Revolutionary re-enactors and craftspeople work to sew a replica of George Washington's War Tent.

Artisan Workshop Series

Did you ever wonder how people in the past got dressed every day? How did they live without zippers or Velcro? Where did they buy their shoes? How did they keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter?

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century apparel and what it reveals about the American Revolution. Spend the day learning traditional skills and working with your hands, beginning with a close look at objects in the Museum’s Galleries as inspiration for your own creations. Then, create your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while you develop your craft.

Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects.

Our workshops are suitable for everyone including seasoned makers and new artisans. Families and children are welcome.

All materials are provided for all of our workshops.

Gershom Prince Powder Horn

Hornwork 201: Make a Powder Horn
Saturday, March 14 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 1778, Gershom Prince, an African American soldier, was killed in the Battle of Wyoming. He carried an engraved powder horn that survives today in the collection of the Luzerne County Historical Society and is currently on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. In this hands-on workshop, join a Museum educator for a special tour of the Galleries that highlights Prince's horn and other examples. Then, learn how to convert a cow’s horn into a container for black powder. You’ll file it down to create decorative sides and learn how to etch designs into it. No prior experience is required in this workshop suitable for adults and young adults. The workshop ticket includes a voucher for lunch in the Museum’s Cross Keys Café and is offered in partnership with the Luzerne County Historical Society.