Personal property appraisers are always looking for opportunities to enhance their appraisal knowledge and earn professional development points. As part of the Education Committee for the Antiques & Residential Contents Division at the International Society of Appraisers, I created the Educational Opportunities Calendar in 2004 and am currently the manager.
Included in the calendar are classes, symposiums and seminars from major appraisal societies, auction houses, museums, historical societies and colleges. Offerings include antiques, collectibles, decorative art, fine art, jewelry, furniture, historical events, regional studies, USPAP classes and more. In addition to the classes hosted in various locations, many on-line events are listed and highlighted in yellow.
Check the calendar for events up to a year in advance. For calendar submissions, please e-mail event information to me at email@example.com
The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War takes place this year and continues until 2015. There are many state and local activities scheduled to commemorate this historical event.
Appraisers need to be aware of special events such as this, and how they will affect the values for related items. This multi-year anniversary of such an important historical event is expected to have an increase on values for Civil War artifacts and collectibles, at least temporarily. Buyers and appraisers should also be aware that civil war artifacts are frequently faked.
More information on the planned events is available at the following websites:
Civil War Trust http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/
Smithsonian Institution http://www.civilwar150.si.edu/
The National Archives http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/civil-war/
The National Civil War Museum
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