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A Hand-Spun,Hand-Woven Scarf

Friday, July 26th, 2013

It’s finally finished! It all started with a fleece from a sheep named Queen Anne’s Lace. Much of last summer was spent spinning her beautiful fiber into yarn. Experimenting with natural dyes, I tried madder root and got this lovely shade of coral.  So, this summer I spent Fridays warping and weaving this… Read more »

The Smith Family Story: An Oft Repeated History

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Henry Smith and his family emigrated from Germany to Amherst in the 1830s.  Thanks to the Erie Canal, they were able to avoid trekking through forests and insect ridden swamps to get there.  In 1838, he purchased 25 acres of land on his property.  Today, the Smith Log Cabin is one of the buildings in… Read more »

School’s Past Holds Lessons for Museum’s Future

Friday, July 19th, 2013

One of the biggest scholastic events that took place at Sweet Home School before it closed was the Olympics of the Mind.  It was a state wide competition in creative problem solving.  One team, comprised of seven students and a faculty member, was asked to build a functioning chariot which could be propelled only by… Read more »

 Cooking in Elliott House with Miss Sara

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Before the summer got so blistering hot, the wood stove in Elliott House was fired up twice a week.  Here you see some biscuit dough ready to be rolled out and baked. The challenge has been to get the temperature hot enough to bake – in the old recipes the temperature was determined by how… Read more »

Behind the Scenes Storage Tours

Friday, July 12th, 2013

One of the more interesting aspects of working at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is getting to see our Collections Storage facility, a 5,000 square foot temperature controlled environment in which the museum’s 30,000+ collection and archives are housed.  Thanks to the museum’s Behind the Scenes Collection Storage Tours, visitors can see firsthand how artifacts are… Read more »

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