Smithsonian Magazine –  In the beginning, the weathervanes pointed the way. While scouring antique shops in the 1970s, Margaret Z. Robson purchased rustic, handmade barn toppers along with other handmade bits of Americana. Robson was “very attached to the American democratic experiment, so [she] bought weathervanes, and duck decoys and quilts,” says her son Doug Robson, who inherited his mother’s interests. “The collecting morphed into something more interesting and radical as time went on.” – read more