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Deadline Extended

Because of the deadline fell on a holiday (Martin Luther King Day), the post office was closed, and bad weather—cold temperatures and near-blizzards—kept some prospective participants from getting their entries sent, several artists requested that we extend the deadline for submissions for the 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Accordingly, we have extended the deadline for one week. Entries for the 2018 Directory must be postmarked January 22, 2018, or before.

The Directory, regarded as the “Oscars” of handworked American arts and crafts, lists the artists judged the best in America by a jury of museum curators, authors, collectors, and other experts. You can't be selected for this honor if you don't enter.

Applications for the 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts are now available by clicking here. Again, your entry must be postmarked January 22, 2018, or earlier for you to qualify for judging and inclusion in the Directory. If you have questions, you may call us at 440-543-8566. Those selected will be listed in the August 2018 issue of Earky American Life.

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]

Prario House Details

In our December 2017 issue, we promised more details about Rich Prario's house in Hampton, Connecticut. Rich was kind enough to compile all of his notes about the house, and we now make them available to you simmply by clicking here. We've made a second version with additional photos as well. This is a large file, 20 megabytes, which you can download by clicking here.

Armatures Still Available

The wrought iron armatures for building your own hangings and centerpieces, as featured in our Christmas 2016 issue, remain available. Pennsylvania blacksmith David J. Krzeminski, who makes each one by hand on his own forge outside of Pittsburgh, is back at work after recuperating from the unexpectly high demand for his craftsmanship before the Christmas holiday.  [MORE]


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