Calendar from May 13 to June 13:

This listing was prepared well in advance of the events below. Many of the events have since been postponed or cancelled as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now a pandemic. If you must (or choose) to attend any of the events listed below, we suggest you call and verify that it will be taking place as planned.


   THIS WEEK

May 14 in Perrysburg, Ohio:

Fort Meigs After Dark Lantern Tour—Led by costumed guides, guests tour the fort by lantern light, witness a nighttime musket demonstration, and experience the historic battlefield as soldiers did during the War of 1812. Space is limited. Registration required. For more information: Fort Meigs, (419) 874-4121.

May 14 to May 15 in Mumford, New York:

Antique Show—Show features approximately 30 dealers from throughout New York State offering furniture, books, paintings, jewelry, silver, textiles, and more. Preview Party on Friday, May 14. For more information: Genesee Country Village & Museum, (585) 538-6822.

May 14 to May 15 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia:

Siege of Fort Randolph—Event features tour of the fort and speaking with costumed re-enactors about 18th century frontier skills. For more information: Fort Randolph

May 15 in St Mary’s City, Maryland:

May Day—Event celebrates the arrival of spring with games and crafts while exploring the beautiful landscape. For more information: Historic St Mary’s City, (800) 762-1634.

May 15 in Norwich, Connecticut:

Living History Begins Outdoors—Event features Colonial home crafts, living history presenters, and more. For more information: Leffingwell House Museum, (860) 889-9440.

May 15 to May 16 in Elizabethton, Tennessee:

27th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga—Event features Colonial and Native reenactors presenting this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee battle with the settlers of the Watauga valley and includes living history camps, period vendors, and battle re-enactments both days. For more information: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, (423) 543-5808.

May 15 in Forest, Virginia:

The Day is Past and Gone-A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest—The dramatic presentation is a trilogy drawn from the real-life experiences of men and women enslaved at Poplar Forest explores the complexity of their lives and their struggles to survive. A Q&A with Teresa Harris, the cast and Poplar Forests archaeologists follows the performance. For more information: Poplar Forest, (434) 525-1806.

   ON-GOING EXHIBITIONS

Now through January 2, 2023 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

To Arm against an Enemy-Weapons of the Revolutionary War—Exhibit provides a deeper understanding of the instruments of war as the weapons take center stage and features approximately 70 muskets, carbines and rifles, bayonets, pistols and swords as used by Loyalists, American patriots, Hessians and British “red coats” in battles on land and at sea. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through January 1, 2022 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Maritime Art Gallery—Installation offers a global perspective on the creative response to the sea, from a 17th-century brass Pakistani astrolabe to Valerie Hagerty’s monumental Shipwrecked Armoire with Barnacles (2012) and artworks that reflect Salem’s rich history of maritime trade and exploration. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (978) 745-9500.

Now through June 30 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

Thrown, Fired, and Glazed-The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond—Second year of the exhibit includes new items and focuses on redware produced in southeastern Pennsylvania but also showcases pieces from England, Germany, New England, the South and the Midwest. The objects date from a 1684 piece to the work of today’s traditional potters. For more information: Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, (717) 569-0401.

Now through June 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Arte Sacra-Roman Catholic Art from Portuguese India—Exhibition reveals both the global influence of European seventeenth- and eighteenth-century styles, as well as the transformation of these styles in the hands of Indian artists. For more information: New Orleans Museum of Art, (504) 658-4100.

Now through June 30 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Textile Arts of Britain-A Commodity for the Colonies—Exhibit focuses on the story of the most important industry in 18th century Great Britain. The 13 British North American colonies were the biggest market for the trade, and more fabric flowed to North America than any other commodity. In the Alaimo Gallery, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through October 3 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Salem Stories—Exhibit features more than 100 works in 26 vignettes about the people, places and events that make Salem the city it is today, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, photographs, natural history specimens, manuscripts, posters, books, and eyewitness accounts. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (866) 745-1876.

Now through March 27, 2022 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Promoting America-Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic—Exhibition features works that range from a 17th-century map depicting the “new World” as a literal Garden of Eden to maps celebrating the newly established United States of America as artists and mapmakers created impressions of the New World that fueled European imagination. Maps served as powerful propaganda tools for colonial expansionists eager to convey the richness and abundance of the land and its inhabitants. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (888) 965-7254.

Now through January 2, 2022 in New York, New York:

Six Decades Collecting Self-Taught Art-Revealing a Diverse and Rich Artistic Narrative—Exhibit conveys the museums deep commitment to studying, preserving, and sharing the complexity, ingenuity, and historical relevance of self-taught art across time, cultures, and place. For more information: American Folk Art Museum, (212) 595-9533.

Now through December 31 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Keeping Time-Tall Case Clocks—Exhibition focuses on the innovation during the late 17th century of telling time to the exact minute and features more than 20 tall case clocks spanning a century of time keeping from 1700 to 1800. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (888) 965-7254.

Now through January 16, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland:

Recent Acquisitions-Expanding the Collection—Exhibit displays 14 recently acquired works representing 700 years of history and features books, paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. For more information: The Walters Art Museum, (410) 547-9000.

Now through December 31 in Winterthur, Delaware:

Bearing Witness—Installation provides a more transparent view of the collections through objects that bear witness to the people, encounters, and entanglements of American communities over time. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.

Now through January 9, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts:

Collecting Stories-The Invention of Folk Art—Exhibition tells the history and evolution of the term folk art, a cultural construction invented in the early 20th century by artists, collectors, and curator, and includes works that offer insight into everyday American life by painters, hobbyists, and skilled artisans without a formal arts education. For more information: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 267-9300.

Now through December 31 in Winterthur, Delaware:

With Hammer in Hand-A Story of Early American Craftsmen—As part of its 70th anniversary, Winterthur celebrates an American treasure by updating the Dominy Gallery of hand tools, furniture, clocks, business records, and family papers. The collection opens a fascinating window into skilled craftwork, trade, and material life in the racially diverse community of East Hampton, Long Island, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.

Now through November 17 in Baltimore, Maryland:

Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones: A Celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence (1821"2021)—Exhibition commemorates Mexican and Central American independence from Spain exploring the cultural exchange between Indigenous and European peoples. For more information: The Walters Art Museum, (410) 547-9000.

Now through October 3 in St. Louis, Missouri:

Signed in Silk-Introducing a Sacred Jewish Textile—Exhibit brings together a selection of devotional textiles used in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim contexts as well as highly fashionable secular textiles made in or imported to Europe and features the Torah Ark Curtain (Parokhet), an 18th-century Italian tour de force of needlework and rich metallic embroidery on a shimmering azure-blue silk ground. For more information: Saint Louis Art Museum, (314) 721-0072.

Now through December 31 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma:

Sequoyah-An American Icon—Exhibit celebrates the bicentennial of the Cherokee syllabary in 1821 and explores Sequoyahs life and contributions made to the Cherokee people while examining how his name and image have been embedded in the nations identity to the extent he maintains a unique position in American symbolism. For more information: Cherokee National History Museum, (877) 779-6977.

Now through December 31 in Cooperstown, New York:

Elegant Line/Powerful Shape-Elements of Native American Art—Exhibit explores how Native American artists created art using a universal language comprised of visual elements " line, color, and shape and combine these elements in an infinite array of creative combinations based on cultural influences and styles as well as personal preferences and material limitations. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.

Now through December 31 in Cooperstown, New York:

Karl Bodmer-Travels in North America Prints of Watercolors by Karl Bodmer (1809-1893)—Exhibit showcases the watercolors and sketches of the Swiss born artist Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) made when he embarked on a voyage into the furthest reaches of the American Interior between 1832 and 1834, providing the earliest visual accounts of the west to reach the general public. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.

Now through July 25 in Cooperstown, New York:

Hamilton’s Final Act-Enemies and Allies—Exhibit focuses on the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that led to the eventual confrontation in Weehawken, New Jersey and includes thirty-four original documents relating to the events, including original correspondence, drafts of correspondence, and reports. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.

Now through July 25 in New York, New York:

Karl Bodmer-North American Portraits—Exhibit features 35 portraits along with 6 landscape and genre scenes and several aquatints arranged in three gallery spaces corresponding geographically to the 5000-mile round-trip journey from Saint Louis to present-day Montana. For more information: The Met Fifth Avenue, (212) 535-7710.

Now through May 29 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:

Historical Craft Classes—Adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. See website for classes, dates and times. Registration required. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (508) 347-0290.

Now through December 31 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

A Gift to the Nation-The Joseph and June Hennage Collection—Exhibit highlights the focused collecting of the late Joe and June Hennage, who strove to acquire great examples of furniture and silver from important colonial centers including Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, and the Connecticut River Valley. In the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through December 31 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

New Early American Galleries—The new Early American Art galleries, a 10,000-square-foot space, has been installed to tell the story of how Philadelphia became the young nation’s cultural capital, and how Black, Indigenous, and Latinx artists contributed to the development of American art. For more information: Philadelphia Museum of Art, (215) 763-8100.

Now through September 19 in Charleston, South Carolina:

The Lawn Party-From Satin to Seersucker—Exhibit explores celebratory fashions of the outdoor party from c.1800 to the present, and the joy of getting dressed up to be outside. For more information: Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.

   LATER THIS MONTH

May 21 to May 23 in Ticonderoga, New York: Twenty-Fifth Annual War College of the Seven Years War

May 22 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky: Needlework & Rug Making Demonstration

May 22 to May 23 in Forest, Virginia: Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours

May 28 to May 31 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Memorial Day Weekend with the Museum

May 29 to May 30 in Perrysburg, Ohio: First Siege 1813

May 29 to May 30 in Youngstown, New York: Soldiers through the Ages

May 29 to May 31 in Ticonderoga, New York: Memorial Day

May 29 to May 30 in Vincennes, Indiana: Spirit of Vincennes

June 2 in Mount Vernon, Virginia: Martha Washingtons Birthday Celebration

June 4 in Mackinaw City, Michigan: The Kings Birth-day Celebration

June 4 to June 6 in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania: Virtual Penn Dry Goods Market

June 4 to June 5 in Elizabethton, Tennessee: Liberty-The Saga of Sycamore Shoals

June 5 to June 6 in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois: 50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous

June 5 to June 6 in Lewes, Delaware: Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

   EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH

May 29 to October 3 in Salem, Massachusetts: In American Waters

June 2 to August 29 in Shelburne, Vermont: Revisiting America-The Prints of Currier & Ives

June 2 to October 17 in Shelburne, Vermont: Painting a Nation

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