Nov. 7th 2015: Blacksmithing 101

Saturday, November 7th:   Our final Blacksmithing Workshop for the year.  9am-4pm  Limited to four participants.   Learn the basics or brush-up on your skills.  The workshop is held in our own mid-19th Century forge.  $75 Fee includes all materials. Click here for more details and the registration link!  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xuyorrcab&oeidk=a07ebp6xpl8e4b3cf75   Here are some views from the Nov. 7th 2015 workshop: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Some views from a past workshop. Zoey Filing Loren3 Scott1 Chisel 1 Loren&Jake2 Raeph&Jake1 LorenJakeZoey2 Jake&Raeph2 Coals Barn&Shed in Fog...
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May 9, 2015 – Open Hearth Cooking Workshop – CANCELLED

CANCELLED:  Saturday, May 9th Special Open Hearth Cooking Workshop   The Austerlitz Historical Society invites you or someone you cherish to celebrate Mother’s Day with a unique Open Hearth Cooking Workshop designed to bring motherly love and sharing back into the heart of the home.   Invite your mom, your daughter, grandchild or friend.  Give the workshop as a gift to someone you love or to yourself! Learn from food expert and historian, Lavada Nahon, about the skills needed to: Build hearth and oven fires; maintain temperatures; choose  hearth “furniture;” work with period cookware and utensils; understand and interpret 19th Century “receipts” (recipes); prepare meals using historically correct ingredients; and, explore a variety of cooking methods. The workshop will culminate at table, where the day’s bounteous early spring meal will be shared and enjoyed by all.  This is a hands-on, fun-filled, and educational cooking experience. Space is limited to 6 participants! Won’t you join us? Just click the link below to register or RSVP. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xuyorrcab&oeidk=a07eaqwy00ma4b11465...
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Free “Winter Writing” Workshops

The Austerlitz Historical Society will be sponsoring two writing workshops this winter.  One for FICTION writing, on Tuesday evening, January 13, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and one for MEMOIR writing, on Tuesday evening, February 10 , 2015, also from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (assuming no blizzards are then in progress).  The workshops will take place in a room on the first floor of the Morey-Devereaux House. Local best-selling author T.M. Hawley will lead both workshops.   Click below to learn more and to access a registration link for the January 13th Fiction Writing Workshop.  (CLOSED) http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xuyorrcab&oeidk=a07eaae3gqyfd4be297   Click below to learn more and to access a registration link for the February 10th Memoir Writing Workshop....
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Winter Workshop #2: Memoir Writing

The Winter Workshop on MEMOIR writing will take place on Tuesday evening, February 10, 2015  from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (assuming no blizzards are then in progress).  The workshop will be held in a room on the first floor of the Morey-Devereaux House. Local best-selling author T.M. Hawley will lead the writing session. [This is the second of two Winter Writing Workshops sponsored by The Austerlitz Historical Society  — the first on FICTION writing took place on Tuesday evening, January 13th and received very favorable reviews.]   Click below to learn more and to access a registration link for the February 10th Memoir Writing Workshop....
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December 6th 2014 Blacksmithing Workshop

Saturday, December 6th:  Our final Blacksmithing Workshop for the year.  9am-4pm  Limited to four participants. Learn the basics or brush-up on your skills.  The workshop is held in our own mid-19th Century forge.  $75 Fee includes all materials. Here are some photos from the session.  It was a dreary day, but the coals were glowing and our participants were enthusiastic, energetic and creative!   Zoey Filing Loren3 Scott1 Chisel 1 Loren&Jake2 Raeph&Jake1 LorenJakeZoey2 Jake&Raeph2 Coals Barn&Shed in Fog  ...
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November 15th 2014 Open Hearth Coooking Workshop

The fourth and final Open Hearth Cooking Workshop for 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th.  Please email the office with inquiries.     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lavada Dutch Oven OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rolling Dough Lavada Standing lavada_kneeling_sm   Click on the link below for information, registration details and additional pictures. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xuyorrcab&oeidk=a07e9zzb892aab7c132...
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Sept 27th 2014 – Workshop Day

Exciting “Workshop Day” at Old Austerlitz Two exciting workshops happened simultaneously at Old Austerlitz on Saturday, September 27th!  The day was exciting, educational and “fire-y!” If you have ever thought about learning the basics of Blacksmithing or Open Hearth Cooking (and Brick Oven Baking), please let us know and we’ll keep you in mind for our next workshop. 392-0062 Participants worked over the hot coals of the forge or the glowing embers of hearth and oven… and experienced the activities that were part of daily life in the 1800’s.  Classes took place in our historic Blacksmith’s Shop and in the Old Kitchen of our 1794 Morey-Devereaux House. Scroll down for more information. Lavada Dutch Oven ???????????????????????????????????? Rolling Dough ???????????????????????????????????? Workshops ran from 10am to 4pm and included all materials.  Cost:...
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Our FIRST Children’s Writing Workshop

FREE – Saturday July 12th: 10am to 12:30pm Led by award-winning author, Jana Laiz, our first CHILDREN’S WRITING WORKSHOP, ages 9-12, will be held in our reconstructed Morey-Devereaux Barn dating from (approx.) 1794. We’ll use that lovely old barn as a theme in the stories we will write… Jana can supply writing prompts or kids can let their imaginations run wild! Writings can be about how the barn was built or something magical or special that happened in it—maybe a mystery adventure, or a story about a family from olden times… We’ll see what happens as we write! Free. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. Click Here To Register Your Child This workshop is made possible with funding from the “Phyllis O’Shea Palladino Education Fund”. This fund was established with memorial donations in honor of Phyllis. She was a teacher and educator in our community. During her tenure as President of the Austerlitz Historical Society, she was an early supporter and creator of programs for children. We are proud to carry on her legacy of helping children. The Society welcomes any financial gift, but most especially those that help further its goal of engaging children in the history and culture of Austerlitz through educational programs designed especially for them. Checks may be sent to AHS, with the words “Educational Fund” in the memo...
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May 31 2014 – Open Hearth Cooking Workshop

Our Second Open Hearth Cooking Workshop! Saturday, May 31st On March 29th the Old Kitchen in the Morey-Devereaux House at Old Austerlitz came alive with historic and enthusiastic culinary activity. Food expert, historian and open hearth cook, Lavada Nahon, led the Austerlitz Historical Society’s first Open Hearth Cooking workshop. Two additional workshops are currently scheduled for Saturday, May 31st and November 15th from 10am to 3pm. Six participants will learn the art of 19th Century food preparation, open hearth cooking and baking skills, and some fascinating food history. Prep work and cooking are intensive and entirely “hands on.” The menu of authentic “receipts” includes multiple dishes, most of which are cooked in the hearth fires or baked in a beehive oven. Working side by side, participants recreate seasonal fare that would have been served at an early 19th Century dinner in eastern New York State. The methodology, kitchen utensils and cookware of the period are used whenever possible. The workshops culminate around the table, where a sumptuous meal is enjoyed by all. The original Morey-Devereaux House was built in 1794 and reconstructed on the grounds of Old Austerlitz in 2000. The centerpiece of its Old Kitchen is a large brick fireplace and hearth, flanked by a “beehive” wall oven. To learn more or register for the May 31st Open Hearth Workshop, please send an email request to Moira at: {encode=”admin@oldausterlitz.org” title=”admin@oldausterlitz.org”} The workshop fee is $65 and includes a full...
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Aug 20th 2011 – Food Preservation Workshop

WORKSHOP ON HOW TO PRESERVE GARDEN BOUNTY You don’t have to give away or waste excess produce from your garden. Instead, learn how to preserve it at a workshop sponsored by the Austerlitz Historical Society. Linda (Earley) Tripp, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator, will lead a demonstration on freezing fruits, vegetables and fruit spreads on Saturday, August 20 from 9:30 to 11 am at Old Austerlitz Village. The fee is $15 per person. Freezing maintains the natural color, fresh flavor and nutrition of most foods better than any other known method of preservation. It is also one of the simplest and least time-consuming ways to preserve foods. Participants in this workshop will learn the specific steps – including blanching, wrapping and setting correct freezer temperatures–for freezing fresh food for long-term storage. They’ll also learn the difference between product quality and product safety as related to freezing, thawing and refreezing. The demonstration and discussion will cover fruits, vegetables, and freezer jams. Basic instruction materials will be handed out, with other resources available for purchase. To register, call the Austerlitz Historical Society at (518) 392-0062. If you have to leave a message, be sure to include your phone number and email address for a response. The Austerlitz Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the area. It’s 8-acre site is located on Route 22, 1 mile south of the intersection with Route...
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