Thursday, May 02, 2013

Tide Mill Extravaganza At Proteus Gowanus This Saturday

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Rendering of Adam Brouwer's mill in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Here is a great event for the entire family. Angela Kramer, a museum educator who is passionate about history amd the Gowanus Canal, has organized a tide mill workshop for children and their parents.
It's this Saturday. Don't miss it.
Here are the details.
One of the first tide mills in America once stood not far from where Proteus Gowanus stands today. Brouwer’s Mill, built in the mid-17th century, used the power of the Gowanus Creek’s rising and falling tides to turn wheat into flour. During the Battle of Brooklyn, the mill and its bridge burned, forcing soldiers to cross the rising waters of Gowanus Creek. This workshop will uncover the little known history of tide mills in Brooklyn, as families work together to build their own miniature mills.
Angela Kramer is a museum educator who loves history and who recently discovered a passion for the tide mills of the Gowanus.

TIDE MILL EXTRAVAGANZA!
FREE FAMILY WORKSHOP!
Saturday, May 4 from 1-4
Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street, Brooklyn
(down the alley off Nevins Street)
Kids ages five and up! 

Come learn about the TIDE MILLS that once turned wheat 
into flour along the shores of Gowanus Creek!
Use a mortar and pestle to grind wheat to make flour!
Design your own mill wheel and test it to see if it works!
Observe the tides that still rise and fall on the Gowanus today!
See the original footprint of the miller’s house, and help us decorate it with sidewalk chalk!
One of the first tide mills in America once stood not far from where Proteus Gowanus stands today. Brouwer’s Mill, built in the mid-17th century, used the power of the Gowanus Creek’s rising and falling tides to turn wheat into flour. During the Battle of Brooklyn, the mill and its bridge burned, forcing soldiers to cross the rising waters of Gowanus Creek. This workshop will uncover the little known history of tide mills in Brooklyn, as families work together to build their own miniature mills.
Angela Kramer is a museum educator who loves history and who recently discovered a passion for the tide mills of the Gowanus.



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