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Collectors Day

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ted Johnson remembers finding old, discarded radios in his family’s attic when he was five years old. The 56-year-old Dade City resident has been collecting antique radios ever since. Meanwhile, when Mike Turbeville was a kid in the 1950s, he ventured out to Tampa’s Ballast Point during low tide to hunt for coral. Later in life, cigar labels and other Floridiana caught his eye.

Johnson and Turbeville are just two of the more than two dozen Florida collectors who will participate in the Tampa Bay History Center’s first-ever Collectors Day, taking place Sunday, May 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Private collectors from throughout the bay area will display their eclectic personal treasures in the museum’s galleries, offering everything from antique radios to fossils, soda fountain memorabilia to Native American artifacts. In all, more than two dozen collections will be on view, including sports memorabilia, antique toys, stereoscopes and more.

As part of Collectors Day, archivists from the History Center will be on hand to talk with the public about the dos and don’ts of preserving sensitive documents or family heirlooms.

“Sometimes people can do more harm than good when trying to save family photos or other documents,” said Malerie Dorman, the History Center’s curator of collections. “This is an opportunity to learn some best practices and get one-on-one advice.”

Highlights from the History Center’s map collection will also be on view ‒ with several centuries-old Florida maps on display to the public ‒ along with other unusual artifacts from the History Center’s collection.

Collectors Day is included with regular admission to the History Center, and families can also enjoy children’s activities in the museum atrium.


May 7
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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