Hands-on learning & discovery for all ages

By popular demand, we are bringing this event back again next year with even more on the docket for you to try! Mark your calendar for July 30 - 31, 2022. See photos from the 2021 event here.

 

Many historical skills and techniques would be lost to time were it not for those who continue to practice and research them to this day. Try your own hand at an exciting sampling of skills that have endured through the centuries or have been re-created through research and experimentation. We have a fantastic lineup of Enduring Skills stations for adults and kids ages 5 and up. Bring your family and friends and make a whole weekend of it.

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Saturday - Sunday, August 14-15

General Admission is FREE
thanks to a grant from the Antiquarian Society of Wisconsin in memory of Olive "Cissy" Bryson
 

Enduring Skills Stations at a Glance

Now's your chance to try it yourself!

Saturday

  • Prehistoric Copper Pounding (Sat. only)

  • Blacksmithing

  • Flintknapping

  • Hand Piecing & Quilting

  • 19th Century Social Dancing

  • Outdoor games (graces, hoop rolling, croquet)

  • 'Tavern' Games (19th century card/dice games)

  • Fire-wrought dugout canoe making

  • Historic fire-starting methods (flint & steel)

  • Fabric Ball Making (Victorian toy)

  • Frontier Laundry (washboard, tub, clothesline)

  • Make your own 19th century toy (handkerchief doll & thaumatrope)

  • Quill pen / Handwriting

  • Songs of the Civil War Sing-a-Long

  • Civil War Military Cooking

  • Junior Blacksmithing

  • Weaving

  • Butter Making

Sunday

  • Blacksmithing

  • Wool Carding & Spinning (Sun. only)

  • Flintknapping

  • Hand Piecing & Quilting

  • 19th Century Social Dancing

  • Outdoor games (graces, hoop rolling, croquet)

  • 'Tavern' Games (19th century card/dice games)

  • Fire-wrought dugout canoe making

  • Historic fire-starting methods (flint & steel)

  • Fabric Ball Making (Victorian toy)

  • Frontier Laundry (washboard, tub, clothesline)

  • Make your own 19th century toy (handkerchief doll & thaumatrope)

  • Quill pen / Handwriting

  • Songs of the Civil War Sing-a-Long

  • Civil War Military Cooking

  • Junior Blacksmithing

  • Weaving

  • Butter Making

  • Soap Making (Sun. only)


The event is a "go" rain or shine as most stations are under open-sided tents.

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Enduring Skills Weekend 2021