Upcoming Child/Teen Workshops
The Delaware County Historical Society will be offering several workshops this year. Please register on Eventbrite.
Fees and times of events vary. Seats are limited.
These workshops correspond with Meeker Homestead First Sundays Open Houses.
Please check back for updates.
“ARTISTIC TRADITIONS and REMEMBERING ME"
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023
THE BARN AT STRATFORD/MEEKER HOMESTEAD
Fee: $15 per child
Tickets are limited to 2 sessions of 10 children each.
SESSION A 1:00-2:25 PM (10 slots)
Eventbrite Listing – 1:00 PM SESSION:
SESSION B 2:30-4:00 PM (10 slots)
Eventbrite Listing – 2:30 PM SESSION:
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the class start.
Ages 9 and up with an accompanying adult
Discover the history and beauty of silhouettes and Frakturs,
early 18th and 19th century American folk arts, for this
May open house! Please join us at the Barn at Stratford on
Sunday, May 7th. Participants will design and color their own
Fraktur and create a keepsake silhouette self-portrait to take
home. Museum volunteers will be on hand to guide these
special activities, and a yummy treat will round out the fun!
All materials will be provided for these drawing and cutting
What is a Silhouette?
Silhouettes are named after Étienne de Silhouette,
a French finance minister, Today we make unique
silhouettes with black paper cut into the shape of the
model's outline. The black paper is glued onto a light
What is a Fraktur?
This traditional folk art describes life events such as births, deaths,
baptisms, and weddings. These certificates are similar to those
first created in Switzerland by government officials in the 1600s.
As Swiss and German immigrants arrived in Ohio and
Pennsylvania, the Fraktur art form grew in the USA.
The Delaware County Historical Society owns this
beautiful Fraktur that celebrates the birth of Michael
Gross in 1791. It was brought to Ohio in a chest when
his family moved to Delaware County, You will notice
that Frakturs combine calligraphic writing, colorful
borders, and simple motifs or designs.
We are thrilled to welcome our Fraktur back from
restoration by Jamison Conservation. This process was supported by an Ohio Arts Council Grant.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2023
“Pioneer Fun and Crafting”
The Barn at Stratford
Participants will experience a bit of pioneer life while playing 19th century games and doing folk crafts Activities include tin smithing, marbling paper, and the creation of mini “floor cloths.”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2023
“Down on the Farm”
Sheep shearing and weaving? Yes! Children will experience a bit of early American life at the Meeker Homestead Museum, Sunday, September 3rd, from 1-4 pm.! Participants will discover how sheep are sheared in our live demonstration, as well as watch demonstrations of carding, spinning, and period weaving on our early 19th century Barn Loom by our special guests from the Central Ohio Weaving and Fiberarts Guild.