Sat, Jul 14


Birch Bank Farms

Colonial Studies I & II (2nd semester)

A hands on study of life in 18th Century America. Date shown is the class start date. Classes will be held every subsequent Tuesday at 12:30 until 2:00.

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Colonial Studies I & II (2nd semester)

T I M E & L O C A T I O N

Jul 14, 2018, 8:55 PM – 9:00 PM

Birch Bank Farms, 1826 Platt St, Niles, MI 49120, USA


Note that the syllabus (ADD LINKY) is designed for first level students. Second level and advanced students will choose a specific area of study and create a detailed schedule the first two classes of the semester. Both Colonial Studies I & II are two semester (full academic year) classes but new students are welcome to join us mid-year. Colonial Studies II may be repeated with different projects chosen to meet the needs of the advanced student. Areas of detailed study may include the following:

  • Clothing (complete set or one major garment)
  • Camp set-up (sewing and hardware for period tent or assembling an appropriate camp set-up)
  • Primitive ceramics (pre-Colombian style wood fired ware, Native American style garments, bags)
  • Social life (games, journaling, book binding with inks and pens, landscape painting with pigment research)
  • Food (recipes, herbology, medicine, dye, garden, open fire cooking including building an earthen oven)
  • Mariner skills (fishing kit, tin bait, hooks and netting)
  • Tanning and the use of leather.
  • Holland, Michigan Windmill Island reenactment event/ field trip
  • For a more detailed description of this class, please refer to the syllabus.

In addition the student will be expected to complete one major work per semester and show evidence of first source research. Photos and journal will be kept on a regular basis.

Classes will be held every Tuesday at 12:30 starting Jan 23, 2018 through May 15, 2018 except for the following dates:

Spring Break 4/2 - 4/6/18.

Student will also be expected to attend and participate in the Student Demo / Public Open House on Wed May 23 from 10-3 (parent supervision required). There will be a dinner for the participants held Thurs May 24 from 3-5.