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Collectors To Tell Tales Of Lifelong Hobby At Keeler Museum In Ridgefield

John Jenner, (left) holding a giant horse conch, and Joel Third, who collects rare antique maps, will give a talk at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield.
John Jenner, (left) holding a giant horse conch, and Joel Third, who collects rare antique maps, will give a talk at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Kent resident John Jenner and Ridgefield resident Joel Third, who have been avid collectors since childhood, will be giving a talk in Ridgefield on the gathering of objects to satisfy a lifelong curiosity about the world.

The talk will be in Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield as part of the museum's American History Lecture Series on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Garden House. 

General admission is $10, members pay $5.

Jenner’s initial collecting instincts led him to the stone wall in front of his parent’s property. He started chipping away at it and soon became fascinated by the garnets imbedded in the rock. To this day, he still collects crystal specimens as well as butterflies and moths, postage stamps and coins. 

As an adult, he started to collect antiques after realizing that store-bought furniture dropped in value as soon as it got delivered. This epiphany led him to over 50 years as an antiques collector and dealer. 

In his professional life, he became an engineer with IBM and later taught at Columbia and Cornell before starting his own consulting business. He has been retired for some time now and lives with his wife and dog in Kent.

Third, who lives in Ridgefield, began to collect at an early age. When he was 8, he got a wooden toy train engine, which prompted him to ask for the train cars that went with it. 

He soon became curious about objects in the natural world including rocks and cactuses. His interest in the sciences drove him to study engineering. He embarked on a career in the communications field and traveled the world collecting objects of art from every corner of the globe. 

His passion for antique maps, clocks and instruments of navigation was reflected in his professional life and satisfied his lifelong appetite for learning and sense of discovery. 

Light refreshments will be served after the program. 

The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum is located at 132 Main St. in Ridgefield. On-site parking is limited. For more information, call 203-438-5485 or email

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