Macktown to Offer Fiber Classes and Archeology Event in May | Covid-19
ROCKTON – May will be a busy month at Macktown Living History, 2221 Freeport Road. Site volunteers have organized a range of educational and experiential workshops and fun activities to give people the chance to be creative and to work with their hands.
Organizer Connie Gleasman said Macktown hosted a big and successful fiber event in early May three years ago. Because Macktown tries to avoid large crowds and follow state safety guidelines as it is under the auspices of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve, Gleasman said the site will host smaller classes related to the fiber.
“We wanted people to see it as a fiber weekend,” Gleasman said.
On May 8, people can learn how to make a Great Lakes-style paired bag with instructor Kelly Schott. The workshop is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $ 30 per person for non-members and $ 25 for members. Registration and payment are compulsory. People will learn the basics of pairing and use natural plant fibers in the construction of a bag, traditionally used from the Midwest to the East Coast. People should bring scissors, and the instructor will provide fiber, pins, boards, and handouts. Online payment can be made at macktownlivinghistory.com.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 8, people can learn how to make a spiderweb rose sampler quilt square in a class taught by Cathy Grafton. Participants will learn how to create a small sample of silk ribbon stitches using the spider web rose, lazy daisy, French knots, and ribbon stitch. The small piece can be used as a wall piece, made into a pillow, or added to clothes. The workshop costs $ 35 for non-members and $ 30 for members.
Then the second Sunday event will take place on May 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature weaving. People will see a demonstration of how to weave a scarf on a loom. Admission to all events on the second Sunday is free.
Upcoming events for the second Sunday of 2021 will include carpentry in June and heritage and Native American gardens in July. These are always the second Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are free to the public although donations are always appreciated.
“I am enthusiastic about weaving. The instructor comes highly recommended and she will have a loom set up for her to demonstrate and people to try, ”Gleasman said.
The annual Macktown gathering will not be held this year as it is a large gathering. However, Gleasman said there are activities people can do outdoors and in smaller numbers and feel safe.
A course in the identification of prehistoric archaeological artefacts will also be held on May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. People will learn the history of the creation of the objects and learn to locate and describe them in appropriate notes to help preserve the history. Dr Rochelle Lurie, archaeologist and lawyer archaeologist Peter Czyzewski, will be the instructors. People will learn how to archive items such as shards of pottery, hammers, axes, arrowheads, or any other items they might find after digging in their yard. The course is free for members and $ 15 for non-members.
Macktown was founded in the mid-1830s by Stephen Andrew Mack, Jr., and his wife, Mary Hononegah. Macktown, then known as Pekatonic, represents an era and place of change on the Illinois border when the fur trade collided with a progressive world.
In prosperous times, Pekatonic boasted of the Mack’s two-story house and store, a furniture store, a school hall, a shoemaker’s store, a tavern, a trading post, fur trapper’s huts and other houses belonging to the population of 200 to 300 people. . A ferry and a bridge crossed the Rock River.
Following Mack’s death in 1850 and the destruction of the bridge in 1851, the settlement area of Macktown failed to thrive. The northern part of the settlement prospered and became officially known as Rockton in 1846 or 1847.
The Winnebago County Forest Reserve District, which owns the land on which Macktown and the trading post once sat, and the Macktown Living History Education Center undertook plans to restore Macktown to its historic state from 1830 to 1846.