Historical Society offers virtual program on ‘Cooper’s Trade’

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Rome Historical Society will present, “The Cooper’s Trade,” with Bob Allers, a virtual program at Facebook.com/romehistorical, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

A cooper is someone trained to make and repair wooden objects historically used to store dry or wet goods. These objects are made of carved wooden staves held together by wooden or metal hoops.

Allers is a retired earth science teacher who earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Hamilton College, his MAT in Geological Sciences from Binghamton University, and taught for a total of 34 years at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and New Hartford Central Schools.

For 12 summers he worked as a seasonal National Park Service park ranger at Fort Stanwix National Monument, where he began learning the trade of coopering. His education in the craft continued through training with the Master Cooper at Genesee Country Village and Museum.

For the past 20 years, Allers has been honing his skills and presenting demonstrations at several regional historic sites as well as teaching bucket and cask-making classes at Hanford Mills Museum.

In the program, Allers will discuss the techniques and tools he uses to construct buckets, pails, casks, tubs, and other handmade wooden containers.

The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church St., and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, call 315-336-5870, like them on
Facebook, or visit their website at www.romehistoricalsociety.org.

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