MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Ag Museum will launch a summer-long series of three public programs on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. with its first program, titled “Looms and Laundry,” in the SE wing of the Ag Museum of the Knox County Fairgrounds.

Art Mizer, Assistant Coordinator of the Ag Museum Committee, commented “So many of our visitors say, ‘Golly, we never knew you had so many things to display out here.’ And 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 goign 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.

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

The program will consist of a 10-15 minute demonstration of the laundry equipment by Joan Bross and Richard Morey, plus 15-20 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 feet. Volunteers will be posted in each area to answer visitor’s 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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