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Event Series Event Series: Collecto-Con


September 29, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get ready for Collecto-Con, a two-day extravaganza that is being
produced by the Orange County Historical Museum to complement their Treasure
Hunters exhibit. On September 29 and 30, collectors from around Orange County will
present more items from their collections in a variety of fun and unique ways. Activities
include Collecto-Couture: a vintage jewelry and fashion show with mocktails, collector
presentations, an informal collector Meet-and-Greet, and Collecto-Crawl: a treasure
map tour of Hillsborough’s food and beverage establishments.

The schedule of events is:
Friday, September 29
 5:00 – 6:00 PM – “Adventures in Metal Detecting” with Richard Von Furstenburg
 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Collecto-Couture, a Vintage Jewelry and Clothing Fashion Show
by collectors Lindsley Bowen and Alyssa Javadi – dress for the occasion
 8:00 PM – Collecto-Crawl, Kick-off of treasure map tour
Saturday, September 30
 9:00 – 10:00 AM – “One Step at a Time,” Wade Allen, Collector of Medieval
European Armor
 10:30 – 11:15 AM – “Making Connections, ” Nancy Haines, Collector of Quaker
 11:30 – 12:15 AM – “In the Field,” Laurel Kilgore, Collector of Chewa Art of Malawi
 12:15 – 1:30 PM – Lunch at Local Establishments
 1:30 – 2:15 PM – “The Wealth of the World in your Hands, ” Loren Hintz
Collector of Rocks, Gems and Minerals
 2:30 – 4:00 PM – Speed Dating with a Collector, not actually dating but a Collector
o Jacquelyn Gibbs: “Cruets and Science”
o Cliff Younger: "Records:  the Soundtracks to Life"
o Nancy Espersen: “ Tempest in a Teapot: How I Ended up Collecting
Over 400 Teapots”
o Tom Jepsen: “More than Dots and Dashes: Telegraphs and Radios”
o Rachel and Gabi Bergman: “Happy Trails: the Art of Breyer Horses”

o Richard Fitzpatrick: “Bonzo, the Dog that Made the World Smile”
o Leandra Bedini: “Keeping it Together: the Allure of Staplers”
 4:30 – 6:00 PM – “From the Ground Up,” Steven Burke and Randy Campbell,
Collectors of American Folk Art Buildings. Includes a tour of their home, nearby
on Tryon Street
 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Closing Reception at the Museum

Except where noted, programs will be held at the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on
W. Tryon Street, neighbor to the Museum. Tickets for Collecto-Con are $10 for each
day. Registration is not required but strongly suggested. Space is limited. Register at

The Orange County Historical Museum presents the rich cultural history of the county.
It was founded in 1952 and continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community.
Visits to the Museum are always free and open to the all. The Museum is located at
201 N. Churton Street in Hillsborough. For more information about Collecto-Con or to
learn more about the Museum and its offerings, visit www.orangehistorync.org or call