Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday, March 10, 2019, Noon - 4:00PM

Included with Regular Museum Admission
$6 - Adults
$5 - Students, Seniors 60+ & AAA Members
$20 - Family
Free - ACHS members; Children 5 and under; Veterans and active duty military with ID

The Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild welcomes all to the annual “Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase.” This event transforms the Old Aurora Colony Museum into a bee hive of spinning activity. This family-friendly event features not only a myriad of antique and historical spinning wheels but hands-on activities like drop spindle techniques, carding and dying that will introduce visitors to the art and craft of spinning. Enjoy yummy treats in the 1876 Steinbach Log Cabin.

There will be many varied antique spinning wheels in a living display—every wheel is fully functional and will be in constant use by the owners &/or guild members, dressed in period clothing. Also, spinning wheels that belong to the museum will be on display, including the rare oscillating pendulum wheel, of which there are only five known to be in existence. This wheel was developed right here in the Aurora Colony, and a replica of it will be in use during the showcase.

Most of the other wheels are owned by past and present members of the Handspinners’ Guild, and great pride is taken in maintaining and operating these wheels, all with a minimum age of 100 years. While viewing the wheels and talking with their operators, you will also have the opportunity to view the wonderful displays in the many buildings of the museum.