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WADA accepting donations for Historical Society benefit auction

Not only can you attend a popular antique show and sale in Waukesha, Wis. Feb. 2-3, but there is also the opportunity to bring items to donate for an upcoming benefit auction.

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society are currently collecting tax-deductible donations of antiques and vintage items for their April 28, 2018 "30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction" held at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle.

Take In WADA Show & Drop Off Auction Donations

Mersman mosaic table

Mersman #8121 mosaic table, and one of the items in the auction. (All photos courtesy of FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Donations of items more than 50 years old may be dropped off at the upcoming Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association’s 44th Winter Show, February 2-3 held at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Waukesha. In addition, volunteers will be on hand to provide tax deductible receipts. Learn more about the show>>>

A grant from the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association continues their commitment as the benefit auction's founding sponsors. Furthermore, admission charged at their October and February antiques shows fund such grant and scholarship programs.

The inaugural auction, held in April 2010, was followed by three successful encores in April, 2012, 2014 & 2016. The proceeds from the four biennial auctions have provided important funding for the Wisconsin Historical Society. Furthermore, the monies support the state historic sites as well as National History Day events.

Just a few months away, the "30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction" is two years in the making! Contributions of antiques (more than 99 years old) and vintage items (50-99 years old) hail from across middle America. In keeping with their goal to "preserve and share history", each item will be accompanied by a Provenance Statement. In addition, the auction catalog will list the known history of each piece as well as the donor's name, if desired. Tax deductible receipts will be provided.

Auction Benefits Wisconsin Historical Society

Carol Miller of Bailey's Honor Auction Service in Oconomowoc has once again volunteered to call the auction. Furthermore, you can follow Carol’s many auctions throughout the year at

For questions about the April 28, 2018 "30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction" or to make a donation of an antique or vintage item, please contact Riene Wells at 262.363.4700, or Debbie McArdle at 815.575.1272, .In addition, a Preview Party, including dinner and silent auctions, will take place Friday night and is by reservation only. Contact Riene of Debbie for details.

In conclusion, to learn more about the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society, visit, To learn more about the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association, visit

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