J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

“Preserving the Harvest” Workshop, 30 Oct.

For reenactors and the reenactor-curious, the fine folks behind the Hive Workshops at Minute Man National Historical Park have set up a seminar on “Foodways: Preserving the Harvest.”

Take part in a living history day at Hartwell Tavern where we will be ensuring our food supply for the winter and early spring by employing period food preservation techniques. From meat to fruits and vegetables you’ll be able to both watch and participate in preparing foodstuffs for winter storage. . . . You’ll learn how drying, pickling, salting, brining, cellaring and canning were done, as well as how some of these foods were reconstituted for later use.
Reconstituted food—yum! (Actually, much of what I eat is probably reconstituted in some way.)

The “Foodways” workshop will take place on Saturday, 30 October, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Hartwell Tavern site along Route 2A in Lincoln. Please email organizer Stephanie Smith if you wish to come. The event is free, but if you want to partake of the lunch prepared that Saturday, tell Stephanie that you’re interested by the end of today and bring $5 per mouth to reimburse the cooks.

As usual, the Hive encourages people to come in eighteenth-century dress if it meets the clothing guidelines at the Battle Road website. Otherwise, wear the clothes you normally wear for drying, pickling, salting, brining, cellaring, and canning.

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