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Antique Appraisal show set for August 19

DAMASCUS — The Damascus Historical Society is holding its inaugural Antique Appraisal show.

“Many people have antiques and heirlooms that they have no idea what the value of is, or even sometimes what they are, and we thought we could help them to learn not just the value of these items, but their purpose and their history,” Damascus Historical Society Trustee Tony Tenzek said of the inspiration for the event.

The show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Historical Society’s Pearce House and is being held in conjunction with the Damascus Ruritan Car Show, which will be held in the parking lot of the Damascus Friends Church on Walnut Street a block away.

“We work together every year to provide people with a fun experience in Damascus, it’s very easy to walk from one to the other, and there will be lots of fun to be had at both events,” said Tenzek.

Nearly any type of antiques can be brought in for appraisal, from collectibles to tools to musical instruments. The only thing the historical society requests people not bring is firearms.

The appraisals will be conducted by Harry Hofmeister of Hofmeister Realty & Auction Company. Hofmeister has decades of experience in working with and valuing antiques through his business, and a deep understanding of the local area and its history. He will also have subject experts to convene with in real time to ensure appraisals and histories of items are accurate.

Visitors can also tour the historic Pearce House and the displays and exhibits within while they wait to have their antiques appraised.

Those who find themselves impressed by the historic building will be pleased to learn that there is a banquet room that the historical society rents for private events.

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