To protect and preserve the architectural integrity, history, natural beauty and serenity of the Motor Mill site and its surroundings and to develop appropriate uses and interpretation as a regional treasure for the benefit of future generations.
Fans of Clayton County’s Motor Mill will have the opportunity to bid on two collectible items featuring the historic mill at the Oct. 11-12 Heritage Days celebration at Osborne Park, south of Elkader.
Mary Witt, of Witt’s Custom Framing and Gallery in Elkader, has donated a matted and framed silkscreen print of Motor, created by the late Wendell Mohr at a workshop at Motor Mill in the 1980s.
Don Menken, former director of the Clayton County Conservation Board, donated a limited edition Motor Mill belt buckle, which was sold in 1986.
Proceeds from the two items will go to the Motor Mill Foundation for continuing work to restore the Mill and associated buildings.
Motor Mill also will be open for tours on both Saturday and Sunday of Heritage Days.
For more about Heritage Days, visit www.claytoncountyconservation.org
Saturday September 13
4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Motor Mill co-founder James O. Crosby (aka David Beck of Elkader) will make a guest appearance at Motor Mill. Beck, who is well known for his performances with Elkader’s Opera House Players, will portray Crosby, giving a brief history of Motor Mill. Crosby was one of three partners who built the Mill and the nearby community in the late 1860s.
The open house also will include tours of the Mill and other buildings, where volunteers will answer questions and interpret the historic site. Join the scavenger hunt to locate unique features of the Motor townsite.
Hikers also may explore the Grau Memorial Savanna on the bluff north of the Mill. The Clayton County Conservation Board is working to re-establish prairie plants among scattered oaks that characterized the site when the Mill was built.
The activities will conclude with an ice cream social featuring soft-serve ice cream and bars. Free will donations are appreciated.
Larry Stone, secretary of the Motor Mill Foundation, will give the program, “Motor Mill: Stories in Stone,” at the Murphy Library in Monona at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4. The public is invited.
The June issue of Secure & Prepared is now available at: www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/news_room/newsletters.html.
Marlys Svendsen and Larry Stone presented Motor Mill History at the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) on April 10. Watch the video.
Rain or Shine tomorrow’s, May 4th Motor Mill Gala will go on! Dress for the weather and plan to enjoy yourself at this Clayton County treasure!