Hornwork 201: Make a Powder Horn

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.

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century dress and what it reveals about the Revolution in our hands-on workshops. 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, try your hand at creating your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing.

Artisan Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. We have workshops for everyone that are suitable for both seasoned makers and new artisans. Children and families are welcome. All materials are provided.