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October 2015 Source Guide
Places: A Favorite Dutch Haunt
People: The Slave's Tale
Living Hisotry: Kings Mountain
Skills: To Season Cast Iron
A Colorful Folk
America’s German-speaking settlers enlivened their households by painting
everything in sight, from fraktur to furniture, textiles to tin. In the process they turned everyday objects into colorful treasures. We show you some of the best from Winterthur Museum’s fresh look at Pennsylvania German folk art.
Decorator Nancy Bryer owes her love of primitive New England style to two families—one real and one fictional. Together with husband David she has filled every nook of their late-18th-Century New Hampshire Cape—the largest of their rescued treasures—with a bounty of evocative antiques.
For the Love of Wood
Drawn to the gleam and grain of tiger maple, Dick and Judy Trudell built a colonial-style Cape in Sutton, Massachusetts, rich with fine millwork and filled with family furniture, antiques, and precisely crafted reproductions—their sanctuary for thirty-five years.
America's Early Fences
To help you match a fence to your farm or fields, we examine how fences in the South and Midwest started and evolved from settlement through the mid-1800s. Old and new styles still fill the landscape, often on the same property.
Dining with the Giant Sloth
The most planted tree of the 19th Century almost went extinct after the giant sloth and other megafauna disappeared. With no agent to disperse its seeds, the Osage orange retreated to a single river valley until Native Americans found its wood perfect for their bows.
The History of Ketchup
The tomato-based topping for burgers and fries has its roots in Asian and European fermented sauces, used sparingly to spice up any number of meats and vegetables. You can brew and sample them yourself with our traditional receipts.
Our Oldest Honor, the Purple Heart
Determined to reward soldiers for heroic feats during the Revolution
but because of an unwilling Congress unable to offer pay or promotions,
General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit.
Awarded to at least three soldiers in the 1780s, it was revived into the
Purple Heart, designed and commissioned in Washington’s honor.