'00 Timber Repair Internship
'05 Timber Repair Internship
The first 2017 workday at the Lutze
Housebarn was March 25th and will continue every other Saturday through November
19th starting at 9:30am ending 4:00pm. This year we are excited for
continued reconstruction on the west end addition foundation reconstruction; several
special workshops; and fun educational opportunities for all
with organizing and documenting our artifacts collection!
August 19th 2017 - 9:30 till 11:30 Old Time Trades Workshop.
Learn and do: timber framing basics, making mortises and tenons, hewing,
chiseling, shingle making, log peeling, see restored stump puller.
Concurrent: Pioneer Skills Events. Candle making, ax throwing,
demonstrations of weaving and spinning, soap making, old-time
* Please pre-register with Kathy Pearce 920.946.1036 by August 10.
brochure: click here.
August 19th 2017 - 9:30 till 3:30 Immigrant Days. Visit
a pioneer encampment, browse local vendors wares, learn historic trades
and occupations. Discover foods that would
have been grown by pioneers in our heritage garden. Join us for a
fun filled day with pioneer toys and games, 3 legged race, tug o war and
much more! Free and open to the public.
poster: click here.
For both events we are in need of volunteers in
many areas. If you're interested in helping out with either please
contact Richard Lutze or Kathy Pearce. Our historic garden,
grounds, and building all make use of volunteers to keep things moving
forward as well, please give us a call for details!
Want to learn or share a trade or trade skill?
Join in at our workdays every other Saturday, see the schedule and
workday details below/here.
on all events as well at
our Facebook page.
What's involved with a 'skills learning day' at the Lutze Housebarn??
The Lutze Housebarn is one of the sites featured on a recent Barns of
Everyone interested in preserving rural history, wood
working or learning old time skills are invited to participate from 9:30 AM to
If you'd like to join in with timber framing and stone masonry, we can use your help, no experience required!
for year 2017 include cataloging of artifacts, timber frame structural
repair, stone masonry, door and trim finish carpentry, clay nogging, siding, and window carpentry.
time and have fun while learning a historically significant skill in a rural
setting. All are welcome, things to do for the whole family, this is an
all ages show!
For first time volunteers, and for those who prefer to
watch the progress and "old-time" crafts, tours of the 3 ½ story 90 foot long half timbered
structure will be featured along with related demonstrations and stories of the
old timers of the area.
How to prepare for a Housebarn Skills Learning Day
clothes and sturdy shoes or boots, and bring gloves. We can provide tools and materials, along
If you have safety equipment such as goggles, hearing
protection, hard hat, etc., bring them, if not we will have them for you.
Please "register" in advance, it helps a lot in both our
food and tool planning.
For further information
and registration, please contact volunteer coordinator Kathy
Pearce at phone (920) 451-1134 or email kpcharmer2013 (at) gmail.com
Note that workdays are generally every other Saturday. Some events require
pre-registration or may have a fee, please
Chris if you need more information.
Workshop Details (2017 Events and
Workshops are one to three day
training and work opportunities. Costs to participants is typically about
$60. We provide noon meal each day.
Trades Worker Program (2017
descriptions and details TBA)
For those interested in learning and
doing a particular trade such as timber framing, stone masonry, collections
documentation, or even clay nogging, these lightly paid positions are for
those wanting to work with us for a weeklong learning and doing experience.
All training and tools are provided. Housing and meals can be arranged.
Summer internship opportunities
For 2017 we are looking for two
college level students:
If you are inquisitive about
structure and history, and with experience or majoring in architecture or
structural engineering; we need your help to complete our AutoCad documentation
project begun a number of years ago for the Department of the Interior's HABS/HEARE
library. Estimated 100 hours. if you are the one, please contact us
for more information and application/pay details.
If you are a "techie" and would like
to help with implementing latest technology for virtual tours as well as on-site
interpretive tools, and perhaps reaching into smart-phone app's for road tours,
we should talk!! Estimated 75 to 100 hours, your chance to help set the
national standard for outdoor museums and tours.
How to get to the Lutze Housebarn:
Go west from I-43 exit 137 marked "Cleveland", 3/4 mile to Union Road,
then north .9 miles to the Lutze Housebarn service driveway to your left, just
before you come to the first woods on the right.
Our street address is
13630 South Union Road, Newton, WI 53063.
Phone numbers at the site
only answered on work days is 920-693-3454 and for the Restoration Director
anytime call cell at