling under and around the Convention Center, then take the first left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the East (via Pennsylvania Turnpike and Parkway East): Take Exit 57 (Pittsburgh, old Exit 6). Follow signs to Pitts- burgh via Interstate 376 East. Take the Grant Street exit. (Exit from the left lane.) Stay on Grant Street and after the Seventh Avenue intersection, get into the left lane. Turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
*Alternatively, take Exit 57 (Pittsburgh, old Exit 6). Fol- low signs to Pittsburgh via Interstate 376 East. Take the Ft. Duquesne Bridge/North Shore exit. *Stay in right lane across the bridge, following signs to Interstate 279. After crossing the bridge, stay to the right and take exit 7C, to PA 28 North. Immediately after this exit, take the Chestnut Street exit. Take a right and cross the 16th Street Bridge. After the bridge, take the first right on Penn Ave. Take a right on 14th Street. and the next left is Smallman Street.
PNC Bank: 14th & Smallman US Steel Tower (600 Grant Street)
National City: Wholey’s (1711 Penn Ave.) Liberty Center (1001 Liberty Ave.)
Public Transportation Port Authority Transit offers bus service to the Strip District and nearby downtown. Call 412-442-2000 for bus schedule information. There is a cab stand across the street from the History Center, in front of the Hampton Inn.
Accessibility History Center exhibits, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and Library & Archives, are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs and baby strollers are available to visitors on a first com