News-Antique.com - Feb 03,2016 - Florida – While not quite considered an “antique” just yet, the Asheford Institute of Antiques, a professional-level distance learning program on antiques, collectibles, and appraising, turned fifty this past week, marking a milestone in antiques and appraising education, as the longest running Institute of its kind. Although the school premiered its home-study program to the antique world in late 1965, it didn’t officially open its doors to students until 1966.
“We’ve seen an awful lot of changes since our inception” said Peter Green, the Institute’s original founder. Green, who started the school based on the notion that there was a need for antique and appraisal education, said he could hardly believe how the antique and appraisal services market had grown over the past 50 years – “I can remember when antique stores were hard to find… now you can tap your phone and find virtually anything instantly!”
During the 1980’s, Green’s son, Charles took over the day-to-day operations of Asheford, and is the school’s current director. When asked what he thought represented the Institute’s high-water mark over the past fifty-years, Green unabashedly responded that the introduction of the school’s new online e-Course earlier this year was a game-changer for antique and appraisal education in general. ”The e-Course allowed us to bring a half-century worth of teaching expertise to a new and expanded format,” said Green. “With the ability to use online interactive multimedia for instruction, we’ve really been able to raise the bar in antiques and appraising education for our students.” Green went on to say that although online instruction had obviously become the new norm, the “textbook” version would still be offered for a number of years to come.
According to a press statement, as part of the school's year-long celebration, staff from the Institute will also participate in a traveling roadshow to commemorate the school's 50th anniversary. Plans reportedly include tours of major antique events and shows throughout North America, and will incorporate free appraisal clinics, business seminars and evaluations to mark the Institute’s anniversary. “We really want to give something back to our students and those interested in antiques,” said founder Peter Green, “It’s been a great privilege to teach so many… it’s just our way of saying thanks.” Exact dates for upcoming events have yet to be released, but are expected to be announced later this month according to school spokesperson, Pamela Drew.
For readers seeking more information about the schools antiques and appraisal program, they can be contacted at: (877) 444-4508 or visit their web site at; www.asheford.com. You can also write to them at; the Asheford Institute of Antiques 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275NN Destin, FL 32541-2525, or at their Canadian office at; 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124NN Toronto, ON M5S 1R8.