At The Museum: March 23-29


Plants for medicinal purposes were both cultivated and foraged on the frontier

Wild and cultivated plants were used by all cultures for medicines, seasoning/foodways and religious/spiritual purposes, These green growing things are ambassadors to all cultures.

Everything that was done on the frontier, was done at a specific time for a specific purpose… such was the nature of life and survival on the frontier.  For example, some of the fats rendered last week will be used in the making of healing salves and medicinal remedies this week.

This week, we’ll explore the wide variety of ways that plants were used for cooking, first-aid and the creation of art.  Also, you’ll learn about the traditional New Year celebration – The Colonists, as Britain had for centuries, celebrated the change of the year on March 25, also known as the Feast of the Annunciation or Lady Day.

Highlighted Activities
There’s a lot to see at the Museum throughout the week so check out the calendar and plan to stop by on the days that interest you.  *HINT – An Annual Pass will save you money if you come twice and even more with every subsequent visit. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the activities you’ll encounter throughout the week.

Probably the best place to be on a chilly morning on the frontier is inside the forge

Monday through Friday

  • England: Planting Spinach & Peas, Tansy Cakes for Lent
  • Ireland: The making of tonics
  • Forge: Traditional blacksmithing – Making andirons and a spade
  • Germany: Medicinal remedies
  • West Africa: Food-ways all week
  • 1850s America: Spring greens!  Also, following last week’s production of lye, the soap-making process will continue this week
  • 1820s America: The making of medicinal salves
  • 1740s America: Foraging, spring tonics, herb planting, and herbal folklore
  • Ganatastwi:  Foraging & herbal folklore; the making of pigments

Things Not To Miss

A tasty example of an 18th century sweet spinach tart

  • Thursday:
    • Germany, Ganatastwi, and 1740’s: Foraging for plants and salve making
  • Saturday
    • Germany: The making of Tonics
    • England: Baking a Spinach Tart
  • Sunday:
    • Germany: Painting a Fraktur. Fraktur is a highly artistic and elaborate form of folk art originating in Germany and propagated by immigrants to the frontier.  Early Fraktur were created by hand and often featured animals, flowers and hearts.
    • Ganatastwi: The making of pigments and their uses will be explored