American Precision Museum presents 18th annual Model Engineering Show

The American Precision Museum will feature many different machines. Photo provided.

WINDSOR, Vt. – What do an 1841 Springfield Special rifle, a ball-tossing robot, a miniature replica of a steam power plant, and a 3D model of your face all have in common? They are all part of the things to see and do at the American Precision Museum’s 18th annual Model Engineering Show. The show will take place at the Windsor Recreation Center, 29 Union Street, and at the museum, 196 Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

There is an admission’s fee. Free admission for Windsor students accompanied by one parent and free admission for any Junior Machinist Apprentice graduate and one parent if the graduate wears his/her JMA pin.

The American Precision Museum’s Model Engineering Show provides visitors the chance to see the work of some of New England’s finest model engineers and machinists, along with engaging demonstrations highlighting the most intricate of machining skills from the past, present, and future. The Family Maker Space at the recreation center will feature a variety of activities for all ages including making a working telegraph, a Cardboard Teck Pinball Machine, 3D printing demonstrations, the 2016 Vermont state champion robotics team, the Rutland Robo-Rattlers, who represented Vermont at the First LEGO League World Festival in 2017. This year we will be offering a special screening of the MacGillivray Freeman documentary “Dream Big” sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It features the accomplishments of young women engineers.

The fascinating fly wheel pump. Photo provided.

Around the corner at the museum, a National Park Service ranger from Springfield Armory National Historic Site will talk about early lathes and the new Coltsville Historic Site in Connecticut. Also on display will be a private collection of Vermont and New Hampshire antique firearms with Wayne McCutcheon.

Special guest, Gerald M. Carbone, noted author will be doing a book signing and a presentation about his most recent book “Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry.” The book follows the ascent of the dazzling array of measuring devices, machine tools and precision machinery that the company produced and marketed that helped shape Rhode Island, the nation, and the modern world.

Children from 8 to 14 can participate in the Junior Machinist Apprentice program at the

museum for either a morning or an afternoon session. All this complements the American Precision Museum’s Shaping America exhibit. A detailed schedule of events with times will soon be released.

The show is most generously supported by The Point, Mascoma Savings Bank, Jane Osgood and Ted Hilles, the Town of Windsor, Windsor Improvement Corp, Snapdragon Inn, Miller Construction, Windsor Wine & Spirits, Blood’s Catering, and Sugarbush Florist.

For more information visit the event web page: and the museum’s Facebook page or call 802-674-5781.

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