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Family Colonial Night

July 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Family Colonial Night, July 22, 2019

Join us on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:30-8:30 pm

Meet real Colonial era reenactors Erich and Janice Steinhagen of Griswold, CT.  Try 18th century pottery-making, butter making, spinning, weaving and carding wool. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5 per family.

Janice and Erich Steinhagen of Steinhagen Pottery will present a window into colonial life by demonstrating and discussing the crafts of pottery-making, spinning and weaving.

For textile-working, Janice will share her knowledge of gathering fibers from plant and animal sources, dyeing using natural dyestuffs, spinning, and weaving cloth.  Potter Erich will discuss finding clays for making ceramics, processing techniques, and the art of forming pottery on the wheel. Erich also talk about ceramics that are not in common use today.   Families are encouraged to try their hand at making butter using redware pottery churns.  One lucky boy and girl will get dressed in period clothing as the Steinhagens explain how people dressed in the 18th century.

This program normally takes approximately two hours and will take place at the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s Bruder House located at 349 Main Street in Keene, NH.

The Steinhagens are four time selectees as one of America’s best traditional craftspeople by Early American Life Magazine.  Erich has been making pottery for over 40 years and Janice has extensive experience with spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing.  They demonstrate and teach all over the east coast, including Washington’s Mount Vernon, Fort Niagara, Fort Ticonderoga, as well as Boston Common and other historic sites.

To learn more about the artist please visit their website at steinhagenpottery.com



Historical Society of Cheshire County


Bruder House
349 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431-0803
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