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Florida Museum to host 40th ‘Collectors Day’ program
January 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Florida Museum to host 40th ‘Collectors Day’ program Jan. 12, 2019
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even after attending nearly 40 “Collectors Day” programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Carter Gilbert still loves educating visitors on his extensive stamp collection.
Gilbert started collecting with his friends when he was 6 years old. More than 80 years later, his collection consists of thousands of stamps, too many for him to count. He now focuses on stamps from the United States, British Commonwealth and Western Europe as a member of the Gainesville Stamp Club.
“I think I have a very broad knowledge of the world, at least more than the average person, including information on the political ages, geography and history,” Gilbert said. “I contribute that simply to what I’ve learned from collecting stamps. You can learn so much from your collections.”
Collectors like Gilbert and others from across the region will have the opportunity to display their treasures and educate Florida Museum visitors during the “40th Collectors Day” on Jan. 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This free event is the museum’s longest-running and one of its most popular and beloved public programs, allowing guests to interact with collectors and learn the stories behind their treasures and interests.
“I love the people who participate in ‘Collectors Day,’” said Florida Museum educator Tiffany Ireland. “They are passionate about their collections and see it as being a custodian of these items.”
The museum originally created the event in 1980 to bring focus to the value and importance of collections, which serve as a library of life for Earth. With more than 40 million specimens and artifacts, the Florida Museum is one of the largest collections-based museums in the nation.
At the first “Collectors Day” visitors could see anything from Boy Scout memorabilia to vintage toothbrushes. The variety hasn’t changed over the years, with the 40th event featuring displays of everything from animals and nutcrackers to WWII items, vintage purses and compacts, classic and toy cars and more.
Collectors will be asked to find a connection to the number 40, and collections that are at least 40 years old will be the centerpiece of the event.
Over the years many children have displayed their collections, including a 4-year-old who is the youngest to date. He spoke with the public and explained why he loved his collection of penny banks.
No one is ever too young or too old to start collecting, and we think that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate,” Ireland said.
For those interested in displaying collections, the registration deadline is Jan. 5, 2019. Collectors of all ages are welcome and there is no charge for participating.
For more information on registration, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/events/collectors-day-register.
For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/collectors-day or call 352-273-2061.
Writer: Jessica Finkel, 352-273-2032, [email protected]
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, [email protected]
The Florida Museum of Natural History, which celebrated its 100th year in 2017 as the state museum of natural history, inspires people to value the biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse world and make a positive difference in its future. The public museum is located at 3215 Hull Road just east of Southwest 34th Street in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. For more information visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu or call 352-846-2000. The Florida Museum’s primary collections and research facility, Dickinson Hall, houses most of the museum’s more than 40 million objects and specimens, one of the nation’s largest natural history collections. For more Florida Museum research and collections news, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science or follow us on social media, @FloridaMuseum.