• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

2014 Living History Workshops

2012 Bread Baking
Baking in the beehive oven!
NPS Photo
 

Many of these workshops require pre-registration and payment with the Harpers Ferry Historical Association at this link or 304-535-6881. Email confirmations and any updates will be sent to participants prior to the workshop. For further information contact Living History offices at 304-535-6063 or by email.

Title: Birthday Salute to President Washington: A Tavern Lunch and Stories of the Early U.S. Armory
Date:
February 15, 2014
Time: 12:30pm & 2pm
Location: Lower Town, White Hall Tavern
Fee:
$15.00 per adult covers tavern-era food, cider beverage, and living history stories. Children under 6 years free with attending registered adult.
Class Size: Total of 40 slots open, 20 at each seating.
Description: Treat your Valentine to an authentic Tavern lunch menu at the park’s historic White Hall Tavern. Experience how Washington established the town’s national defense Armory and its earliest types of weapons. See how the town's Taverns served as a social and political gauge for unrest, reforms, and labor disputes.



Title: Industrial History: As American As Apple Pie (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy, 19th century techniques for 21st century bakers)
Date: March 29, 2014
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town, Roeder's Confectionery
Instructor: Susan Journell, Historic Foodways Educator
Workshop Fee: $25.00 per adult covers baking ingredients and instruction in wood stove oven management.
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants
Description: Join Historic Foodways Educator, Susan Journell, to step back in time and make pie the new modern 1860 way. Enjoy a slice of hot fruit pie that you’ve made in the newest Victorian kitchen gadget: a cast iron oven. Learn how the industrial revolution changed forever the diversity and nutritional value of American apples. Contrast and compare the complex flavors in savory meat pie versus your apple pie made using authentic 18th and 19th century recipes. Registered participants will receive additional information prior to workshop.


Title: "Tinware for the Masses: Bright, Shiny, Decorative and Useful" (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy - a two day workshop)
Date: April 5-6, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town
Instructor: Scott Devers, Living History Ranger
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Class Size: Limited to 8 participants
Description: Today, most American homes boast a wide array of plastic house wares versus one hundred and fifty years ago when tin ware ruled supreme. Tin ware utilitarian items burst upon American markets offering affordable cookware, drinking vessels, and tinned canned foods. Join Living History Ranger Scott Devers, for this two day workshop. Make your own traditional tin ware with period methods & tools.

Title: "Eat This; Not That: Uncovering the Roots of Healthful Vegetables" (A Historic Trades Academy Garden Workshop, 19th century techniques for 21st century gardeners)
Date: May 10, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town
Instructor: Carol Anderson, 19th century foodways expert and horticulturalist
Workshop Fee: $40.00 per person
Class Size: Limited to 30 participants
Description: Discover the origins of heirloom garden vegetables, what they looked like and tasted like. Which contemporary heirloom varieties are identified by scientists and nutritionists to contain the highest levels of antioxidants, phyto nutrients and health benefits? Join 19th Century foodways expert and Horticulturalist Carol Anderson to uncover the roots of 18th & 19th century kitchen garden vegetables and how they've changed. Learn how to identify healthful produce in both grocery stores and farmers markets. Taste recipes that offer greater health benefits. Participants take home live plants and seeds, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, to begin their own journey toward growing and eating some of the oldest varieties of healthful vegetables known to mankind. (Note: Participants must be present to receive live plants and seeds that cannot be shipped.)


Title: Defend and Protect: "Taking up the Cup of Encouragement"
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Lower Town, White Hall Tavern
Fee: $15.00 per adult covers tavern-era food (fresh sausage rolls, fresh bread, and cheese), cider beverage, and living history stories. Children under 6 years free with attending registered adult.
Class Size: Limited to 50 participants
Description: An authentic Tavern meal & menu at the park’s historic White Hall Tavern. Experience how Taverns were gathering places for the town's militia and soldiers who Protected and Defended the young republic. See how local Taverns were the focal point of political unrest, social reforms, and labor disputes.


Title: "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy Workshop)
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 11:30am to 12:45pm
Location: Lower Town, Masonry Bee Hive Oven
Workshop Fee: $10.00 per adult covers instruction, techniques in bee hive oven baking, and bread ingredients.
Class Size: Limited to 20 participants
Description: Bread, called the “staff of life” was made locally by bakers and Confectioners, like German immigrant Frederick Roeder. Participants will bake and eat leaven rolls or street corner food, large soft pretzels, in a large masonry “bee hive oven”.

In 1809, Harpers Ferry boating merchant John Wager Jr. began a flour shipping business from Harpers Ferry mills into the federal city 60 miles away. Harpers Ferry, Jefferson county Virginia, was part of the early republic breadbasket that fed the bigger cities with local grain and flour. Local flour production & bread on the table proved the town on two rivers was no longer the frontier, but civilized. The citizens no longer needed to hunt, kill or gather to achieve each meal. At its height, 20,000 barrels of flour were staged along the Shenandoah River for shipping down river.

At Roeder’s Confectionery, Mr. & Mrs. Roeder could track their cooking and baking consumption out of the family flour barrel of hard and soft wheat, today’s equivalent of “all purpose flour”. From 19th century statistics, the average baker and cook could achieve this array or yield per month from their flour barrel; “ 34 loaves of bread, 17- 6 quart pans of doughnuts, 17 messes of biscuits, 94 pies, 7 loaf cakes, 1 ½ dozen tart crusts, 3 dozen gingersnaps, and one mess of pancakes.”


Title: "The Art of the Forge: Blacksmithing in the 19th Century" (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy - a two day workshop)
Date: June 21-22, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town, Blacksmith Shop
Instructor: David Dufficy
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per adult includes expert instruction, supplies, and materials.
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants
Description: Learn from a professional blacksmith the stock and trade of the early town’s craftsmen who took great pride in leaving their mark in the towns industrial history story. Learn the difference between the forging processes of everyday utilitarian items or craftsmen at the US Armory forging weapons for national defense. Observers welcomed!


Title: "Capture History: A Wet Plate Collodion Photography Workshop" (A Historic Trades Academy Workshop, 19th century techniques for 21st century photographers, a two-day workshop)
Date: October 11-12, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town
Instructor: John Milliker
Workshop Fee: $400.00 per adult for this two-day workshop which is designed for ages 21 and up.
Class Size: Limited to 8 participants
Description: Join expert John Milleker to learn the art and mystery of the wet plate collodion photography process. Participants will be guided step-by-step to make ambrotypes and tintypes. The course will cover period instructions and manuals, the science of the darkroom, and advice on equipment. All equipment, including a camera, will be provided. Make images of John Brown`s Fort and the Living History volunteer U.S. Marines Historical Company! Experience history like never before!


Title: "Tinware for the Masses: Bright, Shiny, Decorative and Useful" (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy - a two day workshop)
Date: November 8-9, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town
Instructor: Scott Devers, Living History Ranger
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Class Size: Limited to 8 participants
Description: Today, most American homes boast a wide array of plastic house wares versus one hundred and fifty years ago when tin ware ruled supreme. Tin ware utilitarian items burst upon American markets offering affordable cookware, drinking vessels, and tinned canned foods. Join Living History Ranger Scott Devers, for this two day workshop. Make your own traditional tin ware with period methods & tools.


Title: "While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads" (Harpers Ferry Park Historic Trades Academy Workshop)
Date: December 6, 2014
Time: First class - 11:00am to 1:00pm; Second class - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Lower Town, Roeder's German Confectionery on High Street
Instructor: Carol Anderson, 19th century foodways expert
Workshop Fee: $25.00 per person, children under 6 years of age free with attending adult.
Class Size: Limited to 4 participants per class
Description: Learn the Art and Mystery of the Confectioner’s Yuletide trade and treats from Carol Anderson, 19th century foodways expert, to explore the world of sugar work.

Did You Know?

The Harpers Ferry Brochure was produced by the design center.

The National Park Service brochures are designed and produced at the Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center located in Harpers Ferry.