Gary Schlosstein and the Civil War musket that he bought for $3 when he was 10 years old.

An afternoon with Castlerock Museum’s founder


On Saturday, November 10, at 2 p.m., there will be a special program at Castlerock Museum in Alma with Gary Schlosstein, the museum’s founder. Schlosstein will take visitors on a walk around the museum, sharing stories behind some of the rare and fascinating artifacts in the museum’s collection. He will also point out and discuss many exciting new additions made in the past year. The program will conclude with a question and answer session.

Schlosstein first started collecting when he was 10 years old with a Civil War musket that he bought at an antique store for $3. His passion for ancient and medieval arms and armor began in the early 1980s, when a friend convinced him to buy several medieval pole arms. Over the years, this collection grew, leading Schlosstein to start up the nonprofit that is Castlerock Museum as a permanent place to house and display the collection to the public. The museum officially opened its doors in 2011 and celebrated its seventh anniversary last July.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Museum members are free. The museum will open at 1 p.m. for visitors that would like to look around beforehand. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or for details.


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