Craftspeople-in-Residence Teach Traditional Skills

Homestead National Monument of America is pleased to announce its first ever Craftspeople-in-Residence.They will be the first of a series of Craftspeople-in-Residence this summer.Join Gene and Arlene Henrikson, our two skilled craftspeople, for classes in woodcarving and tatting on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.There will be two classes a day for each craft, taught 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.Each class holds six participants, so sign up soon! To sign up for a class, call Molly Watters at 402-223-3514 or email

In his woodcarving class, Mr. Henrikson will teach participants how to carve wood spirits.Many different cultures throughout history have believed that "spirits" inhabit the trees of the forest.Carvers are believed to be able to see, and therefore bring out, the spirit of the tree.Participants in this class will have a glimpse of this tradition and learn a new skill by completing a wood spirit carving in cottonwood bark.

Mrs. Henrikson will give lessons on needle tatting, a traditional form of lacemaking.By the end of the two hour class, participants will complete a beautiful tatting project of flowers and butterflies.

"We're very excited to have our first Craftspeople-in-Residence here at the Monument.It's one thing to imagine or even see demonstrations of traditional crafts done in the past, but learning how to do them yourself is even more powerful," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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