Mid-America News - FEBRUARY 2020





Annual Antique Show & Vintage Market returns to the St. Joseph Civic Arena

This photo of a Native American chief will be one of the items available at the Sac & Fox Indian Artifact Show and Sale, held in conjunction with the St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market, Feb. 15-16 at the St. Joseph Civic Arena.

The annual St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market returns to the Civic Arena, Feb. 15-16. The show will feature 60 dealers from around the region selling quality antiques and vintage furnishings.

Show manager Angie Hummer focuses on integrity in the show. The antique vendors carry a fantastic selection of high-quality antiques, including furniture, glassware, collectibles and more.

Hummer, who is owner of the Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier at I-29 & 71 Hwy. in St. Joseph, started coordinating antique shows more than 20 years ago.
There will be a "For the Love of Junk" section, featuring vintage and repurposed furniture, along with eclectic home décor and retro items.

"Junking is a popular trend and our dealers will carry fantastic eclectic one-of a-kind pieces of furniture and accent pieces. Some of the dealers will even sell vintage jewelry, hats and clothing," Hummer said. "This is a perfect fit for the Antique Show. With one admission fee, collectors can shop for quality antiques and browse through a great collection of vintage furnishings."
New this year, the show will feature the Sac & Fox Indian Artifact Show and Sale, organized by Terry Gunnels, 660-342-5938.

The St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market at the Civic Arena, 100 North Fourth St., is open Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is $6 for adults, youth age 16 and younger are free. Discount admission coupons are available at the Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier.

For more information on the show, or to exhibit, contact Angie Hummer at 816-390-4867 or amhummer6@gmail.com


USA TODAY readers pick Springfield history museum as top travel site

A view of Springfield's Central Square on a day in the 1940s. (photo courtesy Springfield History Museum on the Square)

Springfield's History Museum on the Square has been selected by USA TODAY readers as the country's Best New Attraction for 2019. The honor was established through the travel advice website 10Best, published by USA TODAY.

"How about that," said the museum director, John Sellars, after the award was announced. He said that since the museum opened last August, people from 44 U.S. states and 25 foreign countries have visited its exhibits.

People from across the country voted from a list of 20 attractions and chose the History Museum on the Square for the top of the list. The nominees were selected by travel experts and then voted on by readers.

"This is beyond exciting for us," Sellars said. "Now the rest of the country will know what a treasure we have here in the Ozarks. We are incredibly grateful for the community for helping us win this honor." The museum, located on the former route of U.S. 66, focuses on regional history.

The contest launched Dec. 2. Voters were able to vote once per day until voting ended at 11 a.m. Dec. 30. The new museum opened on Aug. 8 inside two buildings on the square including a former department store.

It is located on the corner of Olive Street and Broadway on Springfield's Central Square. For more details go to www.historymuseumonthesquare.org


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"Ten-shun!" Now report to the Leavenworth
Militaria Show

As any collector of military history in the Midwest will tell you, the Leavenworth Militaria Show, held annually during February, is the signal that spring is on the way. So, get out of the house and report for duty Feb. 22 at the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center, Delaware and Esplanade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3.

The Leavenworth Militaria Show is managed by Treavor Brown, whose late father, Dr. Jerry Brown, ran it for many years. "The show is holding its own in the current market," remarked Shirley Brown, Treavor's mother, noting that the challenge for any collectors' organization these days is attracting younger members and buyers. "We attract a lot of collectors from the region."

The annual show does provide that opportunity. Dozens of dealers will be present, with merchandise representing all wars and all historic periods.

Dealers are still being recruited, Shirley Brown said, and dealer tables go for $20 each. If interested, contact the Leavenworth Militaria Show, 4123 Cades, Leavenworth, KS, 66048, or call the Browns, 913-727-1409.


Pilot Club Lawrence readies Antique Show's
winter edition

This way to the Pilot Club of Lawrence's Winter Antique Show, Feb. 28-29. (photo courtesy the Pilot Club)

The Pilot Club of Lawrence will hold the winter edition of its Antique Show and Sale Feb. 28-29 in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper in Lawrence.

The Pilot Club Antique Show and Sale is a semi-annual fundraiser. All proceeds from the show stay in Douglas County and are used to help local agencies such as Just Food, Douglas County Special Olympics, The Shelter, Family Promise, Project lifesaver and many more.

Organizers said the show will feature antiques and collectibles including furniture, silver, vintage jewelry, dishes, pottery, buttons, postcards and linens. In addition to the beautiful antiques and collectibles that are available at the show, the Pilot Club's event is also well-known of the homemade pies that are baked by its members. Great food with great antique buys – is there anything better?

Admission is $4, good on both days. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.


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Red Wing Pottery collectors to meet in Bettendorf

Workers pose before the Red Wing Pottery factory in an image from the 19th century. (photo Courtesy Red Wing Pottery Co.)

The Red Wing Collectors Society will hold its annual Mid-Winter Get Together this year Feb. 28-Mar. 1. It is a scaled-down version of the convention, which is held during the summer.

"It has all the activities – education, social events, auction, show and sale – of the convention under one roof plus sales out of hotel rooms. Members also take time to visit local antique shops and events in the area," said Paul Richert, president of the Red Wing Collectors Society board of directors.

"Whether you're looking for a more intimate venue or you just can't wait until July, this event is for you," he said. "The RWCS encourages new members to attend the mid-winter event because it is a smaller event to network with members, experience our events, and shop for Red Wing."

The meeting is set for the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. Members generally gather informally on Wednesday and Thursday before the official dates for room sales and socializing. Auctions will be held on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The main show kicks off on Saturday afternoon. The public is welcome.

More information is available at www.redwingcollectors.org


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