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Course Series: OLLI Antiques Adventure

This course is titled an “adventure” since it will involve a combination of class discussion and visits to other locations to enjoy some wonderful antique collections. Class 1Collecting Antiques in the Twenty First Century, presented by Ken Farmer at the R.R. Smith Center, will discuss market changes, collecting tips, and more. Class 2: Learning about Antiques will be held at the Staunton Antiques Center on Beverley with Ellen Boden as the facilitator. Class participants will enjoy this unique space. Class 3Living with Antiques will include a visit to Ed Miska’s house in Waynesboro, VA for a guided tour and discussion. Class 4Enjoying the Wonderful World of Antiques and Collectibles will be held at Ellen’s home in Staunton.  The classes will be on Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 19 from 11am - 12:30pm.

Instructor Bios:

Ken Farmer and his wife Jane have been avid collectors of Americana and Southern material culture.  They specialize in antique and fine art appraisals. Ken has been an appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years. Ellen Boden, a self-described serial entrepreneur, is the owner of the Staunton Antiques Center and the Artisans Loft Gallery. Ed Miska, a retired teacher in both French and Spanish, grew up around antiques. Ed also has an Antique business in Staunton and is on the board of the Historic Staunton Foundation.

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