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June 2016 Source Guide
Places: Reliving Michilimackinac
A Wooden Plane Primer
Wood made America, and the primary tool of cabinetmakers and carpenters alike was the wooden plane. While now affordable collectibles, centuries-old planes in capable hands can still produce fine furniture.
Although they downsized after their children graduated from college, Bob and Frances Lord fell in love with a big old house—the oldest house in Boothbay, Maine—and the town itself.
1816: When the Seasons Went Backward
In 1815 a volcano on the far side of the earth spread a dark pall over half the world. In New England, its shadow filled the next summer with frost and storms and made 1816 forever memorable as the "year without a summer."
Stronger than Stone
June Stover and Sharyn Sheats built a friendship in part on their shared love of antique folk art. Separately and together, they’ve collected painted furniture, iron, pewter, salt-glazed stoneware, and weather vanes to decorate their Delaware homes.
Real American Cheese
As soon as women and cows settled in the colonies, Americans started making cheese. In addition to rum and tobacco, exports of cheese helped fuel the nation’s economy until the mid-1800s. Today’s small producers are rebuilding that reputation for fine cheeses.
Make Your Own Colonial Cheese
We tapped the expertise of artisanal and farmhouse cheese-makers for an early recipe and simple steps for replicating the original American cheese—not orange but a keeping cheese that made fortunes in the colonies.
Ten Ways to Cool Your Home
To cope with America’s more intense summers, colonial architects and builders used an array of tricks to keep their homes cool. Their ideas and innovations have become characteristic of early American homes.
Winding a Button
Buttons first ornamented clothing until lower costs made them practical as fasteners as well. In the 18th Century, silk thread or mohair wound around a form created what we call "deathshead" buttons.
Colonial Mac &squo;n&squo; Cheese
Mapping the Way to Liberty
When words fail, maps can often tell the story. A map, drawn firsthand by a participant, reveals what really happened in the first battle of the American Revolution and the British retreat from Concord and Lexington.
We Are One
Artifacts such as maps, manufactured goods, needlework, and sketches show American colonists’ sometimes conflicting sentiments about separating from England and forming a new nation.