No. We are not qualified to do appraisals.
We truly understand your position. But remember: just because a museum wants something does not mean it has financial value. We are not collectors of antiques, we are collectors of things which have significance to our local history. We operate on a very small budget that does not include funds for Acquisitions. We ask that you reconsider.
But what’s on the papers? Old receipts … letters … recipes … envelopes … birth certificates … membership cards? It may be old, dirty and smelly, but the information may be very important to us.
Says whom? Everyone who did live or does live in the community has somehow contributed to it. Our museum doesn’t pay tribute to founding fathers or wealthy people, it pays tribute to each step toward the creation of the township. Give us a call and let’s talk about it.
We’re not historians, we’re guardians. You can learn about history but you can’t learn to be interested. We have all sorts of things you can help out with — as much or as little as you’d like. Give us a call and find out more.
We currently allow only very limited access to the archives due to manpower issues. Our Research Policy requires all researchers to be fully supervised and since we’re all volunteers, we sometimes have difficulty finding someone with the time to accompany researchers. Please email us with your request and we’ll see what we can do.
You can make a bequest to the Stanhope Museum so when you pass on, we receive the item. Ask us how.