Antiques Roadshow Will Film in Billings
Drama, Money, and History as Montanans Submit Their Treasures for Appraisal on Television
BY MELYNDA HARRISON
BOZEMAN–Montana PBS will bring the popular PBS television series Antiques Roadshow to Metra Park in Billings on June 26.
“This is a chance to showcase our state, our people and our treasures,” said Lisa Titus, director of development for Montana PBS. “It's also a wonderful opportunity for Montana PBS to interact with our viewers in a great setting.”
Part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow is seen by almost 10 million viewers each week. In each episode, specialists from the country's leading auction houses—Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's—and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
“Each appraisal is a three-min-ute self-contained drama,” said Antiques Roadshow senior account executive, Judy Matthews.
According to Matthews, collectors and non-collectors enjoy the show.
“Some viewers like finding out the history of an object, others like the personal stories and some people play the game show version and try to guess an object’s worth,” Matthews said.
Bringing a national show to Montana takes a lot of effort. About 75 appraisers (out of a repertoire of 150) will travel to Billings. Two tickets each have been given to 3,200 people for the Billings show. Eighty appraisals will be taped and about 50 appraisals shown on the air during three episodes. Every ticket holder is guaranteed an appraisal, though not everyone will appear on television.
The Billings episodes will run sometime between January and June of next year.
“Bringing Antiques Roadshow to Montana is something many people in many places, including Montana PBS, the Metra and other state venues have worked on over the years,” said Titus.
“We love coming somewhere we have never been before,” Matthews said. “There is a real sense of discovery among the public. You never know what you are going to find.”
Ticket holders can bring anything other than currency and antique fire extinguishers, Matthews said. Antique firearms will be processed by local police before being allowed in the building.
Editor’s note: Antiques Roadshow has presented many historical items of interest for appraisal to viewers across the country, including the Henry Sales Kilborn collection that dates to the post Civil War period, now owned by Henry Sales. Kilborn, a contract surgeon for the United States Army, compiled the Plains Indians related photographs (see photo left), manuscripts and drawings of William S. Soule, who photographed Kiowa Indians in the late 1860s and early 1870s. This historically significant collection was appraised by Antiques Roadshow appraisers at $13,000 to $15,000.
MSU News Service