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Historical Society draws locals for antique road show

By Staff | May 2, 2016

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary Kate Shade brings a scrapbook of vintage movie clippings to be appraised by Mike Callahan at The Montgomery Area Historical Society's Antiques Road Show on Sunday, April 24.  

MONTGMERY – On Sunday, April 24, The Montgomery Area Historical Society hosted its second annual Antiques Road Show. Members of the community came to the society’s headquarters in the Adam Room on West Houston Avenue, the former site of Adams’ Print Shop, to have their antiques appraised. Michael Callahan of Callahan’s Antiquities in Montoursville was on hand to appraise the items, and was joined by his father, Michael Callahan, Sr. who specializes in appraising military antiques. All of the proceeds benefitted the historical society.

The event drew in a steady stream of locals anxious to have their items evaluated. While they waited, the historical society offered customers a generous spread of sweet treats and coffee. Guests also had the opportunity to browse displays of Montgomery history that included enlarged photographs, postcards, and a collection of curiosities from the town’s rich and colorful history.

The society also offers a series of talks throughout the year where local speakers come in to share stories of their family history and events that they witnessed firsthand. In addition to preserving the history of Montgomery Borough, the society is also dedicated to the history of Clinton, Brady, and Washington Townships. They have also adopted Alvira, a village that once sat about four miles from Montgomery. It was settled around 1825 and came to an abrupt and tragic end in 1942 when the entire town was condemned by the government and turned into a TNT plant.

Among those who participated in the road show was Kate Shade, who brought in an antique scrapbook with clippings of some classic Hollywood movie stars. Becky Sanguedolce brought in an antique perfume bottle as well as a souvenir viewer that her grandfather bought in Europe during the First World War as a gift for her grandmother.

The Montgomery Area Historical Society holds monthly meetings in the Adam Room, located underneath the Montgomery Area Public Library.