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HARVESTING HISTORY
Posted on November 7th, 2014

  HARVESTING HISTORY
 9th Annual program at the Henry Whitfield State Museum
Friday to Sunday, November 28, 29 & 30, 2014

 

Travel back to the 17th century over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford during Harvesting History, a special program from 10 am to 4:30 pm Friday to Sunday, November 28, 29 & 30.  Discover the true story of Thanksgiving in 1621 Plimoth Colony and what Puritan life was really like as you tour Connecticut’s oldest house and enjoy a variety of activities.
 
Visitors will be able to sample foods that were part of the Native American and early settler’s diets such as: pemmican, pumpkin, squash, corn bread, seeds, nuts and cider. They will have the opportunity to learn about and handle reproductions of early tools, clothing and household implements used by both cultures in daily living and as trade goods.  They can ‘Make their Marke’ with quill pens while designing a symbol representing themselves, just like the Native American sachems did on early treaties.  Costumed interpreters will be in the museum at various times throughout the weekend.
 
Visitors can explore the museum’s annual holiday exhibit, Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas and find out how these holidays have changed and evolved over the years. Each hour, the children’s book Pilgrim Cat, will be read aloud for the enjoyment of all.
 
The public is encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Guilford Food Bank, coins for UNICEF or new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.  These gifts will be incorporated into the Holidaze exhibit and passed on to the charities at the close of the program.      
 
Harvesting History is included with museum admission.  Reservations are not required.  The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
 
The Henry Whitfield State Museum, built in 1639, is Connecticut’s oldest house, New England’s oldest stone house and a National Historic landmark.  It is open May 1 to December 14, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The last tickets are sold at 4:00 pm each day.  Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for those 5 and under.  School and group tours are available year round by appointment.  The museum is located at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford (exit 58 off I-95).  Parking is free.  For more information, call (203) 453-2457, e-mail whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov, log on www.cutureandtourism.org or join us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/henrywhitfieldstatemuseum.  


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