Tue, Sep 11


Birch Bank Farms

Colonial Studies I, II & III & Colonial Specialties

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 & III & Colonial Specialties

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

Sep 11, 2018, 12:30 PM – Jan 08, 2019, 2:00 PM

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


Note that the syllabus 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 & III are two semester (full academic year) classes but new students are welcome to join us mid-year. Colonial Studies III 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.
  • Attendance as a participant in a living history event.
  • For a more detailed description of this class, please refer to the syllabus.

Classes will be held every Tuesday at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm starting Sept 11, 2018 through Jan 8, 2019 . Refer to the website calendar for days off and vacations.

Student will maintain a project and progress digital portfolio that will be shared with the partnership and the parents. Attendance will be taken as required by the partnership. Student will complete a final project prior to the end of the semester.