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Historic Trades

Historic Trades are offered at various times throughout the year. Qualified instructors, proficient in their skill, teach classes in weaving, spinning, open hearth cooking, basket weaving, painting, chair caning, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broom making, tusk carving and many more. You can also learn to identify native plants and trees during a nature trail tour, and watch our heritage breed oxen team work in the field.

For more information and to register for classes, please call 800-654-4645

Open Hearth Cooking

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / $35

Students will cook favorite dishes of Civil War re-enactors in the hearth kitchen. They will then share the meal as their lunch. Class limited to 6 students.

Basket Weaving: Market Basket

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / $45

Each student will complete a market basket about 11 inches in diameter with a handle. Class limited to 8 students. Please bring a bucket for water, towels, scissors and a bag lunch.

Oxen Demonstration

Noon to 12:30 p.m. / Free with Museum admission

Meet our team of heritage breed oxen, Jack and Jim, and watch them work. Please dress for the weather for this outside demonstration. All ages welcome.

Nature Trail Tour

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Free with Museum admission

Take a guided tour of the Museum’s Nature Trail and learn to identify native plants and trees. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. All ages welcome.

Hearth Broom Making

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / $35

Students will learn the history of broom making and make a hearth broom from broom corn and a natural handle.

Just for Kids: Make Your Own Garden Gnome

10 a.m. to Noon / $25

Children age 8 to 12 will create and glaze a Garden Gnome. Gnomes will be fired at Shiloh Pottery Studio and returned to the Museum for pick up beginning April 23. Class limited to 10 students. Please wear clothes suitable for working with clay

Basket Weaving: Egg/Melon Basket

Noon to 3:30 p.m. / $35

Each student will complete a melon or egg basket. Class limited to 8 students. Please bring a bucket for water, towels, scissors and a bag lunch.

Splint and Rush Chair Caning

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / $90

Learn how to replace a rush or make a new splint seat for a chair. Participants must bring their own chair. The list of tools will be provided after class registration, depending on the type of chair. Please bring a bag lunch.

Beginner Tinsmithing

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / $150

Using tools and techniques from tinsmiths of the 1800s, each student will create a biscuit cutter, wall sconce, candle holder and lantern. For age 16 and up. Students should bring a ruler that measures 1/16th of an inch, a scratch awl, tinsnips without serrated edges and a bag lunch.

Tusk Carving

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / $110

Students will carve a piece of Wart Hog Tusk into jewelry, a knife handle or other project. Materials and tools are provided. Please bring a bag lunch. NOTE: African Wart Hogs are a protected species. The tusks being used are sold by an authorized government program. The funds collected from the tusk sale are returned to the wart hog propagation program.

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Pricing

April 16th ClassesPrice
Open Hearth Cooking$35
Basket Weaving: Market Basket$45
Oxen DemonstrationFREE with Admission
Nature Trail TourFREE with Admission
April 17th ClassesPrice
Hearth Broom Making$35
Just for Kids: Make Your Own Garden Gnome$25
Basket Weaving: Egg/Melon Basket$35
Two Day ClassesPrice
Splint and Rush Chair Caning$90
Beginner Tinsmithing$150
Tusk Carving$110

Pricing

April 16th ClassesPrice
Open Hearth Cooking$35
Basket Weaving: Market Basket$45
Oxen DemonstrationFREE with Admission
Nature Trail TourFREE with Admission
April 17th ClassesPrice
Hearth Broom Making$35
Just for Kids: Make Your Own Garden Gnome$25
Basket Weaving: Egg/Melon Basket$35
Two Day ClassesPrice
Splint and Rush Chair Caning$90
Beginner Tinsmithing$150
Tusk Carving$110