At the Museum's open house held on October 15, the new blacksmith shop was open for the public to see. The building has a blacksmith shop in the front and a workroom in back that's used for making museum displays and for storage. (Photo and story by Bill Howes).
The Chariton High School Building and Trades class under the direction of instructor Jeff Tordoff built the outside of the building. Former Lucas County Historical Museum Director, Jerry Book, along with his son, Vern, Larry Shriver and Bill Marner did the dirt work for the building.
Jim Secor helped level off the inside of the building and put down some of the floor. Bob Ulrich, Rodney Peterson and Marner did most of the inside work on the building.
The building was financed by a generous gift from Lynn Johnson, the former president of Johnson Machine Works in Chariton. It was also paid for by grants from the South Central Iowa Community Foundation. (SCICF).