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Artisan Field Trips

In the 1700s, young people served seven-year apprenticeships to learn skilled trades. Just like today, people had specialized jobs. The Museum's Artisan Field Trips feature video interviews with living history artisans and makers as they demonstrate their Revolutionary-era crafts. 

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Artisan Field Trip with Gunmaker Mitch Yates

Mitch Yates discusses his work as a gunmaker using historical techniques and recreating a replica Johann Christian Oerter rifle for the Museum.
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Artisan Field Trip with Costume Maker Jana Violante

Historic costume maker Jana Violante joins Museum Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman to discuss her work as a seamstress.
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Artisan Field Trip with Joiner Brian McDonald

Joiner Brian McDonald joins Museum Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman to discuss his carpentry work.
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Artisan Field Trip with Shoemaker Shaun Pekar

Shaun Pekar joins Museum Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman to discuss his work as a shoemaker using historical techniques.
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Paul McClintock, Bookbinder
 

Artisan Field Trip with Bookbinder Paul McClintock

Paul McClintock joins Museum Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman to discuss his work as a bookbinder using historical techniques.
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Meet the Revolution!

Meet the Revolution! is an ongoing series of costumed living history programs that explore the voices, viewpoints, and experiences of the diverse people of the Revolutionary era.

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Meet the Revolution: Noah Lewis

Historical interpreter Noah Lewis discusses his portrayal of Edward "Ned" Hector, a free African American man and soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War.
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Meet the Revolution: Kalela Williams

Historical interpreter Kalela Williams discusses the character she portrays – an African American teacher in Philadelphia in the 1790s.
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Freedom on the Horizon Performance

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"Freedom on the Horizon" Performed by Nastassia Parker

Actress and historical interpreter Nastassia Parker portrays Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from George and Martha Washington’s household in Philadelphia, in a 20-minute, one-woman theatrical piece, “Freedom on the Horizon.”

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Living History at Home Cooking Demonstrations

What were the Continental soldiers eating while on campaign during the Revolutionary War? The Museum's Living History at Home cooking demonstrations take you through making foods inspired by Joseph Plumb Martin's Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier published in 1830. 

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Living History at Home: Making Rice & Vinegar

Watch as Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman prepares a simple dish of rice and vinegar that Continental soldier Joseph Plumb Martin remembered having as a Thanksgiving meal.
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Living History at Home: Making Hard Bread

Watch Tyler Putman, Gallery Interpretation Manager at the Museum, demonstrate how to make hard bread from flour, water, and salt.
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Living History at Home: Making Gingerbread

Tyler Putman, the Museum's Gallery Interpretation Manager, demonstrates how to make an 18th-century gingerbread recipe.
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Living History at Home: Roasting a Pumpkin

Watch Tyler Putman, Gallery Interpretation Manager at the Museum, demonstrate how to cook a pumpkin, inspired by Joseph Plumb Martin's words.
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