Visitors are to be invited to a rather unusual Antique Treasures Day at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage museum by Holly Radke, the registrar and collection manager at the museum. The day will consist of a guided tour of the antique and items of historical value, which are carefully presented in the 8000 square foot area.
The current task for Radke is to clean up and catalogue a milk and dairy bottle collection, which dates from as far back as the late 1800s. The bottle collection was donated by the Zen Dairy in Estancia. Radke has said a vignette will be set up for the day.
The tour aims to show people how to care for their family heirlooms, so that they can preserve their heritage. The museum tour will provide a behind the scenes tour showing how they care for artefacts and keep a paper trail of museum pieces. While most of the items in the museum are rotated on display, some are too fragile to leave storage. Some artefacts which were used inside and outside the family home in New Mexico are disappearing from everyday life, making preservation even more important for future generations. The most fragile artefacts are protected from light, heat, dust and mites. Food and drink are forbidden from the storage area, and everyone moves carefully to avoid damage.
Antique milk and dairy bottles are certainly not the usual antiques people look for, and for those in the Ribble Valley, it is much more commonplace to seek antique dining chairs and other such furniture.
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