The trade and craft demonstrations run every Saturday through September, replacing the Living History Saturdays from the past two years.
“This new approach allows each volunteer demonstrator to show off their skills and provides something different each week for the visitor to see,” said Michael Knecht, site administrator.
Demonstrations began Saturday, April 5 with blacksmithing and will continue this Saturday, April 12 with a lesson in 19th Century Food Ways.
Other demos scheduled are bread baking or cooking, gardening, woodworking, children’s games and textiles.
The live demonstrations are featured as part of the regular tour of the National Historic Landmark.
Visitors pay the price of admission and take the regular historic tour through the village. The trade, craft or activity is featured at the end. Tours begin at the visitor center, 270 16th St., and run at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
- The Art of Blacksmithing: April 5, May 17, June 28, and Aug. 16
- 19th Century Food Ways: April 12, May 24, July 5, and Aug. 23
- Niceties and Necessities, Various Trades and Crafts: April 19, May 31, July 19, and Aug 30.
- Meet the Gardeners: April 26, June 7, July 26, and Sept. 6
- Planes and Games: Woodworking and children’s activities: May 3, June 14, Aug. 2 and Sept. 30
- The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles: May 10, June 21, Aug. 9 and Sept. 27.