A Blacksmith’s Tale


Single Day Event: Thursday, May 24; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Pleasant Hill City Library

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 40


A skilled blacksmith and inventor, German immigrant Matthew Edel owned a blacksmith shop in Haverhill, Iowa, from 1883 until his death in 1940. In 1884 Edel was one of 2,100 blacksmiths in Iowa. Today it's rare to find a complete and original shop such as the one he left on the day he died. You will see some of his tools and inventions, work with real artifacts in a hands-on activity and hear stories about the shop.

Instructor Jennifer Bancescu has been the State Historic Sites Manager for the State Historical Society of Iowa since December 2015. Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop is one of eight sites managed under her program. Jennifer has a BS in archaeology from the University of Saskatchewan.

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