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April 2018 Source Guide
People: Getting the Wheels Grinding
Discovering the Uncommon in Common Turned Chairs
A close look at the common, everyday, turned ladder-back chairs of the Tar-Roanoke River Valley along the Virginia/North Carolina border shows an uncommon diversity. Subtle regional characteristics reveal hints of not only where and when they were made but by whom.
Tare Shirt Farm Revisited
We take a second look at one of the oldest working farms in Maine, where Peter and Nancy Cook raise heritage sheep and devote their collecting and study to the historical craft of working wool. Our fresh look captures the feeling and mood of their historic home.
Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs
Easter eggs are among the first of the laying season, reason enough to celebrate them with colorful decorations—and why they have been popular for centuries (if not millennia). We show several techniques our ancestors used to add the smile of spring to their eggs.
Discovering Tennessee Antiques
Too often ignored by collectors and museums, Tennessee-made antiques intrigued Mary Jo Case and led her not only to collect and research them but also to become one of their best advocates. We share a look at her collection, pieces of which she has loaned or given for exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg and MESDA.
19th-Century Calico Balls
For Americans, “calico” meant block-printed cotton, an economical, washable fabric they wore every day. Well-to-do Americans chose calico for themed parties called calico balls, sometimes held as fund-raisers.
Glen Ellyn Gem: Stacy’s Tavern
With the aid of several community organizations, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society restored Stacy’s Tavern as an exemplary small museum focused on a fixed period of Illinois antebellum history. The project offers guidance for other groups planning to rescue and restore sites important to their local history.
Cold Frames and Hot Beds
Early gardeners extended the growing season with heated and unheated glazed garden frames not for food to stave off starvation but to grow out-ofseason fruits and vegetables and status-raising flowers.
Working with Leather
No machine can duplicate the hand-stitched leather made by the author, a Directory artisan. She demonstrates historical leather-working techniques by bringing together her leather skills—learned by necessity in repairing tack—with a love of antique sleigh bells.