Yorktown to Host Five ‘Tools of the Trade’ Seminars

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Jamestown Yorktown FoundationThe Yorktown Victory Center is celebrating “Tools of the Trade” theme month with a special series of seminars on Saturday.

The seminar will be broken down in five different sessions, the topics of which will range from building tools to clothing to the production of alcohol.

The day kicks off with a presentation from College of William & Mary doctoral candidate Elizabeth Cook. Cook will expand upon the history of Virginia’s building trades and occupational structures.

Sarah Thomas, another doctoral candidate at William & Mary, will then present a lecture about working with wood and iron, with a particular focus on the creation of chests and stove plates.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation curator Martha Katz-Hyman is up next with a talk about how Revolutionary-era craftsman used skill, reputation and personal connections to prosper in their trades.

Johanna Miller Lewis of the University of Arkansas will discuss the history Germanic artisans living in the North Carolina backcountry during colonial and revolutionary times.

The program will finish out with a lecture from Virginia Commonwealth University Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Colonial American History Sarah Meacham, who will delve into the importance of alcohol in early American history.

The program of seminars will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see tools of an 18th century surveyor and learn about the construction of colonial wheelbarrows in between sessions.

The price of admission to the seminars is $35. Interested parties can register here.