Amateur History Road Show slated for March 10 at Gardner Museum

Posted: Mar. 2, 2013 7:23 pm Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 8:15 pm


Antique and artifact buffs will have a forum to discuss their toys and treasures at the second annual Amateur History Road Show from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, 332 Maine.

The event is co-sponsored by the Quincy Park District and the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. This year's theme is: "What's in Your Attic?"

Individuals will get a chance to display their collections of books, photos, documents, postcards, family albums, toys and other objects.

"It will be a great opportunity for amateur historians and collectors to share photos, artifacts and stories of families and local history," said Sherry Brothers of the Historical Society's governing board, who is co-chairing the event with Mark Callaway of the Park District.

Last year, a wide assortment of items were put on display. They included a "First Holy Communion" certificate from St. Joseph Church in Quincy signed in December 1887 by Father Augustus Tolton while he served as the parish priest. The document created a stir at the show because of the announcement that Tolton, the nation's first black Catholic priest, had been named a "Servant of God," the first step toward sainthood in the Catholic church.

Brothers said there is still time for collectors and historians to reserve tables to showcase their items. Information is available by calling Callaway at the Park District office, (217) 223-7709.

Admission to the event will be one canned food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.