History demonstrations at Hay Lake Day

Mark Johnston of Vadnais Heights builds reproduction furniture and consults with home owners on homes built between 1850 and 1910.

Mark Johnston of Vadnais Heights builds reproduction furniture and consults with home owners on homes built between 1850 and 1910.

clamps, planers, a brace, a dovetail saw, wooden handled chisels, a mallet that formerly was used to mash potatoes and a gluepot are some of the 19th Century tools used by Johnston. “If they didn’t have it in 1850, I don’t use it,” he said.

Clamps, planers, a brace, a dovetail saw, wooden handled chisels, a mallet (formerly potato masher) and a gluepot are some of the 19th century tools used by Johnston. “If they didn’t have it in 1850, I don’t use it,” he said.

Hay Lake School in Scandia was used from 1896 to 1963, but the historians who visited the museum for Hay Lake Day on Aug. 9 took visitors back even further.

Mark Johnston of Historic Design Consulting in Vadnais Heights showed woodworking tools from the Civil War era, and Pat Thibado, buildings and grounds superindent for the Dunn County Historical Society in Menomonie, Wisconsin, carved letters in a piece of sandstone from the Dunnville quarry there that dates to the 1880s.

Dustyn Dubuque, the new site manager at the museum, has Wisconsin connections (graduate of UW River Falls, working on masters degree at UW Eau Claire) and has worked with the Dunn County Historical Society in the past.

Hay Lake is owned by the Washington County Historical Society.

Dubuque said all the demonstrators were unpaid volunteers. The day also include a large used book sale, wool spinning, ice cream making and the Scandia Community Band.

 

Pat Thibado carved letters into a block of sandstone from Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Pat Thibado carved letters into a block of sandstone from Menomonie, Wisconsin.

A lifter takes out big chunks, a comb gets to the surface fast, and a fine tool makes a nice finish on the sandstone.

A lifter takes out big chunks, a comb gets to the surface fast, and a fine tool makes a nice finish on the sandstone.

Linda Wadsworth, a volunteer at Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center, showed an American kestrel to  Piper Burke, 7, and Isaac Burke, 3.

Linda Wadsworth, a volunteer at Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center, showed an American kestrel to Piper Burke, 7, and Isaac Burke, 3.

Browsing the used book sale outdoors on a pleasant day was a popular pastime at the event.

Browsing the used book sale outdoors on a pleasant day was a popular pastime at the event.

The Scandia Band provided entertainment.

The Scandia Band provided entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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