Have you had a problem this summer trying to drive by a yard sale without stopping? Does your heart beat a little faster when you enter an antique shop or go to a rummage sale in anticipation of unearthing a hidden gem?

Learn about other discoveries of the past, visit forgotten landmarks and discover the joys of finding a treasure and sharing it with your friends by joining The Questers.

The Questers is an international study organization of lovers of antiques, collectibles and history dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antiquities, historic buildings and historical landmarks. It was started in 1944 in Philadelphia and has grown to more than 13,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. There are six chapters in Minnesota.

Sharon Johnson, Minnesota state organizer, is coming to Alexandria to present an informational meeting on The Questers, sponsored by the Alexandria area branch of the American Association of University Women and the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) in Alexandria. It will be held on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the DCHS. It is open to the public at no charge.

Questers seek to educate by sharing their research and study of antiques and history. They donate funds to the preservation and restoration of artifacts, existing memorials, historic buildings, landmarks, and educational purposes with money raised by fundraising events, grants, and donations.

Local Quester chapters meet monthly. Members share their knowledge of antiques, collectibles and history. Programs are presented on study papers, collections or special interests, and there is occasionally a guest speaker or field trip. Quester members are both young and old.

For more information, call (320) 846-7061.