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The Louisiana Area Historical Museum will sponsor a program on Wednesday, Aug. 7 that will be part of its ongoing summer programming for kids of all ages.
Participants will meet at the museum, located at 304 Georgia Street, at 1 p.m. and will then walk as a group to the ASL Pewter Shop right around the corner at 123 South Third Street.
Although most summer programs typically last one hour, last year’s program at ASL ran well beyond that time period because of the wealth of knowledge shared and demonstrated by shop owners and artists Thomas and Patricia Hooper.
Silver and gold were used by the wealthy back in Colonial days, but the middle class could only afford pewter. It was very functional and was considered the fourth most precious metal.
Hoopers will demonstrate how pewter is cast and eventually polished with a spinning wheel to smooth the rough edges, then polished with porcelain beads in a special machine.
In their shop, the Hoopers use some molds that date back to the 17th century. They have been doing this line of work for over 20 years. For the past 15 years, Tom has been doing metal spinning and will be demonstrating that process of creating beautiful works of art.
The last summer program for the 2013 summer season will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. at the museum. It will feature Charlene McCune, of Bowling Green, who will bring to life Mrs. Champ Clark, wife of the famous speaker of the House.
The museum is located at 304 Georgia Street in Louisiana. Regular Museum hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information about the museum and its programming, call 754-4443.