Deborah Peterson
327 Sumneytown Pike
Harleysville, PA 19438
Telephone 215-256-9399
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Deborah J. Peterson
Culinary Historian

Celebrating over 36 years of
Colonial Domestic Skills Research and Sharing

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Calendar Dates 2019


January 19 - Pottsgrove Manor Caps Workshop, 10 am to 4 pm
Women's Cap Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W King St., Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Start the New Year off right with a fancy new cap. Caps were a necessity for the majority of women in the 18th century, but that does not mean they were simple and plain. Make your own handsewn cap at this workshop led by local historian Deborah Peterson. From frills and gathers to lappets and ribbons, let your cap be the star of your historic attire. Fee includes materials and instruction. Pre-registration and payment are due by January 12; class size is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring a bagged lunch. Ages 10+. Materials fee: $45 per person.

January 26 - Peter Wentz Farmstead Caps Workshop, 9 am to 3 pm
Janice Erickson Smith will stop by with silk ribbons for sale to trim and finish off your cap.
Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Local historian Deborah Peterson will lead a try-on session of women's aps appropriate to the third quarter of the 18th century before you begin to sew a version that suits you. Basic handsewing skills preferred but not required. Space limited to 8 participants; an alternate date will be chosen in the event of bad weather. Pre-registration required before Wednesday, January 16. Ages 12+. Fee: $45 per person, includes instruction and cap kit.

February 23 - Peter Wentz Farmstead Seasonal Foodways, 10 am to 3 pm
Making Fastnachts in the Summer Kitchen
Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Details not yet available.

March 16 - Stenton Kitchen Program, 1 pm
The Art(ifacts) of Cooking: Colonial Kitchens, Archaeology & Cuisine; Looking at Kitchens and Service Spaces
Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Archaeologist Deborah Miller and food historian Deborah Peterson discuss Stenton's service wing and recovered artifacts. Kitchen Exhibition with mended archaeology.

April 13 - Peter Wentz Farmstead Sheep Shearing, 10 am to 3 pm
Demonstration subject to be determined.
Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Watch as the farmers shear the sheep, and experience many Spring activities on a colonial farm. For the children there will be toys and games, scarecrow building, and a puppet show. Highlights are open hearth cooking, farm tours, spinning, weaving, colonial music, and many other historical crafts. All ages. Fee: A suggested $2 donation per person.

April 27 - School of the Soldier at East Jersey Oldtown Village
East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway, New Jersey

Topic and times to be established.

May 4 - Pottsgrove Manor Annual Colonial May Fair, 11 am to 5 pm
In the Kitchen at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W King St., Pottstown, Pennsylvania

May 25 - Newtown, PA, 7 pm
Newtown Township Building, 209 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
When the Armies Came to Your House

A fascinating PowerPoint program tellng what it was like for many people during the Revolutionary War when the soldiers - English and Continental - came and took your food, stock, and other assorted goods. Not a pretty story.

May 25 - Military Might at Morgan Log House
Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Rd., Kulpsville, Pennsylvania

Details to follow.

June 9 - Women in Trade Lecture in the Visitors Center at Washington Crossing, 2 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

This PowerPoint program covers just what women in the Philadelphia area did outside their homes. Not all women stayed home as housewives. By using tax records, contemporary newspapers, diaries, ledgers, and journals, a surprising amount of women were recorded as being independent tradeswomen.

July 4 - Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven Museum and Gardens, Noon
Ice Cream Making at Morven, 555 Stockton St., Princeton, New Jersey

Join Deborah in the making and tasting of ice cream.

Details forthcoming on these later appearances:

September 13 - Tavern Night at Morgan Log House, Kulpsville, Pennsylvania
October 5 - Making Pretzels at Newlin Grist Mill, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
October 27 - Whitall House, Red Bank, New Jersey
November 9 - Ginger Bread at the Mennonite Heritage Center Campus, Harleysville, Pennsylvania
December 7 - Candlelight at the Morgan Log House, Kulpsville, Pennsylvania
December 15 - Candlelight at Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown, Pennsylvania


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