#HandsOnHistory month at Keeler Tavern begins in October

#HandsOnHistory month returns at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s historic Carriage Barn, located at 132 Main Street. For a third year, Keeler Tavern is showcasing its extensive collection of tools from the late 18th to early 20th centuries in a special exhibition, Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric, Oct. 6 to 24.

Until the mid-19th Century and the rise of the industrialized textile factory, many Americans, were creating textiles at home; from cultivating raw materials to weaving fabric.

This interactive exhibition will highlight the three types of textile fibers commonly produced in Ridgefield and the region ... linen, wool and silk. Visitors will discover, and be able to try their hand at, the steps of producing these textiles, from the field to finished fabric to its use in clothing and decorations.

As part of #HandsOnHistory Month, Keeler Tavern will host free, family-friendly workshops and talks on Sundays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.; topics to be announced.

The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 6 to 24. School and youth groups can schedule free guided tours of the exhibition, Monday through Friday, Oct. 8 to 24, by calling the museum office at 203-438-5485 or emailing education@keelertavernmuseum.org.

Admission to the special exhibition and Sunday family talks is free thanks to generous underwriting by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, the Rotary Club of Ridgefield and Wadsworth Russell Lewis Trust Fund.

More information can be found at keelertavernmuseum.org and Facebook.com/KeelerTavernMuseum.