AUGUST 2012

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EYE ON ANTIQUES: REVOLUTION IN WOMENíS FASHION

Social and political upheaval in the late 1700s and early 1800s influenced even the shape of women’s gowns, altering the silhouette to reflect classical and democratic ideals.

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LESSONS FROM FLINTLOCK FARM

Phil and Beth Wilson are transforming a 1782 Massachusetts farm into a learning center for sustainable agricultural practices and other traditional skills of self-sufficiency.

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LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA: BUILDING OLD

In reconstructing James Anderson’s blacksmith shop and public armoury, tradespeople at Colonial Williamsburg used techniques that seem backwards today.

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ENJOYING SUMMERíS BOUNTY

In summer colonists harvested a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as milk and sweet butter. They ate some immediately and preserved the rest for leaner months to come.

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DIRECTORY OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN CRAFTS

We showcase the best work of today’s traditional artisans in the period rooms of Daniel Royer’s 1812 house and the outbuildings dotting the 107-acre landscape at Renfrew Museum and Park. Includes a full listing of selected artists.

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KEEPING THE TRADITION

The stone house Daniel Royer built in 1812 escaped modernization until 1944, when new owners purchased it as a repository for their Pennsylvania German artifacts. Now owned by the town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Renfrew Museum and Park celebrates 200 years.

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FIRST SHOTS

Three sites lay claim to the first shot in the War of 1812, which pitted the new American republic against Britain for control of the border between America and Canada.

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STORIES IN STERLING

A New-York Historical Society exhibition puts four centuries’ worth of silver masterpieces into their cultural context.

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