The weekend of October 22 will mark the first annual hands-on-history fundraiser sponsored by the Leander Reeve Homestead Committee of the Franklin County Historical Society. The event, Making History, will allow attendees to try their hand “making history” when they participate in various activities and handicrafts that were routine parts of life in rural Iowa in the mid-1800s.
Committee members, local farmers, and other volunteers will host two days of fun and informative activities in a family-friendly setting. So bring your blanket and picnic basket, or purchase food on-site. All money raised will support the work of the Leander Reeve Homestead Committee, formerly known as the Old Stone House Committee.
Activities take place at the Leander Reeve Homestead, Vince Tiso farm, and the Jeff Burkley farm. Both farms are adjacent to the Reeve Homestead. Off road parking will be available, and we anticipate providing transportation between the locations.
The Homestead will be open for tours both days. Guided tours will be offered at nine, noon, and three on Saturday. The guided tours will include the off-site locations of the Maysville schoolhouse, and the REA Plant and Museum. Tours will begin at the Homestead at the specified times.
What follows is a tentative schedule, which will change as plans are finalized. Follow our progress as we plan this event via the society website, historyinfranklincounty.org; or “Like” the Leander Reeve Homestead on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StoneHouseGeneva) which allows you to subscribe to SMS updates as they are posted. Pick up the final schedule the day of the event, print it from your computer, or get our smartphone app (available soon).
If you or someone you know is interested in demonstrating a craft or historical activity, please contact one of our “vendor wranglers” as soon as possible:
Vince Tiso, 641-373-4871, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Keller email@example.com
Keri Rojas, 319-491-6260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Mayberry, email@example.com
Friday Night October 21
Demonstrators arrive and set-up. Primitive camping available on the grounds.
6 pm Pre-event gathering and meal for demonstrators, vendors, and volunteers.
Saturday October 22
8 am Event opens
9 am Tours of Stone House, Maysville and REA Plant
12 pm Tours of Stone House, Maysville and REA Plant
12 pm to 6pm Stone Soup or other food available on grounds
11 am Blacksmithing Demonstration
3 pm Tours of Stone House, Maysville and REA Plant
7 pm Kids Leather Craft (hands-on)
7 pm Bonfire lighting and S’mores
8 pm Story telling by Denny Carlson
9 pm Square Dancing (quick lesson provided)
Sunday October 23
930 am Event opens
10 am Worship Service
12 pm to close lunch for sale on grounds (menu to be determined, but expect pie & ice cream, too)
2 pm Kids Potholder Weaving (hands-on)
3 pm Kids Games
Other activities and demonstrations are still being finalized. We anticipate that many of the demonstrators will have their items available for sale:
horse drawn plows
beaded jewelry making
torch work glass