A vivid imagination is the only prerequisite. 
Dan Brooks Antiques Class Showing Art
Credit: Samford University

"For 45 years, on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. in the Brooks Hall auditorium at Samford University [Birmingham, AL] the antiques class has met — never missing a semester." This statement was the opening remark of the class, which was followed by applause from the packed auditorium.

The course started in 1972 by the late Margaret Sizemore, with an average of 30 students. The class, which is a part of The Samford University Academy of the Arts, has now grown to over 100 students simply by word of mouth with many students returning again and again. For the last 31 years, the class has been taught by Dan Brooks.

Brooks, who was formerly director of Birmingham's Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, does not focus on the value or prestige of an object, but rather its connection to the past and the story of the people behind the object. He hopes that students will find a new appreciation for old objects, and plants seeds for the next generation.

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Highlights of the six-week course include show and tell, in which students bring a piece from their personal collection, as well as field trips to different historic sites throughout the South. Without hesitation, students share that field trips are their favorite aspect of the class.

For more information, and to learn how you can register for future semesters, visit samford.edu/go/aota or call (205) 726-2739.