Winter Workshops

Winter Classes 2013

Blacksmith Workshop Workshop Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, & 2/13 Students learn blacksmith basics by forging with iron and steel, making a small “S” pot hook and a fire steel/flint striker. Students take home what they make. Each student receives a hand-out that includes a basic history of blacksmithing, a list of the tools used in the shop and the common items made by the smith, and the history of the Irish Forge.

Open to one student (minimum age 9) with an adult chaperone per 2 hour session.
2 sessions per day will be held at 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30-3:30 pm. Class to be held in the Irish Forge.
Price Per Session: $40 per student with adult chaperone.
Students Will Need: Water bottle, warm work clothes and work shoes.

Sewing Class Workshop Date: 2/20 A Housewife, or Hussif, is a 18th & 19th century sewing kit. Women used them at home, and soldiers used them when serving in the military. A lady often carried her housewife in her pocket. Keeping garments in fit repair was easier for the 18th and 19th century soldiers, shoppers, and travelers if they carried their “housewife” with them. Historically, it contains needles, thread, pins, patches, and extra ties. During this workshop, participants will put together a handsewn pocket housewife of the kind our interpreters use at the Frontier Culture Museum.

Minimum age for attendees: 9 minimum.
Price: $20 per student
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Students may want to bring water bottles.

Shoes and Sashes: A basic moccasin-making and finger weaving workshop Workshop Date: 2/13 Students learn the basics of how to make a pair of Woodland Indian moccasins and finger weave a bracelet. Students take home what they make. Each student receives a hand-out featuring a basic history of Eastern Woodland Indians that emphasizes clothing both pre and post-contact.

Two sessions will be offered: 10:00-12:30 pm and 1:30-4:00pm.
Open to ages 10-16.
Price Per Session: $40
Students will need: Water bottle.

Old World Cooking Workshop Date: 1/26 Explore the foods of your European heritage. Learn to prepare historical 17th and 18th century foods and discover your open hearth cooking abilities! Workshop includes creating and cooking a meal following historic “receipts” and a chance to eat what you have created at the end!

Price: $25.00 per student
Ages: 9-14
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Students Will Need: Water bottle and warm cloths.

New World Cooking Workshop Date: 2/9 Experience cooking in mid-1800s America. Use historic “receipts” to create a meal over an open hearth. Students learn what it took to prepare a midday meal and why, in the past, only one large meal was eaten during the day. Students eat the meal they have prepared at the end of the workshop.

Price: $25.00 per student
Ages: 9-14
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Students Will Need: Water bottle and warm cloths.

Wooden Rake Workshop Workshop Date: 1/30 Learn the ins and outs of making a wooden rake the old-fashioned way using historic woodworking tools and methods. Each student will take home a completed rake at the end of the workshop.

Price: $40.00 per student.
Ages: 12-16
Time: 10:00-2:30
Students will need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle.