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.

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