DEVENS -- On Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m., at the Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, four collectors of military paraphernalia will bring items that fascinate them and tell why and how such collecting is important in their lives.

Collecting often goes beyond flea markets and yard sales. The worth of an item may be beyond value as it reminds a family of a cherished person, or it may increase in price as it relates to an age receding continually further back in time and more if connected to some unique happening in that past.

On the other hand, one of the four collectors has written, "It doesn't have to take much money to collect. It takes interest, a place to keep things, and a tolerant spouse. The real fun is the search for the hidden item.

A penny found brings more satisfaction than a dollar made."

The collectors visiting the Fort Devens Museum will have advice for those at any stage in the collecting game: one has been amassing artifacts for only a couple of years and another has almost 60 years of experience. Items to be shown include materials relating to the Civil War, military ephemera (such as posters and photographs), uniforms, and Airborne and Special Forces items.

The event is free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated. The building is wheelchair accessible. For information, call 978-772-1286 or email