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

Celebrating over 37 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

March 16 - Stenton Kitchen Program,
1 pm
The Art(ifacts) of Cooking: Colonial Kitchens, Archaeology & Cuisine; Looking at Kitchens and Service Spaces
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

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

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.

June 23 - Battle of Springfield (Brigade of the American Revolution event)

Join Deborah in the making and tasting of ice cream.

July 6 - Demonstrating natural dyes
from 1 till 3 p.m. at Dey Mansion, Washington's Headquarters, Wayne, New Jersey

July 13 - Making Ice Cream
from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison, New Jersey

July 14 - Dying with Indigo
from 11 till 4:30 p.m. at Easton Heritage Days.

September 13 - Tavern Night,
6:30 till 9:30 p.m. at the Morgan Log House, Kulpsville, Pennsylvania

September 14 - Spirit of the Jerseys,
making ice cream at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, New Jersey

October 5 - Making Pretzels
from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Newlin Grist Mill, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, their Fall Harvest Festival.

October 26 - Preserving Food from the Garden
from 1 till 4 p.m. at Morven in Princeton, New Jersey

October 27 - Natural Dyeing
at Whitall House at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, New Jersey

November 9 - Ginger Bread
at the Mennonite Heritage Center Campus in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Registration is required.

December 7 - Candlelight Night
at the Morgan Log House in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania

December 15 - Candlelight
at Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, Pennsylvania


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