Steppingstone Museum

Behind the Scenes

July 26, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To preserve and demonstrate the rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period through educational programs and tours of the museum site, a once-working Harford County farm near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse includes a formal sitting room and a kitchen with a wood-burning stove and icebox. The nearby shops and barn feature craft demonstrations and numerous displays, including tools, milking machines, spinning wheels and looms, as well as carriages, sleighs and other horse-drawn vehicles. There's also a general store and blacksmith shop.

Latest accomplishment: Earlier this month, the museum sponsored its annual old-fashioned Children's Games Day. And since last spring, volunteer guides dress in period clothing, adding more authenticity to the museum's heritage.

On the horizon: Beginning Aug. 16, the museum will offer seasonal teas, and a Canning House exhibit is to open next spring. The annual Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show, including an apple pie and pumpkin pie baking contest, takes place Sept. 26-27.

About Steppingstone Museum: Membership: 350 households. Attendance: 15,000 annually. Operating budget: $80,000. Endowment: $100,000.

Where and when: 461 Quaker Bottom Road in Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace. Hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, May through September. Call 410-939-2299.

John M. Stanley, president of the board of directors: "Steppingstone is a hands-on museum, and I'm especially proud of the tour programs we offer to schoolchildren. Students come to the museum and learn firsthand about farm life at the turn of the century. They help churn butter and learn to cook stew on a working wood stove. Seeing the students' excitement hearkens me back to my own youth, spending time on my grandparents' farm."

Members of the board

Alan W. Anderson

Steven Beyer

Nelson J. Bowman

Jean Q. Boyer

Sally Cassilly

Lois Crouse

William A. "Art" Elsner Jr.

Richard S. Holloway

Gerry Kunkel

Kim Little

Kevin J. Mahoney

Pat Mahoney

Robert A. Marks

Don Osman

Robert K. Sellers Jr.

Carolyn T. Smith

Patricia C. Viele

Pub Date: 7/26/98

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