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February 2014

COOPERSTOWN, NY February 21, 2014 Seize a unique opportunity to learn a new skill or create special gifts at The Farmers’ Museum. On Saturday, April 12, resident experts offer hands-on workshops in Making Herbal Remedies, Open Hearth Cooking, Letterpress Printing, and Crafting a Bandbox.  Make a lasting memory by sharing the experience with a friend or child; children ages 12 and older are welcome to register when accompanied by an adult.

Making Herbal Remedies: Explore the 19th-century medicinal garden and learn how to grow, harvest, and wild-craft fifteen unique herbs. Learn how these herbs were historically used in medical preparations, and create hot- and cold-infused oils, ointments, compresses, tinctures, infusions, and decoctions.

Open Hearth Cooking: Learn the art of open hearth cooking during this hands-on experience in the Lippitt Farmhouse. Cook a variety of dishes using historic recipes and methods of preparation. Take home a recipe packet and tips for cooking at home in a fireplace or over a campfire.

Letterpress Printing: Experience a day at work with a 19th-century printer. Design your own letterpress piece using type and cuts. Then set and lock in type and print copies on historic presses. Business cards, poems, flyers and posters have been created by previous participants.

Crafting a Bandbox: Hand-sewn bandboxes make wonderful gifts or keepsakes for protecting and storing treasured items. Create your own bandbox by shaping and stitching pasteboard around a wooden frame. Finish the box by covering it with eye-catching reproduction historic wallpaper.

Workshops are held at The Farmers’ Museum on April 12 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration is required; call 607-547-1461. Cost: $75 or $70 for members of the New York State Historical Association. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

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