Wes Cowan, internationally recognized expert in historic Americana, will speak at the Hudson Library & Historical Society Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Cowan stars in the PBS TV series "History Detectives" and is a featured appraiser on "Antiques Roadshow."

The event is titled "An evening with Wes Cowan, a Real Life History Detective," according to Cowan's public relations director Evan Sikes.

Sikes said Cowan will not be doing any appraisals that evening.

Cowan is the founder and owner of Cowan's Auctions Inc., based in Cincinnati. He writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Cowan is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds bachelor and master degrees in anthropology from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

Cowan's Auctions opened a local office earlier this year in Warrensville Heights.

"We believe Cleveland is an under-served community in terms of a full-service auction house. We look forward to becoming part of the community and getting to better know our customers in the Cleveland area," said Cowan.

Their first auction at the Warrensville Heights branch is slated for Sept. 6 at 10 a.m., 26801 Miles Road, according to Sikes.

"This will be a fine and decorative art auction," Sikes said.

For more information on the auction, call 216-292-8300.

Cowan's love of antiques comes naturally. A native of Louisville, KY, his childhood home was filled with antiques selected by his mother.

After receiving his doctorate degree, Cowan taught in the anthropology department of The Ohio State University. In 1984 he moved to Cincinnati to assume the post of curator of archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.

He has published widely in the fields of American archaeology and paleoethnobotany, and is coeditor of The Origins of Agriculture in International Perspective and Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of European Colonization.

In 1995, Cowan left academia and the museum world to return to his childhood love -- antiques. Since then, Cowan's Auctions has grown from a one-man shop to a nationally recognized business generating $20 million in annual sales, according to Sikes.

Registration is required this free program. Visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658, extension 1010.

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