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History Talks with Bob Wood Return this Fall at Studio B

by Studio B Fine Art Gallery

Sep 03, 2021

Bob is back! Bob Wood, author, teacher, artist, historian, and popular presenter, welcomes lovers of local history to his informal presentations at Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Following CDC advice, masks are recommended.

On September 19, 2021, the topic is OIL MILLS. Until the mid-19th century in this area, linen from flax was “the fabric of our lives.”  A by-product of flax culture was thousands of bushels of flax seed annually processed into linseed oil at scores of small mills that dotted local creeks.

On Sept 26, 2021, the topic is CLOVER SEED MILLS. During the late colonial era, English red clover became a favored fodder crop. However, extracting the tiny seed from its tough leathery blossom was a slow, unpleasant chore.  Water-wheel driven clover mills, where specialized whirling millstones threshed the seed, were soon found along local creeks.

The topic for October 3, 2021 is DUTCHMAN’S CORN. A far cry from today’s agri-industry, native maize slowly evolved into a cultivated mainstay that fed man and beast on the local family farms.

On October 10, 2021, Wood will offer information on LOG STRUCTURES. During the 18th and 19thcentury, white oak logs were a primary building material for houses and other structures. Many log houses still remain, sometimes to the surprise of their owners.

“We’re delighted to welcome folks who enjoy exploring the history of their communities and are equally delighted that each week Studio B welcomes new people into the gallery,” offered Wood.

“Their presence convinces us that information about our programs is being communicated. We’ve learned that if we ‘build it’ interested people will fine us and ‘they will come,’” he concluded.

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