Hearthcooking work shop in Museum Ed

Friday, January 26, 2024

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Workshop times vary.

Cost: On Home School Day, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $12 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $17. Additional adults above the 1-to-1-ratio are admitted at the full rate of $30. As always, members get into the Village for free. Workshops are an additional fee to cover materials and staffing.

Join us for our first Home School Days of 2024 on January 26 and February 9! During these home school days, participants will learn about what life was like for New Englanders during the cold, long winter. What food and drink warmed their souls, and what clothing kept them safe from the chill? How did they stay entertained, and what work was necessary during this time of year?

Home School Days offer you and your family the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. Sign up for a workshop or explore the Village on your own using one of our many self-guides and scavenger hunts, available at both Museum Education and the Visitor Center.

Admission and Ticketing

On Home School Day, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $12 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $17. Additional adults above the 1-to-1-ratio are admitted at the full rate of $30. As always, members get into the Village for free.

Workshops are an additional fee.

Click here to purchase Homeschool Day admission to the Village on January 26, 2024

Things to know:

Check back the week prior to the event for more information on in-Village activities.

Hands-On Workshops

Stories and Crafts: Ten Ways to See Snow | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 5+)

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale.

Together we’ll read this beautifully illustrated tale about enjoying the quiet of winter. After, we’ll talk a little about what 19th-century people did when it was cold and snowy out, then do a craft and activity that engages our senses.

Stories and Crafts: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 11:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

After reading the story Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, a tale about the African American chef who invented the first potato chip in the 1850s, participants in this workshop will take a look at some period cookbooks. Then, we’ll sew our own cookbooks and get them started with one of the Village’s best receipts.

The All Together Quilt | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

It’s cold outside! Let’s read this cozy tale by Lizzy Rockwell about collaboration and teamwork. After, we’ll make our own small quilt squares from fabric and fabric markers, and then see what all the squares look like together as a bigger quilt! We will also look at examples of quilted items from the Village’s collection.

Make a Candle and Tin Candleholder | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
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Making candles was a dreaded winter task. Craft a small candleholder out of tin and make a set of hand-dipped candles to go along with it. We will learn about the different types of lighting that people used in the 1830s and experiment to see which one is the brightest.

Spreading the Word: Printing and Type Setting | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 8+)
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Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 8+)

Learn about the printing trade in the 1830s. Activities include trying out simple typesetting, using a printing press, and writing with a quill pen. Participants will also take a look at the lives of prominent Black writers and printers, and hear the story of David Ruggles, printer and proprietor of the country’s first Black-owned bookstore in 1834.

Winter Wildlife at OSV | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 3-6; Must be accompanied by an adult)
Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 3-6; Must be accompanied by an adult)

Where do ladybugs and frogs go when it snows, and the ponds freeze? Listen to the story Just the Right Place by Jane W. Moncure, and complete a picture to match animals with their winter shelters.  Come dressed for the weather, as we will take a short walk on the River Walk trail to see where animals find places to spend the winter.

Ceramic Painting & Archaeology—Lucy Foster | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
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Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Ceramic fragments can be a very useful artifact to archaeologists. During this workshop, we will learn about why that is, and examine the life of a formerly enslaved woman named Lucy Foster, who left behind many ceramics at the site of her home in Andover, Massachusetts. We will also create our own painted plates and mugs, inspired by Lucy’s pottery.

Hearth Cooking: Ginger and Spice | 50 Minutes | $7

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In the 19th century, people used ginger not only for baked goods and drinks, but also as an herbal remedy. Together, we’ll follow a 19th-century “receipt” for gingerbread cookies. While the cookies bake, we will explore the other ways 19th-century people utilized ginger and where they got this aromatic spice. Ingredients will include: flour, butter, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, molasses, ginger beer, ginger tea

Woodworking for Beginners: Make Toy Houses | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
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An introduction for beginning woodworkers! Try out a simple wood project by making a toy village playset. Participants will get a tour of our wood studio and learn about basic tool usage and safety. 

Farm Sampler | 50 Minutes | $7                                                                        

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Most farmers also practiced a different trade, like blacksmithing, pottery, or coopering. The New England winter was a good time for these farmer-craftspeople to work at these trades, along with various other mending tasks around the farm. Participants in this workshop will work with clay, use a draw knife to make a tool handle, split logs, and other winter, farm-related tasks.

Make a Tin Quilt Square | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 10:00(Ages 8+)
Sign up for 11:00 (Ages 10+)
Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

After looking at quilts and tin items from the Village’s collection, we’ll combine these two art forms and get creative by making our own punched tin quilt square.

Keeping Warm: Carding and Weaving | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT

Without central heating in your home, it was essential that people in the 1830s wore very warm clothing. Learn about the clothing that people in the 19th century wore to keep warm in cold weather, then try your hand at carding and weaving.

A Quali-Tea Party | 50 Minutes | $7

Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 10+)

Join us for an afternoon tea party! In this workshop, we will discuss what a tea party would have looked like in the 1830s. We will explore “receipts” from the time period, learn about manners, look at a tea set, and enjoy a hot cozy drink!

Keeping Warm: Learn to Knit | 90 Minutes | $12

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 9+) SOLD OUT

Meant for beginners, participants in this session will learn the basics of knitting. Make your own wooden knitting needles, examine knitted items from the Village’s collection, and leave with an understanding of how to craft a simple knitted piece.

Art of the Alphabet | 90 Minutes | $12

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 10+)
Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 10+)

Explore how the combination of hand lettering (calligraphy) and 1830s printing methods are the basis of modern typography and graphic design. Students will use historical models in designing a unique, personalized visual communication in the form of a logo or illuminated letter.

Soup Season! Winter Vegetable Soup and Biscuits | 90 Minutes | $12

Sign up for 10:00 (Ages 10+)

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for winter vegetable soup, a tasty, seasonal soup made with hearty veggies. Participants will make biscuits to enjoy along with the soup. Ingredients will include: butter, onions, carrots, celery, turnip, potatoes, vegetable broth, sugar, yeast, flour, salt

Malinda Russell’s Allspice Cake | 90 Minutes | $12

Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 10+)

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for allspice cake, a light and fluffy spiced cake. While the cake bakes, we’ll talk about Malinda Russell, one of the country’s first Black cookbook authors. Ingredients will include: flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, butter, rosewater, cream

Woodworking: Make a Lap Desk | 90 Minutes | $12

Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 11+) SOLD OUT

Use your woodworking skills to make a lap desk, a portable desk with a hinged lid to store all of your letters and writing implements.

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