Who We Are
Questers are curious, enthusiastic, and imaginative with a desire to learn new things -- someone who is excited by historical sites, antiques, and the study of past events that still resonate in our present lives and experiences. Thus our motto - It’s Fun To Search And A Joy To Find.
What We Do
- The nonprofit organization Questers started in 1944, when Elizabeth Bess Bardens passed an antique store on her lunch break and bought a syrup pitcher. When she returned to the office, she sat it on the corner of her desk. So many stopped to talk with her about it and expressed their desire to learn more. As a result, Bess launched a lunch discussion group. From this group, other local groups or chapters were formed to provide a small venue for learning about one’s collection and those of fellow members. Today the blue syrup pitcher has launched chapters in 41 states and 2 provinces.
- Our Headquarters, dating to 1802, is a three-story Federal style row house that needs continual preservation and restoration. Located at 210 South Quince Street, Philadelphia, the house is in a historically significant area.
- With a strong desire to see that the best of American heritage is preserved for future generations, Questers seek to educate by research and study of antiques and to donate funds to the preservation and restoration of artifacts, existing memorials, historic buildings, landmarks, and educational purposes. Questers work on defined projects selected by each Chapter.
- Questers sponsor graduate-level scholarships at Columbia University as well as a fellowship at Winterthur/University of Delaware.
2017-18 Ohio Questers State Board
Ohio State Board
Left to right: President Bonnie Popa, 1st VP Jennie Lyons, 2nd VP Gail Milligan, Treasurer, Carol Lynn, Recording Secretary Kathy Hall and Corresponding Secretary Rose Brockham.