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December 2015 Source Guide
Places: Unexpected Museum
People: Reviving a Lost Culture
Skills: Making Lye Soap
Speed over the Snow
Many cultures invented snowshoes, but native peoples in North America perfected them. While early antiques rarely survive, many from the 19th Century on are still available for surprisingly low prices.
Meant for Each Other
Marilyn and Anthony Sassi shared multiple interests in New York’s early history and antiques, including a passion for a particular 1740 Dutch-English house in Schenectady.
Settled along the Mohawk River in 1661, Schenectady weathered massacres and modernization but still boasts many historic sites in its Stockade District and surroundings.
Saving Homes, Building Dreams
Tom and Liz Thorpe spent years salvaging and re-purposing parts of historic homes in danger of demolition, finally finding just what they needed to construct their own masterpiece in the Virginia hills.
After decades of hands-on experience in Colonial Williamsburg’s conservation lab, Leroy Graves mastered the secrets of restoring period upholstery. He shared his techniques with us.
Rangers Lead the Way
A fearless New Hampshire backwoodsman adapted Native American techniques for wilderness fighting during the French and Indian War as head of Rogers’ Rangers, the precursor of today’s U. S. Army Rangers.
Cushions Reveal a Love of Stitching
Stitch Martha's Needle Book
Parts of Martha Washington’s shell needlework found its way into her other projects, including a small needle book. We offer a modern interpretation of that original offshoot.
Thanksgiving in Early America
Our holiday of feasts and football originated in 17th-Century Pilgrim holy days, but it didn’t gain nationwide acceptance until the late 1800s. The Pilgrim iconography came even later