Reading and Research:


The following are books that we’ve found helpful and you might find of interest as well.   Let us know what else belongs on this list! Email apm at americanprecision.org with the subject “Books”. 

Author Title Find it:
Edwin A. Battison Muskets to Mass Production: The Men and the Times that Shaped American Manufacturing (1976) Amazon
Carrie Brown Arming the Union:  Gunmakers in Windsor, Vermont Amazon, APM Gift Shop
Wayne G. Broehl Precision Valley: The Machine Tool Companies of Springfield, Vermont Amazon
David A. Hounshelll From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States (Studies in Industry and Society) Amazon
Wayne R. Moore Foundations of mechanical accuracy APM Gift Shop
Harry Phillips & Terry Tyler  Vermont’s Gunsmiths & Gunmakers to 1900 Amazon
Merrit Roe Smith Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change Amazon
Simon Winchester    The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Amazon, APM Gift Shop
Study of Robbins & Lawrence Armory  Study by Historical American Engineering Record/Historic American Buildings Survey Read the PDF at the Library of Congress (free digital copy)


Learning Lab

**In order to protect our guests, hands-on activities are currently limited to items that can be sanitized or disposed of.   Our Sphero robots, Lego and K’nex, and other materials  are washed between uses.  Want to create a craft with pipe-cleaners and duct tape?  Bring your project home and let us wash any tools you used. Updated 8/17/20**

What can you make with cardboard and tape? What if you had to follow rules and make your design only 6 inches tall? What if you were given a challenge to make ‘something that moves’?

The Learning Lab is used year-round for school group visits, after-school workshops, and other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math) related activities. The Learning Lab is designed for all ages (from “K” through “gray”), to introduce new ideas, to challenge and inspire, and to create opportunities to experience and have fun with all levels of technology. We offer simple blocks and building kits for younger students, and 3D design, electronics and coding for the more advanced or ambitious among you. 

The Learning Lab does occasionally close for special events.  Please call us if you have any questions or want to reserve the space!

Innovation Station

The Innovation Station, our working machine shop, was established in 2008 and has operated continuously as a working machine shop, where visitors can watch various parts being manufactured. Through initial grant-funding from the Vermont Department of Labor, we engage local high school students in manufacturing education. Students receive hands-on experience with machine tools, while learning about advancements in the field, and career opportunities.

APM interns bring the Innovation Station to life as they demonstrate the operation of both historic and modern machine tools. The items they create are sold in our gift shop and provide financial support for the program. Our student interns who operate the Innovation Station serve as mentors to younger students. The Intern Program’s main goals are to inspire students to become the next generation of machinists and innovators, to incorporate a better personal understanding of the evolution of technology in their lives, and to provide communication skills to interpret the historic significance of that evolution to a wide audience. These initiatives address our mission: To capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem-solving and design demonstrated through the dynamic story of the machines and people that form the foundation and future of manufacturing in America.

The Innovation Station, with the support of numerous international machine tool companies, enables us to showcase state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. These machines tell the continuing story of evolution in manufacturing, while providing practical hands-on experience with the latest technologies.

The Innovation Station features:

Special thanks to Haas (Trident Machine), Midaco, Gosiger Automation (Fanuc), Evolution Aero, Abbot Workholding, and Kennametal for their generous contributions of advanced manufacturing machine tools and equipment to the Innovation Station.  

School Visits

**Please note: the museum capacity may be limited to 25 guests at a time, in order to allow adequate social distancing.    Updated 8-17-20**

School groups, $4.00 per student. Adult chaperones and bus driver admitted free. 

Call at least two weeks ahead for reservations and we can help you custom design a program for your class that fits with your current curriculum needs from Social Studies to STEAM to Careers.  Stay tuned for after school and summer camp announcements as they develop – join our mailing list below!

Call us at 802.674.5781 or Contact Us to learn more!

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