Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Buffalo Pan American Expo German Carpenter's Tent - Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village German Festival

This Saturday, June 16th from 12 to 8pm The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, a museum in Amherst, NY, will be hosting a day of music, dancing, food, beer and German heritage, as well the Vintage Volkswagon Car Club.

Look for the German Carpenter's Tent on the the Towngreen Walkway, run by Annie Levay-Krause of The Living Green Institute of Buffalo. This tent will feature info about the German carpenters of the early 1900's who helped build the Buffalo Pan American Expo, a vintage tin lunch pail with a sample of their work day's diet and a carpenter (Robert Krause) who will plane curls off a wood block for the little ones and cut mortis and tenon for the curious using turn of the century tools.

Below is the update on the day's activities:
Here are Robert's turn-of-the-century carpentry tools. He spent the day sharpening them and showing how they were used.

I talked about the German laborers brought on for the building and demolition of the Buffalo Pan American Expo in 1902 and fielded lots of questions about the foods they ate, the hours they worked, what type of work they did and what rights they had as immigrants.

I won the cake contest with Best German Theme and Best Cake All Around

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