The editor’s introduction to the current issue.
A guide to who is selling what in the current issue.
Buy a Copy
Order your own copy of the current issue.
History-related events occuring around the country.
Find the issue in which a story or topic appeared.
A quick connection to the websites of our friends and supporters.
Sources and resources for the stories that appear in our magazine.
Share your stuff or questions with other readers.
Send an email to one of our staff.
Submit an Event
Send us information for your event to appear in our calendar.
Submit an Home
Suggest a home (even your own) for use to write about.
What we look for in freelance submissions to our magazine.
Tips on taking photos we like and our photo requirements.
The style we use in our magazine for diction, punctuation, and typography.
Go to our home page
Send your message to our audience
Partner with the magazine and sell it in your store
Buy an issue or subscription or check your account
See the best traditional artists in America
For those who read or want to write for the magazine
Rifles and Rugs
The stories in this issue span a spectrum of
topics, from warfare to warmth, that introduce people and places you might not find
familiar. Consider the long rifle exhibition
opening in June at Historic Rock Ford, the
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of physician
and Revolutionary War General Edward Hand.
Never adept at keeping the generals and battle tactics
straight, I hesitated to delve into the rifle’s development
(despite its connection to my home state) and impact (pun
intended) on the outcome of the war for independence.
But learning about how the rifle turned potential routs
into victories, and how much Britain’s battle-hardened army
feared their effectiveness, held my attention. Hosting the
exhibition enables Historic Rock Ford to tout its original
owner, who helped recruit—and later lead—one of ten
regiments of riflemen Congress established when it commissioned the Continental Army. The regimental flag and
document seal that General Hand designed are rare artifacts even among the few surviving period rifles.
In 2019, the return of a long-missing 1775 rifle
revealed one of the most astonishing instances of art
theft in the country’s history. For half a century, the
thief walked into museums and walked out with myriad
antiques, mostly weapons. Some thefts went unnoticed,
but the rifle’s reappearance led to an FBI investigation that
finally nabbed the thief.
At the other end of the spectrum are woven rugs and
coverlets, designed in the 18th and 19th Centuries to
provide decoration and warmth in homes of all classes. As
period art so often illustrates, wall-to-wall carpeting is
nothing new—our ancestors imported it, sometimes wove
it themselves, and certainly liked to show it off.
Comforting cousins, coverlets might have been the
work of some of the same skilled hands who designed and
wove ingrain carpet. We learn more about them from the
experts—collectors Melinda and Laszlo Zongor. In 2006,
they opened the National Museum of the American Coverlet to celebrate the importance of these colorful textiles. They help educate new and veteran collectors through
exhibitions, workshops, and the annual Coverlet College
as they continue to expand the museum’s collection to
encompass makers and styles from across the country.
Bill and Sandy Otto of Ohio provide a lesson in perseverance, recounting the years of labor-intensive weekends
they spent restoring an 1820s farmhouse and realizing
their dream of building a period log house nearby on their
extensive property. Sandy relied on her experience as a
partner in an antiques shop to furnish both homes.
Despite spanning less than a square mile, the town of
New Harmony, Indiana, encompasses a much broader space
in America’s historical narrative through two centuries of
European settlement. Two visionaries with wildly different
notions of how to establish a perfect society settled on the
frontier in the early 1800s to test their early theories.
Although both experiments ended much faster than
other utopian communities, they left a lasting legacy in
educational and scientific advancement. Today New Harmony’s 700-plus residents strive to live up to the town’s name and intent, working together to promote intellectual
achievement and innovation and living to serve each other.
It’s a story that gives us hope for the future.
The entry deadline for the 2023 Directory of
Traditional American Crafts has passed. We are now processing entries and submitting
them to our jurors. We will contract entrants after the jurors have made ther decisions.