Living History at Home: Roasting a PumpkinApril 16, 2020
Joseph Plumb Martin's 1830 Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier gives readers a first-person account of what life was like as an everyday soldier during the Revolutionary War. He described the hunger he felt in the early days of the Valley Forge encampment in the winter of 1777. Without anything to eat, Plumb Martin turned to half a small pumpkin and a hot rock.
In his memoir, he wrote: "I lay here two nights and one day, and had not a morsel of any thing to eat all the time, save half of a small pumpkin, which I cooked by placing it upon a rock, the skin side uppermost, and making a fire upon it; by the time it was heat through I devoured it with as keen an appetite as I should a pie made of it at some other time."
Watch Tyler Putman, Gallery Interpretation Manager at the Museum, demonstrate how to cook a pumpkin, inspired by Joseph Plumb Martin's words.
Interested in more living history? Check out our Living History at Home: Making Hard Bread cooking demo as well as our Artisan Field Trip series, including interviews with historic costume maker Jana Violante, carpenter Brian McDonald, shoemaker Shaun Pekar, and bookbinder Paul McClintock.
Virtual Spring Break with the Museum, sponsored by PECO, ran online in April 2020, featuring do-at-home crafts and activities, virtual story time, Artisans Field Trip living history interviews, and live Q&As with Museum staff.