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The Other Side of the Anvil

October 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


The Galena Historical Society’s Old Blacksmith Shop, in partnership with the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association (UMBA) will present a special hands-on workshop titled “The Other Side of the Anvil.”  Under a large canopy located on the lawn adjacent to the Stillman mansion, six forging stations, complete with forge, anvil, vise, and tools, will be fired up, and skilled regional blacksmiths will provide hands-on smithing instruction for all comers.

After signing a release, visitors can 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 1893 forges on Commerce Street. It is a unique opportunity to work hands-on with a coal forge and offers 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.

Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly will have its large barbecue cooker on site with ribs and brats available for purchase, a portion of the sales being donated to Galena blacksmith operations. Other delicious edibles will be available, as well.


October 13
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Galena Historical Society


Stillman mansion
513 Bouthillier Street
Galena, IL 61036
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