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The Mechanical Arts (Temporary Exhibit)
September 10th through 13th (EXTENDED!)
This special event will feature prints and historical photos from the APM collection that are rarely viewed by the public.
October 3rd, 2020
The American Precision Museum will highlight ingenuity in manufacturing in the past and in the present with “Full Circle” thanks to an exhibit partnership with Mastercam and HFO Trident.In 1846 when the original wheel was built, it was state of the art technology. In 2020, MasterCam used its software and Haas milling machines to build a new display of an old machine. Click here to read the press release!
This event will feature the unveiling of the new working model waterwheel display at 11 am.
The museum will also be open 10-4:30 for in-person visitors*.
Demonstrations of machines both old and new will happen throughout the day onsite! In-Person visitors can also learn about what careers in manufacturing are like today through displays featuring local employers and training centers (which will remain on view). The museum invites any manufacturing business who is currently recruiting to contact the museum at 802-674-5781 to discuss displaying promotional materials as part of their MFG Day efforts.
*COVID-19 precautions at the museum include but are not limited to mask requirement, limited capacity, physical distancing. We encourage you to contact us with any questions.
If you can’t join us in person, join us on Facebook for a livestream at 11 am on Saturday, October 3!
Pumpkin Chuckin’ & Carving
October 31, 2020
The last day of our regular season doesn’t have to be a sad day – let’s make some pumpkin trebuchets!
In keeping with APM’s theme of ingenuity, we offer a series of talks with innovators in a variety of fields. The goal is to promote informed dialogue on current and future developments in industrial manufacturing, its products and processes, and its efforts to remediate, provide resiliency, and promote positive outcomes of manufacturing & engineering. This is a unique opportunity to inform the general public of the positive advances in manufacturing engineering and technology in pursuit of economic and environmental sustainability.
These talks, held in the Learning Lab, are free to attend (although donations are always welcome) and occur on selected Saturdays at 1 pm. We do like reservations so we can prepare accordingly – so please check our Eventbrite page for up-to-date information and to let us know you’re coming!
May 9th: Inventor Gerry Hawkes, “Bootstrap Manufacturing to Combat Atmospheric Change”
Gerry Hawkes is a forester who invents, develops, and manufactures products that encourage environmentally friendly ways to travel and work. His portfolio began with compact bicycle parking and security devices to make bicycling more convenient, and structural plastic modular path systems to quickly provide high quality bicycle and pedestrian path systems with minimal construction disturbance. More recently Gerry has developed and constructed equipment for controlling invasive woody vegetation without the use of herbicides. He has also developed a line of Wheeled Hand Tool Systems as an alternative to using polluting small engines for moving heavy objects. At this presentation Gerry will explain the pitfalls and successes of this bootstrap approach and working with contract manufacturers. He will also outline a number of opportunities and the urgency of collaborating to translate opportunities into profitable and effective mitigation.
June 13th: Poet and Essayist David Leff, “If This Mill Could Talk”
David K. Leff’s new novel in verse, The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town, asks you to imagine that walls could actually talk as a New England factory community faces closure of its signature mill due to environmental contamination and foreign competition.
“In this industrial Stonehenge from an age
when shaping steel was a way of self-knowing,
quiet seems unnatural. So, seized
by an abiding voltage in a realm richer
in dreams than sleep, I see workers in caps
and overalls, callused hands shoveling coal,
hauling scrap in carts, their hammers
clinking on anvils, pushing blades into the whirr and gritty whine of grind wheels,
standing in sheds stripped to the waist,
bodies sweat-glossed, placing heat-glowing steel
in pulsing coal fires before a final quenching hiss.” – David K Leff
Join us here at the museum, the old Armory, and let’s talk about the meaning that common objects can convey and how they still speak to us.