Discover the Story behind your Antique Treasure from Steve Yvaska, The Seasoned Collector

By July 5, 2017January 26th, 2018Press Releases

Los Altos, CA – July 5, 2017. Always wondered if that heirloom handed down from great-grandmother should be insured? Convinced that you bought a real Fabergé cigarette case at the local flea market? Or, just want to know more about one of your treasures?

Then, don’t miss an opportunity to lunch under the oaks for Let’s Talk Antiques with Steve Yvaska, “The Seasoned Collector” from The Mercury News, on Sunday, August 20, 11-3pm at the Los Altos History Museum. Jennifer Berg, a fellow antiquarian and founder of Antiquum, an antiques collectibles practice following her graduation from Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo, will again assist Steve this year as he provides each guest with a better understanding of their treasure. Last year’s attendees enjoyed the chemistry between Steve and Jennifer, as he graciously shared the stage and his enthusiasm for antiques, with Jennifer his capable assistant.

This is your chance to finally know whether you have something of great monetary value, something special to you, or sadly, a good copy. It may not be what you want to hear, but you will know it is the truth.

Lunch includes desserts by local purveyor Tickets are $40 per person and spaces are limited.

To reserve a space click here or go to or call 650-948-9427 x14. All proceeds benefit the Museum.

Steve’s knowledge has been honed through 40 years of working with antiques and collectibles. Most weekends, he can be found speaking at historical societies, museums and antique shows such as the St. Christopher Antiques Show, San Juan Bautista Antiques & Collectibles Fair, Moss Landing Antiques Show, and the Benicia Peddler’s Fair.

Yvaska is an active supporter of The Los Altos History Museum. He is also a long-term member and frequent attendee of the Glass and Decorative Arts Club of Los Altos, that meets monthly at the Garden House, 400 University Avenue, adjacent to Shoup Park.

With a Master’s degree in decorative arts from Syracuse University, Yvaska considers himself “on the academics end of antiques.” He has lectured at Stanford, Santa Clara University and teaches classes through the City of San Jose Parks and Recreations and other community centers.

In 2016, Jennifer founded Antiquum, an antiques, collectibles and consulting business based in California. She currently offers her merchandise at flea markets throughout Northern and Southern California. Antiquum offers a variety of art, antiques and collectibles for purchase including hand-made historic site maps, pinhole cameras and belts with vintage/antique buckles. 

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,