Join the Florida Museum for Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

January 18th, 2011

Editors note: A list of collectors interested in speaking with the media is available on request.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for the 32nd Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Collectors Day is the museum’s longest running event and attracts hundreds of visitors and collectors from around the region.

“There is such a large variety of collections that whether you enjoy classic cars, pop culture, history or animals, Collectors Day will showcase a collection that will engage and fascinate you,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, Florida Museum education and public programs coordinator.

This year about 100 participants will display their unique collections throughout and outside the museum.

“More and more people are getting into collecting,” said Mary Christopherson, who has participated in 23 Collectors Day events, the most of any of this year’s participants. “It’s a part of living history.”

Christopherson will display her Titanic collection which includes authentic newspaper clippings, a piece of coal recovered from the Titanic’s wreckage, books and much more.

“I know a lot about Titanic and I have a lot of information to offer,” Christopherson said.

A variety of collections will engage every generation including classic cars, Simpsons collectibles and Star Wars memorabilia. Visitors may learn about each collection directly from the collector and view parts of the museum’s collection in the exhibit “Museum Collections are the Library of Life.”

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Writer: Leeann Bright
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu