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It’s been far too long since the last post – but we’ve been blessedly busy with lots of custom 18th century clothing orders, so we won’t complain too much! ūüôā¬† On to the post…

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September is  International Homesteading Education Month, but event announcements are already starting to pop up!  There will be events taking place all over the United States.  If you live here in the Ohio area, you can check out the Homesteading Fair at the Crooked Barn Farm in Wooster.  Seven Springs, PA has a Homesteading Day and a three-day fair focused on homesteading.  Lucky residents near the Oakland, CA area have the Institute of Urban Homesteading at their disposal that has tons of educational events planned on everything from canning to hot and cold process soap making.  Beatrice, NE hosts events at the Homestead National Monument of America that includes gathering prairie seeds with Park Rangers, poetry writing influenced by the surroundings for high school students, a US Immigration Naturalization Ceremony, a Homesteader Reunion Weekend, Living History event and more!  You can learn more about International Homesteading Education Month and keep up-to-date on new postings at Mother Earth News here.

What a neat country we live in, and what a wealth of information you can gather from those living the “simple life” – as many of our ancestors pushing¬†out¬†West¬†into¬†the areas Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio,¬†would have been doing in the 18th century.¬†

Will you be attending an event this September Рor is there a homesteading event you know of going on now?


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Hello fellow readers!¬† Today is Featured Friday and we have two upcoming events and an HDM contest¬†we’d like to highlight.

The first is happening this weekend at COSI Columbus. 

200Columbus Family Weekend at COSI Columbus
Saturday, February 10th 11am-3:30pm
Sunday, February 11th 1pm-4:30pm


COSI celebrates Columbus’ bicentennial by exploring what life was like when Columbus was founded. Actors in period costumes, old-fashioned games and toys, and craft activities will bring Columbus history to life. Learn more about Columbus history with special activities provided by the Columbus Historical Society, Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Fair at New Boston, Franklinton Historical Society, Hidden Dirk Mercantile, Metro Parks, WOSU, and on Sunday only, the Times Past Vintage Dancers.

Present a 200Columbus Days flyer to receive $2 off COSI admission: www.200columbusdays.com 

Not only is COSI Columbus a super fun place for a day of family adventure anyway – but this weekend we’ll be on-hand with Hidden Dirk Mercantile at the 200Columbus event with our game and make-n-take stations!¬† Kids (and kids young-at-heart) can play games they would have played in the 18th century and early-Regency era and make their very own reticule (an¬†1800’s version of a purse) or marble bag to take home!¬†


We’re also pleased to announce our 200Columbus COSI Challenge!
Kids 0-9 are invited to send in an illustration and brief caption highlighting some of the things they learned about the early 1800s (1800-1820) during the 200Columbus Family Weekend at COSI Columbus. Participants 10 and older are invited to write a 100-500 word essay on the same topic. (they can include illustrations too, if they’d like!)

Both age categories can send in their contest submissions to hiddendirk(at)hiddendirk.com by March 1, 2012.¬† Voting will take place on our Facebook page the second week of March and a winner from each age category¬†will be announced March 9th.¬† Winners from each age category will be featured here on the HDM blog, on our website and Facebook page as well as our monthly educational e-newsletter.¬† In addition, they’ll each receive a $10 HDM gift card to spend on their choice of all sorts of goodies at hiddendirk.com including toys, games, clothes and more!

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful entries!


The second upcoming event is a presentation from¬†the historical production company We’ve Known Rivers.¬† Hidden Dirk Mercantile was so very honored to outfit Ms. Sandra Quick for her Phillis Wheatley interpretation. Phillis seated

We hope you can join her at the following event:

We’ve Known Rivers
Phillis Wheatley: Finding Her Voice
Tuesday, Feb. 14
12:00 pm Ohio State House

Phillis Wheatley: Finding Her Voice
Gifted, privileged, yet enslaved, Wheatley pens the first volume of poetry published by an African-American during the American Revolutionary era.

Some background information on Ms. Quick and her programs:

I was privileged, for 30 years, to offer my teaching gifts and talents to the children of Columbus (OH) Public Schools and other Ohio schools as a teacher, High School Principal and Supervisor. I taught English, drama and speech, and directed several student productions. I performed in several community and faith-based productions. I have a BSED in comprehensive communications and Master of Arts in Urban Education.

Since retirement, I developed my premier first person historical character based on Phillis Wheatley.¬† The Finding Her Voice script is predicated on the national trend towards making a difference and social justice advocacy. I developed the curriculum for, instructed in, and performed for the 2010 Ohio State University African and African-American Studies summer residential program,¬† ‚ÄĚletz b dwn‚ÄĚ.

 I have been a featured performer for The State of Ohio’s Black History Month celebration February 2010 and 2011. I am slated to expand that performance for 2012.  At The Fair at New Boston, an authentic 18th re-enactment fair in Springfield,Ohio, I performed Phillis Wheatley: Finding Her Voice in 2010 and 2011. I also participate in Education Day where over 1,000 students travel back to the 1850’s to interact and experience life in its natural habitat. In addition to these performances, I frequently perform for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools in Columbus,Ohio and other schools, private and public organizations and Chautauquas.

I am a proud founding member of the production company, We‚Äôve Known Rivers¬ģ: Timeless Stories in the Black Experience along with Dr. Annette Jefferson and Mr. Anthony Gibbs. I developed and instructed a Live It UP! Props, Prompts and Photos workshop to help others develop their living history character by making history come alive! I am privileged to be invited to teach Our History Awakens this workshop at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

I recently founded my personal theatre business, Our History Awakens¬ģ with the mission, ¬†‚ÄúCommemorating the African-American Experience in American Revolutionary and Civil War Eras through Living History Performances and Engaging Educational Activities‚ÄĚ.

 Contact info:    Sandra Quick
614.270.0848  ourhistorywakens@gmail.com  
Facebook.com/weveknownrivers      www.ourhistoryawakens.com

We hope you are able to participate in these wonderfully fun and educational events!  Drop us a line and let us know Рwere able to make it? What new thing did you learn?

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Straying a bit from our regular education posts to let you know that we’ll be at the Sons of Liberty Trade Fair this weekend – January 21-22 at the Canter’s Cave 4-H camp in Jackson, OH.

For many of us in the midwest, this will be the first event/trade fair¬†of the year.¬† For those of you in the South or who are able to travel, you may be currently enjoying the Alafia rendezvous in Florida.¬† That’s an event that we hope one day to attend!¬†
If you happen to be near the southwest Ohio¬†area or don’t mind a little drive,¬†we encourage you to stop by the Sons of Liberty Trade Fair.¬† It’s a smaller fair in the scope of some of the others that we attend, but it has wonderful vendors in a beautiful setting —¬†it’s a¬†great way to start the year!¬†Pre-1840s¬†items including heavily researched and very historically accurate tinware¬†by our friends Kelly and Shay at Hot Dip Tin, guns and accoutrements, native american flutes by Ghost Owl Flutes,¬†stunning glassware from Bushnell Bottles and much more – including¬†our items from Hidden Dirk!¬†¬†We’ll have some in-stock clothing,¬†beauty items, toys, games, handcrafts and beautiful¬†works of art from Wheeler Woodworking including bible boxes, jewelry and notions boxes.
This starts off our calendar¬†as one of¬†almost 15 events we’ll be attending this year, and we are so excited to get the trade fair season started…that means outdoor rendezvous season is just around the corner for us!¬† You can view the full list of events that we will be participating in during 2012¬†here.
We’ll do a brief follow-up on Monday along with our Museum Monday post.¬† Are you heading to Jackson this weekend? Leave us a comment and let us know, or stop by and visit with us at Canter’s Cave. We certainly hope to see¬†you there!

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It’s “Museum Monday”!

In honor of all the great 18th century clothing and artifacts that are housed at the world’s museums, each Monday we will post one of our favorite pieces from a museum collection.

This week, let’s look at a beautiful gown from Ohio’s own Kent State University Museum. This “Blue silk robe and petticoat brocaded in silver” is dated 1750. There is more to this dress than meets the eye, however.

This article talks about the amazing history mystery behind this gorgeous gown. http://bit.ly/sdhVZC.

Do you have gown envy?¬† …you can be we do!

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