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30th Antique Tool Show August 6, 2023

On Sunday August 6, from 9 am - 1 pm, the 30th Antique Tool Show and Sale with members of the Mid-west Tool Collectors & Early American Industries Association will be held at Garfield Farm Museum.

With all the dramatic events of the past four years, much public focus has been concentrated on the fear of change while peoples' ability to adapt and meet such challenges has been ignored. Yet grasping a non-mechanized tool in hand, knowing for hundreds if not thousands of years humankind has ingeniously solved problems can reassure and inspire all ages for the future to come.

At Garfield Farm Museum Antique Tool Show, one can marvel at devices invented to solve problems of the past that took great craftsmanship just as engineers of today with great insight create computerized solutions to seemingly immense challenges.

Many of the exhibitors have career experience in working with hand tools and or their mechanized equivalents. Show visitors include collectors but also a number of hobbyists and craftsman who are seeking tools they can use that are not available in today's market.

The late J. Francis Pfrank and the late Richard Chapman helped found the show in 1993. It is the only Illinois show open to the public as all other meetings require membership in the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association or the Early American Industries Association. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the organizations and introduce young budding collectors to the hobby. For youthful visitors it opens their eyes to methods of problem solving they could not imagine.

The show is $8 for adults and $3 for children under 13 years. At 10 am tours of the 1846 brick tavern will be offered. Garfield Farm Museum is a historically intact former prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored by volunteers as an 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 or visit