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Hanford Mills Museum Offers Behind-the-Barriers Mill Tour June 16

06/15/2012 - On June 16, visitors can get a chance to go behind-the-barriers at Hanford Mills Museum and get an in-depth, guided tour of the Sawmill and its vintage woodworking machines. The workshop, called the Millworkers' Break, also features hands-on opportunities to move and cross cut a log, and to learn how the Mill's staff controls the gate that allows water to start up the 1926 Fitz Overshot Waterwheel. After the tour, participants can enjoy homemade treats prepared by La Basse Cour Farm and Bed & Breakfast. Apple pie, cornbread, other baked goods, homemade jams and jellies and coffee and beverages will be served.

"The Millworkers' Break is a special opportunity for visitors to engage with the Mill, and the vintage tools and machines that make up our collection," says Liz Callahan, the Museum's executive director. She noted that the Millworkers' Break is geared toward both adults and children, and families are welcome to attend together.

The workshop will be held Saturday, June 16 from 9:30-11:00 am. The cost for adults and teens is $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members; the cost for children 12 and under is $3 for Museum members, $5 for non-members. Those interested in participating in the Millworkers' Break workshop need to register by June 13 by calling Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, or emailing keving@hanfordmills.org, or mailing in a registration form found on the Museum's website, www.hanfordmills.org.

Also on Father's Day weekend, Hanford Mills Museum will host a free lecture on the legacy of Robert Fulton, the creator of the first commercially successful steamboat. The lecture, by historian Robert W. Arnold III, will be held on Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program. No reservation needed.

Hanford Mills Museum is open 10 am 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays through October 14. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members. The admission fee for adults and teens (13-64) is $8.50; and for senior citizens, $6.50. AAA and military discounts are available.

As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.

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