Artisan and Industry

In July, 2017 a new exhibit was opened to coincide with the museum’s 20th anniversary. Artisan and Industry: Canoe Making in the Age of Manufacturing explores the blossoming popularity of recreational canoeing in the 19th and early 20thcentury and the local technical innovations that supported large-scale production to equip these demands worldwide. Many of the artifacts included have never been exhibited before, including several unique examples of watercraft. The exhibit features an extremely rare, loaned collection of quarter-scale canoe models produced by manufacturing companies, patterns and builders’ tools that date back more than a century, and a rich assortment of archival material and small artifacts that relate to the business of canoe making. Visitors will find some fresh, immersive experiences that include an early canoe builder’s workshop, the pageantry of a canoe regatta in 1910, and the emerging world of early advertisement and graphic design.

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