The Berkshire Museum's latest exhibit is sparking a lot of conversation. Visitors will get a chance to see some of Berkshire County residents' historical and most prized possessions. Time Warner Cable News reporter Madeleine Rivera has the story.
BERKSHIRE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I was just interested in utilitarian items, glass, colorful things," said Peter Persoff.
His interest in telephone and telegraph insulators began innocently enough.
"I was just intrigued by their shapes and colors. I appreciated their beauty," said Persoff.
Eight years ago, he bought his first insulator on Ebay. Now, he has "about a hundred, a hundred twenty five, I think," said Persoff.
That's only a 20th of his collection. And, now it's on display at the Berkshire Museum as part of the latest exhibit "Berkshire Collects."
"We're very excited about it," said Lesley Beck.
She says the exhibit has been sparking a lot of interest. More than 40 residents are showcasing the prized possessions they've collected over the years from guitars to PEZ Dispensers.
"There is such wide range of collections, and the reason why people collect are all so interesting, and the stories are as good as looking at the actual pieces," said Beck.
"My brother and I are both collectors. I think it's genetic. What interests me, I like tangible things," said Persoff.
He says folks who see the exhibit will also get a chance to take something with them.
"To expose people to the things that out there that have historical value," said Persoff.
"Berkshire Collects" opens this weekend and will be on display until May.