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Tool Time at the Heritage Workshop

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News Release Date: July 17, 2018

Contact: Cathy Runge, 573-323-4806

Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

Van Buren, Missouri: Would you like to learn how to restore and maintain antique tools? Join us on Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Heritage Workshop located at park headquarters in Van Buren, Missouri, to learn about a variety of old tools and how to restore your own vintage tools to their former beauty. There is something special about an old tool, whether it’s been handed down to you or has been discovered at a flea market or garage sale. These antique tools, used by hardworking men and women, tell a story all their own. The history that accompanies them is inspiring; imagine the lives and hands that shaped America. With the proper guidance from our Heritage Shop experts, your old tools can be brought back to life, maintaining the patina of age no new tool can match.

Do you have an old tool in your attic or barn that you can’t identify? Dr. James Price, former Archeologist and Chief of Resource Management at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, has collected tools for generations and will be on hand to identify your mystery items. He will even show you how to use it! 

The event is free and all are welcome. The Park Headquarters is located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren. For more information visit the park's Facebook page, the park website at or call 573-323-4236, ext. 0.  

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

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Last updated: July 17, 2018

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