Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a remarkable assemblage of more than fifty guns from indisputably one of the nation’s most important collections of American longrifles. Exceptional examples of rifles by master gun makers from Adams, Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties, among others, will be featured in the exhibition. Beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century, Joe Kindig Jr., renowned antiques dealer and collector from York, Pennsylvania, amassed an encyclopedic collection of American longrifles. Kindig’s interest in the guns rested as much with the development of eighteenth-century weaponry as with the skilled artistry and craftsmanship evident in each example. Interestingly, Kindig sold many objects, including outstanding examples of European arms and armor, to the Reading Public Museum in the 1940s and 50s. The story of Kindig’s achievements and legacy will also be featured in the exhibition.
The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pa. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to Members and children three years old and under. The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to www.readingpublicmuseum.org for more information.