Detail of an eagle sculpture by welder, teacher and community leader Worthe Crouse. This is just one of the art pieces by Mr. Crouse on display at the museum.

Metal art by Worthe Crouse is a part of the blacksmith exhibit. Pieces include an eagle perched on a rock with a fish in its grip, an elephant, columbine, coral and more.

Mr. Crouse was one of the founding members of the historical society. At the first meeting of citizens interested in preserving area history, he was elected president of the newly formed society.

Mr. Crouse went to work at the Job Corps in the mid 1960s where he taught welding. This led to him teaching a class to high school students. Upon the closing of the Job Corps, the students were then bused to his own shop where the classes continued. Eventually this led to the classes being based at the bus barn, then near the elementary school, and the class offering was expanded to include auto mechanics.

Mr. Crouse was proud that he was able to teach students skills so that they could become gainfully employed upon leaving school.

Stop in to see the work of this community leader, teacher and artist.