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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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'Ask a Curator' Returns to McClure Archives and Museum

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 31, 2012) –  The University of Central Missouri’s Arthur F. McClure Archives and University Museum will offer a unique opportunity for area residents to learn more about their heirlooms and historic items during “Ask a Curator Day” Saturday, Sept. 8.

In addition to information about historic objects or documents, those present may obtain copies of assorted back issues of “The Rhetor,” the university yearbook, free of charge. These yearbooks are part of a large number of surplus university yearbooks that have been stored by the museum and archives over the years. The appropriate number of copies have been retained for the university archives, with surplus copies to be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Experts will be on hand to discuss participants’ objects from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 1470 of UCM’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library. While no appraisals, values or advice about sale of items will be offered, the experts will be glad to answer questions about the origin and age of an object, as well as the best methods of preserving items for future generations.

Among those sharing their expertise will be

  • Jeffrey Yelton, UCM associate professor of anthropology, who will be available to evaluate archaeological and American historical items.
  • Charles Machon, historical services coordinator for the Missouri National Guard and director of the Missouri Museum of Military History, will provide information about military items.
  • Amber Clifford, UCM assistant professor of anthropology and curator of the McClure Archives and University Museum, will offer information regarding textiles, clothing and cultural/ethnographic item,.s
  • Vivian Richardson, university archivist and assistant director of the McClure Archives and University Museum, will be on hand to evaluate and offer information on photographs, paper items and ephemera.

In the event further details are requested, the curators will provide referrals for additional information about an item.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Ask a Curator Day or the McClure Archives and University Museum, contact the Arthur F. McClure Archives and University Museum at 660-543-4649.