Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Lost Trades Fair (Kyneton, Victoria, Australia)

Planned:

Silhouettes By Hand will make its Australia debut at the very popular Lost Trades Fair, a celebration of trades and crafts that need to be celebrated, remembered, and cherished

"Lost Trades celebrates the art of skilled manual work, ancient crafts and rare trades, the special tools, traditions, languages and secrets that go hand in hand with these trades, passed down through generations.  Many crafts and trades have been lost to history; traditional trades and industries that once were the backbone to building our country have fallen from our landscape in the wake of new technology, mass production and an 'on demand' culture. 

The Lost Trades Fair was established to change this; these trades and the incredible artisans and real makers who continue to pursue these trades as a career deserve a platform to showcase their skills, incredible craftsmanship and share their knowledge. 
The Fair will inspire you and show you what hard work, following a passion and true craftsmanship is about.   
Come, meet the makers and be inspired. "

Information will come soon.

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May
19
to May 20

Spring Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flowering plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Order nails from the Blacksmith or make your own Corn Husk Doll to become your new best friend . Lunch might be fresh vegetables, roast chicken, sausages and bread. Lemonade and sugar cakes from the Sweets stand and wine or ale from the Tavern provide a break from shopping and the other business of the Fair.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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May
26
to May 28

Civil War Remembrance at the Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm (Sat: event to 9pm; Silhouettes until 7pm)

At America’s largest open-air museum, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry, period musicians, artisans, and civilians enliven an entire weekend to challenge the many viewpoints of the Civil War period.

Silhouettes By Hand is a special invited guest artist, cutting silhouette portraits while interpreting portraiture in a new photographic age. An additional interpretation about the “science” of physiognomy rounds out the experience in this traveling artist studio under canvas.

What is freedom? What is liberty? These questions continue to define us. Bone-deep convictions on all sides split our young country in the mid-1800s. Civil War America is colored by a sense of fierce community, as well as the scorched-earth division of North and South. Join the beset citizenry, as they rise above wartime challenges to clothe, feed and entertain one another. Spend the day steeped in the atmosphere that drew 3 million to the battlefield and an estimated 750,000 to their graves. What did it feel like to fight on your own soil? Immersed amongst Union and Confederate living history soldiers, historians, presentations, 1860s fashions and street clothing, and military demonstrations, you might begin to comprehend the circumstances that ended slavery and killed today’s equivalent of 7.5 million people.

Event Page link: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Autumn Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you.  Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Holidays at Hampton (Baltimore, MD)

  • Hampton Mansion National Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Silhouettes by Hand will be cutting silhouette portraits at the "Lower House" on Sunday, Dec 10, 2018, from 12-4pm. We will be continuing in the theme of the 1860s at Hampton Mansion. There is no fee for silhouettes, but there will be timed-tickets for your silhouette: first-come, first served.
One silhouette portrait per sitter. One sitter per silhouette "ticket".


Order Online if you miss this event:
If you do not get your silhouette made at the event, feel free to order your own silhouette portraits from the website: two (2) or more silhouettes available. Here is the link to order online

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LINK: https://www.nps.gov/hamp/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=493773DD-1DD8-B71B-0BDCF8B8D6FAC8DD

You are invited to Find Your Park at Hampton NHS where the National Park Service continues to preserve a diverse story of American life over 200 years of change and growth. Come be a part of our annual celebration "Holidays at Hampton: Through the Generations" and explore the Christmas traditions of Hampton from 1790 to the modern era. Learn also how the National Park Service preserves these resources in order to share those stories. In the mansion step into regency era styled holiday gala, on the farm see how holiday celebrations differed greatly by culture and class, and in the Orangery watch media presentations to learn the role of the National Park Service in preserving Hampton's structures, landscapes, and collections. 

PARKING/SHUTTLE:
Free parking and continuous shuttle bus service available from Towson United Methodist Church up the street from Hampton NHS at 501 Hampton Lane. Times of shuttle bus are: Saturday, Dec 9th, 12pm-9pm and Sunday December 10, 12pm-6pm. 

Here are some of the festivities visitors can enjoy for FREE at Hampton NHS:

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th: 10am-8pm

Mansion
10:00am Guided Mansion Tour—Join our volunteer docents as they guide you through seven generations of life at Hampton Hall.
11:00 Guided  Mansion  Tour
1:00pm–4:00pm Open House—Travel through decades of American history as you tour the mansion and learn about life and Christmas traditions at Hampton Hall.
1:00pm–3:00pm  “Lady with a Harp” in the Great Hall—Enjoy a live musical performance by Elaine Bryant, The American Harp Society, Charm City Chapter.
3:00pm–5:00pm  Music in the parlor—Enjoy a performance by Anita Avery as she plays the piano in the parlor.
6:00pm–8:00pm “Candlelight” Open House—Travel through decades of American history as you make your way room to room  and learn about life and Christmas traditions at Hampton Hall.

Farm and Lower House
12:00pm–4:00pm Period Arts and Crafts—Come to the Lower House to make vintage holiday cards, corn husk dolls, and garlands
12:00 pm - Storytelling Hour with Griots' Circle of Maryland member, Gordan Parks.
2:00pm “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters” Farm Tour
with Ranger Anokwale
Visitor Contact Station  and Gift Shop (Open 9am–8pm)
6:00pm–8:00pm Christmas Caroling with The Larks in the Great Hall

Free Cider and cookies available at the Visitor Contact Station (5pm–8pm)
 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th: 10am-4pm

Mansion
10:00am Guided Mansion Tour
11:00am Guided  Mansion  Tour
1:00pm–4:00pm Open House
1:00 pm–3:00 pm  Lori Peters of the American Harp Society, Charm City Chapter in the Great Hall
 3 pm - 4 pm Pleasant Hope Baptist Church will sing songs of the seasons in the Great Hall

Farm and Lower House
12:00pm–4:00pm  Period Arts and Crafts
12:00pm  “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters” Farm Tour
12:00pm–4:00pm Hand-Made Silhouettes by Lauren Muney (Lower House)

Visitor Contact Station and Gift Shop (Open 9:00–4:30)
*Schedule of Events Updated 11/1/2017

 

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Dec
9
1:30 PM13:30

Silhouettes History Lecture and Portraits: Winter Woods Weekend (Wheaton, MD)

  • Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, MNCPPC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Silhouettes By Hand traditional artist Lauren Muney will be presenting about the history of silhouettes in our past and present, and then cutting a few silhouettes for attendees.

$5 per person                                                                                                         

"Silhouette portraiture was a vital aspect of early 19th-century life in the United States.  Historian and artist Lauren Muney will entertain and amaze with her skilled hand-made, hand-cut portraits.  10 lucky attendees will be selected to pose for Lauren and take home their own portrait." (https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/winter-woods-weekend/)


 

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually (Tacoma, WA)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm.

Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire. Throughout the day, guests of all ages can join in parlor games, make ornaments, and create pomanders. Father Christmas will be available for visits and photos.

Silhouettes By Hand will be providing freehand-cut traditional silhouette portraits period to our historic era of 1855. (In this era, photography has been invented but is not widespread; silhouettes have been popular for decades and thus adorn walls of many houses. Silhouettes are "old friends" in the households of the entire USA and its Territories). Visitors will be served using a 'timed ticket' system so that no one has to stand in line for longer than a few moments!

Link to event is here

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Nov
1
to Dec 13

Holiday Mail-Orders For Silhouettes! (Nationwide)

During the Holiday season, please order Silhouette portraits from the comfort of your home!

Mail Order is the easiest way to request and receive silhouette portraits. From your own home, office, or anyplace you have Internet signal, you can:

  1. Order silhouettes, and mats or frames
  2. Pay securely with a credit card, Pay Pal, or Apple Pay
  3. Send the profile photos of your sitter(s)
  4. Sit back and rest.

See all the Order information on the Order page.

Dec 13 is the last day to order whereby a Christmas Delivery can be honestly assured.

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

Autumn Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you.  Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Harvest Ball (Baltimore MD)

  • Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Homewood Museum invites you to revel in an unforgettable evening of frivolous pleasure. This exclusive, third biennial HARVEST BALL recreates the entertaining atmosphere of the Carroll family’s early 1800s country house, Homewood, today a museum of Johns Hopkins University. Experience an enraptured autumn’s eve with a sparkling wine reception in the museum, a harvest-themed seated dinner served under the gala tent, live music, and amusements drawn from Homewood’s historical Federal-era past.

Silhouettes by Hand will be providing silhouette portraits during the Harvest Ball and part of the Fall Frolick After Party.

Link to events calendar is here

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Sep
16
to Sep 17

Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair (VA)

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The finest traditional craftspeople come together on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate to bring you the highest-quality handmade work in a historical setting.

Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more.

General Washington will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.

Silhouettes By Hand has been a favorite artisan at this event for six years, creating silhouette portraits and selling the finest rare frames for the historically inspired visitors and guests.

The Event link is here: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair/

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum website is here, including maps, fascinating facts, other events through the year, and its own app: http://www.mountvernon.org/

 

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Sep
2
to Sep 3

The Fair at New Boston (Springfield, OH)

Step 200 years back in time at the 35th Annual Fair at New Boston! You will be captivated by the illusion of time travel to 1790 - 1810. All the music, entertainment, clothing, methods of cooking, foods served, merchandise booths, and equipment used by the artisans are juried (or judged) to assure authenticity to the period. The Fair is held on an actual historic site: the Battle of Peckuwe and the Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko and later the town of New Boston. All are now gone and are replaced by George Rogers Clark Park.

Fair information is found on its own website

 

 

 

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Jul
15
11:00 AM11:00

Summer Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the summer, sit in the shade and savor roast chicken and spicy sausages, enjoy dancing and singing with the fiddler, test your water color and writing skills with Mr. Andrews at the Stationer. Muster with the militia and re-outfit your home in furniture from the Cabinet Maker. Only at Market Fair can you catch up on the latest news from the frontier and trade stories while enjoying local ale and porter at the Tavern. Try hands-on crafts such as spinning and dyeing, and shop for goods from the finest merchants in the Colonies.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Jun
24
to Jun 25

American Philosophic Society Museum (Philadelphia, PA)

  • American Philosophical Society Museum, Philosophical Hall (adjacent to Independence Hall) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Silhouettes By Hand present a lecture program with silhouette portraits afterwards at the American Philosophic Society Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

The theme will be the famous Peale family, and their connection to the popular pre-photographic portrait form. This program is connected to the exhibit Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia (http://apsmuseum.org/curious-revolutionaries-the-peales-of-philadelphia/)

Event information and link for tickets are here

The Peales were an extraordinary early American family, curious in every sense of the word. They were patriots, soldiers, politicians, inventors, explorers, naturalists, entrepreneurs, and world-class, ever busy tinkerers. Above all, the Peales embraced the Enlightenment ideal to expand man’s universal knowledge while improving life on earth.

Charles Willson and his brother James began as portrait-painters and miniaturists on the eve of the Revolution. In 1786, Charles Willson Peale converted his portrait studio into the nation’s first successful public museum, housed in the American Philosophical Society from 1794 to 1810. By educating the American public and increasing man’s understanding of the natural world, Charles Willson Peale believed his museum would cultivate a more enlightened citizenry and advance America’s prestige around the world. The second and third generations of aptly named Peales—most notably Rembrandt, Rubens, Benjamin Franklin, and Titian Ramsay—continued the family business as significant artists, naturalists, and inventors.

On view April to December, 2017, Curious Revolutionaries reveals the Peale family’s role in shaping early American public culture through innovations in art, science, and technology. Through their quest for personal prestige, as well as their commitment to advancing the new American republic, the Peales became influential members of Philadelphia’s artistic, intellectual, and political communities.

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Fairfax County's 275th Anniversary (Fairfax, VA)

Join the Fairfax County history community as the county celebrates its 275th Anniversary on the grounds adjacent to the historic Courthouse in Fairfax. The day's events which are free and open to the public include: family friendly activities, live entertainment, history exhibits, living history, historical organization booths and displays and more!  

A colonial market fair and food trucks will be on site as dining options and the event will feature speeches from county officials and guests throughout the day.  Come join us for a day of historical fun!

Silhouettes By Hand will be cutting silhouettes at this "historic" event, wearing the clothing of the heyday of silhouettes - the Federal period. Anyone can listen for free to the stories of the historical silhouette artists, and anyone can take home their own silhoeutte for a small fee.

More information on this signature event is here: http://www.fxva.com/event/fairfax-countys-275th-anniversary-celebration/18028/

The Facebook page with updates is here: https://www.facebook.com/Fairfax275/

With the other celebrations shown here, on the main page: http://www.fxva.com/275/

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Jun
9
to Jun 13

ALHFAM Annual Conference (Rochester, NY)

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums serves those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklife. Since its founding in 1970, ALHFAM has been at the forefront of the growth and professionalization of the use of living history techniques in museum programs.

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

ALHFAM members and member institutions can be found across the United States and Canada and in many other countries.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Arkansas Statehood 1836 (Little Rock, AR)

Held in downtown Little Rock, the Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum, the state of Arkansas travels back in time to its Statehood 1836:

Visitors are now "the new residents" of the new state of Arkansas, in the year 1836. Each visitor-grouping (or single visitors) will be given an identity packet of people from 1836, and a mission to accomplish. This is called Live Action Role Play - the visitors, instead of just watching the living history unfolding around them, will have the opportunity to participate in 1836 by accomplishing the mission as set forth in their identity packet. (Free of charge).

This year's theme is "Work & Play". The living historians will be demonstrating trades and skills of 1836, many of them able to invite the visitors to try the skills and trades. The 1830s was a time of change, as the Industrial Revolution starts creating mass-made objects in factories.

Silhouettes by Hand will be freehand-scissoring silhouette portraits, one of the trades of the 1830s, but which will be fading soon and photography (the new fad) starts entering the states and territories in the early 1840s. In the 1830s, the rich and soon-to-be-rich felt comfortable is ostentatious clothing in incredible widths and decor, and they liked recording their images.

Location link for the location of Silhouettes By Hand at Statehood (the Old State House Museum): http://www.oldstatehouse.com/Visit-Us/hours-location

Sponsored by Arkansas Heritage

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May
27
to May 29

Civil War Remembrance at the Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm (Sat: event to 9pm; Silhouettes until 7pm)

At America’s largest open-air museum, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry, period musicians, artisans, and civilians enliven an entire weekend to challenge the many viewpoints of the Civil War period.

Silhouettes By Hand is a special invited guest artist, cutting silhouette portraits while interpreting portraiture in a new photographic age. An additional interpretation about the “science” of physiognomy rounds out the experience in this traveling artist studio under canvas.

What is freedom? What is liberty? These questions continue to define us. Bone-deep convictions on all sides split our young country in the mid-1800s. Civil War America is colored by a sense of fierce community, as well as the scorched-earth division of North and South. Join the beset citizenry, as they rise above wartime challenges to clothe, feed and entertain one another. Spend the day steeped in the atmosphere that drew 3 million to the battlefield and an estimated 750,000 to their graves. What did it feel like to fight on your own soil? Immersed amongst Union and Confederate living history soldiers, historians, presentations, 1860s fashions and street clothing, and military demonstrations, you might begin to comprehend the circumstances that ended slavery and killed today’s equivalent of 7.5 million people.

Event Page link: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance

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May
20
to May 21

Spring Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flowering plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Order nails from the Blacksmith or make your own Corn Husk Doll to become your new best friend . Lunch might be fresh vegetables, roast chicken, sausages and bread. Lemonade and sugar cakes from the Sweets stand and wine or ale from the Tavern provide a break from shopping and the other business of the Fair.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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May
6
11:00 AM11:00

May Fair at Pottsgrove Manor (PA)

  • Pottsgrove Manor, Montgomery County Parks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring the whole family out to welcome spring at this annual event! Held each year on the first Saturday in May, Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial May Fair is a local tradition. Visitors can come back year after year and see something new and different at each year's fair. Guests can enjoy a variety of 18th century entertainments, including magic shows, music, puppet theater, and the traditional dance around the colorful Maypole. There are games, contests, and activities for young visitors. Early American crafters give demonstrations of historic trades and sell their wares, and food vendors offer tasty treats. Stay tuned for more information about next year's fair!

Silhouettes By Hand will be a featured artisan, cutting silhouettes for interested people and weaving tidbits of history into the experience. Come feel like you are stepping back into the 18th century with your own Colonial era portrait, made in moments - ready to take home.

Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. ... As a successful ironmaster and merchant, John Potts, was appointed Justice of the Peace and Judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. He was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly from both Berks and Philadelphia Counties.

Although only four acres of original property remain today, Pottsgrove Manor has lost none of its original charm and architectural beauty. The mansion has been restored to recreate the lifestyle and times of the Potts family. Pottsgrove Manor is open year-round for guided tours, as well as public programs, school tours, lectures, and workshops. A museum shop on site offers a fine selection of 18th century reproduction items, books, toys, and more.

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Civil War Day in Fairfax (Fairfax, VA)

Historic Blenheim celebrates its Civil War history, and the history of the region with a special day of activities, historic artisans and vendors, presentations, reenactors, and museum tours.

Silhouettes By Hand will be cutting silhouettes for visitors (for a fee) as well as presenting on the fascinating "sciences" of Physiognomy and Phrenology (no additional fee). Visitors will also be able to review Physiognomy display on their own, or participate in lively presentation.

Historic Blenheim is a central-hall plan brick farmhouse built by Albert Willcoxon (c. 1859) just prior to the Civil War (1861-65). It is nationally significant for the voluminous quantity and quality of examples of Civil War inscriptions. More than 120 signatures, pictographs, games, and thoughts were left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area in 1862-63. This "diary on walls" provides insight into typical soldier life and extends to the effect of this war on local residents--such as the Willcoxon family--and free and enslaved people of African descent.

The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim further interprets the site's history and the Civil War in the greater Fairfax area. In the exhibition gallery, house inscriptions, and pictographs from the house are reproduced and discussed in detail in the replica attic with full-scale images. The gallery also includes an illustrated timeline of Civil War events, artifacts that interpret the everyday soldier, biographies of several of the wall signers, and temporary displays.

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Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

Yuletide at Hampton Mansion NHS (Towson, MD)

Silhouettes By Hand once again cuts silhouettes for guests at the Hampton Holidays event in the Lower House. First-come, first-served - the silhouettes ends at 4pm (the line will be cut off to end at 4pm).



Event information is here :

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT “HOLIDAYS AT HAMPTON”

Towson, Maryland. Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton National Historic Site.  Visitors will experience over 2 centuries of holiday traditions at Towson’s only National Park – all of the festivities are free and open to the public.  Special evening tours, period crafts, live music and songs of the season, African American storytelling and holiday shopping in the gift shop are just part of the revelries taking place during the “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend of Saturday, December 10 through Sunday, December 11, 2016.

“Find Your Park”! This year, Hampton NHS also celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service – when Hampton Plantation became a National Park in 1948, it was the first National Park designated for its architectural significance.  From the Mansion, described in 1790 as a “palace in the wilderness” to the authentic stone Slave Quarters to the original Lower House/Overseer's house, feel the magic of the holiday season like you’ve never felt it before at Hampton National Historic Site this December!

Free parking and continuous shuttle bus service available from the Towson United Methodist Church at 501 Hampton Lane. 

Mansion activities:

  • 10 am, 11 am: Hourly Guided Tours of the Mansion
  • 1 pm - 4 pm: “Open House” starts at 1 pm.  Hampton Mansion will feature an open house where visitors will be able to walk through at their own pace. Park staff & docents will be available to tell the exciting stories of Hampton at Yuletide. Each room will highlight how Christmas was celebrated at different periods during which the Ridgely family lived at Hampton, from 1790 - 1948. Learn how the holidays were observed by the Ridgely family, their enslaved African Americans and European indentured servants on the estate.
  • 1 pm - 4 pm:  Enjoy live harp music in the Great Hall!   Performed by the talented harpist, Elaine Bryant.

FARM Activities:

  • Noon - 1 pm: African American Storytelling at the Lower House: Join Ranger and storyteller Anowkale as she describes the Yuletide season at Hampton from the enslaved African-American perspective.
  • Noon - 4 pm: Period arts and crafts in the lower house for the entire family.
  • 1 pm - 4 pm: Silhouettes! Visit the Lower House and get a hand-made silhouette. Such silhouettes were given as gifts during the holiday season in the early 1800s. Lauren Muney is an award-winning artist of traditional silhouettes. First come, first served, free to the public.

In the Orangery:  

  • 10 am - 4 pm:  Enjoy The National Park Service's Centennial Celebration and Hampton National Historic Site on "Find Your Park: How Hampton became a National Historic Site and the National Park Service's Centennial!
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Nov
17
8:30 PM20:30

"Into The Blue" After Hours Event (Smithsonian Museums, Washington DC)

  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A National Portrait Gallery After Hours Event - Featuring the opening of "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait"

Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology. The exhibition “Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait” is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to media art.

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/335453636800888/

Tickets are here

Ticket includes open bar +PLUS+ small bites from our friends, plus SILHOUETTES and many other experiences.

Production info:

 

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Oct
15
to Oct 16

Autumn Colonial Market and Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4:30 each day
At the
 Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the era is 1771, before the American Revolution – enjoy the historic-style farm, farm animals, “townspeople” all in 18th-century clothing, manners, the finest handmade foods, period crafts, historic childrens’ activities, food, drink (adult and common), and fun. Silhouettes By Hand cuts silhouette portraits while in period clothing, talking about this amazing portrait form while creating your historical style profile.  Event information is here.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

1812 Fair and Reenactment (St. Leonard's, MD)

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Step back in time to relive life in the early 1800s: experience militray tactical demonstrations and reenactments, military camp life, live entertainment, historical crafts and trades, music, dancing, food, drinks, hands-on activities, and more.  

In 1814, war reached the shores of Southern Maryland. At the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, on property that is now part of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Maryland’s largest naval engagement occurred. This living history event puts you in the middle of life in Southern Maryland during this time. 

Stay for "Tavern Night" : That evening experience “Patterson’s Pint” full of the sights and sounds of an 1800s tavern featuring entertainment, games, food, and drink! (6pm)

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, State Museum of Archaeology: 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland, more than 65 identified archaeological sites, and 9,000 years of documented human occupation.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is a place full of secrets waiting to be unearthed.  Whether you come to hike our miles of trails, explore our Visitor Center full of interactive exhibits, or to enjoy one of our educational programs or events, you will leave with a greater appreciation for the land and the people who once lived here. JPPM is also the home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts.

Event information is here
 

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Sep
17
to Sep 18

Colonial Market and Fair (Mount Vernon, VA)

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm each day.

Fifty of America's best early American artists demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more. Silhouettes By Hand will be on site with a traveling canvas studio --to cut silhouettes for interested visitors.

“General Washington” will even be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.

Link to the event page: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair

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Sep
3
to Sep 4

Fair at New Boston (Springfield, OH)

  • George Rogers Clark Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Enjoy the sights, smells, craftsmanship, and people in the tumultuous and exciting era of our western frontier, 1790-1810. All the music, entertainment, clothing, methods of cooking, foods served, merchandise booths, and equipment used by the artisans are juried (or judged) to assure authenticity to the period. 

Silhouettes By Hand is a demonstrating artisan - making silhouette portraits live onsite in period-correct clothing and decor.

The Fair at New Boston is held on an actual historic site.  The site of the Battle of Peckuwe and the Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko and later the town named New Boston. All are now gone and are replaced by George Rogers Clark Park.

Event website: The Fair At New Boston

Artisans, and Merchants
Find special treasures in the New Boston Market that you will not find in regular stores. Explore the unique "shops" that surround the public square, in the tents and booths of merchants and artisans.  

Balloon Flight
The Fair at New Boston hot air balloon will be launched from the front of the market area if weather cooperates. Made out of paper and ink this balloon demonstrates how man first got a view from above more than 200 years ago.

Grand Camera Obscura
Near the entrance an oddly shaped tent will most likely be first to catch your attention. It’s the Grand Camera Obscura. Fair attendees can be among a relatively fortunate few who can enjoy this historical scientific attraction, which is just like the one seen in Paris more than 200 years ago. Step into the round tent and be prepared to be amazed.

Entertainment and presentations
Scheduled throughout the day you will find a variety of frontier folks ready to tell their stories; Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone, Eva Lail, and Mad Anne Bailey. This is a great spot to sit on benches in the shade. Twice each day, the Liberty Dancers will demonstrate dances of the time period enjoyed by many of the founding fathers and mothers. Entertainment can be found throughout the Fair. The beautiful Slack Rope Walker has captivated visitors for years. Puppets, magicians, and balladeers set up in various locations throughout the day.

Food and Beverages
Thirsty visitors will find beverages in three taverns, The Black Horse, Littlejohn’s, and the Hickory, in addition to the Dancing Goats Coffee House, which is located right in the middle of everything. Come hungry to the Fair! Enjoy frontier foods: Pork chops, turkey legs, sausages, buffalo meat, chicken and noodles, bean soup, corn, peaches and pound cake, raspberries and cream, creampuffs, bread and butter, pies, green beans and potatoes, cheese bits, and much more will delight even the pickiest eaters.  

Woodland Indian Village
Follow the drums down a forest trail to visit the growing Woodlands Indian Village. This is particularly appropriate since the Fair is on the former site of two Shawnee villages Peckuwe and Kispoko. Handicrafts, games, and demonstrations of Shawnee, Mingo, Miami, Wyandotte, and other tribes are featured. In the middle of each day Tecumseh will visit. This is also one of the coolest places to enjoy on a hot sunny day.

Battle Re-enactment and Cannon
Each afternoon features the excitement of a battle reenactment! Since we are observing the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 we will be focusing on battles of that time period. Our reenactment features militia on foot and on horses, cannons, Shawnee warriors, and Crown troops. 

There is so much to do at the Fair at New Boston that many visitors come back for a second day of fun on Sunday. 

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Jul
16
to Jul 17

Summer Colonial Market and Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4:30 each day
At the
 Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the era is 1771, before the American Revolution – enjoy the historic-style farm, farm animals, “townspeople” all in 18th-century clothing, manners, the finest handmade foods, period crafts, historic childrens’ activities, food, drink (adult and common), and fun. Silhouettes By Hand cuts silhouette portraits while in period clothing, talking about this amazing portrait form while creating your historical style profile.  Event information is here.

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Jul
10
10:00 AM10:00

Heritage Day (Easton, PA)

Heritage Day in Easton, Pennsylvania, is a free, full-day family festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids, and concludes with an amazing fireworks display over the Forks of the Delaware.

Heritage Day celebrates Easton’s historic significance in the founding of the United States. At noon on July 8, 1776, Easton was one of three places where the Declaration of Independence had its first public reading. A reenactment of that event, and a festival organized around it, first occurred during the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.  From that year on Heritage Day has been celebrated as Easton’s own Independence Day celebration.

Silhouettes By Hand is an invited guest artist with the historical trades programming. Come see silhouettes being created in the traditional style of our heritage, or choose to have your own silhouette created.

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Jun
11
to Jun 15

Annual Living History Museums Conference

On behalf of Louisiana State University and its Rural Life Museum, we are delighted to invite you to Baton Rouge for the 2016 Association of Living History, Farms, and Agricultural Museum’s Annual Conference. “Commemoration, Preservation, Education” is a catch-phrase that captures the essence of the mission of ALHFAM as well our individual museums. 

Since the beginning Louisiana has been different from the rest of the United States and to this day Louisianans perceive themselves as unique. And why not? We are the only state whose law is based upon the Napoleonic Code, which has parishes instead of counties, police juries, levee boards, and where the French language is freely spoken. We were first settled by the French and Spanish, then came the Germans, Acadians, English, Scots and the Islenos. Later the Americans, Hungarians, Irish, and Italians came to settle here. Thousands of African slaves were brought into Louisiana as early as 1710. All of these cultures melted together to create a unique people. Louisiana is truly a place of cultural diversity.

Host: Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM):  
ALHFAM is an organization of people who bring history to life. 

ALHFAM enables its members to make history a valuable part of the lives of museum visitors. It achieves this purpose through the exchange and sharing of ideas, information, tools and experiences centered around accurate, active, participatory, object-based historical interpretation.

Website: http://www.alhfam.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ALHFAM

ALHFAM Mission Statement:

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

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Jun
4
to Jun 5

Historic Trades Fair (Jamestown, VA)

  • Jamestown Settlement Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jamestown Settlement welcomes blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and other types of trades- and crafts-people to showcase historical trades, educate on the development of these trades, and sell artisan wares.

Held on the grounds of the popular Jamestown Settlement museum, all visitors will be treated to the most superior and interesting excursion through time and talent.

Silhouettes by Hand is invited to show silhouettes and to create silhouette portraits for those who wish their own historic-style freehand-scissored portraits.

Link to the event page: http://www.historyisfun.org/events/historic-trades-fair/

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May
28
to May 30

Civil War Remembrance at the Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI)

  • The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm (Sat: event to 9pm; Silhouettes until 8pm)

At America’s largest open-air museum, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry, period musicians, artisans, and civilians enliven an entire weekend to challenge the many viewpoints of the Civil War period.

Silhouettes By Hand is a special invited guest artist, cutting silhouette portraits while interpreting portraiture in a new photographic age. An additional interpretation about the “science” of physiognomy rounds out the experience in this traveling artist studio under canvas. Event information is here.

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