Training and Workshop Calendar

ALHFAM members currently offer workshops at its regional and annual conferences. These conference workshops vary widely depending on the teachers, the time available and other factors.

For information on how to post your Skills Training opportunity on the ALHFAM website, and to view opportunities that are not date specific, please visit the Skills Workshops page.

Upcoming events

    • 02 Apr 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Timberframing

    Details: Learn the fundamentals of designing, constructing and raising a timber frame using hand tools and traditional mortise and tenon joinery. All tools and materials are provided.

    Date and Time:

    April 2nd – June 13th

    Thursdays: 6 PM – 9 PM

    Saturdays: 9 AM – 2 PM

    Price: $250 BNHV Members; $275 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    19th Century Cooking Techniques

    Details: Spend the day beside one of our knowledgeable culinary interpreters! Learn about 19th century ingredients, equipment, methods of cooking, receipts (recipes), and much more. Participants will get an opportunity to cook in both our beehive oven and on our cookstove.

    Space is limited to 10 participants. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, cotton/natural fiber clothing, and dress for the weather. Participants are highly encouraged to bring an apron and wear a long sleeve cotton tee shirt, to protect their arms and clothing while working on the stove. Don’t forget to bring a container for leftovers!

    Price: $80 BNHV Members / $90 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Introduction to Small Scale Hay Making

    Details: This course will introduce the hobbyist farmer to small scale hay making. Participants will learn different methods of harvesting and storing hay; ranging from cutting hay with a scythe, storing loose hay in a loft, and baling with a historic hay press. Participants will also receive a kit to make their own hay rake.

    Price: $50 BNHV Members / $80 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Intermediate Woodworking: How to Cut Dovetails and Make a Box

    Details: This course will introduce participants to the different types of dovetails and instruct how to cut them. All tools and materials are provided, but if you have your own tools you are encouraged to bring them along. Space is limited to 6 participants.

    Price: $150 BNHV Members; $170 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    19th Century Cooking Techniques

    Details: Spend the day beside one of our knowledgeable culinary interpreters! Learn about 19th century ingredients, equipment, methods of cooking, receipts (recipes), and much more. Participants will get an opportunity to cook in both our beehive oven and on our cookstove.

    Space is limited to 10 participants. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, cotton/natural fiber clothing, and dress for the weather. Participants are highly encouraged to bring an apron and wear a long sleeve cotton tee shirt, to protect their arms and clothing while working on the stove. Don’t forget to bring a container for leftovers!

    Price: $80 BNHV Members / $90 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Woodworking for Kids

    Details: This course introduces children to the various hand tools and simple skills involved with woodworking. The class begins with an introduction to each tool used, and a discussion about how to safely use the tool. Participants will make a simple project to take home with them.

    Price: $25 BNHV Members; $50 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Anatomy of an Antique House

    Details: o Come get a behind the scenes tour of some of our historic houses and learn about the different 19th century construction techniques.

    Price: $50 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Introduction to Blacksmithing

    Details: o This course will teach participants the fundamentals of blacksmithing through hands-on learning. Safety, tools, techniques, materials, terminology, and more will be explored throughout the course of the weekend. Space is limited to 6 participants. Ages 17 and up.

    Price: $100 BNHV Members / $130 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Anatomy of an Antique Barn

    Details: Participants will tour a number of local barns and learn about the different 19th century construction techniques.

    Price: $50 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 15 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Prescott, Arizona

    The COVID Chronicles

    When we last left our intrepid museum staff, they were trying to discern the person who had pronounced the ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times.” Perhaps there would be a way to reverse the curse if the source was located. After nearly two months of quarantine status, there was desperation on their part to resume life as it had been.

    As they were grappling with this problem, word came down from on high that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. This caused great joy in the staff as they hoped it would be the headlight of an oncoming locomotive. This would indicate a miracle as the train had stopped coming to town nearly 40 years before and the tracks had been torn up for decades. If miracles were in the works, perhaps they could get in line for one.

    Alas, this was not the case. As they investigated further, it was found that the ghost of Diogenes of Sinope had brought his lamp to town, still looking for an honest man, but having found the task too overwhelming in this day and age, had hung the lamp on the Rough Rider monument in the courthouse plaza and left town. County officials, fearing that the presence of the lamp would cause a social distancing nightmare, removed it and in so doing, extinguished it. Thinking that the lamp looked old and hoping that it might contain a genie with an unused wish, rubbed it until most of the patina was gone. Not getting their wish, they took it to the museum because it “looked old.”

    At the museum, they found the gates closed and a sign that indicated that you needed to call to make a delivery. This they did, summoning a close relative of a genie, a museum curator. Upon telling the curator their story, the curator indicated that it not only had most of the original finish removed, but also that the attribution was dubious and thus it did not fit within the museum’s collections mission statement. Learning this, the county officials left the lamp at the gate and went their way, thus creating a Corona “dump and run.”

    While all of this was transpiring, the other staff received word from on high that a sacrifice must be made to facilitate reopening the facilities to the public. Wondering if a mouse might satisfy the edict, since mice were known to make their way into some of the buildings, a search was made for traps. It was then brought up that this was the wrong time of year for mice to come indoors. This came as a disappointment to the chief curator as he wanted to extract vengeance from all mice for one having eaten the emergency chocolate bar imported from Canada. Someone mentioned that a chicken might suffice and that two of the living history interpreters were known to have chickens.

    While trying to decide whom to ask for a chicken, word came down from on high that this was an important sacrifice and that it demanded everyone’s attention. The staff wondered if it would be one of them.

    And so, we leave our museum staff to ponder the question of what the sacrifice might be. Come back next week for the continuing saga of our museum staff in The COVID Chronicles.

    Unfortunately, dear reader, there is no next issue. The staff learned that the sacrifice was events and that among them was hosting the 2020 ALHFAM Western Region meeting in October. We hope that 2021 will see better times with less uncertainty. With that in mind, we would hope to host the meeting next year.

    Mick Woodcock

    Chief Curator and ALHFAM Western Region Rep.

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 5400 N Pearl ST #11, Tacoma, WA 98407

    Cider Brewing

    Details: In this informative and entertaining cider class, we will explore the history and alchemy of cider. Students will gain the skills and understanding of how to make their own.
    This class includes great information on cider making basics, fermentation, and varieties of cider. Pre registration required.

    Price: $45

    Registration and more information: Registration opens in August 2020. Check our website for the latest: fortnisqually.org

    Contact infoLane Sample, lanes@tacomaparks.com, 253-4043970 x 5011

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Backpack Basket Weaving

    Details: Participants in this course will learn how to weave their own backpack basket. These woven packs are great for transporting materials back and forth.

    Price: $100 BNHV Members; $130 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Spoon Making

    Details: Get an introduction to the basic carving methodologies, using only hand tools. Using green wood, learn how to properly harvest material and whittle it down to a functional piece. All tools and materials are provided.  Space is limited to 6 participants.

    Price: $75 BNHV Members; $115 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 13 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Painted Canvas Floor Cloth

    Details: Participants will be given a canvas that they will learn to paint and take home to decorate any part of their home. Painted canvases were popular floor coverings in the 19th century.

    Price: $70 BNHV Members; $100 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 26 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 28 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • Frontier Culture Museum, Stauton, Virginia


    • 12 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 16 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Archbold, Ohio


    • 23 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 28 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Tacoma, Washington


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