Come immerse yourself in history, not as an observer, but as a participant. 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on May 17-20 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town between 1790 and 1840. It includes more than forty original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops—all situated on more than two hundred scenic acres. In addition, the Village has a collection of more than fifty thousand items and an extensive library of early works.
Unlike traditional history museums, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) encourages guests to “put their hands on history” and fully immerse themselves in America’s past. At the Village visitors have the unique opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, taste and experience early American history up close. The EAIA program will include a wide range of activities and take advantage of almost all of the resources of the Village. All of the meetings’ activities will occur within the Village and its educational facilities, and will be led by the Village staff and trustees. Attendees will break into small groups to take behind-the-scenes tours of the collections with members of the OSV curatorial staff—and the collections are superb! Among the objects at OSV are a large collection of tools of various trades as well as furniture, textiles, and decorative arts of the Village’s period. The interpreter-led discussion of water power and the tours of the working mills will be of particular interest to many. The mills include a grist mill, carding mill and saw mill all of which have unique water-powered systems. Members can also take tours of the large machinery collection, which includes larger woodworking, transportations and agricultural items.
As always, the program will include tool trading, exhibits and an auction, this year organized by Great Planes Trading Company.
Sturbridge is located conveniently in south-central Massachusetts, approximately 60 miles west of Boston, very close to the intersection of the Massachusetts Turnpike and US Route 84. To learn more about Old Sturbridge Village, visit the website at www.osv.org
A prequel to the 2017 Annual Meeting is world famous Brimfield Antique Flea Market (brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com) held in the Town of Brimfield, Massachusetts, adjacent to Sturbridge. The markets are held three times a year and are considered to be the oldest and the largest outdoor antiques events in the United States and are comprised of about twenty individually owned show fields. The Spring 2017 show will run Tuesday through Sunday, May 9-14, the week before the 2017 EAIA Annual Meeting at Old Sturbridge Village. Members might want to plan to begin their visit to the Sturbridge area before the start of the EAIA meeting and take advantage of this great antique show.