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Antique Trade Signs and Spongeware Ceramics Lectures

CAMPTON HILLS, IL       Garfield Farm Museum will host two lectures this month as part of its antique lecture series.  Both lectures will be given by members of the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA).

    On Sunday, February 21st at 2pm, Maureen Little of Pigeon Hollow Farm will speak on commercial signs that are now valuable relics of cultural history. The lecture titled, “Collecting Folk-Art; The Trade Sign” will explore the history and different types of Trade Signs. It will also touch on where you can find these great pieces of Americana.

    On Sunday, February 28th at 2pm, Virginia and John Larsen of Sign of the Whale Antiques will talk about 19th century spongeware.  The lecture is titled, “Homespun Ceramics: Stick Spatter.” Although originally intended for household use, spongeware is now collected as a decorative art.

    There is $6 donation for each lecture and refreshments will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the museum at (630) 584-8485 or

    The CSDA is a non profit business organization that imposes strict standards on its members for authenticity of their antique pieces and ethical conduct, courtesy, honesty and friendly professional service to the public. The CSADA has been a generous supporter of Garfield Farm Museum through the years.

    Garfield Farm Museum has been selected by the CSADA to be the beneficiary sponsor of their 53rd Annual Fox Valley Antique Show to be held March 13th and 14th at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Both the museum and CSADA are concerned with the education of the next generation of antique enthusiasts. If any business or organizations are also interested in supporting this educational cause, ad space is available for purchase in the show’s program guide. All ads will benefit Garfield Farm Museum. Amounts vary depending on space desired. Contact Garfield Farm Museum at (630) 584-8485 for complete details.

    Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off of Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Garfield Farm is a former historically intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored as a working 1840s farm.

For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: or call 630/584-8485.