Appraisal Event

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Ever wonder how much that old coin you got from your grandfather is worth? What about that doll you played with a child or that ring that family lore says once belonged to third cousin, twice removed of Abe Lincoln.

The McHenry County Historical Society regulary hosts an Antique Appraisal Event at the museum, 6422 Main St., Union.

You can Reserve a 10-minute slot in advance by calling the museum at 815-923-2267. You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to confirm your appointment and pay. Walk-ins also are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis – pending time and scheduling constraints.

The cost is $5 for each object with a maximum of three appraisals per individual. Thanks to the generosity of these appraisers, all proceeds benefit the nonprofit historical society.

Check out Event Calendar to see when the next Appraisal is scheduled.


Antiques will be appraised by the following professionals:

Trudy Stefanski, Arlington HeightsChina and glass.

In the business about 25 years, her interest began with antique glass and expanded into ceramics. She became a dealer, participating in shows and at antique malls.

“The more I got involved the more I was gung-ho,” Stefanski said. “It might stem from my mom having a lot of things. It brought back a lot of memories. … I like researching history and mingling with the customers.”

Lynne Eltrevoog, UnionChina and glass. 

Eltrevoog, a collector for more than 45 years and a dealer for 23 years,  has managed On The Square Antique Mall in Walworth, Wis. for 16 years and been a volunteer at MCHS for more than 20 years.

• Shaun Hertel or Cliff Heverly, Elgin – Coins. Owner Heverly has been operating Northern Illinois Coin & Stamp Inc. for more than 30 years. Hertel, himself a collector, has 10 years experience evaluating everything from foreign coins, antique coins and bullion.

Barb Peterson, Prairie Grove – Dolls.

Peterson owns the Attic Window & Heirloom Doll Hospital in Walworth, Wis. and is a certified “doll doctor.” She also is a judge on the national level for the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

“After my kids [left the house] I started getting into dolls and doll restoration,” she said. “I like to fix dolls, restore them; make them look like they did. It was something new and challenging for me.”

David Krieg, Harvard – Toys

Krieg has been running auctions and appraising toys for more than 25 years. “I started with collecting toys back 26 or 27 years ago,” Krieg said. “My specialty is anything with wheels. … First it was farm toys, then trucks and then advertising stuff.”

Tom or Bret Dougherty, Studio 2015, Woodstock – jewelry

Tom Dougherty began designing and making jewelry 41 years ago for family and friends. The former teacher opened his first store in 1985, an 1,800-square-foot storefront on the Woodstock Square. Studio 2015 Jewelry moved to its present 6,500-square-foot studio at 11701 Catalpa Lane in 2007.

Dougherty, his wife April and their son Bret, along with a staff of about 30, continue to innovate. Among their favorite things to do is design jewelry.

Sign up to bring your own object, or just come and watch the fun. Free admission to the museum will be extended to those bringing an object in for appraisal. Others pay regular admission – $5 for adults, $3 seniors and students; $12 for families. Members, as always, are free.

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