HILLS, IL- On Saturday, October 7th, museum staff member, Joseph Coleman,
will give a Blacksmithing 101 lecture/demonstration at 10am on the history
of Blacksmithing. There will be a discussion of how we arrived at the Iron
Age and how blacksmithing impacted the industrial revolution. To conclude,
Joseph will also demonstrate nineteenth century blacksmithing skills.
Blacksmithing 202 will take place at 2pm and include a lecture, demonstration and hands-on
experience for the guests (no prior experience needed).
has been used by numerous civilizations over the course of thousands of
years. It played a pivotal role during the industrial revolution. Iron also
had many practical applications on prairie farmsteads like Garfield Farm.
Coleman has been in the history museum field since 2005. He has
demonstrated 19th century blacksmithing in Naperville for 5 years and
during his hobby of Civil War reenacting. Joseph took an interest in
blacksmithing during Garfield Farm’s 1840’s Days on how it could be applied
to farm life.
cost of Blacksmithing 101 is $8, Blacksmithing 202 is $40 (materials
included) and refreshments are included. For reservations, contact the
museum at (630) 584-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Garfield Farm Museum
is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off of ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road.
The 374-acre site is a historically intact former 1840s farm and teamster
inn being restored as an 1840s working farm museum by volunteers and donors
from around the country.