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Society looking for local history
Bulloch's version of 'Antiques Roadshow' is Monday
Bill Waters shows off a Victorian Era stereoscope from the 1870s during the Historical Society of Bulloch County's Antique Roadshow in 2009. - photo by Herald File

      Members of the Bulloch County Historical Society will trek through time Monday, presenting items and stories from days bygone.  
      The organization, along with any interested members of the public, will gather at R.J.’s Restaurant in Statesboro to discuss and display cherished antiques. 
      There will be no appraisals but plenty of memories when the Historical Society hosts the Antique Road Show-inspired program beginning at noon.
      “We call it ‘Antique Road Show: Hometown Edition’ because, while we aren’t telling anyone what it is worth, it is fun for people to bring in their old items and share them at the meeting,” said Joe McGlamery, a member of the Bulloch County Historical Society. “It is a fun event. The Bulloch County Historical Society is, by its nature, interested in history – especially the history of this area. The members really enjoy sharing and hearing about this historical information.”
      The society is holding the event for a second time – after it garnered rave reviews two years ago – and asks members and guests to present items with their own unique stories.
      “We did this event a couple of years ago and it was fun. Our members really enjoyed sharing the tales of their ancestors’ possessions,” McGlamery said. “A lot of what is brought in is household items, and things of that nature, that have a good story.”
      “We are happy for people to bring anything they think will be fun for people to learn about,” he said. “Items do not have to have great monetary value, just be interesting.”
      The society does ask individuals not bring more than three items or objects larger than a breadbasket, McGlamery said.
Antiques on display in 2009 represented two centuries of history from around the world.
      Examples of the antiques presented at the first show included a Victorian stereoscope from the 1870s that could be used to make images appear in 3-D, a Civil War era wooden flute and a wooden box with carvings that indicated it could have been made at an Italian monastery around the 1850s.
      “It worked so well the first time that everyone wanted to do it again. It is great learning experience,” said Sylvia Harville, also a member of the Bulloch Society. “Since we are a historical society, we are very interested in our local history. We would like to see anything that is interesting and can help us gain a little bit of knowledge about the past.”
      Though a regular meeting for the Historical Society, Monday’s event will feature only the antique program, which anyone may attend.
      A Dutch-treat lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program will get underway at noon.

      Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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