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THE TROUBLED HISTORY OFTHE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Our ancestors valued independence more than the parchment that declared it. By the time it had become a revered part of our heritage, the original Declaration of Independence had been maltreated into illegibility—once even Scotch-taped together. We take better care of it now.

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COVERING YOUR HANDS: GLOVES, MITTENS, MITTS, MUFFATEES, AND MUFFS

Proper attire for men and women in the 17th and 18th Centuries often required gloves that suited the occasion, occupation, and status of the wearer. Our brief guide will help historical interpreters and re-enactors select the right styles and materials for gloves to protect, warm, and show off their hands.

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SIGNALS AT SEA

Before the 18th Century, flags gave seamen the best means of communicating with ships and shore, but shipowners little used them because of the lack of money and privacy. When merchants found ways to profit from visual signals, they quickly adapted military-style coded flag systems.

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AMERICAN DREAMERS

As the son of Cuban immigrants fascinated with their new country, Gill Sanchez grew up enthralled with the idea of living in an old house. He found his dream in a 1792 Pennsylvania farmhouse where he lives with wife Patty, who shares his love for the arts, the home, and the antiques that fill it.

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TOP HERITAGE ARTISANS

Our 33rd annual Directory recognizes today’s best traditional artisans—many of whom have risen to master status—and the handcrafted objects they create to complement museums and period homes.

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AMERICA STARTED HERE - TWICE

English settlers first established a colony at Jamestown in Virginia in 1607, and the United States proved itself an independent nation with victory at Yorktown in 1781. Sister museums—Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown—celebrate these twin events with static and interactive displays, historic villages, and informed interpreters.

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ARTISANS IN THE MUSEUMS

We photographed this year’s museum-quality work by heritage artisans at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. These artisans—working in cotton and wool, glass and leather, iron and pewter, paper and paint, carved and joined wood—have created objects that perpetuate the handcraftsmanship of our founders, objects that will endure as the antiques of tomorrow.

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2018 DIRECTORY LISTING

We list the artisans selected for this year’s Directory, with contact information and descriptions of their work, so you can re-create the style of America’s past in your home.

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FROM THE EDITOR

Going Strong

Jeanmarie Andrews

PLACES

Garfield Farm Preserves Life on the Prairie

PEOPLE

Making a Museum&mdashor Two

EVENTS

Laura Amick

STYLE

Personal History

Tess Rosch

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