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Keep the Home Fires Burning


Andirons help your fireplace burn hotter and more efficiently, but styles have chenged through the ages, notes Old Sturbridge Village curator Tom Kelleher in our February 2019 issue. Tom tells the origins and history of andirons and how to match them to the style of your fireplace to the period of your home.

Leather Care

In our February 2019 issue, we told you how to care for your leather antiques and noted that you can make your own leather dressings from formulae developed by major institutions—the British Museum and the Central Research Laboratory for Art and Scieince—to help you maintain and preserve your leather goods. You can download these formulae by clicking here.

Christmas Is Here!

We publish our special Christmas issue in September so that you can make holiday plans and have time to order custom-made products that will be ready as gifts on the big day. Copies are already on their way to subscribers (and most should have them by now) and it should be on the newsstand through the holiday—although that's often up to the whims of the newsstand manager—ask for a copy if you don’t see it. What's inside? Read further to find out.  [MORE]

A Brownsburg Cabin Christmas

Now available, our new holiday book A Brownsburg Cabin Christmas: Traditions and Friendship in a Small Virginia Town with text and photographs by Early American Life contributing editor Winfield Ross.

In the small village of Brownsburg, Virginia, five families celebrate the season by gathering with neighbors to strengthen friendships and traditions and by decorating their historic cabins. Some of these sturdy structures have passed from generation to generation.  [MORE]

Archive:

Winterthur Ornaments: In our Christmas issue, we promised you bigger views of some of the
Test Yourself on the Declaration of Independence: Do you think you know A
The Ring of Coincidence: In our August issue in the story about Gill and Patty Sanchez a
Honor the Flag: Flag Day reminds us how often we forget to honor our flag—last Memorial
Jamestown and Yorktown Showcase 2018 Directory: The 2018 Directory of Trad
Prario House Details: In our December 2017 issue, we promised more details about Rich Prar
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