Center of Davis and Elkins College.
Folklore and folklife classes are an important part of Augusta. This
very broad category includes classes that deal with why and how traditions
develop in different cultures. They teach us about a culture through its
history, literature, customs, language, foodways, and relationship to the
natural world. Also included in this section are Elderhostel classes and
Folk Arts for Kids, which offer such a broad variety of activities that
they don't fit into a single category. Folklore classes meet for about 4
to 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Supplies are not included in the
tuition. Each student will receive a letter listing tools and supplies to
bring, if any. Folklore classes that are part of a "theme week"
are also listed in the Theme Week section.
This class will delve into the history and lore, folklore and legend,
mechanics, and music surrounding water-powered grist mills. Students will
visit a working mill in Randolph County and there will be two all-day trips
to visit mills in other counties. Discussions and media presentations will
deal with mills and the people who built and operated these distinct examples
of early Americana. There may be extra fees for field trip transportation.
Theodore R. "Ted" Hazen is a master miller, millwright, and millstone
dresser; consultant on grist mills, flour mills, water wheels and turbines;
millstone grinding, and millstone dressing; long and short system roller
mills; mill operation; and mill restoration. He is America's leading authority
on the restoration, operation, interpretation, and preservation of historical
grist and flour mills. Ted has developed interpretive programs for the National
Park Service in five historical theme parks and national parks, and has
worked as a blacksmith at Virginia's Explore Park. He currently operates
his own business, Pond Lily Mill Restorations.
Gerry Milnes will
speak on the ethnic influences of early millwrights; folk architecture;
and music, social context, folklore, and legend surrounding grist mills.
Theodore R. (Ted) Hazen is a master miller, millwright,
millstone dresser; consultant on grist mills & flour mills, water wheels
& turbines, millstones, millstone grinding, & millstone dressing;
long & short system roller mills; operating mills & mill restoration.
He is America's leading authority on the restoration, operation, interpretation
and preservation of historical grist and flour mills. Ted has developed
interpretive programs at for the National Park Service, in five historical
theme parks and national parks, and as blacksmith at Virginia's Explore
He first learned millstone dressing from the late Harry N. Moffatt of Drake's
Mills, and the late Paul W. Roth of Roth Milling Company. He has completed
numerous projects involving mill restoration, museum and exhibit planning,
and interpretive programing. He currently operates his own business, Pond
Lily Mill Restorations.
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