Cookie Jars Aplenty At Sharpsteen Museum

Susan Wolleson-Freund’s family history in Calistoga dates back to the days of Reason P. Tucker in the 1840s. Her collection of cookie jars goes back a mere 30 years. Little did she realize that on that fateful summer day in the late 1980s, when she made her first purchase of a pair of cookie jars, Little Dutch Boy & Little Dutch Girl, that she would be hooked. Her collection now stands at an easy 300+ pieces. Some jars she purchased herself, but many have been gifts from family and friends.

Susan has never shown her collection to the public. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; see this collection only at the Sharpsteen.

The public is invited to preview this new exhibit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. Visitors can meet Susan and her family, and see for the first and only time this awe-inspiring collection. Cookie jars will be everywhere!

Museum staff members recently visited Susan to take photos of her collection. They thought it would be an easy task. Not! Walking into Susan’s home was a cabinet filled with cookie jars. Then, there was another cabinet, then a shelf, then over the fireplace, then a hutch, and another hutch. Every jar more beautiful than the one before. The best part was talking to Susan about her collection. She knows every single cookie jar, on what shelf or cabinet it resides, where it came from and the story behind each one. It was an amazing experience.

Artist Andy Warhol was a collector as well, and he and Susan have more in common than one might think. Both acquired their jars at flea markets, yard sales, small antique shops, or as gifts from family and friends. Neither Andy nor Susan chose these jars because of their current or ultimate value; each jar was chosen simply because “I liked it.” Susan…

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