Offered in conjunction with the current "Rural Engineuity" exhibit, the West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a Barn Demonstration Day on Sunday, June 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Come tour the exhibit inside the main museum building and then stroll down to the barn on the museum grounds for an interactive experience and to see rural ingenuity in action.
There will be tinkering, hammering, spinning, churning, sparks flying, and more. See an antique tractor, a Ford Model A, and a collection of old tools on display. Artist in Residence, Gary Hart will be conducting blacksmithing demonstrations, Mark Monestere and the Baton Rouge Wood Workers Club will be using hand tools, and West Baton Rouge Museum staff member, Linda Collins will be inviting visitors to help her spin and weave. Folk artists, William and Theresa Blount will be churning up some tasty trivia about the patent process while making ice cream with hand cranked and later motorized ice cream freezers. There will also be butter churning and several other hands –on activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
The West Baton Rouge Museum’s Rural Engineuity exhibit celebrates farmers as the original engineers, combining simple machines such as the wheel and lever to improve productivity. The exhibit highlights the contributions of local inventors such as Leonard Julien’s Cane Planter, Norbert Rillieux’ Multiple Effect Evaporator, and Allen Ramsey Wurtele’s Cane Harvester whose patented projects revolutionized farming practices and industry.
This program is FREE and open to the public.