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Reeves Festival: Powering the Past
September 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Steam Engines, Garden Tours & Music Highlight Look at Past
Columbus, Indiana – Area residents are invited to experience Bartholomew County history while enjoying a day in the country. Reeves Festival: Powering the Past is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 11:00-4:00 at the Henry Breeding Farm. Taking the place of the former Reeves Pancake Breakfast, the event will feature BBQ pork and chicken with traditional side dishes, wine and beer, home tours, and many activities for adults and children, including corn shelling and grinding and steam engine rides. Music will be provided by the Banister Family Bluegrass Band. The South Central Indiana Master Gardeners Association created new gardens at the Farm earlier this year and will offer tours and tastings of food prepared with local ingredients.
“An understanding of the past is essential,” said board president Jason Hatton, “without that, it is impossible to make sense of the present or prepare for the future.” Designed to inspire, excite and inform, Powering the Past highlights the accomplishments of the Reeves family. With more than 100 patents, the family’s inventions changed the way we live today.
It began in the mid-1800s, when a young Milton Reeves noticed his co-workers could not control the speed of the pulleys used to power saws in the sawmill where he worked. This caused the wood to split and created waste. After some months of study and experimentation, he invented a variable-speed transmission to control the saws’ speed. Over the years, Milton and his brothers built an early American automobile (called a motocycle at the time); created a double muffler; produced an air cooled, valve-in-head motor and much more. The variable speed transmission continued to be made by the Reeves Pulley Company until 1955 when the company was acquired by the Reliance Electric Company. The vast Reeves collection comprises the largest collection owned by the Historical Society. Several of these items will be on view at the event.
Tickets are $10 for BCHS members, $12 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the History Center or at the event. For more information, visit www.bartholomewhistory.org or call 812.372.3541. The Bartholomew County History Center is located at 524 Third Street and is open to the public Tuesday-Friday; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Bartholomew County Historical Society collects and preserves Bartholomew County artifacts, photographs, and documents. Through interpretive programs and displays, BCHS teaches the heritage of our region enriching both present and future generations.