Monday, February 6, 2017

Confessions of an Urban Archaeologist: An Afternoon with Greg Van Antwerp in Easton

One man's trash is another man's treasure and for more than 30 years, Greg Van Antwerp has been digging for treasure through every estate, garage and tag sale he could find. What does he have to show for it?  If you are curious then head to the Easton Public Library on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. to find out! 

In 2009, Greg began blogging about his discoveries by creating: Confessions of an Urban Archeologist. There he presents over 500 posts with photos, videos, and stories documenting the “best of” what he has discovered in his journeys. His approach is to not only share his “finds” but asks readers for their assistance in helping him understand what he has found, while inviting readers to share stories of their finds as well. Greg’s blog has benefited from the community of the curious who have stopped by to read, comment, or contribute articles. 

In 2011, Greg began writing for Under an earlier version he was able to reach over 200 locations across the country. Today he is back to posting on a single patch town. Greg can still be found in the "Patch Voices" section which is distributed nationally to over 900 Patch locations. It is more difficult to engage readers than before, but the exposure is appreciated.

In early 2013, he was invited to speak before an audience in New Canaan, CT; this began an on-going lecture series for libraries, historical societies and community groups in and around Connecticut. In a 60-minute interactive presentation using digital images and video clips, Greg provides a look at some believable, and some unbelievable discoveries, taking pleasure in the rescue, restoration and return of these items when possible.

Greg’s professional life has been spent working in community television for over 20 years. He also enjoys cartooning, photography, and writing. He is a devoted father and husband and during his weekend treasure hunts Greg is known to travel with his favorite companion/assistant - his daughter by his side. 

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