Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase

several people handspinning

March 10-11, 2018

Sat 10am-4pm
Sun noon-4pm

Aurora Colony Museum
15018 2nd ST NE
Aurora, Oregon 97002

The Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase is the signature event of the Aurora Colony Handspinners’ Guild and is held in conjunction with the Aurora Historical Society at the Old Aurora Colony Museum. A local blogger wrote a nice summary of what you can expect to see at our showcase. Also, here is a video of a recent showcase.

There will be more than 35 antique spinning wheels in a living display—every wheel is fully functional and will be in constant use by the owners &/or guild members, dressed in costume. Also, spinning wheels that belong to the museum will be on display, including the rare oscillating pendulum wheel, of which there are only 5 known to be in existence. This wheel was developed right here in the Aurora Colony, and a replica of it will be in use during the showcase.

Most of the other wheels are owned by past and present members of our guild, and great pride is taken in maintaining and operating these wheels, all with a minimum age of 100 years. While viewing the wheels and talking with their operators, you will also have the opportunity to view the wonderful displays in the many buildings of the museum.

Please contact Caitlin Reynolds at 386-295-0773 or if you have any questions.


Exhibit Your Antique Spinning Wheel

If you are a guild member and want to display your antique wheel, please submit the Spinning Wheel Exhibitor Entry Form by February 11, 2018. If you are entering more than one wheel, please use Volunteer for the name and submit this form again.

The Spinning Wheel Exhibitor Entry form is also available as a word document Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase Exhibitor Form.You should print out and mail a copy of the form by February 11, 2018.

Other ways to help

You can volunteer in other ways by being a relief spinner, teaching spinning, helping with the live demonstrations or being a relief spinner, please submit the Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase Volunteer Form by February 11, 2018.

The Showcase Volunteer form is also available as a word document Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase Volunteer form.You may print it out and mail a completed form by February 11, 2018.


Your costume should convey the 19th century prairie woman’s clothing and here are some costume ideas from simple to extravagant.