Programs & Workshops

 

  2024 Sponsored Programs & Workshops
 

Step back into the past and join us on living history event weekends, special events, and other park programs throughout the year! These events range in topic from the War of 1812 and 19th century farming to Civil War medicine and artillery demostrations.

The Harpers Ferry Park Association partners with park rangers and contractors skilled in historic trades to offer unique experiences for the public. Step back in time and learn hands-on how 19th century craftsmen applied their trades during a living history workshop! Spin sugar into beautifully sculpted candy, echo 19th century blacksmiths by clanging hammer to hot iron, or bake a pie the 1860 way in a wood or coal stove.
 
Workshops require pre-registration and payment. Click on the links below for more information or call 304-535-6881.
For a complete list of Harpers Ferry Park Association public events, see our calendar below.
Events require pre-registration. Click here to register for one of our events.


POSTPONED | Nikki Bosley | Lyceum, John Brown Museum
 
What is a tape, or band, loom? How do they fit into the 'fabric' of American history? This class will offer an informal and fun introduction to tape loom weaving. We will begin by discussing what a tape loom is and what role they played in 18th and 19th century families and communities. Workshop participants will get hands-on instruction on the basic techniques of how to weave on a tape loom. Different styles of tape looms will be on hand for display and instructor demonstration. Attendees are welcome to bring their own tape loom, however there will be practice looms available for attendee use during the workshop period. Expect to leave with a sample of your own weaving!
 
Workshop Fee: $50.00 | This workshop fee covers instruction and supplies. Please bring your own scissors, a tape measure, and a narrow yarn or carpet needle.
Class Size: Limited to TEN (10) Participants
 
Please note that the talk will be held on the second floor of the John Brown Museum and will require climbing a flight of stairs.
 
1850 Farming in the City | Historic Garden and Seed Sale
May 18 - 19, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
 
Join Harpers Ferry National Historical Park staff & Horticulturalist and Historic Foodways expert Carol Anderson for an Heirloom Kitchen Garden seeds and seedlings sale.
 
This historic gardening event is made possible by the park's Living History and Historic Trades operation. The plants and seeds will be available in smaller quantities so that you may sample the staples of 19th century backyard kitchen gardening in your own home! This program offers 19th century examples of organic foods that can help mitigate climate change with little need of fossil fuels to grow, fertilize, kill pests, or transport to market.
 
Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | David Dufficy | Blacksmith Shop, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park [Shenandoah Street]
First Weekend: Beginner Level Class
 
Nineteenth century blacksmiths were crucial. Their trade varied from keeping doors on hinges and wagons in proper working order to making weapons for the town's US Armory for national defense. Learn this historic trade from Professional Blacksmith David Dufficy and echo the clang of the hammer on hot iron - just as they did 150 years ago!
 
Workshop Fee: $150.00 | This two-day workshop fee covers instruction, coal, and metal. 
Class Size: Limited to 6 Participants | 18 years of age or older.
 
Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | David Dufficy | Blacksmith Shop, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park [Shenandoah Street]
Second Weekend: 200 Level Class
 
Nineteenth century blacksmiths were crucial. Their trade varied from keeping doors on hinges and wagons in proper working order to making weapons for the town's US Armory for national defense. Learn this historic trade from Professional Blacksmith David Dufficy and echo the clang of the hammer on hot iron - just as they did 150 years ago!
 
Workshop Fee: $150.00 | This two-day workshop fee covers instruction, coal, and metal. 
Class Size: Limited to 6 Participants | 18 years of age or older.


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 For a list of Harpers Ferry Park Association public events, see our calendar below.

For a complete list of 2024 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Events, CLICK HERE.