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Tattered Declaration


The Declaration of Independence wasn’t always treated with reverence—it was dragged around the country, left to fade in the sun, and had its ink sopped off. At one point, it was Scotch-tape together. Our August 2018 issue documents the troubled history of our Declaration.

Honor the Flag

Flag Day reminds us how often we forget to honor our flag—last Memorial Day we attended a service honoring our troops. When the honor guard raised the flag, no one in attendance, military or civilian, showed proper flag ettiquite. It was a poor way to honor our troops and our nation.

In our June 2015 issue we outlined the basics of flag ettiquite. As a courtesy to our flag and nation, we reprise them here.  [MORE]

Jamestown and Yorktown Showcase 2018 Directory

The 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts proved bigger than one museum could handle, so we visited two. The twin museums of Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown were our hosts for photographing the traditional arts and crafts selected as museum quality by our panel of judges—truly the work of the best traditional artists in America. Interpreters at the two museums helped us feature each piece in historic context—we even put pieces in the hands of re-enactors.  [MORE]

A Brownsburg Cabin Christmas

Now available, our new holiday book A Brownsburg Cabin Christmas: Traditions and Friendship in a Small Virginia Town with text and photographs by Early American Life contributing editor Winfield Ross.

In the small village of Brownsburg, Virginia, five families celebrate the season by gathering with neighbors to strengthen friendships and traditions and by decorating their historic cabins. Some of these sturdy structures have passed from generation to generation.  [MORE]

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Armatures Still Available: The wrought iron armatures for building your own hangings an
Scrap Paper Santa Face: In our Christmas issue, we promised historic printed Santa faces
Missing Pattern Pieces: In our Christmas 2017 issue, we promised two pattern pieces for
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