News from Garfield Farm
Members of the Early American Industries Association (EAIA) and the Mid-West Tools Collectors Association (M-WTCA) will be holding their 17th annual Antique Tool Show and Sale at the Garfield Farm Museum on Sunday, August 2 from 9am ? 1pm. This is the only joint show by these two organizations in the mid-west open to the public. Over 30 different collectors will have their tools on display and for sale.
Recent economic meltdown centered around financial sectors that produce no handcrafted product but the mere moving of funds from one point to the other seems so foreign to what built America. For generations, America prided itself by the work produced by hand that reflected the hard work, creativity and invention of the American people. Tools that produce food to tools that shaped the wood and metal to make shelter and machinery reflected the industriousness of the American people. These are values that made America an economic leader yet the Garfield Farm Museum Antique Tool Show best displays this decline. Many of the exhibitors and collectors are retired tool and die workers who understood the power of tools. America today produces fewer such skilled workers as manufacturing has fled for the cheapest and often most exploited third world labor markets. Coming to the Tool show will remind visitors of America?s past strengths and meet the men and women who created the great post war economy.
In the past, skilled craftsmen used specific tools for their livelihood and for their survival. These craftsmen, such as coopers and blacksmiths, were indispensable to their communities, and their work was dependant on their tools. Each piece of equipment was vital and had a specific purpose. As society became more and more mechanized, the need for these craftsman and their simpler tools vanished as newer tools crafted whole new industries based upon the machine. By understanding the use of these tools, one can gain an understanding and respect for them.
Many antique tools most people come in contact with are a mystery. They might not know what the tool was used for or even who or how it was used. Not only can the public view, and even buy the tools at the Antique Tool Show and Sale, the collectors have an understanding and experience that they share with the show?s guests.
Most tool organizations hold private shows available only to their members. However, Garfield Farm Museum has opened its gates to host the EAIA and M-WTCA's annual Antique Tool Show and Sale in order to give the general public the unique opportunity to see and even buy rare antique tools they might never have seen before. Visitors and novice collectors will find this rare chance to discover the wide variety of collection themes and to learn the value of tools. Many visitors have come to the show with an unknown tool and have left with a wealth of knowledge. Tours of the 1846 teamster inn and tavern begin at 11 am and continue after the show until 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. Admission for adults is $5 and $2 for children 12 years and under.
Garfield Farm Museum is a historically intact former prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored by volunteers as a 1840s working farm. The museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. For more information call (630) 584-8485. E-mail us at garfieldfarm.org or visit or website at www.garfieldfarm.org