Etch Your Own Powder Horn CraftApril 14, 2020
During the Revolutionary War, soldiers sometimes kept their gunpowder dry by storing it in hollow cows' horns, called powder horns. You can see several powder horns in the Museum's online collection, like the one that belonged to William Waller, who carved his name and "Liberty or Death" into it, or the one carried by Gershom Prince, an African American soldier who fought at the Battle of Wyoming.
Browse the powder horns available in our online collection for inspiration before etching your own.
Powder Horn Craft
- PDF printout
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
The powder horn craft was originally released as part of the Museum's Virtual Spring Break programming, sponsored by PECO, which ran online in April 2020, featuring do-at-home crafts and activities, virtual story time, Artisan Field Trip living history interviews, and live Q&As with Museum staff.