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Cowan and his team will provide on-site appraisals and help guests learn if
they’re sitting on a small fortune or a housing a hunk of junk.

(INDIANAPOLIS) – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 28, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host Appraisal Day, featuring Wes Cowan, star in the PBS television series, “History Detectives,” and featured appraiser on PBS. Cowan, aided by other experts from Cowan’s Auctions Inc., in Cincinnati, will teach museum guests how to weed through items like jewelry, timepieces and old documents to find invaluable treasures. The Cowan’s staff will also provide on-the-spot appraisals for as little as $15. 

“In the spirit of our Gold! Riches and Ruin exhibit, it’s only fitting for our patrons and visitors to see if they’re sitting on a fortune,” said John Vanausdall, museum president and CEO. “Appraisal Day will give our guests the chance to see if those old paintings, antique watches or long forgotten rugs are worth more than the space they take up.”

 Cowan’s staff will provide scheduled appraisals of various items including sculptures, folk art, photographs, historic Americana, decorative arts, Native American objects and Western artifacts (no firearms appraisals). Each person wishing to have something appraised is limited to no more than three items. The fee is $20 per item ($15/members) and $10 for each additional item.  Guests can register by sending an email to Erinn Wold at, or by calling 317.275.1310.

 While at the Eiteljorg, guests may tour the Gold! show, pan for gold in the educational studios and discover the museum’s Native and Western galleries. They’ll also be able to meet Wes Cowan and marvel at the newly-discovered valuables brought in by hundreds of fortune-seekers.

About Wes Cowan
Wes Cowan - Appraisal ExpertWes Cowan is founder and owner of Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. An internationally-recognized expert in historic Americana, Wes stars in the PBS television series, “History Detectives,” and is a featured appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow.” He writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently-requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Wes is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

About the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit



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