NVEPC Virtual Membership Meeting: Blue Birds: PBS Appraiser and History Detectives Host Wes Cowan Highlights Some of His Extraordinary Treasure Finds

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Webinar
Speaker: Wes Cowan, Hindman

Join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, for our virtual membership meeting, "Blue Birds: PBS Appraiser and History Detectives Host Wes Cowan Highlights Some of his Extraordinary Treasure Finds." 

NVEPC members are encouraged to invite a guest(s), who are potential members who qualify via our membership disciplines, to join the webinar at no cost. Guests may attend up to two virtual membership events per year. Just add them as an additional attendee when you go online to register yourself! After the presentation, stay on the Zoom link and join us for some networking time!

In lieu of meeting in-person for this event, we are sending all pre-registered members an electronic $25 UberEats gift card, for you to enjoy lunch during our event! To receive the gift card, you must register by Thursday, October 22nd.

Connection details will be emailed to registrants one day prior to the event.


About the Speaker: Wes Cowan


In 1977, after receiving his BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky, Wes Cowan left his home state and headed to the University of Michigan to pursue his PhD. He took respite from the grind of school by driving the back roads of southeastern Michigan, stopping at the many antique stores of the day and buying the only thing he could afford: photographs of 19th century America.

Degree in hand, Wes joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in 1980, where he taught archaeology, continued his fieldwork and wrote about the origins of agriculture in eastern North America. In 1984, he joined the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History as Curator of Archaeology. 

Along the way, Wes kept building his knowledge of photography and American history – buying, selling and trading with collectors the world over. By the Early 1990s, he was holding mail and phone auctions from a makeshift office in the garage. In 1995 he left the museum to become a licensed auctioneer and launched Cowan’s Auctions. 

Selling early photographs, historical manuscripts, maps and political ephemera, Wes quickly built a reputation as an expert who brought a new level of scholarship and honesty to the arena. Over the next few years, his business grew rapidly as he added specialists with expertise in American Indian Art, furniture, paintings and decorative art, jewelry, antique firearms and 20th-century studio ceramics.

In 2019, Cowan’s merged with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to become Hindman, the largest auction company in the Midwest. Hindman operates the most salerooms in the United States with locations in Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, San Diego, Scottsdale, St. Louis and Washington DC.

From 2003-2014, Wes Cowan appeared as a host of the PBS series, History Detectives. He continues as a frequent appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, and speaks at meetings and events around the country. 



  • This event will be held as a 90-minute virtual event beginning at 12:00 pm EDT, including announcements and presentation.
  • Members and guests may stay on and network with others from 1:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
  • In order to receive the electronic UberEats $25 gift card, all members must pre-register by Thursday, October 22, 2020. Guests do not qualify for the UberEats gift card.
  • Connection details will be emailed one day prior to the event.

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