Peirce Mill in Autumn

From Pre-History to Peirce Mill

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:30pm
Led by 
Angela Kramer

For more than 100,000 years, human beings have been eating grass seeds, or grains. Two hundredyears ago, Isaac Peirce built a mill along Rock Creek, using a revolutionary system invented by Oliver Evans to grind grain into flour. What happened in between? Explore the fascinating global history of milling with Angela Kramer from the Friends of Peirce Mill. Discover how milling evolved, from crushing seeds with a rock to the 19th-century mills of Washington, DC.

Proceeds from this program will be donated to the Friends of Peirce Mill.  Please join us to support this D.C. history non-profit!

Angela Kramer has been telling stories at museums and historic sites for more than 20 years. Her interest in milling began when she lived in Brooklyn, where some of the first tide mills in America were built along Gowanus Creek. Angela and her family moved to Washington in 2014, and she was delighted to discover Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. As Education Director for the Friends of Peirce Mill, she works closely with the National Park Service to develop school field trips and public programs at Peirce Mill. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for history, engineering--and milling!