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May 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
 
Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival - Wool Days - on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. There will be at least 18 sheep and 20 spring lambs in the Village. Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. The Village's costumed...
June 11, 2016  
Vintage vehicles spanning more than 50 years of transportation history will roll into Old Sturbridge Village on Saturday, June 11 as the museum celebrates its annual Antique Car Rally. More than 100 antique cars will be on display during the day. The highlight of the event is the grand procession of antique vehicles through the Village at 3:30 p.m. There will be an assortment of pre-1946 cars...
June 13, 2016 to June 19, 2016
 
Old Sturbridge Village recognizes Juneteenth, a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities...
June 16, 2016 -
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

$10 Old Sturbridge Village Members
$12 Non-Members

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6:00 p.m. - Reception with hors d'oeuvre and cash bar
7:00 p.m. - Illustrated Lecture, followed by discussion

Manisha Sinha is Professor and Graduate Program Director of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was born in India and received her doctorate from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She is currently working on a co-authored History of the South to be published by the University of North Carolina Press, an essay on the...
June 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
Every plant has its story.  Learn the history, lore, and use behind some of the most common garden weeds, in addition to suggestions how to manage them! Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with a...
July 02, 2016 to July 04, 2016
 
Come celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun. An old-fashioned good time will be had by all on Independence Day Weekend when Old Sturbridge Village celebrates with the firing of a new reproduction cannon and a host of other patriotic activities. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a citizens' parade, play 19th-century style "base ball," march...
February 15, 2016 to February 19, 2016
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April 18, 2016 to April 22, 2016
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July 04, 2016 to August 05, 2016
 
Several times a year, Old Sturbridge Village provides opportunities for kids to get a more in-depth Village experience with two-day, three-day, and five-day programs. The educators at Old Sturbridge Village have designed the Adventures programs with specific themes and ages in mind. Every Adventure session offers kids the opportunity to explore an aspect of the Village's history and environment....
May 21, 2016,
July 08, 2016 to July 10, 2016
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September 17, 2016 to September 18, 2016
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November 05, 2016 to November 06, 2016
 
Spend some time at the Village learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Country Bank Museum Education Center. All class registrations CLOSE 3 days prior to the event. Register online below...
July 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
Early America had a very small army supplemented by state militia with elected officers.  We will look at some original 19th century New England militia uniforms and accessories from the OSV collection. Meets at the Firearms and Textiles building. Take a Closer Look is a monthly program open to all OSV Members. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this program invites a closer look with a...
July 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
The art of watercolouring was taught at many Academies during the nineteenth century.  Channel your artistic side and capture impressions of your garden in bloom using watercolours as your medium. Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops...
August 06, 2016 to August 07, 2016
 
See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. Daytime events on both days include...
August 13, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
The art of quilting represented many things to a 19th century woman – a useful skill needed to make warm bedding and garments, an expression of skill and taste, and even an opportunity for social enjoyment.  Learn about quilts, quilted garments, and quilt-making in the early 19th century New England through OSV’s newest textile exhibit. Meets in the Firearms and Textiles building. Take a Closer...
August 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016
 
Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th century textiles. This year’s theme is quilts. See a variety of handmade artifact and reproduction quilts and quilted items such as petticoats, hoods, pockets, and bed quilts. Watch demonstrations of quilting techniques such as piecing from the early 19th century New England up close. Piecing is the process of cutting and...
August 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
Prepare for the peak of tomato season by learning about its history in the United States and how to combat late-season problems that may affect your harvest. Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various sites and deal with...
September 10, 2016 to September 11, 2016
 
Our wildly popular new event returns this fall! Historic interpreters will present 19th-century craft demonstrations, while dozens craft brewers from throughout New England serve samples of their finest, small-batch, mouth-watering beers and hard ciders in a spectacular beer garden. Meanwhile, guest tradespeople will demonstrate their exquisite work and sell their wares. In the historic Village,...
September 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM
MEMBER EVENT
Join an OSV curatorial staff member for a behind the scenes look at vehicles and antique machinery from the OSV collection. From wagons and sleighs to large machinery such as printing presses, lathes, and water powered saws, the Machinery Storage building has it! Meets at the Visitor Center for a short two-minute drive to the Machinery Storage building. Take a Closer Look is a monthly program...
September 14, 2016  
Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. Cost is $14 per child for...
May 21, 2016,
July 08, 2016 to July 10, 2016
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September 17, 2016 to September 18, 2016
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November 05, 2016 to November 06, 2016
 
Spend some time at the Village learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Country Bank Museum Education Center. All class registrations CLOSE 3 days prior to the event. Register online below...
September 17, 2016  
Please join us for the ninth annual Old Sturbridge Village Gala – Illuminating History for 70 Years!  Help us celebrate the Village’s 70th Birthday with its largest fund-raising event that includes a fabulous cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, as well as an elegant dinner.  This event sells out quickly, so please look for details soon! Become a donor today!
September 17, 2016 - 11:15 AM
MEMBER EVENT
Squash, cucumbers, and melons are among the gardener’s favorites!  Learn about growing and caring for cucurbits, seed saving, and tips for keeping garden produce at its best. Garden Thyme programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and are FREE for members of Old Sturbridge Village. Led by Village horticultural and agricultural staff, these programs and workshops are held at various...

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