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Antique Appraisal Show in Staunton Doubles as History Lesson

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People brought their favorite heirlooms to Staunton's Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library to learn about their history. People brought their favorite heirlooms to Staunton's Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library to learn about their history.

Sometimes treasures are hidden in the most unexpected places. Grandma's attic, inside a garage or even buried underground.

On Saturday, people brought their favorite heirlooms to Staunton's Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library to learn about their history. Anything from art, to jewelry to old books was at the antique appraisal show.

There were also some familiar faces - all of the appraisers are regulars on the popular television show  Antiques Roadshow.

Neil Duman loves to go dumpster diving and thrift store shopping. He's been holding on to a special manuscript for a while now and wanted to learn its history.

"It's actually a manuscript by General Warren, its 24 pages long, it talks about the last couple days of the Civil War, before it ended and why it ended and why the last campaign failed," Duman said.

People like Duman came out to the presidential library to take an up close look at history. It doesn't matter if it came from a dumpster or a treasure box, each artifact was worth a look.

"Sometimes there's nobody there to ask anymore, so you ask an expert and hopefully they will find the link between you and history," said Gertraud Hechl, of Bonham's Auction House.

Appraisers say an item's value depends on its condition, market trends and the location where it's sold. But - it's not all about the monetary value. Appraisers say it's a way to connect with the past.

"It's a good way to connect with your ancestry because you sort of grow up with them you don't really bother to find out what it is until all the sudden one day you say hmm where did that come from?," Hechl said.

Each appraiser had a different expertise so every item got a historical background check.

"It's a history lesson and people will find out that it was 100 years older than they thought it was or 100 years younger," said Katherine Wilkins of the Woodrow Wilson Library.

The Woodrow Wilson Library said Saturday's event was such a hit that the library hopes to host it annually.

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