Simple Tricks for Antiquing Success

Allison Schottenstein balances most of her time between completing her PhD in history at The University of Texas at Austin and serving as an editor at Cincinnati, Ohio-based Scholar Compass. During her free time, Allison Schottenstein enjoys antiquing and is an ardent collector of Jewish antiquities such as books and dreidels.

Antiquing is a great way to find uniquely designed items that sometimes have a good story attached to them. However, finding the perfect treasure can be difficult, especially with the increasing number of fakes and distressed items made to look like antiques.

When antiquing for decorative household items, remember that buying what you love is better than buying what is trendy. If you find an item that evokes memories or even just a strong emotional response, you are likely to enjoy it more than if your motivation for purchasing it is its popularity. Additionally, you are likely to keep longer, as it won’t lose its novelty as an interesting household detail.

For all antiquing, make sure to do some comparison-shopping, both online and otherwise. Just because an item is classified as an antique does not mean you should pay a lot for it. Many antique items were mass-produced, so they are not always difficult to find at various price points. When searching online, you have a higher risk of coming across a fake, so make sure you know and check for signs of authenticity. Occasionally, you may have the opportunity to barter with a store owner or an online seller. If the asking price for something you love is just too high, see if you can come to an agreement by asking if it can be lowered.

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American Historical Association Program Promotes Global Perspective

An award-winning Jewish studies scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, Allison Schottenstein frequently presents her research at various organizations, including her recent lecture for the Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati titled, How Jewish People Helped During the Civil Rights Movement. Allison Schottenstein also maintains memberships with leading professional groups like the American Historical Association (AHA).

To its many other programs, the AHA recently added one designed for community college faculty development that advances an international perspective on U.S. history at two-year institutions. The program, American History, Atlantic and Pacific, will incorporate contemporary scholarship that has restaged the country’s origins using a comprehensive chronological and geographical context. In the program, participants will learn how to craft or revise U.S. history curriculum with units and lessons that explore the U.S. from a global perspective.

Two faculty members from twelve community colleges around the nation will engage in two annual learning institutes, along with online activities throughout the year and a final conference in New York City. To support the program, the AHA secured a three-year partnership agreement with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a component of the “Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges” initiative.