Operating Practices Small Museum

According to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), nearly 60% of the nation’s museums are classified as “small,” with fewer than three employees on staff. Another 21% employ 10 or less. Although small in nature, their impact on the communities they serve is immeasurable. Read more

Top-Hand Dairies

Growing up in Kansas, some of my fondest memories were those made on my grandparent’s farm. My grandfather worked in the oilfields, farmed, and performed other odd jobs to support his family of six. My dad, who passed several years ago, told me the story of how my grandfather helped clean up an old dairy located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma that closed in the 1960’s.  Read more

American Digger Magazine Chattanooga Civil War Show

As a visitor to American Digger Magazine’s 1st Annual Chattanooga Civil War Show & Sale, you would have thought it was the 10th such show. The inaugural event was flawlessly executed in every imaginable facet. From the signage leading patrons to the show, the welcoming reception of those working the entrance, the well-organized layout of exhibitors, and the quality of items on display; down to the facility itself, the visitor experience was nothing short of phenomenal.   Read more

Trapper Keeper Nostalgia

It’s back-to-school season. As I write this, parents are crashing the school supplies aisles in a desperate and frenzied attempt to secure every item on the teacher’s list. After all, hell has no fury like an elementary teacher scorned. While nearly every school supplies list will make mention of a binder, not a single 3-ringer can hold a candle to the greatest school binder ever created, the Trapper Keeper. Read more

Value Antiques and Collectibles

While the value of an antique or collectible ultimately comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it, figuring out how much that should be isn’t as straightforward as people might imagine. Why? Because an antique or collectible has three different values: its auction value, its retail value, and its insurance value. Let’s break down the differences between the three. Read more

Is it legal to collect, metal detect, or dig for artifacts?

Over the past few years, there’s been a rash of aggressive police raids and legal action taken against artifact collectors and hobbyists. This has been part of a national effort to enforce laws prohibiting private citizens from illegally obtaining and collecting cultural artifacts―predominantly Native American artifacts.   Read more

Who Owns Archeological Artifacts

The question “who owns archaeological artifacts?” isn’t one that’s easily answered. The United States, and each state within, has its own laws concerning ownership rights to archaeological artifacts. Most of these laws, like the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, have a distinct year that separates which objects belong to the federal or state government, and which are permissible to be lawfully owned by the public. Read more

Antique Wooden Furntiure

Antique furniture can be enjoyed for years, provided that some basic care is given to its preservation. For many antique furniture owners, the desire to both use their furniture while preserving it, presents a challenging dilemma. That said, it’s a challenge that can be overcome with a proper understanding of how to minimize or eliminate conditions that cause damage. Read more

3 Ways to Get Started Recording Your Collection

If you’re like most people who have a passion for collecting things, you probably enjoy the hunt and showing off your collection more than you do taking meticulous notes about your finds. While keeping good records is extremely important for insurance and financial reasons, sitting in front of a computer or scribbling in a notebook probably isn’t very fun for you. In this article I’ll give you a few tips on how to overcome the “ugh” factor in tracking your collection with RelicRecord. Read more

Inherited Collection

So you’ve just inherited a collection huh? While each situation will differ, the most difficult decision is often the most basic one: do you keep it? Read more