Knox County Ag. Museum

MOUNT VERNON -- The Knox County Ag Museum will launch a summer-long series of 3 public programs on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.

This first program, titled “Looms and Laundry,” will be held in the SE wing of the Ag Museum of the Fairgrounds.

“So many of our visitors say, ‘Golly, we never knew you had so many things to display out here,' " said Art Mizer, Assistant Coordinator of the Ag Museum Committee. "When they look at something more closely, they usually ask, ‘Just how does this device work?’ or they comment, “Boy, life was hard back then!’ — so we are going to show them more.”

The first program will feature the development of laundry equipment from the metal washboard to a modern automatic washer. And in the same room, visitors can observe the Museum’s large collection of looms, with several Museum members actually weaving rugs before their very eyes.

“Several of us come here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, year long, and create this colorful collection of rugs -- all of which are for sale,” explained Sandy Clutter, Chair of the “Loom Room” Committee.

The program will consist of 10 to 15 minutes demonstration of the laundry equipment by Joan Bross and Richard Morey, plus 15 to 20 minutes for weaving by Clutter’s colleagues.

Then visitors will have a few more minutes to explore the rest of that room’s contents, and finally can roam around all areas of the entire Museum’s 18,000 square foot. Volunteers will be posted in each area to answer visitors’ questions. And officers of the Ag Museum Committee will be happy to arrange future tours for organizations, family reunions, ANY small or large group.

Future programs will be held on Aug. 13 (“Hitches and Hookups”) and Oct. 8 (“Smithing and Shopping”). Light refreshments will be available. Admission and parking are free.

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