Historical Society holds craft workshops

Local students will have the chance to get their “Hands-on-History” during their school vacation in February, with the help of the Greenwich Historical Society, who will teach them a variety of colonial crafts.

Early Americans — including the Bushes of Bush-Holley House, home of the Greenwich Historical Society — were required to make many of their everyday household items by hand. Crafting reliable baskets for storage and sewing quilts for winter warmth were crucial skills that we don’t generally learn today, but our predecessors’ survival depended on them.

To allow people to learn more about this, the Historical Society is offering afternoon Hands-on-History workshops for kids that focus on a different colonial craft each session. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about traditional handmade objects and make them to take home.

While all ages are welcome, these workshops are best for students in third grade and higher. The classes will take place at the Historical Society’s Vanderbilt Education Center and include Basket Making on Tuesday, Feb. 11; Quilted Pillows on Wednesday, Feb. 12; Paper Making on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Make Your Own Books and Ink on Friday, Feb. 14.

Sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants may sign up for individual classes or for the entire series of activities.

The cost for members is $5 per day or $15 for the week. The cost for nonmembers is $8 per day or $25 for the week. To register, visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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