As our April opening date rolls around, now is a good time to talk about The Settlers Museum, and what we are doing to be ready for new and returning guests. This comes with its own checklist: cleaning up the grounds, dusting off the house, and preparing the fields for flax.
With storms comes debris. Last weekend myself and our tireless secretary, Melody, worked to gather up all the limbs the storms have left like little "gifts" around the Visitor Center. This also included all the pine needles that have scattered themselves around the field, and the litter from the road. Who eats mini weenies while driving? Anyhow, the grounds are looking great, and we are ready to start with the house.
As it turns out, farmhouses from the 1890's get pretty dusty. As such, the board will be getting together to dust, and clean the Farmhouse making it look its best for our guest and tourists. So if you have the time, and maybe a broom, come on out to the museum Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st. If you don't have a broom, but you do have a shovel...
This year, as we have in the past, we are planting flax. We are going to provide a little class for children where we show them how to harvest and process flax into fiber that can be turned into linen. From there, the kids can weave the flax into linen squares at the Henderson. To get to that point, we have to start planting!
There's a lot to do, but it all comes together for a museum that celebrates what our settlers went through to lay the foundation of our culture today. A little bit of cleaning hardly compares to the Phillipi family's chores. Come by The Settlers Museum to see our work, and the work of George and Sophie Phillipi!