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Empty your closets, says Oregon Historical Society

Taking a clue from the popular "Antiques Roadshow" TV show, the Oregon Historical Society is hosting its own "What's It Worth?" event on Sunday, Aug. 24.

"Who knows — you may discover you have had something hidden away for decades of real value and historical significance," says Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The event, where local specialists will provide evaluations of collectibles, will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. Evaluations are given on a first come, first served basis.

According to OHS, items that can be evaluated include: American Indian art & artifacts, autographs, coins, comic books & rare books, fine art, jewelry, political buttons, pottery, toys, vintage & antique clothing, and other collectibles.

Evaluations are $10 plus regular OHS museum admission, and each person is limited to five items. All proceeds raised from this special event support the OHS mission.

For more information, including a full list of the professionals in attendance, visit the event page at http://ohs.org/education/whats-it-worth.cfm.

Accompanying the event is a new OHS museum exhibit titled "Worth/Worthless: Valuing Our Collections," curated by OHS Library Director Geoff Wexler in collaboration with OHS Associate Registrar Kim Buergel.

To help better understand the many meanings of value, this exhibition draws on the rich collections of the OHS, providing juxtapositions of documents, artworks, and artifacts that illustrate the often puzzling differences that make things valuable or valueless.

Please note that firearms and weapons are not permitted, and all items presented for evaluation must be able to be carried by hand. Evaluations that are provided are auction estimates and are not considered legally binding paid appraisals.

Since 1898, OHS has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. It has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. OHS safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.