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With Bells a-Ringing

Diane Louise Paul does what no machine can—make period-perfect leatherwork—for example, straps of sleigh bells to set off your team (or decorate your home). Learning the trade the hard way—by doing it herself when she could not afford what those machines did—Paul rediscovered ancient techniques, which she shares in our April 2018 issue.

Meet Our Editor

Come and say hello to Editor Jeanmarie Andrews at the Earlier Times Antiques and Folk Art Show in Lithopolis, Ohio, on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 2 PM to 7 PM. She'll be happy to answer questions about the magazine, take your suggestions, or just get to know our subscribers. Be sure to come early so you have time to talk—and to shop. Be forewarned. Many of the dealers sell out early at this show!  [MORE]

Colonial Williamsburg to Showcase 2018 Directory

For the 33rd year, the Directory of Traditional American Crafts puts the spotlight on the best artistry in and craftsmanship using historic materials, themes, styles, and handwork. This year the best of the best will be photographed in the most appropriate setting—among the exhibits of Colonial Williamsburg.

The Directory lists the artists judged as being the best in America by a jury of museum curators, historians, authors, collectors, and other experts and appears in the August issue of Early American Life magazine. Works deserving particular commendation—judged as musuem quality by the jurors—will be chosen to be photographed in the most fitting of settings, among genuine historic interiors and artifacts from the period in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg.  [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]


Prario House Details: In our December 2017 issue, we promised more details about Rich Prar
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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We Got Too Creative: In our August 2017 issue, our art department thought to liven our pag
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