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April 2019 Source Guide
People: Connecting Southerners
Places: Longwood Gardens
Rye Straw Baskets
Although basket makers across Europe used many kinds of straw, only German-speaking immigrants brought the tradition of using rye straw to America. Made by the thousands for more than a century, rye straw baskets served myriad functions. In your period home, they can be attractive, affordable accents.
The Family Stories of Beverly Hall
Sam and Gray Dixon trace generations of their families in the layers of architecture and heirlooms in their 1810 Federal home in Edenton, North Carolina. The couple’s dedication to preserving and sharing their home has inspired in their children an appreciation for historical stewardship.
For centuries American gardeners have introduced exotic plants into their landscapes for beauty and diversity. Some of the foreign species, however, have taken hold so well they threaten the habitat of native flora. We look at some of the worst offenders and how to contain them.
A Friend’s House
Nancy Peterson spent two decades creating a comfortable period retreat in an 1839 log house on her lakefront property in northeast Ohio. There she welcomed friends and neighbors to share her joy in her collection of antiques, the gardens she loved to create, and the stories about her worldwide travels.
Paper: The Real Rags-to-Riches Story
Papermaking came to America in 1690, when Quaker printer William Bradford convinced Dutchman William Rittenhouse to partner with him in establishing a paper mill outside of Philadelphia. Only a shortage of rags kept the industry from spreading, until wood pulp became the fiber of choice in the mid-1800s.
The Horner’s Craft
A master artisan shares his techniques for shaping animal horn into useful and decorative wares. Just as our ancestors would have made use of every part of a precious animal, the author uses horns of cows, goats, and sheep to create objects ranging from drinking cups to sewing implements.
Historian Kimberly Alexander examines the stories behind the shoes that survive in museum collections—who made them, who wore them, and who preserved them—giving readers an entertaining and enlightening window into 18th-Century material culture.