Now through October 26 in Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan:
2014 National SPOOM Conference—Offerings include: miller training and certification classes, lectures on mill related topics and local history, and tours including the Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal and area mill sites, adaptively reused mills, and functioning mills. For more information: Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, (248) 656-4663.
Now through October 26 in Boston, Massachusetts:
The Ellis Boston Antiques Show—Show features 40 dealers presenting silver, ceramics, decorative arts and more. At Boston Center for the Arts. For more information: Fusco & Four/Ventures, LLC, (617) 363-0405.
Now through October 26 in San Francisco, California:
San Franciso Fall Antiques Show—Show features approximately sixty dealers offering a range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings and more. At Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion. For more information: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, (415) 989-9019.
Now through October 26 in Fairmont, West Virginia:
Historic Arts Workshop: Native American Weekend—An interactive history lesson which includes displays, demonstrations, and hands —on activities. For more information: Prickett’s Fort State Park, (304) 363-3030.
Now through October 26 in Bolivar, Ohio:
Trick or Treaty—A costumed guide leads a lantern tour throughout the grounds to meet soldiers and hear the stories of Fort Laurens. See the Forts original location, the hospital site, the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot and the cemetery where over twenty soldiers, who were killed outside the forts walls, were buried. For more information: Fort Laurens Museum, (330) 874-2059.
Now through October 26 in North Weymouth, Massachusetts:
250th Anniversary Celebration of Abigail and John Adams—Celebration includes a wedding reenactment, wedding reception, tours of the Birthplace, commemorative reception, historical symposium and the premiere of Songs On Letters Of John and Abigail Adams. Reservations required for some of the events. For more information: Abigail Adams Historical Society, (781) 277-1271.
October 25 to October 26 in Evansville, Indiana:
Antiques & Collectibles Show—Show features 100 dealers selling Americana, antiques & collectibles, china, dolls, furniture, glassware, jewelry, and more. At the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds. For more information: Collectors Carnival Show Promotions, (812) 469-2255.
October 25 to October 26 in Litchfield, Illinois:
West Fork Encampment—A re-creation of the traditional military/militia and frontier life of the 18th Century. See the military and militia, artisans, buck skinners, and entertainers as they celebrate this time in history. At Lake Lou Yaeger. For more information: The City of Litchfield, (217) 324-8147.
October 25 to October 26 in Shaker Heights, Ohio:
Dunham Tavern Museum 119th Antiques Show—Show features a wide array of the quality antiques and collectibles. At Cleveland Skating Club. For more information: Dunham Tavern Museum, (216) 431-1060.
October 25 to October 26 in Rockport, Indiana:
Heritage Days and Rendezvous—Event includes demonstrations in chair canning, sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, open fire cooking, various needle working, blacksmiths, trading blankets, candle making for kids, hawk and knife competition, music, food, and more. For more information: Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, (812) 649-9147.
October 25 to October 26 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania:
Market Faire & Rendezvous—Living history encampment representing many periods of American history, including the Pre-Colonial, Colonial, and Fur Trade Eras. Demonstrations and events include archery, blacksmithing, black powder demos, leatherwork, hornwork, ropemaking, quillwork, shoemaking, and gunmaking, hearth cooking, a Market Faire of 18th & 19th century traders, and more. For more information: Jacobsburg Historical Society, (610) 759-9029.
October 25 to October 26 in Louisville, Kentucky:
18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove—Event features 18th c. style entertainment, market, food and drink, and mock battles for our country’s independence featuring General George Rogers Clark’s own militia, the Illinois regiment, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, German Hessians and Native Americans. For more information: Locust Grove, (502) 897-9845.
October 25 to October 26 in Springfield, Missouri:
Antique Festival of the Ozarks—Event features primitives, jewelry, art, furniture, pottery and more. At Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. For more information: Heritage Event Company LLC, (918) 619-2875.
October 25 to October 26 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania:
Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts—Juried festival features master fine artists and crafters.
At the Kutztown University O’Pake Fieldhouse. For more information: Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen
October 25 to October 26 in Earleville, Maryland:
Revolutionary War Reenactment Festival—Festival features British & Rebel Encampments, military skirmishes, tactical demonstrations, colonial marketplace, manor house tours, and more. For more information: Mount Harmon Plantation, (410) 275-8819.
October 25 to October 26 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania:
Market Faire and Rendezvous—Event includes period craft demonstrations, competitions and more. For more information: Jacobsburg Historical Society, (610) 759-9029.
October 26 in Lincoln, Massachusetts:
The British Redcoat—Why were the Regulars in Massachusetts? Why did they come to Concord? What happened on April 19, 1775 from the perspective of the King’s Army? Join Park Ranger Roger Fuller to explore the answers. At the Minute Man Visitor Center. For more information: Minute Man National Historic Park, (973) 369-6993.
October 26 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania:
Living History Theater—Witch Trial. In 1684, Margaret Mattson was accused by her neighbors of witchcraft. William Penn presided over the trial. Is she guilty or innocent? For more information: Pennsbury Manor, (215) 946-0400.
October 26 in Wilton, Connecticut:
Wilton Fall Antiques Market—Show features more than 100 exhibitors with pottery, textiles, jewelry and more. At Wilton High School Field House. For more information: Barn Star Productions, (845) 876-0616.
October 26 in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania:
Halloween at the Homestead—Costumed children can visit the historic buildings and receive a fun treat, have their face painted, pick and decorate their own pumpkin, play with colonial toys and games, listen to scary stories, and help a scarecrow stuff his friend. Volunteers will also offer blacksmithing and textile processing demonstrations. For more information: Daniel Boone Homestead, (610) 582-4900.
October 28 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Curator Lecture Series: Manners Most Morbid: Funerary Practices and Traditions of Charleston’s Past—Downtown Charleston is speckled with historic graveyards, housing century old tombstones and markers for those placed beneath. This lecture discusses the lowcountry funeral planning and its eventual implementation to become more of a social event ranging anywhere from the elegantly elaborate to the morosely mundane. In the Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium. For more information: The Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
October 29 to October 31 in White Springs, Florida:
Rural Folklife Days—Event celebrates the regions rural past with demonstrations and hands-on learning activities. Taste jellies, play traditional games, churn butter, sing songs, hear storytelling, quilt on a frame, taste sugar cane, assist a blacksmith, learn about lye soap, watch demonstrations of old-fashioned cane grinding and more. For more information: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, (877) 635-3655.
October 29 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Pirates Amongst Us—The walking tour features ghosts and ghouls and true pirate tales. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.
October 30 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina:
Halloween Twilight Tours—A costumed guide lights the way by lantern through Salem’s nighttime streets. Visit several haunting stops in the historic district where you will hear tales of a local ghostly legends, or interact with a person from the past. Pre-registration is required. For more information: Old Salem Museums & Gardens, (800) 441-5305.
October 30 to November 1 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky:
Haunted Frontier—Experience this haunt that starts in the old fort before entering the wooded area behind the fort, near the Oldest Cemetery in the state of Kentucky. Most of the haunt is outside in the smoky darkness of this historic place. Not recommended for children under 10. For more information: Old Fort Harrod State Park, (859) 734-3314.
October 30 to November 1 in Lumpkin, Georgia:
Fall Harvest Festival—Experience an 1850 fall harvest with sugar cane cooked down into syrup, cotton ginned and spun and more. For more information: Historic Westville, (888) 733-1850.
October 30 in Elizabethton, Tennessee:
Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion—Enjoy tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre in the 200 year-old Carter Mansion. For more information: Sycamore Shoals State Park, (423) 543-5808.
October 30 in Newport, Rhode Island:
At the Point of a Cutlass—A pirate-themed lecture highlighting the adventures of Philip Ashton who was forced into a journey with a crew of pirates. At the Colony House. Reservations requested. For more information: Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.
October 30 to November 2 in Toronto, :
American Ceramic Circle Annual Symposium—Program features two days of lectures with ten speakers addressing a broad range of topics including stories of deception and rivalry in 18th century Europe, the craze for Chinese porcelain in Colonial America, and the construction of Canadian style and identity through ceramics. At the Gardiner Museum. For more information: American Ceramic Circle
October 30 to November 2 in Various, Ohio:
Destination Ohio—Event features open houses at Curry’s Antiques, Miller House Antiques, Olde Glory Antiques, Patriot Antique Shoppe, Plain & Simple Antiques, Simple Goods Show and Stone Village Antiques. Location: Destination Ohio. , (740) 654-1333.
October 31 in Zoar, Ohio:
Ghost Tours—Stroll through the haunted village and buildings of Zoar. Costumed guides lead the tours and tell tales of spirits past and present. Reservations required. For more information: Zoar Historic Village, (330) 874-3011.
October 31 to November 1 in York, Pennsylvania:
The Greater York Antique Show—Show features more than 85 antique dealers with Americana — from the 1700s to the 1950s. At York Fairgrounds. For more information: Mitchell Displays, (856) 686-9000.
October 31 to November 1 in Hopwood, Pennsylvania:
French and Indian War Seminar—The seminar begins with a bus and walking tour heading to Braddock, PA, speakers, presentations and more. Reservations required. For more information: The Braddock Road Preservation Association, (724) 439-4912.
November 1 to November 2 in Vonore, Tennessee:
Garrison Weekend—A time when the daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun are recreated for the public. Visitors will find living history re-enactors in costume and can view an 18th century infirmary, the soldier’s barracks, the commanders quarters, blacksmith shop and a Cherokee encampment. For more information: Fort Loudoun, (423) 884-6217.
November 1 in Middletown, Virginia:
Antiques Appraisal & Traditional Crafts Fair—A panel of experts on textiles, furniture, documents, Shenandoah Valley artifacts, and more offer detailed appraisals and explanations of each items story and value. For more information: Belle Grove Plantation, (540) 869-2028.
November 1 to November 2 in Lucas, Ohio:
Hearthside Cooking Workshops—Learn open hearth cooking skills by cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal using farm-fresh foods. For more information: Malabar Farm State Park, (419) 892-2784.
November 1 to November 2 in Morristown, New Jersey:
The Morristown Armory Antiques Show—Show features more than 100 exhibitors with a wide range of antiques, art & decorative accessories including American, European And Asian furniture, silver, paintings, porcelains, clocks, and more. For more information: JMK Shows, (973) 927-2794.
November 1 to November 2 in Kansas City, Kansas:
Heritage Antique Show at Overland Park—Event features more that 70 dealers selling primitives, jewelry, art, furniture, pottery and more. At Overland Park Convention Center. For more information: Heritage Event Company LLC, (918) 619-2875.
November 1 in Tacoma, Washington:
Arts of the Fur Trade—Experience the arts as an important part of daily life in the mid-1800s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Interact with re-enactors and the Fort’s artisans as they showcase 19th century skills such as spinning, weaving, beading, blacksmithing, woodworking, open-fire cooking, and musical entertainment. For more information: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, (253) 305-1000.
November 1 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
The Amish and their Quilts—Learn where and when quilting began. Discover antique Amish quilts and their fondness of quilting. Learn about Amish family life and the strength of their community. Learn how to quilt. Reservations required. For more information: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, (717) 393-9745.
November 1 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:
Dinner in a Country Village—Enjoy a unique opportunity to prepare and eat a meal as early New Englanders did. Participants gather in the Parsonage as costumed interpreters oversee the preparations, but the guests do the roasting, baking, and mulling. Reservations required. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (800) 733-1830.
November 1 to November 2 in Camden, South Carolina:
44th Annual Revolutionary War Field Days—500 re-enactors interpret life on the Southern Campaign trail with Redcoats and Patriots portraying Southern Campaign battle tactics, military courts martial scenarios, period craftsmen plying their trades and civilian interpreters sharing their lifestyles. Event includes Sutlers Row and a period fashion show. For more information: Historic Camden, (803) 432-9841.
November 1 to November 2 in Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville, Missouri:
50 Miles of Art—Watch artisans at work as they open up their studios during this beautiful weekend of art in Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville. For more information: Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau, (573) 221-6545.
November 1 to November 2 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania:
Whitemarsh Encampment Re-enactment—Living history re-enactment commemorating time in 1777 when Gen George Washington and Continental army camped in the Whitemarsh hills. See British and American camps, military maneuvers, sutlers, period demonstrations, and tour elegant 1740s Hope Lodge mansion. For more information: Hope Lodge Historic Site, (215) 646-1595.
November 1 in Brookfield, Connecticut:
Annual Brookfield Festival of Crafts—Festival features wares of more than sixty juried vendors including jewelry, pottery, folk art, furniture, wood crafts, toys and more. At the Whisconier Middle School. For more information: Brookfield Museum and Historical Society, (203) 270-9461.
November 1 to November 2 in Prairie DuRocher, Illinois:
French and Indian Winter Rendezvous—A winter gathering of French & Indian camping, reenactments, historical demonstrations, music and more. For more information: Fort de Chartres, (618) 284-7230.
November 1 in Plymouth, Massachusetts:
Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims—Event includes entertainment and hospitality as you sit down to a "groaning board" filled with the finest food that the season of plenty has to offer. The Pilgrim hosts - residents of 1627 Plimoth - tell tales of England - old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. During dinner, you will be entertained with centuries-old psalms and songs. For more information: Plimoth Plantation, (508) 746-1622.
November 1 to November 2 in Morristown, New Jersey:
People of the Continental Army—Visit Continental soldiers and others who worked with and for the army. Hear what they have to say about army life, their duties, equipment and experiences. At the Soldiers Huts. For more information: The Morristown National Historical Park, (973) 543-4030.
November 1 in St. Leonard, Maryland:
American Indian Heritage Day—Event celebrates the culture and history of the American Indian people with crafts, storytelling, music and more. For more information: Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, (410) 586-8501.
November 1 to November 2 in Vincennes, Indiana:
Muster on the Wabash—Event includes War of 1812 encampment, Native American camp, reenactments, drills, demonstrations, period merchants and more. At Fort Knox. For more information: Fort Knox, (812) 882-7422.
November 1 to November 2 in West Springfield, Massachusetts:
The Fiber Festival of New England—Festival features demonstrations, workshops, fashion show and more. In the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. For more information: New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association, (413) 737-2443.
November 1 in Mansfield, Ohio:
Simple Goods—Show features more than 50 early antique dealers and primitive artists from all over the country. At R & L Banquet Center. For more information: Simple Goods, (740) 848-4005.
Now through December 31 in Various, Massachusetts:
Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture—Unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented partnership to celebrate furniture-making in the Bay State. A multitude of exhibitions and events organized by partnering institutions: the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Concord Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, Historic New England, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, North Bennet Street School, Old Sturbridge Village, Peabody Essex Museum, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. See the website for a complete calendar of project activities as well as detailed information on Massachusetts furniture from the 1620s to the present. For more information: Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture
Now through November 8 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Paisley Pashmina Embroidery Workshop—In conjunction with the Positively Paisley exhibit, the Charleston Museum Institute offers a two-day embroidery workshop. Internationally renowned needlework instructor and designer Laura Jenkins Thompson will discuss the fascinating historical evolution of the paisley design, and get participants started on an embroidered shawl that is an homage to the 17th- and 19th century adaptations of the paisley. Registration required. For more information: The Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
Now through December 31, 2015 in Marietta, Ohio:
Imagining Marietta-The Northwest Territory Murals—The exhibit houses 12 murals depicting the first settlement of the Northwest Territory, each painted by William Mark Young. Also, on display are rare and seldom seen artifacts ranging from Rufus Putnam’s banjo clock, hand-written letters, historic newspapers, & photos of early Marietta. For more information: Campus Martius Museum, (800) 860-0145.
Now through December 31, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South—This new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. The exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 1800hist or y.
Now through January 10, 2016 in Mount Vernon, Virginia:
Gardens & Groves—This special exhibition explores George Washington’s creation of a picture-perfect setting. Discover the ideas that shaped his vision and inspired the landscape at Mount Vernon. For more information: Mount Vernon, (703) 780-2000.
Now through February 15, 2015 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:
Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century—In the early 20th century the village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts and Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. The exhibition will feature more than 25 objects from Historic Deerfield’s collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 774-5581.
Now through December 31, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America—Chinese export porcelain played an important role in the lives of colonists. It was the most desirable of the ceramic bodies, and possessing it indicated wealth and status. This exhibit will illustrate the wide variety of Chinese porcelain that was available in colonial America with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia. Objects recovered from archaeological excavations will also be featured. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 1800hist or y.
Now through November 10 in Hampton, New Hampshire:
Windsor Chair making Classes—Windsor chair expert Mike Dunbar offers five-day classes in the making of various styles of Windsor chairs. Registration required. For more information: Windsor Institute, (603) 929-9801.
Now through May 31, 2015 in Salem, Massachusetts:
Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast—Explore the relationships among living humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (978) 745-9500.
Now through November 29 in Newport, Rhode Island:
Golden to Gilded Walking Tour—From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. For more information: Newport History Tours, (401) 841-8770.
Now through December 28 in Newport, Rhode Island:
Newport Historical Society Historic Site Tours—Tour one of the Newport Historical Society’s historic sites, the 1739 Colony House, 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, or the 1697 house museum. For more information: Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.
Now through November 30 in Newport, Rhode Island:
Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour—Hear stories of remarkable entrepreneurship and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. For more information: Newport History Tours, (401) 841-8770.
Now through December 29 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:
Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts—Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts explores Western Massachusetts’s first 150 years of furniture-making with 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections that best exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history and emergence of national identity. The exhibition is a part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, collaborative project of Historic Deerfield and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State’s legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 775-7214.
Now through December 31 in New Paltz, New York:
Historic Huguenot Street—Tour the stone houses of one of the oldest residential streets in America, here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Each home is open with a different interpretation. Exhibits with collection pieces are highlighted as well. Open 7 days a week. Please check website for tour times & prices. For more information: Historic Huguenot Street, (845) 255-1660.
Now through January 4, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum—On display in its Historic Textiles Gallery, the flag collection spans from the early 19th century to the late 20th century, with examples covering a range of functions and styles. Many flags are exhibited for the first time. For more information: Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
Now through November 30 in Ticonderoga, New York:
Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing—The exhibit explores what military clothing is and how European military fashion, vast international trade networks, and American creativity all combined to create a distinctively American military appearance. Many of these garments and related accessories are one-of-a-kind survivors preserved only in Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. For more information: Fort Ticonderoga, (518) 585-2821.
Now through March 29, 2015 in Winchester, Virginia:
Safes of the Valley—The exhibition will feature more than forty food safes, many on first-time public display. For more information: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, (540) 662-1473.
Now through October 31 in Shelburne, Vermont:
Painting a Nation—Exhibition forms the core of a renewed emphasis and focus on American art and highlights themes of the collections strengths, particularly the New England landscape, genre painting, and portraiture. For more information: Shelburne Museum, (802) 985-3346.
Now through October 27 in Newport, Rhode Island:
Rogues & Scoundrels Tour—See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as Rogue’s Island. For more information: Newport History Tours, (401) 841-8770.
Now through October 31 in Newport, Rhode Island:
Souls & Stones Walking Tour—Explore the Common Burying Ground. Learn about the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history. For more information: Newport History Tours, (401) 841-8770.
Now through October 30 in Morristown, New Jersey:
"Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts" exhibit—Celebrating New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary, the exhibit showcases the Museums collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost and Edward Kranich. Also featured are examples of New Jersey stoneware from such makers as Noah Furman and Charles Wingender, and New Jersey silver by Cary Dunn, Aaron Lane and others. For more information: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, (973) 538-2404.
Now through February 8, 2015 in New York, New York:
Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy—Exhibit provides a new perspective on American art by approaching narrative subject matter through the lens of taste as it was defined roughly from 1825 to 1870, when the place of the arts in a democracy was hotly debated in the United States. By integrating history, literary, and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, this ground-breaking exhibition introduces to modern audiences the broad range of styles and narrative themes through which nineteenth-century American viewers were expected to attain cultural refinement. For more information: New York Historical Society, (212) 873-3400.
Now through January 18, 2015 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:
Bucket Town-Four Centuries of Toy-Making and Coopering—The exhibit will explore the rich traditions of coopering and toy-making in Hingham, Massachusetts, a coastal town located in Boston’s South Shore. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (800) 733-1830.
Now through November 9 in Saco, Maine:
At Home in the Victorian Era—Victorian Americans were fascinated with the material world. At home they surrounded themselves with what seems to be - at least to modern eyes - an extravagant amount of clutter, creating over-filled and rather claustrophobic spaces. Rooms were crammed with a profusion of objects, floors crowded with upholstered chairs, mahogany tables, and tufted sofas, oil paintings, lithographs, and framed photographs graced the walls, heavy curtains framed windows and doorways, embroidered valances hung from mantles and shelves, and pottery, seashells, and bric-a-brac were everywhere. The exhibition provides an understanding of daily domestic life and the power of the ideas that defined the "happy household." For more information: Saco Museum, (207) 283-3861.
Now through July 27, 2017 in Whippany, New Jersey:
The Birchwood Manor Antiques Show—More than 150 exhibit booths selling American, European And Asian furniture, silver, paintings, clocks, jewelry, samplers and more. For more information: JMK Shows, (973) 927-2794.
Now through November 30 in Garrison, New York:
The Hudson River Portfolio-A Beginning for the Hudson River School—Exhibit features a suite of famous aquatints made between 1821 and 1825 and published in New York City, The Hudson River Portfolio. The images were for a subscription-based venture and contain 20 hand-colored prints, each about 20 by 30 inches and depicts an iconic view along the river from north of Troy south to Governor’s Island. The exhibit is augmented with a bound copy of the entire Portfolio and ceramics depicting Portfolio views. For more information: Boscobel House & Gardens, (845) 265-3638.
Now through November 7 in New York, New York:
To The Inhabitants of Great Britain - The Robert R. Livingston Letters—In the late spring of 1775, New York jurist Robert R. Livingston
(1746-1813) drafted a letter titled "The Twelve United Colonies, by Their Delegates in Congress, to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain." Commissioned by the Second Continental Congress as an eleventh-hour attempt to reconcile with the mother country. The letter was discovered last summer in the Morris-Jumel
Mansion in New York City, which served as George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War. The manuscript will be on view at New York Historical Society in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and will remain on loan for purposes of study and display for two years. For more information: New York Historical Society, (212) 873-3400.
Now through July 5, 2015 in Winterthur, Delaware:
The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament—The exhibition showcases the evolution of needlework and the prominent role it played in womens lives during the 17th through 19th centuries. For more information: Winterthur Museum, (800) 448-3883.
Now through December 31 in New York, New York:
In Miniature—The exhibition comprises two groups of portrait miniatures- British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. For more information: Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710.
Now through September 8, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe—Objects from The Mariners Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. For more information: Jamestown Settlement, (888) 593-4682.
Now through September 8, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe—The yearlong exhibition will trace the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. For more information: Jamestown Settlement, (888) 593-4682.
Now through November 2 in Edwardsville, Illinois:
Mourning Col. Stephenson Exhibit—Join us as we explore the macabre side of the Stephenson House history. Col. Stephenson died in the house on October 10, 1822 and visitors will get a glimpse of the mourning customs practiced by the family almost two hundred years ago. For more information: 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, (618) 692-1818.
Now through January 18, 2015 in Ft Worth, Texas:
Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River—The exhibition features 17 iconic river paintings and nearly 40 drawings, reveals for the first time how George Caleb Bingham (1811—1879) created his art and artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. For more information: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, (817) 989-5065.
Now through January 4, 2015 in Portland, Maine:
Treasures of British Art 1400-2000-The Berger Collection—The exhibition features 50 masterpieces from the most significant private collection of British art in the United States. For more information: The Portland Museum of Art, (207) 775-6148.
Now through March 29, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey:
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860—The exhibition is the first to focus on the contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The goal is to survey schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860 to create a lasting record of the best-known examples, of which 150-plus are displayed. On October 5, the Princeton Theological Seminary hosts a panel to discuss the significance of schoolgirl needlework. Speakers include Linda Eaton, senior curator at Winterthur Museum, and needlework scholars Dan and Marty Campanelli. For more information: Morven Museum & Garden, (609) 924-8144.
Now through January 5, 2015 in Orlando, Florida:
George Catlin’s American Buffalo—The exhibit explores the representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through 40 original paintings by the artist George Catlin (1796-1872). Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo For more information: Mennello Museum of American Art, (407) 246-4278.
Now through March 22, 2015 in Concord, Massachusetts:
Behind Closed Doors: Asleep in New England—Exhibit uncovers the complex role sleep has played in everyday life throughout American history through objects as varied as bedsteads and coverlets, nightclothes and cradles, tin tubs and mahogany high chests. For more information: Concord Museum, (978) 369-9763.
Now through May 31, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
A Celebration of American Quilts—Exhibit features twelve quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. In the McCarl Gallery. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.
October 25 to April 19, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri:
The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America—The exhibition explores the complex negotiations related to The Louisiana Purchase and its aftereffect on St. Louis. A highlight of the exhibition is the Treaty of Cession (in French), better known as The Louisiana Purchase Treaty. For more information: Missouri History Museum, (314) 746-4599.
|LATER THIS MONTH|
s November 2 in Charles City, Virginia: Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
s November 2 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania: PA Long Rifle Exhibit
s November 2 to November 4 in Williamsburg, Virginia: 400 Years of Chocolate: Aztec to Artisanal
s November 5 to November 9 in Wetumpka, Alabama: Alabama Frontier Days
s November 5 in Williamsburg, Virginia: Pirates Amongst Us
s November 6 to November 10 in Dallas, Texas: The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
s November 7 to November 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
s November 7 to November 9 in Miami, Florida: Miami Beach Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
s November 7 to November 9 in Wilmington, Delaware: Delaware Antiques Show
s November 7 to November 8 in Arthur, Illinois: Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique Show
s November 7 to November 9 in Huntsville, Alabama: Under the Christmas Tree
s November 8 in Exeter, New Hampshire: Breakfast with George Washington
s November 8 in St. Francisville, Louisiana: Forgotten Lives
s November 8 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: An Evening of Illumination
s November 8 in Fernandina Beach, Florida: History of the American Soldier
s November 8 to November 9 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania: PA Guild Holiday Fine Craft Fair
s November 8 to November 9 in Ridgefield, Connecticut: The American Craftsmen Show
s November 8 in Plymouth, Massachusetts: Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims
s November 8 to November 9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Siege Weekend
s November 8 to November 9 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg Antique Show and Sale
s November 9 in Yorktown, Virginia: Lamb’s Artillery and Royal Artillery
s November 14 to November 15 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: 2014 Christmas by Candlelight Tours
s November 14 to November 16 in Montpelier Station, Virginia: Montpelier Seminar "Slavery and the Constitution: From Colonial Slave Codes to the 15th Amendment"
s November 14 to November 15 in Darien, Georgia: Autumn Encampment
s November 14 to November 16 in Williamsburg, Virginia: A Head for Fashion: Hair, Wigs, Cosmetics, and Jewelry, 1600-1900
s November 14 to November 15 in Newport, Rhode Island: Holiday Histories Tour
s November 15 to November 16 in Statesville, North Carolina: Military Timeline
s November 15 to November 16 in Radnor, Pennsylvania: The Mainline Antiques Show
s November 15 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Hearthside Bounty
s November 15 to November 16 in Elizabethton, Tennessee: Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster
s November 15 in McLean, Virginia: Chew the Fat
s November 15 in Forest, Virginia: 6th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
s November 15 in Bath, Ohio: From Our Hands and Hearts
s November 15 to November 16 in Bolivar, Ohio: 250th Anniversary of Henry Bouquet’s Campaign
s November 15 in Haverhill, Massachusetts: Introduction to New England Furniture
s November 15 in Plymouth, Massachusetts: Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims
s November 15 to November 16 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: Antiques at Kimberton Show
s November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia: Presidential Salon with James Madison
s November 18 in Charleston, South Carolina: Curator Lecture Series: Lowcountry Bounty - Foodways in Charleston revealed through Archaeology
s November 20 to November 24 in Houston, Texas: Theta Charity Antiques Show
s November 21 to November 22 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: 2014 Christmas by Candlelight Tours
s November 21 to November 22 in Wethersfield, Connecticut: Antiques Show
s November 21 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky: Holiday Open House
s November 21 to November 23 in York, Pennsylvania: York Folk & Fine Art Show
s November 21 in Spartanburg, South Carolina: Slave Clothing in the Colonial Era 1700-1776
s November 21 to November 23 in Marlborough, Massachusetts: Paradise City Marlborough
s November 21 to November 23 in Del Mar, California: Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
s November 21 to November 22 in Newport, Rhode Island: Holiday Histories Tour
s November 22 in Tamworth, New Hampshire: Hearthside Dinners
s November 22 in Tallahassee, Florida: Colonial Autumn in Spanish Florida
s November 22 in Midway, Georgia: Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
s November 22 to November 23 in New York, New York: Pier Antique Show
s November 22 in Mumford, New York: Preparing for the Holidays — the 19th-Century Way
s November 22 in Frederick, Maryland: Winterfest: Arts And Crafts Market at Schifferstadt
s November 22 in Ridgefield, Connecticut: Ridgefield Craft Fair
s November 22 to November 23 in Queen Creek, Arizona: The American Heritage Festival
s November 22 in Plymouth, Massachusetts: Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims
s November 22 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania: North Penn Holiday Craft Market
|EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH|
s November 15 to February 16, 2015 in Salem, Massachusetts: In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould
s November 21 to February 22, 2015 in New York, New York: Holiday Express Exhibition
s November 22 to January 4, 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio: Memories of Christmas Past