Massive, unique collections highlighted at local museum
A local museum is on the hunt for a permanent home.
The American Collectibles Museum formed back in 2011 to preserve collectibles as a cultural archive and to promote collecting as a wholesome family-oriented activity.
Museum Founder and President David Race began the museum on his own personal collections.
Race has always been a collector, starting out with stamps when he was a kid.
"They were free and I didn't have too much trouble until I started tearing them off before my parents opened the mail," Race said.
But when his collections began to overwhelm his home, he knew something had to be done to share his collections with the community.
He and his wife created the American Collectibles Museum.
The museum is located at the Quincy Business and Technology Center at 301 Oak Street in Quincy. Race says it was a good place to start, because of its support services for start-up businesses and organizations.
From there a board of directors was formed with other local collectors. Race spends much of his time archiving and cataloging each piece to legitimize the collection. He sees collections like this as a cultural archive.
"Beanie Babies, for example, were collected by people as an investment instead of a toy for children," Race said. "That influenced them in how they lived their lives from that point on."
Click here to hear more about how Race views this museum as a cultural archive.
The collection ranges from toys and salt and pepper shakers to buttons. There are more than 5,000 buttons in this collection which would fill another 160 display trays.
That's the problem. Due to limited space for displays, only a tiny portion of the collections are on display. Now the Museum Board is looking for a larger, permanent home, while raising money to fund operating expenses. Click here to hear more on this from KHQA This Morning.
"We hope to do give people a place for their collections long after they're gone," Race said.
It's his hope, that the museum will keep local collections together for future generations to enjoy. Click here to watch more from KHQA This Morning.
On display right now is a massive PEZ collection, world coins from the 1700s and 1800s and collectible buttons among others.
The ACM is also showing off a World War II display of Japanese occupation paper money along with a display of German occupation stamps.
In all, the museum has nearly one million sports cards and 750,000 stamps from around the world.
Contact the Museum by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .