The American Precision Museum celebrates the history of American manufacturing achievements. Set in the historic Robbins & Lawrence Armory, where many mass production tools and methods were pioneered, the museum now holds the nation’s largest collection of historically-significant machine tools. NEH funding has helped the museum assess and conserve its historic collections, as well as put those collections to use in a major, permanent exhibition, “Shaping America,” that takes into account the museum’s location in a historic munitions factory. Shaping America traces the history of the Windsor, Vermont inventors who created the machine tool industry in the nineteenth century. It then explains the history of that system as it developed through rifle production in the Civil War and established the foundation for the consumer boom that would occur in the early twentieth century with the invention of the car and the airplane.
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