Wilton Historical Society Children’s Workshops: Preparing for Winter
Weekend workshops – Getting ready for winter
Autumn was a busy time of year in Colonial America as families took inventory of their livestock and began the process of storing and preserving food for the long winter ahead. Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables were dried, and others preserved and put in sealed jars. Fall and summer favorites such as pumpkins, apples, pears, plums, peaches, quinces and berries were especially popular. Jams and marmalades were made in large quantities, a long process but with delicious results! Strings of fruit were hung to dry, creating delicious edible decorations.
On Saturday, November 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Wilton Historical Society will be holding its own children’s workshop called “Getting Ready for Winter.” Attendees will make their own colorful nut necklaces and enjoy a snack of homemade jams on baked bread while listening to stories of New England winter told by museum educator Catherine Lipper.
Suggested for ages 6 to 10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.
Did you know?
The pumpkin was a popular crop for indigenous people for hundreds of years before the arrival of European settlers. Pumpkins were cut into strips and dried to preserve them for the winter, and the outer skin served as water carriers and storage containers.