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February 2016 Source Guide
Places: Questing Leviathan
People: Drawing with Scissors
Clay Tobacco Pipes
Even before Europeans settled the American continent, they had discovered and embraced North American-grown tobacco, smoking it in clay pipes. For re-enactors, clay pipes are the proper accoutrement for any period before the Civil War.
Connecticut Aesthetic in Ohio
Ron and Kathy Wright turned the earliest frame house in Painesville, Ohio, into a showplace for Western Reserve antiques—the type of objects Connecticut pioneers would have brought along as they moved west.
Embracing the Colonial Past
Murrie and Chaya Gayman took little interest in colonial American history until a c. 1750 Pennsylvania house caught their eye. They bought it in 1991, changed their antiques focus, and never looked back.
Lafayette Joined Here
The stone house attorney John Moland had built c. 1750 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hosted a Revolutionary War encampment that included the first official presence of the young French nobleman who helped turn the tide toward American independence.
Winters of Discontent
The Continental Army spent a considerable time during the war at winter encampments. At the worst of these—Morristown and Valley—Forge—frigid weather, disease, and uncertain supply lines took as deadly a toll as enemy fire.
Bacteria not only make food go bad but also can make it taste good. Some of our favorite flavors rely on bacterial fermentation—bread, wine, sauerkraut, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. We offer a few sample recipes to try.
Decoys for Home and Hunt
A master artisan in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts offers a short history of decoy making and a step-by-step process for crafting one of your own, either to display on your mantel or lure waterfowl to your local pond.
Oven-Baked Wigs and Other Tales
Seeking to explain a historical artifact or practice that seems odd or different often results in a historical myth. While some myths contain a nugget of truth—hatters, for instance, did go mad from mercury poisoning—most are just that.
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