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The Loom House at the Kalona Historical Village was dedicated last week to honor its original curator.
Members of the Kalona Questors Club 722 gathered at the Loom House on Thursday, July 19 to donate a display honoring former curator Emily Roberts, who passed away in 2017.
“Emily’s goal was to make the Loom House interesting and a really fun place to be during Fall Festival,” current curator Grace Tully said. “She was on call for lectures and demonstrations at the Historical Village, and she loved sharing her knowledge and skill with others.”
Tully pointed out that many of the pieces in the Loom House originally belonged to Roberts.
“Under Emily’s direction and care, this building was created, populated with looms, spinning wheels and necessary equipment – much of which was her very own – to make it a fully functional weaving and spinning operation,” Tully said. “I’m proud to serve as the second curator, knowing that I sit on the weaving bench of a master.”
The framed glass case honoring Roberts contains photographs and artifacts from Roberts’ history as a spinner and weaver.
Tully also thanked the Questors for their donations that went toward restoring a pair of spinning wheels.
She said a flax wheel and a small spinning wheel she calls “Prince George” were restored by SpiritWood Spinning Wheel Restoration of Woodward.
According to Roberts’ records, “Prince George” was purchased at a farm auction in 1973 and may have been a child’s spinning wheel.
“It’s very small and totally hand-carved,” Tully said.
The two spinning wheels were delivered to the Loom House on Saturday.
Tully said she plans to get estimates on restoring more of the spinning and weaving equipment at the Historical Village.