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Not a Tomato in Sight

Think ketchup and images of burgers dripping red and fries dipped in tomatoey goo immediately come to mind, but Mercy Ingraham explains in our October 2015 issue that ketchup originally had nothing to do with tomatoes. She shares several period recipes for ketchups meant to spice up everyday meals.

June Issue Bonuses

Our June issue had so much good stuff inside that ew couldn't fit it all, so we're posting a few extras online. These include: Bread Recipes particularly formulated for beehive ovens and historical accuracy, Mitchell Reiss's Williamsbug Initiatives, which outline his plans for the future of the museum, and a brief on Flag Etiquette prepared for (and courtesy of) the Architect of the Capitol, who probably flies more American flags than anyone in the world.

Thank You, Alabama

And a tip of our hat to Tennessee!

We want to thank all the folks in Alabama who made our house tour a great success and gave us such a warm welcome at our Meet and Greet at Mooresville Mercantile. In our short visit, we toured (and photographed) three plantation houses—one privately owned and not available for public viewing—and half a dozen residences decorated in period style as well asa number of churches and museums. We'll be showing them all to you in future issues of Early American Life.

Winterthur to Host 2015 Directory

Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library will host the 2015 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Handcraft artists whose work had been judged by our panel of experts to be of museum quality will be photographed among the exhibits at Winterthur. You can see the modern-day work of these talented artisans—best in America today—displayed among historic original antiques in the museum in our August 2015 issue.


On December 31st John Moore wrote: Nancy Harbrecht did a terrific job in presenting the impressive reconstruction of the "Old Homestead."

I was very surprised to see that several casement windows had been installed. Is there any particular reason why the owners would put windows which I would consider to be a "No-No" in this beautiful old house?

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