We’re Wacky for WADA!

Antiques Show Raises Important Funding

for Historic Preservation and Scholarships

October 3 & 4, 2014

Waukesha (Milwaukee), Wisconsin

Ever wonder what happens to the money you pay for admission to an antiques show? If it’s a Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association show, the “gate” funds historic preservation and scholarships within Wisconsin!

Acting since 2009 as the founding and continuing sponsor of the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction (produced by the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society), WADA provides “seed money” for their biennial auctions. The most recent historic preservation project involved window treatments and upholstery at Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva, built in the 1880s by the wildly successful brewer, Conrad Seipp. WADA’s grant dollars were designated specifically to aid in the restoration of a portrait of Mrs. Catharina Seipp, matriarch of Black Point. That restored portrait has resumed its original position in the main entrance of the Victorian summer home. Textile restoration and/or replacement is in the planning stage now that funding is available. In addition, members of the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association helped procure a rare Seipp Brewery advertising stein, now on display at Black Point.

Auction Publicity; Black Point d (2)Auction Publicity; Painting RestoredSeipp Stein (2)

As a public service at their October show, WADA is providing a free booth to the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Visitors to the show may bring their donations of items more than 50 years old for the next 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction. Volunteers will be on hand to provide tax deductible receipts for antique and vintage donations.

Other recent recipients of grants from the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association are: Price County Historical Society, Fifield; Israel Stowell Temperance House, Delavan; Rock County Historical Society, Janesville; Richfield Historical Society, Richfield; New Holstein Historical Society, New Holstein; and Hawks Inn Historical Society, Delafield. Click here for details on grant applications, or visit the WADA show.

Scholarships are also a priority with the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association. During the 2013-2014 school year, WADA provided scholarships to high school seniors at Moraine High School, Mukwonago High School and Oconomowoc High School. Click here for details about the 2014-2015 scholarship competition.

Attend the upcoming 63rd Fall Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association Show on October 3 & 4, and show your support for the scholarship and preservation projects so important to our state.

The Waukesha County Expo Center’s Forum Building, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188, is the home of this event.  Show hours are Friday, 11-9 and Saturday, 10-5. In addition to the good food customers have come to expect, a Friday Night Fish Fry will be served late Friday afternoon and evening, so bring your appetite! Remember, admission of $6.00 funds scholarships for high school students as well as grants to Wisconsin historic and heritage groups. Parking is free, and an ATM is located on the premises. Click here for a $1.00 discount coupon for the show!

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