This week we wanted to share with you a few treasures found back in January during the excavation of the 100-year-old building which will soon be home to Phoenix Forge.
“Dr. Pierce’s Favorite Prescription” circa 1880, found in a plumbing trench in the middle bay during makerspace construction on January 24, 2020. The bottle held laudanum, an opium derivative sold under this name for “women’s troubles.”
The smaller bottle held massage ointment, circa 1920, found in a west bay excavation beside an ancient basement (where the grocery store was in the 1920s).
Phoenix Forge Executive Director Bruce Balfour happened to be at the construction site the morning that the bottles were discovered, and he shot the photo above. After careful inspection, these bottles were documented for the Pueblo Grande Museum by the archaeologist who monitored the digging. The bottles were then replaced where they were found (now under the concrete floor of the Phoenix Forge wood shop).
Maker Kits Coming this Fall
As we navigate through COVID-19, our team has been hard at work developing maker kits that can be used at home. Some will be easy, while others will involve 3D design and modeling prior to fabrication. Keep a lookout for more details about these exciting maker kits that will be available for purchase (or included with your Phoenix Forge membership in some cases). With each kit you will receive one-on-one help from our experts (in-person or by video conference). Get ready to learn and create in the comfort and safety of your own home.
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