Antiques in the attic? Collectibles in the shed? The public can find out if they have trash or treasure in their trunks at this weekend’s What’$ It Worth? appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., independent appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, vintage jewelry, clocks, and western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

They include: Glen Treibs, Fredericksburg Collectibles; Rachel Fitch, Estate Sales; Henry Umphrees, Red Baron Antique Mall and Estate Sales; Ron Woellhof, Showcase Antiques; Larry Jackson, Larry Jackson Antiques, Art and Estate Services & Consignment Sales; Harry Scharold, H. Karl Scharold Fine American Antiques, Inc.; and Doug Reaves, Western and Antique Firearms Collector and Dealer.

Representatives of companies that provide services with antiques and collectibles will also be on site both Friday evening and all day Saturday. They include Fitch Estate Sales, H. Karl Scharold Antiques and Clock Restoration, Dennis Baltuskonis Fine Art Conservation Service, Fickel Furniture Restoration, and Lemon Tree Cleaners.

Guests should bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Streeton Saturday. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

A new Rare Find$ Market will be open both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.until3 p.m.on the grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. There is free admission to the Market.

Limited seats remain for the Pre-Event Cocktail Reception, held inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall on Friday evening from6:30until9 p.m.Kenneth Hafertepe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will deliver a presentation on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country.

Select restaurants Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill will serve hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts. Guests at the Pre-Event Party will also enjoy door prizes and silent auction. Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and associate professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will talk on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country at his Pre-Event Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, April 20, from6:30until9 p.m. inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall.

The event is part of the What’$ It Worth? Appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, with a Rare Find$ Market and Appraisal Day.

Hafertepe’s specialties include American decorative arts and historic buildings and sites. According to Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, Hafertepe will use lavish illustrations to answer such questions as who were the makers of early Fredericksburg furniture; what are its distinctive features; where did the makers get their ideas and their materials; and how have these wonderful examples of Texas furniture survived to the present?

Hafertepe has published a number of books and articles, and delivered lectures at the Amon Carter Museum, the DRT Library at the Alamo, the Heritage Society of Harris County, and the Winedale Historical Center. He is currently completing two books: one on the material culture of German Texans, and a guide to the historic buildings and sites of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Guests at the Pre-Event Party also will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill, along with door prizes and silent auction.

Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday. Guests are asked to RSVP to 990-8441.

On both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.to3 p.m., shoppers are invited to the new Rare Find$ Market on the Pioneer Museum grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. Entrance for the Market is through the Welcome Center on Main Street. Admission to the Market is free and open to the public on both days.

Appraisal Day is Saturday, April 21, from9 a.m.to3 p.m. Patrons can bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Street. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

Independent antique appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, vintage jewelry, clocks, and western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” appraisal event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg April 20 & 21, 2012
Features new event: the Rare Find$ Market

NEW! Rare Find$ Market
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
325 W. Main Street Exhibit Space on the Pioneer Museum Grounds, Fredericksburg TX
A community-wide “Rare Finds” sale – all in one convenient location! Come browse the booths of select sellers to find hidden gems and unique items – the antiques of tomorrow!
FREE Admission!
(Cost is $50 if you wish to rent a space for sales. Call Janet 830-997-8917)

Special Pre-Event Cocktail Reception
Friday Evening, April 20, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall
312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX

Guest Speaker: Kenneth Hafertepe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will speak on Fredericksburg Furniture

Door prizes, silent auction, and antique service providers.

Hors d-oeuvres catered by featured Fredericksburg Restaurants, plus beer, wine, champagne, and soft drinks.

Reception Tickets: $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members; Include one free appraisal on Saturday. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 17.

“What’$ It Worth?” Appraisal Day
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Historic Sanctuary
312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX
Independent antique appraisers will gauge the value of your treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

Food, soda, beer, water, snacks, and cookies available for purchase both days.

Appraisal Tickets: Individual appraisals offered at $10 per item (Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available)

More Information
For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

*The event appraisers are independent of the GCHS-Pioneer Museum. Appraisals are for fair market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. The Museum holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

The family fun and frontier activities of Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continue through this Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Activities for all ages take place from10 a.m.to5 p.m.They include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, butter churning, flint knapping, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys.

By special arrangement, representatives of the Lakota Sioux tribe will be on hand in native regalia, with a tipi and camp set up for demonstrations and interaction.

Throughout Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through one a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House. The Museum Store at 325 W. Main is also open, with a collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

 

Representatives of the Lakota Sioux will conduct demonstrations during the Pioneer Museum’s Spring Break activities happening March 10 and 12-17 in Fredericksburg.Visitors to the Spring Break event at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon March 10, 12-17, 2012 can enjoy the culture of the Lakota Sioux Indians.

TaCha, Tatanka, and Sunkmanitu Eagle Horse will be present daily and offer dances at various times. During a typical demonstration, TaCha, tells of the history of the Lakota Nation and describes the dances and customs. They set up a real tipi, and wear the clothes of their ancestors, complete with leather leggings, chest plates, feathers, and regalia.

Other exhibits include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, fence building, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and Mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys. Activities take place from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments each day. There will be something for all ages to enjoy.

A new addition to this year’s event is a book signing featuring two local authors, Phil Houseal ,who recently published Finding Fredericksburg: A self-guided tour through historic Fredericksburg, Texas, and Robert Deming, who will sign his book entitled Enchanted Rock Red. The book signing will take place on Saturday, March 10, from10:00 a.m. until noon. Both books are available for purchase at thePioneerMuseum at 325 W.Main. Houseal’s book is a guide to historical buildings in Fredericksburg. Deming’s book is a mystery and adventure centered around Fredericksburg’s famous Enchanted Rock.

During Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

Fredericksburg is a popular destination any time of year, and especially in the springtime. This hill country town is famous for its German heritage, shopping, dining, and architecture. The new entrance to the Pioneer Museum is located right onMain Street, at 325 West Main. Parking is free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Visitors can also shop at the Museum Store at the corner of Milam and Main Streets. The store features an expanded and freshly-stocked collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys. Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The excitement of frontier times returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg as the Gillespie County Historical Society celebrates Spring Break March 10, 12-17, 2012.

Families can take part in authentic frontier activities for a full week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments each day. There will be something for all ages to enjoy.

Scheduled exhibits include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, fence building, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and Mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys.

A new addition to this year’s event is a book signing featuring two local authors, Phil Houseal ,who recently published Finding Fredericksburg, and Robert Deming, who will sign his adventurous book entitled Enchanted Rock Red. The book signing will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Both books are available for purchase at the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main. Houseal’s book is a guide to historical buildings in Fredericksburg. Deming’s book is a mystery and adventure centered around Fredericksburg’ famous Enchanted Rock.

During Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through one a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

Fredericksburg is a popular destination any time of year, and especially in the springtime. This hill country town is famous for its German heritage, shopping, dining, and architecture. The new entrance to the Pioneer Museum is located right on Main Street, at 325 West Main. Parking is free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Visitors can also shop at the Museum Store at the corner of Milam and Main Streets. The store features an expanded and freshly-stocked collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys. Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

2012 Roots Music Series
Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas
Effective Feb 1, 2012
Get ready for a brand new season of Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country!
Created and hosted by the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.

2012 Dates and Genres
May 19 – Jazz Night
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

• All concerts take place on Saturdays 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
• Gates open at 5 p.m.
• Museum exhibits remain open for Roots guests until 7 p.m.
(For up-to-date details check: www.pioneermuseum.net/roots-music)

Description:
A series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

Venue:
The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Entrance is on Milam Street.

Admission:
Admission is $12. Kids under 18 are free.
Special! $2 off for advance online tickets, or bring web page printout to gate for $2 discount.

Other Information:
During the outdoor concert, guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Free parking.

Proceeds Benefit:
Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Contact:
Pioneer Museum
Gillespie County Historical Society
312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624
830-997-2835 – FAX 830-997-3891
www.pioneermuseum.net •Email: info@pioneermuseum.net

For media info and access:
Email phil@fullhouseproductions.net