July 28 to July 30 in Decorah, Iowa:
Nordic Fest—Fest includes an annual artisan and craft show featuring many exhibitors of Scandinavian art from embroidery to rosemaling. For more information: Nordic Fest, (800) 382-fest.
July 28 to July 30 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky:
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama—The play centers around Harrodsburg’s founder, frontiersman, James Harrod and his group of men who came to Kentucky in 1774 to start a new life. For more information: Old Fort Harrod State Park, (859) 734-3314.
July 28 to July 30 in Elizabethton, Tennessee:
Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals—Outdoor drama presents the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men. For more information: Sycamore Shoals State Park, (423) 543-5808.
July 29 to July 31 in Bar Harbor, Maine:
Mount Desert Island Directions Show—Show features gallery-like setting of heirloom quality handmade items. At the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center. For more information: The Maine Crafts Guild, (207) 210-0129.
July 29 to July 31 in Kempton, Pennsylvania:
Gunmaker’s Fair—Fair features seminars, workshops and muzzleloading and historic trades artisans offering guns, bladed items, powder horns, period clothing and more. For more information: Dixons Muzzleloading Shop, (610) 756-6271.
July 29 in Old Bennington, Vermont:
Plymouth Fife and Drum Concert—Concert features 18th century music performed by the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps of Plymouth, Michigan who performs in authentic wool uniforms, replicas of those worn by George Washington’s personal guard. For more information: Bennington Battle Monument, (802) 447-0550.
July 30 in Ticonderoga, New York:
Fife and Drum Corps Muster—Event highlights the role Fife & Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history and includes several Fife and Drum Corps from across the northeast performing throughout the day. For more information: Fort Ticonderoga, (518) 585-2821.
July 30 to July 31 in Greenville, Ohio:
The Gathering at Garst—Event features a living history encampment with cannon firing demonstrations and carriage rides, a marketplace with vendors selling their wares and tours of Garst Museum which houses the National Annie Oakley Exhibit. For more information: Garst Musuem, (937) 548-5250.
July 30 to July 31 in St. Marys City, Maryland:
Tidewater Archaeology Days—Event features a guided tour of excavations, and an opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory. For more information: Historic St. Marys City, (240) 895-4990.
July 30 in Howes Cave, New York:
A Song, A Dance, and A Story to Be Told—Iroquois Singing Society from Cattaraugus Reservation, Seneca Nation Territory performs. For more information: Iroquois Indian Museum, (518) 296-8949.
July 30 to July 31 in Wilmington, Delaware:
The Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Fair—Fair features more than 100 exhibitors offering one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, artisan furniture, and more. At the Chase Center on the Riverfront. For more information: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, (717) 431-8706.
July 30 to July 31 in Vergennes, Vermont:
Burlington Maritime Festival—Festival features tours of the Schooner Lois McClure at her home berth of Perkin’s Pier, traditional maritime skills demonstrations including log rolling and metal working, and rowing in one of our Champlain Longboats. For more information: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, (802) 475-2022.
July 31 in Louisville, Kentucky:
Duel - Clay vs. Wickliffe—Event recreates the 1841 duel between Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wycliffe Jr. at Locust Grove. Location: Historic Locust Grove. , (502) 897-9845.
July 31 in Yorktown, Virginia:
Lamb’s Artillery—Event features volunteer unit depicting the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown and includes artillery programs which feature firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun. For more information: Colonial National Historic Park, (757) 898-3400.
August 2 to August 7 in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Nantucket By Design—A week of events including luncheon, design panel events, evening programs and family fun day at NHA’s properties, the Whaling Museum and the Oldest House. For more information: Nantucket Historical Association, (508) 228-1894.
August 3 in Ticonderoga, New York:
Pavilion Promenade—Guided tour of Ticonderoga’s 19th- and 20th-century history inside the Pavilion, currently closed to the general public, and learn about the men and women who saved Ticonderoga from destruction and made their home on the Shores of Lake Champlain. Advanced reservations recommended. For more information: Fort Ticonderoga, (518) 585-2821.
Now through September 5 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Birds, Bugs and Plants-Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century—The exhibition examines how the study of nature shifted from pure science to aesthetic art form between 1590 and 1818. Featuring more than 70 objects in a wide range of illustration, the majority of which will focus on the 18th century, the exhibition will explore how interest in natural history on both sides of the Atlantic grew during the period. In the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through November 1, 2018 in Washington, District of Columbia:
1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta—The world’s rarest postage stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, will be on display on Level 2, William H. Gross Stamp Gallery of the National Postal Museum. For more information: National Postal Museum, (202) 633-1000.
Now through February 19, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia:
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ ’Greek Slave’—Exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805—1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century. The display features an extensive collection acquired from Powers’ studio in Florence, Italy. For more information: Smithsonian American Art Museum, (202) 633-7970.
Now through August 15 in Yorktown, Virginia:
Creating Our New Museum—Exhibit features two dozen objects selected from the hundreds of 18th-century artifacts that will be exhibited in the new galleries, the American Revolution Museum, and includes a video preview of future gallery short films about the changing relationship between American colonists and Britain. For more information: Yorktown Victory Center, (888) 593-4682.
Now through August 13 in Canyon, Texas:
Hunting the Panhandle-Plains—Exhibition presents how animal life on the Panhandle-Plains has evolved and how this affected hunting, settlement, and migration patterns both in prehistoric and historic times. For more information: Pan-Handle Plains Historical Museum, (806) 651-2244.
Now through September 4, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Color & Shape: 19th Century Theorems—Exhibition showcases favorite theorems from Colonial Williamsburg’s collection depicting a variety of theorem compositions and subjects, and also shows the period process which artists, school girls, and everyday men and women followed. At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through January 1, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut:
Miniature World in White Gold: Meissen Porcelain by Johann Joachim Kaendler—Exhibition explores the career of the innovative porcelain modeler and showcases a broad range of finely detailed porcelain figures created by Kaendler over his 44 years as a modeler at the Meissen Porcelain Factory in Germany. For more information: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, (860) 278-2670.
Now through February 12, 2017 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts—Exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 775-7214.
Now through January 29, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence—Exhibit maps the American road to independence exploring the tumultuous events that led thirteen colonies to join to forge a new nation and features rare manuscript maps, printed maps and watercolors. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through December 31 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
Weathervanes—Exhibit features more than 40 examples of weathervanes showcasing the evolution of the art form. For more information: Landis Valley village & Farm Museum, (717) 569-0401.
Now through January 8, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware:
Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia—Exhibit examines the influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas and features objects produced in the America including furniture, silverwork, textiles, ceramics, and painting. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.
Now through December 31 in Cooperstown, New York:
Traditions of Spirit and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art—Exhibit features more than 50 art objects created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies including the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1472.
Now through October 31 in Winchester, Virginia:
Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia—Exhibit features more than 20 mixed-media assemblages inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s book Notes on the State of Virginia (1781). For more information: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, (888) 556-5799.
Now through October 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, Florida:
Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas—Exhibit features ancient artifacts, tools and life-size vessels, explaining how life and travel in the Americas has been affected by the historical use of the dugout. For more information: Government House Museum
Now through September 18 in Concord, Massachusetts:
N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord—Exhibition includes charcoal drawings, watercolors, and additional artwork related to the series, including sketches created by Andrew Wyeth as illustrations for the book Men of Concord and Some Others, as Portrayed in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. In the Wallace Kane Gallery For more information: Concord Museum, (978) 369-9763.
Now through November 30 in Exeter, New Hampshire:
The Currency of Colonial America: the Struggle for Economic Independence—Exhibit explores the Colonies struggles for their own currency, the use of currency during the time of the American Revolution, and the difficulties the Congress and States had at creating a single currency for the new country. For more information: American Independence Museum, (603) 772-2622.
Now through January 6, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Skeletons in the Closet: Exploring Skeletal Anatomy—Special exhibit features highlights from the Museum’s natural history collections. For more information: The Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
Now through June 2, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware:
Embroidery-The Language of Art—Exhibition looks at how the creation of embroidered objects fits into the changing definitions of art, craft, and design throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.
Now through August 7 in New york, New York:
Turner’s Whaling Pictures—Exhibition is the first to unite the series of four whaling scenes made by British landscapist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775—1851) near the end of his career. For more information: The Met Fifth Avenue, (212) 535-7710.
Now through September 25 in Concord, Massachusetts:
Women of Concord—Exhibition uses objects in its collection to tell the stories of some of the town’s famous and not-so-famous female citizens. For more information: Concord Museum, (978) 369-9763.
Now through January 8, 2017 in Corning, New York:
Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka—Exhibition features more than 70 exquisitely detailed glass models of marine invertebrates made by the legendary father-and-son team. For more information: Corning Museum of Glass, (800) 732-6845.
Now through August 28 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg—Exhibit explores architectural elements from both surviving and demolished 18th- and early-19th-century buildings in the Historic Area. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through September 28 in Wilmington, Delaware:
Estate Tour—Event features visits to the former dairy and farm exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on a narrated tram tour led by a specially trained guide. Reservations recommended. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-4884.
Now through December 10 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America—Exhibit explores the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America. For more information: Jamestown Settlement, (888) 593-4682.
Now through October 30 in Saco, Maine:
Art, Artifacts, and Anecdotes: 150 Years of Collecting at the Saco Museum—Exhibit features a collection of objects obtained by the Museum and includes many artifacts with fascinating accounts of the people who owned or made them. For more information: Saco Museum, (207) 283-3861.
Now through October 10 in Saunderstown, Rhode Island:
Jane: Heir to the Stuart Genius—Exhibit features original works of art by Jane Stuart, daughter of Gilbert Stuart. For more information: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, (401) 294-3001.
Now through October 24 in New York, New York:
Drawings and Prints: Selections from The Met Collection—Exhibit displays highlights of European and American prints, drawings, and illustrated books from the Museum’s holdings of works on paper. Because of their sensitivity to light, these works cannot be on permanent exhibition-each installation remains on view for approximately 13 weeks. This rotation include a selection centered on the theme of the allegory of America, anchored by Discovery of America: Vespucci Landing in America. At The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690. For more information: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710.
Now through January 15, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Style—Exhibit looks at the often tragic side of fashionable dress as it relates to the natural environment and those who wore these garments. In the Historic Textiles Gallery. For more information: Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
|LATER THIS MONTH|
s August 4 in Deerfield, New Hampshire: Americana Celebration Antiques Show
s August 4 in Yorktown, Virginia: First Assembly Day Commemoration
s August 4 to August 6 in Charlottesville, Virginia: Albermarle County Fair
s August 5 to August 7 in Union, Maine: Maine Antiques Festival
s August 6 to August 7 in Vonore, Tennessee: Garrison Weekend
s August 6 to August 7 in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska: Living History Weekends
s August 6 in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Abigail Adams: Life, Love, Letters
s August 6 in Lebec, California: Dragoon Era (1850s) Living History
s August 6 in St. Augustine, Florida: Living History at Fort Matanzas
s August 6 in St Augustine, Florida: Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
s August 6 in Exeter, New Hampshire: Purple Heart Day
s August 6 to August 7 in Kennebunk, Maine: 88th Annual Antique Show and Sale
s August 6 to August 7 in Greenwich, New York: Washington County Antique Fair and Flea Market
s August 6 to August 7 in Zoar, Ohio: The Artisans Tent at the Zoar Harvest Festival
s August 6 to August 7 in Zoar, Ohio: 43rd Annual Harvest Festival & Antique Show
s August 6 in Farmingdale, New Jersey: 19th Century Barn Dance
s August 6 to August 7 in Perrysburg, Ohio: Ohio 1776
s August 6 to August 7 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Redcoats & Rebels
s August 6 to August 7 in Kings Mountain, South Carolina: Backcountry Militia Encampment
s August 6 to August 7 in Parkersburg, West Virginia: Pioneer Heritage Days
s August 6 to August 7 in Cleveland, Tennessee: Cherokee Heritage Festival
s August 6 to August 7 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky: Craft Fair
s August 6 in Gaffney, South Carolina: Living History Day
s August 6 to August 7 in Vergennes, Vermont: Rabble in Arms
s August 6 to August 7 in Howes Cave, New York: A Legacy of Excellence
s August 7 in Louisville, Kentucky: Hemp Festival
s August 7 in LaFox, Illinois: Antique Tool Show & Sale
s August 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Moravian History Speaker Series:-Salem: City of Peace
s August 10 to August 11 in Manchester, New Hampshire: MidWeek in Manchester Antiques Show
s August 10 in Ticonderoga, New York: Pavilion Promenade
s August 11 to August 13 in Manchester, New Hampshire: 59th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show
s August 12 to August 15 in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
s August 12 to August 15 in Nantucket, Massachusetts: Nantucket Summer Antiques Show
s August 13 in Howes Cave, New York: A Song, A Dance, and A Story to Be Told
s August 13 in Edgewater, Maryland: War of 1812
s August 13 to August 14 in Bishop Hill, Illinois: Clay and Fiber Festival
s August 13 to August 14 in Youngstown, New York: Soldiers of the Revolution
s August 13 to August 14 in Tacoma, Washington: Brigade Encampment
s August 13 to August 14 in Prescott, Arizona: Summer Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts
s August 13 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: 250th Anniversary Community Day
s August 13 in Darien, Georgia: Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
s August 13 to August 14 in Old Bennington, Vermont: Living History Encampment
s August 13 to August 14 in Limestone, Tennessee: Crockett Days
s August 14 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania: Living History Theater
s August 14 in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Colonial Music
s August 14 in Addison, Vermont: Blast from the Past: Historic Clock and Watches Afternoon
s August 14 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania: A Musical Interlude on the Piazza
s August 17 in Ticonderoga, New York: Pavilion Promenade
s August 18 in Osterville, Massachusetts: Annual Antiques Show
s August 19 to August 21 in Liverpool, New York: Madison-Bouckville Big Field Antiques Show
s August 19 to August 20 in Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Barnstable Antiques Show and Sale
s August 20 to August 21 in Deerfield, Massachusetts: Flax and Linen: Following the Thread from Past to Present
s August 20 to August 21 in Perrysburg, Ohio: Life in Early Ohio
s August 20 to August 21 in Bedford, Pennsylvania: A Living History Weekend
s August 20 to August 21 in Historic Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Eighth Annual Living History Event
s August 21 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania: Open Hearth Cooking
s August 24 in Damariscotta, Maine: Coastal Maine Antiques Show
s August 24 in Ticonderoga, New York: Pavilion Promenade
|EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH|
s August 6 to August 14 in Newbury, New Hampshire: League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair
s August 7 to August 28 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania: Living History Sundays at Pottsgrove Manor
s August 19 to January 8, 2017 in New Haven, Connecticut: Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650—1830