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Heritage Artisans Days

Heritage Artisans Days is going Virtual for 2021!

Historic New Harmony invites schoolchildren to New Harmony, Indiana virtually to experience what life was like in the 1800s through the eyes of a variety of period artisans. This year we welcome back artisans who specialize in paper marbling, broom making and blacksmithing, to name just a few. During the week of April 12-16, we will bring you a new artisan each day to demonstrate their craft and talk about life in the 1800s via Zoom, free of charge. We will have three identical demonstrations each day, 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. so, you can pick the time that is most convenient for your class schedule. 

Schedule: 
Monday April, 12th
Paper Marbler: John Bielik is an itinerant artisan, instructor and living history interpreter. John's paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg and the Atheneum at Historic New Harmony.

Tuesday, April 13th
Broom Maker: Claudie Parson will be making brooms. As an old-time trade, brooms have been created by hand as a means of cleaning cherished homes.

Wednesday, April 14th
Potter: Tom Wintczak demonstrates the techniques and styles of pottery making of the early 1800s. He demonstrates how the Harmonist made their pottery through the style of Sgraffito. 

Thursday, April 15th
Fur Trader: Tony Gerard displays the lucrative fur trade of the early 1800s through his many furs and hides. He shows what it was like living in the wilderness and the interactions between European Americans and Native Americans. 

Friday, April 16th
Blacksmith: John Lovin demonstrates metal working using the centuries old techniques of blacksmithing, using a coal forge, anvil and various hand tools commonly used in a blacksmith shop of 200 years ago. The work and products will reflect how people worked in a blacksmith shop of 1800.

Tinsmith

Tinsmith

Jeff Goris showcasing the art of tinsmithing.

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Beekeeping

Beekeeping

Students can expect to see the 1800's techniques of beekeeping.

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Candle dipping

Candle dipping

People in the early 1800's made candles from the tallow or animal fat in a hand dipped process.

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Oculus

Oculus

Students can step into a converted pioneer cabin to experience a camera obscura – a walk-in pinhole camera.

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1800's Games

Games

Visit the Salomon Wolf House for kids games.

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1800s Doctor

Doctor

Albert Roberts presents an interactive 19th century medical presentation. Albert Roberts will share his strange and obscure medical and scientific knowledge of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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School groups interested in attending Heritage Artisans Days should contact Paul Goodman at  or 812-682-4488.

Lesson Plans:

New Harmony Building and Art Exploration
Artisan Exploration
New Harmony Economics 1814-Present

Activities for Heritage Artisans Days

Bingo Activities

  1. Paper Marbler
  2. Broom Maker
  3. Potter
  4. Fur Trader
  5. Blacksmith

Coloring Pages

  1. Artisan coloring Pages

Sponsoring an Artisan

Learn about becoming a Heritage Artisans Days Sponsor

Partners

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