Wagon restorations demonstrated

Now through March 2017, James Willaert, Wade House curator of interpretation, will offer a series of public programs titled “Restoring the Past,” inviting visitors to participate in handson historic vehicle restoration activities.

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Willaert will present “Restoring the Past: Tools of the Trade,” a program which will introduce Wade House guests to the skill and specialized tools necessary to restore a wagon or carriage.

During “Restoring the Past: Tools of the Trade,” guests will join Charles DeSmet, a character based on a restoration worker, to hear the stories behind the vehicles and learn how the restoration process works.

Guests will have the opportunity to try out the tools used by restoration workers and see just how much skill is required to bring historic carriages back to their original condition.

Guests are encouraged to tour Wade House's 20,000 squarefoot Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, which houses Wisconsin largest collection of carriages and wagons. More than seventy percent of the vehicles on display in the museum were manufactured by the Jung Carriage Co., a carriage maker which manufactured custom vehicles in Sheboygan County in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of the museum's vehicles were collected and restored by Wesley W. Jung, grandson of the Jung Carriage Co.'s founder.

“Restoring the Past” programs will take place at Wade House Historic Site Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State 23.

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