The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a history museum. MTCC does not collect archeological materials or natural history specimens unless they are directly related to Arkansas's African American history.
A number of criteria determine whether an object is accepted into the collection of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. This criterion includes:
Two additional criteria – geographical and temporal – also play a role in determining whether or not MTCC staff will accept an object.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will seek object(s) from all 75 Arkansas counties that have an African American connection. MTCC will seek items from outside of Arkansas that meet the following criteria:
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center collects objects from 1870 to the present. MTCC reserves the right to collect objects made/created prior to 1870.
The mission of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas's African American history, culture, and community from 1870 to the present, and to inform and educate the public about black achievements – especially in business, politics, and the arts.
Help us preserve the history of African Americans in Arkansas!
Even if you think it is junk, please give us a call and let us come look at it.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is unable to provide monetary value appraisals of materials offered as gifts, brought in for identification, or submitted for any other purpose. The Internal Revenue Service regards museums as interested parties and appraisals prepared by them for gifts that they receive are subject to question. Consequently, to protect both its donors and itself, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center can not appraise artifacts. When an appraisal is used for tax or insurance purposes, an appraiser must be prepared to defend his or her appraisal in court. You should expect to pay an appraisal fee unless materials are subsequently purchased by the appraiser.
Similar considerations apply when appraisals are requested for reasons not connected with gifts and tax deductions. Accurate establishment of a price can be a complex procedure, requiring a time-consuming search in auction records and price guides that we are unable to undertake. Appraisers in your area can be located by checking the telephone directory under headings such as "Appraiser" and "Antique-Dealers."