Walking into Callahan’s Antiquities in Montoursville is like walking through a time portal. A wide variety of antique furniture, jewelry, glass, toys, signs, and textiles fill the front room, whose walls are lined with prints and original framed artwork side by side with antique signs. Cases of coins, jewelry, and small, unusual items beckon. The shop is full with a welcoming abundance of antiques, arranged to give shoppers a chance to let their eye wander—and perhaps enjoy a memory. For proprietor Michael Callahan (below), the story of an antique is most important.
And at Callahan’s, all the roads and all the stories lead to home and to family.
Michael G. Callahan is the fifth generation of Callahan’s in Montoursville and grew up surrounded by antiques and a fondness for local history. He holds an associates degree from Penn State University. He established Callahan’s Antiquities in 2004 and is currently the owner and operator. He is surrounded by his family; his Dad (also Michael) works to prepare items for sale and assisting customers looking for that special something or to add to a growing collection or interest. His wife, Kristen graduated with honors from West Chester University with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. She is responsible for all advertising, office administrations and assisting with the daily operations in the store. His mother, Dolores Callahan has also been a crucial part of the growing success of Callahan’s Antiquities offering her hand in sales, bookkeeping, marketing and store displays.
Michael also successfully completed the personal property appraiser certification program with the Certified Appraiser Guild of America in February 2006. He has conducted many appraisals through the years including the Thomas T. Taber Museum of Lycoming County Historical Society. He also has worked very closely with the Muncy Historical Society.
Michael is an active member of his community as a member of the Williamsport and Montoursville Chamber of Commerce. He teaches a third-grade class on local history, making both the history and the artifacts that help tell that story come alive. He also speaks at museums, clubs, and appraisal fairs. Everywhere he speaks, he talks about history, the stories of local people, and the things that they used and cherished. By doing that he breathes life into a small piece of the past for others to see. He shows people the value of antiques.