Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Also appearing for Q & A and autograph sessions will be William Anderson, well known historian, lecturer, Wilder biographer and author of more than a dozen books on Laura and her family, including Pioneer Girl, the biography Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Little House Sampler and The Story of the Wilders.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Genesee Country Village Museum 2010 American Civil War Videos
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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We still have spots avaliable in both our Earth Camp and Summer Sampler Camps! For questions or to register, you may contact Maria Neale at (585) 538-6822 ext 216.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Everyone is gearing up for the civil war reenactment this weekend. As I walked around the village today I saw a few soldiers scoping out the battle terrain. Our historic foodways cooks were baking up 800 Rosewater Currant Cakes. These will be available for $1 donation at the Altay store this weekend. Don’t let the number fool you-These are sure to sell out so make your way over there early! I had one, they are delicious.
Our Gardens are bursting with new produce and this Friday (the 16th) we will be making pickles at the Jones farm with our bumper crop of cucumbers. We’re closely watching our elberberries as they are almost perfect and I saw one of our gardeners sneaking a bite out of a peach that was almost ripe today. Because of the warm weather and rain all of our vegetables and flowers are earlier than usual. The Jones Farm and Pioneer Gardens look like they may have record harvests this year!
We’ve stepped up our brewing at the W. Grieve Brewery even more and now you can see different aspects of brewing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.
Over at Foster-Tufts we’re ending the birth portion of our “Stages of Life” exhibit and we will begin the marriage portion. It will run until September. It's as interesting as the birth program so make sure you check it out!
It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend for the War Between The States! We have 2 battles per day-One in the village and one in an open field. It's an event not to be missed!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This coming weekend, the village will be transformed into a small Virginia town in 1863 as the Civil War explodes around the village during our annual Civil War Reenactment.
You'll be able to watch as battles rage in the village square and in our open field. There will be cannon fire and mounted cavalry units in battle and military exercises. Soldiers will commandeer the village square and station both Union and Confederate troops in village homes. You can visit both Confederate and Union Camps and experience how daily life in a 19th century village was impacted when armies moved through villages taking over people’s homes and confiscating supplies.
“We strive to set high standards for our reenactment events,” says Director of Special Events, Melanie Neth “All units are vetted and attend by invitation only to give our event the highest level of quality and authenticity.”
Battles to win the War Between the States will be fought daily at noon and 2 pm.
Monday, July 12, 2010
A COOLING CINNAMON WATER IN HOT WEATHER
Recipe By: The House Servant's Directory By Robert Roberts, 1827
1 gallon water
12 whole cloves
2 ounces cinnamon sticks
Boil one gallon of water, pour it into a gallon demijohn, set this before the fire, then put into it twelve cloves, two ounces of whole cinnamon, then stop up your bottle and put it in a cool place; when you want to mix your liquor, put half a pint into two quarts of water, with one quarter of a pound of sugar; cool it in ice before you serve it, and it is a most wholesome and delicious drink as you can take in hot weather.
The above can be cut down as follows for modern-sized families: ;-)
Amounts to use for making 1 quart of concentrate:
1 quart water
3 whole cloves
1/2 ounce cinnamon sticks
Follow above directions, except no fire is required. Just boil your water and add the above ingredients. Stop up the bottle and store it in a cool place. You can dilute the whole quart of concentrate to serve by adding 2 gallons cold water and 1 pound sugar according to the directions above, or follow the directions below to mix up just a quart at a time.
For 1 quart diluted:
Put 1/2 cup of cinnamon-clove water and a rounded 1/4 cup of sugar into 1 quart of water. Chill on ice before serving. Alternately, add spice water and sugar to 2 cups water, and add ice to make 1 quart.
NOTE: Each 1 cup of this concentrate makes 8, 1 cup servings diluted.
Recipe By: The Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, pub. 1830
"Raspberry shrub mixed with water is a pure delicious drink for summer; and good in a country where raspberries are abundant. It is good economy to make it answer instead of Port and Catalonia wine. Put raspberries in a pan and scarcely cover them with strong vinegar. Let sit to draw out the juice for 24-48 hours; strain. Add a pint of sugar to a pint of [strained] juice; (of this you can judge by first trying your pan to see how much it holds) scald it, skim it, and bottle it when cold."
Sumac Lemonade; Indian or Pink Lemonade
8 clusters rosy-red sumac heads
2 quarts cold water
sugar to taste
To make one pitcher, use six to eight clusters of rosy-red sumac heads. Empty the heads into a large container of water and mash them soundly with a beetle; or you may lightly bruise the seed heads and let them soak in the water, now and again gently stirring. Strain the liquid through a muslin or several layers of cheesecloth, then add sugar to taste and you will end up with a drink that is very pleasant to the palate.
It is important to harvest the seed heads at the right time, just when the heads turn a nice rosy-red color. Any darker and the results will be slightly bitter. Always use cold water. Hot water will leach out the tannin. The natural tartness is partly sue to ascorbic acid, vitamin C.
NOTE: It is important to harvest the seed heads at the right time, just when the heads turn the rosy-red color. Any darker and the results will be slightly bitter. Always use cold water. Hot water will leach out the tannin. The natural tartness is due to ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the berries.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Don't believe me? Here are but a few reasons to visit in the rain:
1)The village is operational even when it rains.
2) Although the GCV is considered an open air museum, one thing to remember is that all of our exhibits are buildings. That you can go in to.
3) The museum is relatively uncrowded in the rain. If you've never been to the museum with few people in it, it's a different experience that when it is bustling with visitors. Both scenarios are fun but a rainy day provides you a chance to see the village in a quieter moment and appreciate it's beauty and stillness.
4) Because of #3, our interperters see very few people on rainy days. They are just waiting for the chance to see and speak with people-You'll have them all to yourselves for as many questions as you want. Your kids can churn butter and pound corn all day if they want to.
5) Ever thought about how cosy it is to come out of the rain into one of our buildings that has a nice fire going?
6) Our "roads" are gravel covered so you aren't likely to get very dirty, even in the rain.
7) It was not always sunny and bright in the 19th century. A visit on a rainy day gives you one more way to envision life in the 19th century.
Have I convinced you yet? The next time you're looking for something to do on a rainy day, don't rule out the museum-grab an umbrella or a raincoat and head on over!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Our first question deals with infant care.
Nell Asks: My question is about infant care in 19th century America. What did they eat? What were the norms around breastfeeding? Who cared for babies and very young children? What did they wear?
Answer: Breast feeding was the norm for infants up to 18 months of age. Sometimes less if a mothers was not particularly productive. In these cases wet nurses were available for hire.
Mothers cared for babies and young children unless of course the mother died in child birth which was not infrequent. In that case, a wet nurse was hired and siblings or female relatives cared for the child.
Babies wore cloth diapers, a diaper cover, a gown, and a piece of flannel wrapped around the mid section plus various caps, flannel for winter and cool weather cotton and linen for warmer weather.
As part of our Stages of Life Program at The Foster-Tufts House this year, we have a hand made baby layette available for you to see & touch.
Have a question? drop us a line through the email link or via our comments. We will answer all that we receive!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Recently we were sent a comment regarding the upkeep around some of the village properties that we thought deserved a detailed explanation regarding our vision for the grounds of the museum.
This year, in order to provide a more accurate and educational representation of 19th century life, we have altered the way in which the grounds are taken care of around many of the village buildings.
The pioneer farmstead has the least manicured lawn, in fact, it is interpreted to have a yard rather than a lawn as a pioneer would not typically have "planted" anything like lawn and would not have had the time or the inclination to cut, weed and water it.
|Field For Haying|
The space between the Pioneer Farmstead and Kieffer's Place has been left uncut deliberately as we will be haying this for our animals, as would have been done in the 19th century.
The Jones Farm has a more of a lawn would have been part of a more established farm. Even though the grass has been cut more than at the Pioneer Farmstead, you might see growth around fences as a 19th century farmer would still have been very busy and not likely to do yardwork as we do today.
|Jones Farm Fence Post|
|Formal Garden At Livingston-Backus|
Sunday, July 4, 2010
|1845 Silk Bonnet|