GENOA – The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society will hold a Family Fiber Arts Day from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18 at the museum at 622 Park Ave. in Genoa.
Twelve artisans will demonstrate various fiber arts, including alpaca wool crafts (live alpacas included), lacemaking, hand and machine quilting, knitting, embroidery, basket making and more.
Children can experience doing laundry with a washboard and wringer, rag hair-curling, rope-making and creating bean bags after using a corn-shucking machine. All ages can play bags, make bubbles or engage in several fiber arts crafts.
Refreshments will be available for purchase, and live music will add to the festive experience.
In lieu of Pioneer Day this year, KVHS has partnered with the DeKalb County History Center during the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America."
The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on four Saturdays: May 11 and 18, and June 15 and 22.
Docents will guide visitors through the museum's extensive phone collection, preserved from Genoa’s own Leich Electric Co. These stories are tied to the history center's Smithsonian exhibit. Other displays and collections throughout the KVHS campus can be seen during the extended hours.
For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/site/kvhsgenoail.