Early American Industries Association to meet in Kansas City

The Early American Industries Association will hold its 2009 Annual Meeting on May 27-30, 2009 in Kansas City.

The EAIA, founded in 1933, encourages the study and better understanding of early American industry, in the home, in the shop, on the farm, and on the sea. Whether you are a tool collector, a tool dealer, a scholar, a user of tools or just like finding out about tools, there will be something to interest you.

Some of the main events of the 2009 meeting include:

The Linda Hall Library – one of the finest technical libraries in the world.

The Steamboat Arabia – In the fall of 1856 the steamboat sank in the Missouri river. She was carrying a cargo to stock the general stores for the westward expansion of the United States. The river changed course and the Arabia ended up under a corn field until the late 1980s. 200 tons of cargo was found,  the largest collection of datable 19th century objects in the world. Our guide will be one of the men that found the Arabia and helped dig it up.

The Toy & Miniature Museum – This may sound like an odd stop for EAIA, but you will find it fascinating. This museum of about 30,000 square feet contains tens of thousands of items from antique doll houses and toys to fine scale models of all forms of the decorative arts. An added attraction will be the museum’s summer exhibition, “Laborer, Craftsman, Artist; Fine Tools of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.”

This will be a tool exhibit covering drawing instruments, machinist tools, woodworking tools, jewelers tools including a rose engine and early hand power tools.

For additional information on the Early American Industries Association, and the 2009 Kansas City Meeting, visit www.eaiainfo.org.

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