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Historical Society To Host Afternoon ‘Urban Archaeologist’ Program

Published: November 3, 2017

In response to requests and suggestions that daytime programs might be more advantageous for those who do not enjoy going out at night during winter months, Newtown Historical Society is trying something new this month.

Instead of a Monday evening program, the historical society will host a Sunday afternoon presentation for its next public offering.

Everyone loves a bargain. For those who also enjoy collecting, the combination of a bargain and something that is really interesting is a nice bonus.

Greg Van Antwerp has been making just that combination for decades, and will share some his stories in “Confessions of An Urban Archaeologist.” The free program will be on Sunday, November 12, from 3 to 5 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

Mr Van Antwerp has been has been poking into piles in every estate and tag sale he could find for more than 30 years. Along the way, he’s found many “treasures” that someone else thought was junk. Feeling the desire to share his enthusiasm, Mr Van Antwerp began a blog, “Confessions of an Urban Archeologist.” The blog now has more than 500 posts with photos, videos, and stories detailing the best of his finds.

In 2013 Mr Van Antwerp broadened his sharing to include speaking at libraries, historical societies, and for other civic groups. His slide and video presentation has proven popular, and he has been able to provide a look at both some believable and some unbelievable stories of discovery, along with restoration and recovery of the objects and their historical importance.

“I have always enjoyed tag-saling, to search and research local history and dig up old paper, odd gadgets, rare items with a good story,” he said. “I look forward to sharing some of my discoveries as well as my insights as to why we keep what we keep and toss what we toss.”

Greg Van Antwerp has been working in the community television industry for more than 20 years. He is a local resident, and his favorite treasure hunting companion and advisor is his daughter.
All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following  the presentation.

For further information call 203-426-5937 or visit


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