Apple Week & Smithsonian Museum Day at Sauder Village

Press Staff Writer

        The aroma of apples and spices mixed with the scent of wood fires and falling leaves mark a change of season and herald the celebration of Apple Week at Sauder Village in Archbold.
        From Tuesday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 21, guests will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy apple-related activities throughout the Historic Village.
        Highlights include:
        • Throughout the week, the 130-year-old wooden press will be put to use to make apple cider.
        • Apple-themed activities available for young guests to enjoy at Little Pioneers Homestead. Hands-on apple activities will also be at the Eicher Cabin.
        • Beekeeping presentations, animal programs, goat-milking demonstrations and much more.
        • A variety of apple treats, including dumplings, pies, fritters and other treats available to purchase at the Doughbox Bakery.
        • On Saturday only, the apple butter will be cooked in a copper kettle near the Stuckey Home in the Pioneer Settlement Area.
        • Apple schnitzing demonstrations, followed by gallons of apple cider and bushels of the thinly sliced apples simmered over an open fire and stirred until the mixture reduces to form apple butter.
        “Surviving the winter was a year-round activity for our ancestors,” said Kim Krieger, Sauder Village Public Relations. “Crops were planted, food was harvested, meat was hunted and all was preserved with an eye toward the long winter months ahead. That is what our costumed staff focuses on in the fall, especially during our Apple Week.”
        Saturday, Sept. 21 is also Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live event. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live allows free admission to Sauder Village to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket (or admission to other participating museum or cultural institutions).
        Museum Day Live represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants across the country.
        Museum Day Live tickets may be downloaded at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two people at Sauder Village. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.
        Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2. The village is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. (closed Mondays, except holidays). For admission rates and other info, call 1-800-590-9755 or visit


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