Hands-on history

Glastonbury - posted Mar, 22 2013

GLASTONBURY - No need to travel all the way to Williamsburg to experience early America, because the Historical Society of Glastonbury is always bringing history back to life right here in Connecticut. On Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Welles Shipman Ward House, 1944 Main Street, the Historical Society of Glastonbury will be dressed in their colonial best demonstrating 18th century crafts and trades. These crafts and trades were anything but a pastime for American settlers. These trades and crafts were their livelihood and a necessity of life. Demonstrations will include weaving, done by Mary Elva Erf, a nationally recognized weaver and author of books on weaving; counted cross stitch; drop spindle; crewel embroidery; left handed knitting; and much more. Some of the demonstrations also include workshops. Learn about how people lived in the 18th century and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life 200 years ago. This is an event for everyone. Admission is $3 per person and includes demonstrations, entrance to the Welles Shipman Ward house, property, and barns. Small materials fee payable to instructors for workshops. Visit www.hsgct.org for a complete list of demonstrations and workshops.

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