January 16, 2020
These antique, handcrafted snowshoes are early additions to the museum collection. Found at the Charity Box in 1964, the person who made them is unknown.
Measuring 64 " long and 10 " wide, this style is best suited for traversing open country and deep snow, rather than forested trails.
Two branches are joined at each end by a wooden peg, then bound with string to form the frame. Notches were made for crossbars which provide strength and help hold the shape. The netting is woven of stout twine and fine rope drawn tightly through small holes bored through the frame.