Fall Homeschool Day – 2016

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Oh The Things You’ll See & Places You’ll Go… Homeschool Day on Sept 17th

Join us for Fall Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum.  Visit our wonderful exhibits with historical interpreters, and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education.

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(purchase by 9/15 to receive the discounted price)

Date:  Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time:  9 AM – 5 PM
Advance Tickets:  $5 Adults; $3 Child; 5 & Under Free
At-the-Door Tickets:  $7 Adults; $5 Child; 5 & Under Free
Annual Pass holders get in free!

During Fall Homeschool Day, visitors will see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons and more.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the activities scheduled for the day:

Special Activities:

Printing with Josef Berry

  • Printing Press:  Learn about various traditional printing processes from Josef Berry, a book designer, printer, and educator from Charlottesville. He teaches at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and the University of Virginia Rare Book School.
    • German Farm – 10:00, 12:00, 3:00
  • Honeysuckle Vine Basket-making:  Dr. Robin Brown will demonstrate the art and trade of basket-making on the Native American site. Dr. Brown is both a craftsman and author, having penned 3 books that explore the skills and crafts that primitive people developed in order to survive. During his research, he developed expertise in the replication of many primitive technologies including making pottery, paper making, basket weaving, fire making, making buckskin, flint knapping, and plying fiber into cord and rope.
    • Ganatastwi – 11:00, 2:00, 4:00 (demonstrations last 20-30 minutes)
  • Herbals:  Christine Baker, an historic herbalist will demonstrate traditional medicines and herbals.
    • 1850s American Farm – 11:00, 1:00, 4:00
  • Nature Walk:  Join Museum interpreters for a 1-hour exploration of watershed ecology, native plants and uses, invasive species, and human impact on the environment.
    • Welcome Center – 9:00, 2:00

Trades & Skills:

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Blacksmithing in the Irish Forge

  • Ironwork
    • Irish Forge – 9:00, 11:00, 2:00, 4:00
  • Woodworking
    • English Farm – 9:00
    • 1740s American Farm – 11:00

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      Dugout Canoe-making

  • Dugout Canoe-making  
    • Ganatastwi – 9:00, 12:00, 2:00
  • Timber Framing  
    • English Farm – 10:00,  12:00, 2:00
  • Piecing a Quilt  
    • 1850s American Farm – 3:00

Foodways

  • Food Preservation: Sauerkraut-making  
    • German Farm – 10:00
  • Grinding Corn 
    • 1740s American Farm – 9:00-11:00

Music & Dance

  • Drum and Dancing
    Just Fiddling Around

    Just Fiddling Around

    • West African Farm – 10:00, 3:00
  • Fiddling  
    • 1820s American Farm – 2:00, 4:00

Games

  • Quiots
    • English Farm – All Day
  • Hoop & Stick
    • Ireland- All Day

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      Hoop & Stick Playing

  • Double Ball
    • Ganatastwi- All Day
  • Graces
    • Schoolhouse- All Day

Clothing & Cloth

  • Spinning: Flax to Linen Yarn
    • Ireland – 10:00, 2:00
  • Historic Clothing: To Try On
    • German Farm – 12:00, 3:00
  • Carding Wool
    • 1820s American Farm (10:00, 2:00, 4:00)

      Hands-On Learning

  • Cordage: Handmade Twine
    • West African Farm – 9:00, 11:00, 4:00
    • Ganatastwi – 10:00, 4:00

For more information please contact the Welcome Center at (540) 332-7850 or by email:  visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org.

The event will take place during our normal operating hours of 9:00am-5:00pm. This is a rain-or-shine event so please dress for the weather. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat at the tables.

A Sewing Lesson during Homeschool Day

A Sewing Lesson