The Mission of the Preservation and Education Committee is to “Forward the purpose of MWTCA as it Relates to Museums and Historic Sites.”
This is being accomplished in a number of ways including direct funding as well as through many of our members who give of their time, experience and talents to volunteer at museums and historic sites. Whether you are a MWTCA member of somebody just visiting our site, please consider contacting such places in your area and see what you may be able to do for them. Most all use volunteers and can use your help. For more information about this important project contact the Chairman of the Preservation & Education Committee.
Some examples where MWTCA and our members have provided support:
In addition to MWTCA supporting an intern in a 10 week summer program, our members have provided expertise in assisting in dating antique tools in their collection, in providing restoration expertise and in building authentic reproductions of trades related items including building a a workbench for the gristmill
Thomas Day House
Thomas Day was a free man of color living and working in Milton NC in the early to mid 1800’s. He had the largest furniture making shop in NC and was very well respected by all in the region.
Several members of M-WTCA including Bill Anderson, Brian Coe, Ed Hobbs and Roy Underhill have planned, designed, and made by hand a historically accurate reproduction of a nineteenth century cabinet maker’s workbench stocked with period tools. The workbench and tool display can be seen at the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern in Milton NC. Here is a link to a video of the building of that workbench.
For additional information on Thomas Day, please visit:
Tobacco Farm Life Museum
The TFLM is located in Kenly, NC just off I 95 at Exit 107 depicts life in rural NC from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. MWTCA has outfitted the Farm Shop with blacksmithing equipment, woodworking tools and installed a working line shaft (link to video) typical of what would have been found in the early 1930’s to power a metal lathe. In addition, the museum has a large main building with displays of all sorts of farm and rural life items, a tobacco barn, pack house, tenant house and a typical farm house. To find out more, please visit their:
Members from M-WTCA worked with the staff to build an authentic, period reproduction of a workbench for the farm shop at Stratford Hall. In addition, members donated over 100 period 18th century tools to give the shop an authentic period appearance as well as a treadle wood lathe. Click on the following links to see pictures of this project, a short video of the lathe and the Stratford Hall website.
Textile Heritage Museum – Glencoe Mills
Area Q (North Carolina) members contributed expertise and funds to the museum.