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ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM: Collector's Day & Artifact Identification Event


By Press release submission | Nov 7, 2019


Illinois State Museum issued the following announcement on Nov. 6.

Join us for the annual Collector's Day event. Local collectors will display their best objects and speak with visitors about the stories they tell. Collections on display will include meteorites, LEGO sets, fishing reels, historic photographs, wood carvings, and more.

Once again visitors can also bring items from home to be identified by Museum staff and other experts. The artifact identification will focus on anthropological artifacts, rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. Visitors bringing photos of objects or specimens are encouraged to include a ruler or coin for size comparison. Visitors are asked not to bring live animals. Organic materials may have to remain outside the Museum.

For those not able to attend the event, the Museum’s curators and experts will accept artifact identification requests through the Museum’s social media platforms. On November 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., requests can be sent to the Museum through Facebook direct message or posted publicly to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IDDayISM. Photos should include a size reference like a coin or ruler.

Individuals interested in displaying a collection as part of Collectors Day may apply at or contacting at or (217)782-6044 by November 8.

The participating experts will do their best to correctly identify objects, no guarantees are made. Due to time constraints, only one object may be able to be identified per person. The Museum can’t guarantee that all photos will be able to be identified or that all social media requests will receive a same-day answer. Objects brought for identification will not be appraised and no buying, selling, or trading is allowed at the event.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Illinois State Museum

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