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The Other Side of the Anvil: Blacksmithing and Music Fest

October 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Free

Two-day blacksmithing and music fest features artifacts, live music, food, drinks and demonstrations

Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s Old Blacksmith Shop, in partnership with the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association (UMBA), will present a special hands-on event and two-day music fest called “The Other Side of the Anvil.”

On Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, on the lawn adjacent to the Stillman Mansion (513 Bouthillier St.), six forging stations—complete with forge, anvil, vise and tools—will be fired up and skilled regional blacksmiths will provide hands-on instruction for visitors. In addition, there will be traditional broom tying demonstrations.

New to the event in 2019: The Historical Society will have a beer and wine tent, food, live music, and a bake sale on Saturday and Sunday. (See the calendar of events and the full band line up below).

Also new in 2019, attendees can visit with members of the Historic Indian Agency House of Portage, Wisc. This is a museum dedicated to the work and lives of John and Juliette Kinzie, an Indian agent and his wife who worked with the Ho-Chunk tribe at the site during the 1830s. This booth will explore the history and artifacts of the blacksmiths who were jacks of all trades and often the first on the frontier scene. Visitors will also learn how they can get involved in excavating the site of one of these agency blacksmith shops near Portage in 2020.

Visitors who want to take part in blacksmithing may step up to a forging station and, with the guidance of an experienced smith, make a small iron object using the same heat and hammer techniques practiced at the authentic 1897 Old Blacksmith Shop on Galena’s Commerce Street. It is a unique opportunity to work hands-on with a coal forge and gain insight into what it is like to work at a 3,000-year-old craft.

There is no charge for participating, though donations to support the Old Blacksmith Shop operations are gladly accepted. Persons of any age can participate, but those under 18 must have the signed permission of an adult and may, in some cases, need to be accompanied by an adult parent while they work. Safety glasses and gloves will be provided. Participants will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society thanks Illinois Bank & Trust and the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association for their support of this event.

For more information about The Other Side of the Anvil, call the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society at 815-777-9129 or go to galenahistory.org.

 

ANVIL schedule of events

Saturday

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hands-on blacksmithing

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Traditional broom tying (brooms available for purchase)

9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: Historic Indian Agency House booth

9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: Bake sale, and food by Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly

Noon-6:30 p.m.: Beer and wine tent

Noon-6:30 p.m.: Live music (see music fest line up)

Sunday

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hands-on blacksmithing

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Traditional broom tying (brooms available for purchase)

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Historic Indian Agency House booth

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bake sale, and food by Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly

Noon-3:30 p.m.: Live music (see music fest line up)

Noon-4 p.m.: Beer and wine tent

 

ANVIL MUSIC FEST LINE UP  

Stage Manager: Lenny Wayne

Saturday

Noon-1 p.m.: LA Suess

1-2 p.m.: Colleen Nielsen

2-3 p.m.: Scott Rische & Friends

3-4 p.m.: Steve McIntryre

4-6:30 p.m.: Lenny Wayne & Fred Hollingworth

 

Sunday 

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Farmers Market Busketeers

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Pleasant Hope

2:30-3:30 p.m. Anvil Jam Session!

Details

Date:
October 20
Time:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Galena Historical Society
Phone:
815-777-9129
Email:
info@galenahistorymuseum.org

Venue

Stillman mansion
513 Bouthillier Street
Galena, IL 61036
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Phone:
815-777-9129