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The first 2018 workday at the Lutze
Housebarn was March 24th, and continues every first and third Saturday
of the month through November 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 of our artifacts collection!
For 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 2 Saturdays per month, and one Wednesday evening
per month, see the schedule and
workday details below/here.
May 5th 2018 will be a big day for BREAD! We
Bread Making Workshop (morning, fee based,
Wood Fired Pizza Lunch, 11-12:30 (Members and
Volunteers N/C) Public $10/person
Bread Baking Bee, Noon-3pm (Historic Bread
Baking and Fund Raiser) come and help, watch, buy some loaves to
take home? Now with OnLine Ordering
Lutze Genealogy Exhibit time TBA, (after all,
they were 'bred')? :-)
A "Name that Antique Tool" display
Local farmer and grain vendors with fresh
ground local flour, and even more!
Live Music with Ryan Kautzer Accordion and
Gypsy Swing from 11 till 2:30pm.
Then Sunday May 6th join in the fun with a bratfry
at the Plymouth Piggly Wiggly, 9am till 2pm.
Saturday August 18th, German Day at the Housebarn,
11am till 3pm, more details soon.
Note that Workdays this year are first and third Saturdays
and some Wednesday evenings. Some events require
pre-registration or may have a fee, please
Chris if you need more information.
If you'd like to join in with timber framing and stone masonry, we can use your help, no experience required!
for year 2018 include cataloging of artifacts, timber frame structural
repair, stone masonry, door and trim finish carpentry, perhaps some 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.
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
Wisconsin documentary. Everyone interested in preserving rural
history, wood working or learning old time skills is invited to participate!
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 kpear2002 (at) yahoo.com.
(Change the (at) to an @ sign).
Workshop Details (2018 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 (2018
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 2018 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 CAD 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