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Quirky collections capture curiosity at Folsom History Museum

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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From dolls to mourning jewelry, golf clubs to magazine covers, people collect the darndest things. If you’re curious about what your neighbors have been squirreling away, now is the perfect time to stop by the Folsom History Museum for their new exhibit, “Extraordinary Collections,” running through Nov. 6. Dan Winkleman brought in his 1967 Volkswagen Bug to be displayed. “I’ve owned it for five years,” he said. “Prior to this one, I had a 1969 VW Bug that I owned for 38 years.” He even has pet names for his two Bugs. “Wolfgang was the first,” he said. “I call this one Helga.” Kris Bratsch, of Fair Oaks, proudly showed off her display of button hooks. “I’ve been collecting since I was a small child,” she said. “I probably have 30 button hooks of all different kinds and materials. I try not to get too many duplicates.” She said she was looking forward to seeing the entire exhibit. “I think it’s great,” she said. “It’s interesting to see some of the things people decide to collect.” Phil Moeszinger, of Folsom, donated part of his collection of antique hand tools to the Folsom Historical Society, which runs the museum. Moeszinger worked at Rumsey’s Hardware from 1945 to 1967. In 1970, he said he purchased Pioneer Hardware from Jack Kipp. He sold the store in 1997. “I’ve been collecting ever since I first started in the hardware business,” he said. “My dad was a house builder and repair guy at the time. They didn’t have anything mechanized (back then).” He said the items on display represents about a third of his collection. “I was running out of space at home,” he said. “My kids don’t really want to get involved with it, so that’s why I’m donating it.” To learn more about the exhibit, visit folsomhistorymuseum.org. * * * KNOW AND GO What: Extraordinary Collections When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through Nov. 6 Where: Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom Cost: 4 for adults. $2 for youth. Children under 12 are free.