The American Precision Museum, housed in the old Robbins & Lawrence Armory in Windsor, VT, is a treasure in more ways than one. It is home to the largest collection of machine tools in the country; further, not only machines, but also the products made on them, such as rifles, sewing machines, and typewriters. If you are in the Upper Valley this summer, you should not miss the latest two exhibitions, Arming the Union and Full Duty. The latter exhibit, Full Duty, includes Civil War artifacts from the remarkable collection of Vermont's leading Civil War Historian, Howard Coffin. This is the first time that these artifacts have been on public display. Also of interest is a working machine shop, where students from a local technical college and volunteers demonstrate the manufacturing process on machine tools, such a lathe or a milling machine.
If you are going to be in Vermont on October 13, 2012, you should plan to attend the museum's Annual Model Engineering Show. Not only will you see APM's extraordinary models of John Aschauer and his Machine Shop, you will see the work of North America's leading model makers.
I heartily recommend this gem of a museum!
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