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NEWS RELEASE Press Contact: Rachel Randles Communications & Marketing Manager 971.409.3761 (text) • 503.306.5221 (desk) [email protected]

See If You Have Trash Or Treasure at the Oregon Historical Society’s 3rd Annual “What’s It Worth?” Event Portland, OR – August 16, 2016 – Have you ever wondered if you had a hidden treasure buried in your closet? Then join the Oregon Historical Society for What’s It Worth?, an annual event where local experts estimate the value of your collectibles. For $10 per item (plus regular museum admission) you could discover if the knick knack from your Aunt Gertrude is actually a valuable collectible! All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.

WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2016 12pm – 4pm WHERE: Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 COST: $10 per evaluated item plus regular museum admission; limit 5 items per person

In 2015, over 100 visitors brought items for evaluation. Some notable discoveries included a 37star American flag, a 1956 Chicago Cubs baseball signed by the entire team, a collection of WWII propaganda posters, and a painting by George de Forest Brush of his father, Alfred Clark Brush, estimated around $18,000! “Each year, it is exciting to see what sorts of items will walk through our doors. While many items already have great sentimental value attached, it is fun to see the delighted looks on the owners’ faces when they find out that their item is also very monetarily valuable!” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Items that can be evaluated include books, manuscripts, fine and decorative art, Asian antiquities, American Indian baskets and bags, jewelry, military items (no firearms or weapons), sports memorabilia, toys, comics, coins, stamps, and more! The local specialists who will be joining us include: John Henley, John V. Henley, LLC Specialties: Books, Manuscripts, Documents, Prints, Illustrations Shirley Sanders, Red Sign Estate Sales & Appraisals, LLC Specialties: Decorative Art, Personal Property, Jewelry, Roger Anthony, Communication That Counts Specialties: Sports Memorabilia Robert A. Beale, Robert A. Beale, Stamp Appraisals Northwest Specialty: Stamps, Coins Billy Galaxy, Billy Galaxy Vintage Toys and Collectibles Specialties: Toys, Comics, Pop Culture Dr. Terry Kneisler, Kneis Cards Specialty: Sports Memorabilia Natalie Linn, Linn-Tucker Indian Baskets Specialties: American Indian Baskets and Bags Jason Marden, Major League History Specialty: Sports Memorabilia Mona Miller, Pacific Gemological Laboratory Specialties: Gems, Jewelry, Silver Michael Parsons, Michael Parson Fine Art Specialties: Fine Art Lucinda Pierpont, An Asian Affair Specialties: Asian Antiquities

Richard Richter, Clean Sweep Estate Services, Inc. Specialties: Military Items, Toys, General Antiques and Collectibles Ticket sales end at 3:30pm and there is a 5 item limit per person. All items presented for evaluation must be able to be carried by hand and weapons and firearms are prohibited. Evaluations given at this event are provided as auction estimates and are not considered legally binding paid appraisals. ###

About the Oregon Historical Society For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view