Antique Appraisal Event

Kewaskum Public Library presents an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis., on Tuesday, May 12, from 4:30 – 7:30pm in the community room of the Municipal Building.

Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Mr. Moran has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine and is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles.

Pre-registration is required. Cost $5 per item. This event is free to attend for spectators. Stop in and learn about the fascinating history behind local objects. For more information and to register your object for appraisal, please contact librarian Steev Baker at 626-4312.

 Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.

Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).

Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.

Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.

Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.

Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.

Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art.

Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.

Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.

Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.

Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.

Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.


Sports Memorabilia.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.). When in doubt, email inquiry can often address this.

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

For more information, contact:

Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945
Visit Moran’s website at

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Arts Festival Poster 2015

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New art in the library

IMG_3659The Kewaskum Public Library is proud to welcome artist Daniel Meilahn, whose paintings can be seen at the library until May. Mr. Meilahn is a native of Kewaskum and studied painting at University of Wisconsin in the 1970s. While working full-time as a special education instructor with autistic children, Meilahn continued to paint for over 35 years. His work can be seen as part of the magic realism movement which originated with the so-called “Wisconsin Surrealists” in the 1940s. Although he uses acrylic and other common mediums, his technique of reverse painting on clear Lucite panels lends his work a dream-like quality. Stop in and see these unique works, which are being displayed in public for the first time!

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