Antiques Appraisal Fair

September 22, 2018
9 am — 2 pm

Montana Agricultural Center
 1205 20th Street | Fort Benton
, Montana

The History Foundation invites you to the 2nd annual Montana Antiques Appraisal Fair.

Think you have a treasure hiding in plain sight?
Bring it to an expert, celebrity PBS appraiser to find out.

$15 per appraisal item

3 items per person

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Step 1: Decide how many items you would like to have appraised. 
Max 3 items per person (or 6 items per couple)
*No firearms please*

Step 2: Select your appraisal time. Appraisal order will be assigned at the door within your pre-registered time slot.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Step 3: Purchase tickets. No refunds will be made for cancellations. 

Note: General admission for spectators is $5 at the door. Appraisal tickets include general admission.


Can I attend as a spectator?

Yes! Please join us. General admission for spectators is $5 at the door. Appraisal tickets include general admission. 

What type of weight does this valuation bear?

The appraisers will be providing verbal valuations, which are estimates and do not bear any legal record.

What types of items can we bring to have appraised?

Bring your rare, old, odd or interesting treasures including historical artifacts, paintings, sculpture, photographs, Western & Native Americana, sports memorabilia, militaria, dolls, ceramics, and more. No firearms please. 

Who does this event benefit?

This event is hosted by The History Foundation and The Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex. As such, the proceeds of this fundraiser event will benefit both organizations. Thank you to our celebrity appraisers for donating their time and expertise for this event.

When was the last Montana Antiques Appraisal Fair held?

The first Montana Antiques Appraisal Fair was held May 5, 2017 at the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, Montana. Click here to see more from the 2017 event.

Can I get a refund?

No refunds will be made for cancellations. Thank you for supporting this fundraising event.

Timothy Gordon

Specialties: Collectibles, Decorative Arts, Tribal Arts
Recently named one of Antiques Roadshow’s Top Five Appraisers by TVOvermind, Gordon has conducted numerous notable appraisals including the Princess Diana gowns collection at Kensington Palace, The Ronald Reagan Collections at Rancho del Cielo, The Nevada and Wyoming State Museums, The Jim Morrison estate writings, the American University Art Museum at Washington, D.C., The Levi Strauss Archives, historical contents of Yellowstone and National Parks, and over one million artifacts of the ghost town collections at Virginia City, MT. Gordon also has also worked with other television productions, including the PBS production Frontier House.


Grant Zahajko

Specialties: Sports Cards and Memorabilia, Ephemera, Autographs and Documents, Antique Photographs and Postcards 
Third generation auctioneer Zahajko has spent over 25 years specializing in memorabilia, ephemera, autographs, documents, antiques and more. He also has served as Antiques Roadshow’s collectibles and sports memorabilia appraiser for the past six seasons.



Allen Rodgers

Specialties: Collectibles, Oriental Carpets, Rugs & Textiles

The following sponsorship opportunities are available. Your sponsorship will help cover event costs as well as contribute to this fundraiser for The Montana History Foundation and The Fort Benton Museums. 

Download Sponsorship Information

$3500  – Treasure Trove Title Sponsor


  • Recognition in pre-event publicity (newsletters, press releases, blog articles, online event calendar listings, paid advertising)
  • Inclusion in all pre-event, on-site, and post-event social media posts and live videos
  • Feature on event website
  • Feature post on Facebook event page
  • Large banner at event and logo on main event signage
  • Includes 4 passes into Fort Benton Museums and appraisal or spectator tickets

$1500 – Collectors Cache Sponsor


  • Recognition in pre-event publicity (newsletters)
  • Inclusion in pre-event and post-event social media posts
  • Feature on event website
  • Recognition in appraisee waiting area and post-appraisal/media interview room
  • Option to contribute branded material for appraisees (200 quantity)
  • Includes 2 passes into Fort Benton Museums and appraisal or spectator tickets

$350 – Memorabilia Sponsors


  • Recognition in pre-event publicity (newsletters)
  • Inclusion in pre-event social media posts
  • Feature on event website
  • Includes option for appraisal or spectator tickets

$150 – Antique Junkie Sponsors


  • Feature on event website
  • Includes option for spectator tickets


Anna Strange
Community Outreach Manager
(406) 449-3770
[email protected]

While you’re in the area, we recommend exploring historic Fort Benton. See the links below for travel information.

  1. Accommodations
  2. Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex
  3. Official Fort Benton Website


Grand Union Hotel

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