Want to know how much that heirloom is worth?

Yet another interesting thing to do this weekend.  The Heinz History Center and KDKA-TV will host “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show” on Sunday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Nearly 50 appraisers will be on site including specialists in textiles; coins/currency; pocket watches; jewelry/diamonds; sports cards and memorabilia; political autographs and memorabilia; antique weapons and military items; Americana and folk art; fine art; and photography and other works on paper.  Smithsonian curators will also be on hand to provide expert advice on how to preserve your family heirlooms.

The Heinz History Center is located at 1212 Smallman Street in the Strip District.  For more information, visit their website or call 412.454.6000.

Don’t forget — if you’re a PHCA member, you and up to three others can get free admission to the History Center — just show your membership card at the admissions desk.

Above:  A washboard is probably the most common antique item in Polish Hill and can be found in most basements.  Sadly, they don’t seem to fetch much.