Depreciation Lands Museum hosting bevy of events

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 1:30 AM


• On Sunday, May 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., Children’s Heritage Day will be held.

Rain or shine, there will be plenty to do today. Join in for this family-oriented day, filled with stories and hands on activities. For this day, you can go to school in a one-room schoolhouse, play games, visit the blacksmith and help your family with needed tasks such as gathering wood, carding wool and grinding corn.

Event admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and Depreciation Lands Museum members are free.

No registration needed.

• On Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., Friendship Day will be held.

Visit with craftsmen and sutlers (purveyors colonial goods) around the grounds, then stop in the school house to join the class and visit the village blacksmith. Don’t forget to look into the Armstrong’s cabin and stop by the Bee Hive Bake Oven to see what goodies Master Baker has made today.

Experience the music of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

At 1:30 p.m.,visit the tavern for a free family-friendly orchestra concert, presented by the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society Orchestra. These musicians are dedicated to performing historic music on period instruments.

This year at 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. have the chance to hear the four-part singing performed by the Pittsburgh Shape Note singers, led by Penny Anderson. Early 19th century Hymn books, such as the “Sacred Harp,” used notes in four different shapes to indicate the pitch to be sung for the hymn.

This event is free and open to everybody.

• On Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., explore Foods of the Frontier.

What did we eat on the Western Pennsylvania frontier? How did we cook our food?

Naturally, it depended very much on your circumstances. A hunter living for weeks in the woods ate mostly what he found. The settlers, struggling to feed their families in those early years ate simple meals of what they could grow, hunt or collect. Soldiers on the move had their rations, while the tavern keeper needed meals and beverages for his public.

Throughout the village, you will visit with all these folks as they go about their everyday tasks, preparing their daily meal. Stop to chat and learn more about their way of life.

As always, school will also be in session in the one-room school house and the village blacksmith, spinners and weavers and woodworkers will be busy with their trades.

The cost to attend is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and DLMA members are free.

• On Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social.

Traditionally, the Social was an opportunity to relax the social code and visit with friends and neighbors. Ice cream and lemonade are complimentary with your paid admission to the museum.

Take time to visit the “Fleece to Shawl” demonstration, presented in collaboration with the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild. A woolly sheep fleece will be spun into yarn, and woven into a shawl, all in the space of the afternoon. Purchase a raffle ticket for the handmade shawl. The lucky winner will be chosen at the Hydref Fall Festival in October.

The cost to attend is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and DLMA members are free

• On Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., learn the process of changing flax to line.

Until the Industrial Revolution in the first quarter of the 1800’s, all yarn, thread, cloth and clothing was made by hand. In our northern area of America, where cotton does not grow, we relied on linen for our washable clothing. But what a process it is to create linen cloth from the flax plant. The old saying that “It Takes a Year and a Day to Make a Shirt” is very true.

Learn this process as experts recreate what steps are needed.

For more information e-mail [email protected] the Museum or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.