A new exhibit at the Layland Museum of History featuring historic antique arms and their values kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the gathering room, 208 N. Main St. 

David Jackson, who operates a fine antique gun shop in University Park, will serve as guest speaker. He serves as an appraiser for estates, divorce cases and family settlement agreements and is a licensed firearms dealer and holder of a Collector of Curios and Relics license from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Layland Museum Manager Stephanie Montero said since she began working at the museum she has been hearing about Mr. Layland’s large collection of weapons.

“Many of which have not been on display for 20-plus years,” she said. “There is huge community interest in seeing them.”

 She said museum staff chose to focus on the 19th century, when new technologies meant that weapon design was changing at a rapid rate. 

“At that time guns were a necessity and an everyday tool for people living in sparsely settled areas such as this one,” she said. “Most of the weapons on display are from the founding Layland collection. 

“In addition to long guns and pistols, we will also show accessories such as bullet molds. Not to mention sabers and even cannonballs. Chuck Lummis, a past board member and longtime gun collector, helped us select the weapons for the exhibit and his knowledge was a huge help.”

A champagne reception an exhibit preview will follow in the Carnegie Building.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 4. For information, visit laylandmuseum.com.

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