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Hisotrical Society Festival and Whatsit Identification Day
June 23, 2008

This past Sunday (The 4th Sunday of June) the Iola Historical Society held the annual strawberry festival.

The Society owns several historic buildings, a one-room schoolhouse, a old village hall, the Iola Depot of the Iola and Northern Railroad and a re-created, enlarged Iola Fire House with three early trucks.

As an added draw to this year's event the Historical Society took over something that KP formerly did - held an identification and evaluation day.

Experts from the company - both current and retired employees were brought together for a pleasant afternoon of looking over treasures which were brought in by the public. The historical society requested a contribution of $2 per item or $5 for three.

I did the coin and paper money table, and this year I got to see a 1909-D $5 gold piece which the owner received on Christmas as a little girl!

The coolest item brought in (to another table) was a 1876 print of a Gettysburg Battle, which was bases on one of those large cycle-o-rama paints which toured museums in that time (Beautifully framed, with the identification chart)

It was a nice day spent sharing information with community members.


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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