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October 2019 Source Guide
Places: School of Life in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Misunderstood “Bible” Box
No period person ever called a bible box that. At first they were “desks,“ and as the writing desk evolved, simple boxes were regarded as exactly that. We trace the history of both the language and the objects through the centuries.
Building on the Past
Priscilla Pultz knew exactly what she wanted in a period home, so she decided to build one after studying museum homes and their decor. With her late husband, Albert, she raised a family of seven in her colonial-style masterpiece in Skaneateles, New York.
Make a Gardener’s Potpourri
Through the centuries people have loved the scent of sweet spices and pungent botanicals in their homes. Two herbalist-florists with decades of experience show how you can blend your favorite aromas to create your personal potpourri.
For the Love of a House
Peter Cyr fell in love with Maine’s 1817 Blazo-Leavitt House at first glance, but fifty years passed before he had the chance to buy it. Once he did, he turned it into a showplace for his collection of period antiques as befitted the
home’s original grandeur.
Pennsylvania German Folk Art Finds a New Home
Pennsylvanians of German heritage are noted for turning everyday objects—chests, furniture, even documents—into works of folk art. The new Center for Pennsylvania German Studies in a former Montgomery County tavern shows the full range of distinctive styles among these folk artists.
Stories in the Warner House
One of the earliest urban brick houses in New England, the 1718 Warner House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been a museum since 1930. Recent updates have brought new life to its spectacular murals, colorful woodwork, and range of period styles.
Pirates, to Arms!
Most pirates preferred fear to fighting—they would rather frighten ships’ crews into giving up their valuable cargo, but they would attack when they had to. Pirates used any weapon at hand, but the cutlass and musketoon were particularly suited to close-quarters fighting.
America’s Silk Quilt Craze
America once had a thriving silk industry, successful enough that silk became affordable enough for factory girls to stitch it into Sunday dresses or showpiece quilts, many with crazy designs. The National Museum of American History puts its best examples on display.