Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Icarian Furniture & Woodworking Demonstration

Illinois Nauvoo Mission
11:24 AM (3 hours ago)
to undisclosed recipients
The “Beautiful Nauvoo” tourism office has sent information about Lon Simpson who is a local woodworking artisan. Mr. Simpson will be demonstrating Icarian Furniture & Woodworking as part of the Nauvoo Journey Stories event.  This will take place on Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.   If you are interested in attending, the flyer is attached with details for this event.
Have a great day,
Sister Christiansen

October 15, 2012
Contact:  Kim Orth, Nauvoo Tourism Office, 217-453-6648   vacation@beautifulnauvoo.com
Icarian Furniture & Woodworking Demonstration
Nauvoo, IL – Local woodworking artisan, Lon Simpson, will showcase Icarian furniture and
the design principles that the Icarian Society's members used during their time in Nauvoo
on October 20, 2012 in the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School Gym beginning at 7 pm. This
program is free and open to the public.
Simpson, a classically trained 18th and 19th century wood worker, often provides interactive
and informative woodworking demonstrations throughout the Tri-State area. Simpson has
recreated some of the furnishings that the Icarians used while in Nauvoo and operates a
custom furniture and millwright shop along Mulholland Street in Nauvoo.
The Icarian Society arrived in Nauvoo in 1849 and occupied vacant Mormon homes and
buildings in and around "Temple Square." The Utopian, Socialistic group sought to be selfreliant, wanted to live in peace, and used their own workers to manufacture utilitarian
This program is a part of the “Journey Stories” project in Nauvoo and has been made possible
in Illinois by the Illinois Humanities Council. This project is a part of the Museum on Main Street
program – a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Illinois Humanities
Council.  Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
Support for the Illinois Humanities Council has been provided by the National Endowment for
the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.  This event is being sponsored locally by the
Nauvoo Tourism Office and the Nauvoo Historical Society.
This program is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
and the Two Rivers Arts Council, a regional arts organization.
PO Box 500 ● 1295 Mulholland Street ● Nauvoo, Illinois 62354 ● 877-628-8661 ● FAX 217-

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