Historic Eastfield Foundation is proud to present the 42nd

 

Annual Series of Early American Trades
and Historic Preservation Workshops

 

at Historic Eastfield Village



 

With a dozen classes offered for 2018, Eastfield affords a unique opportunity to spend a few days immersed in the work and daily life of pre-industrial America, learning from mentors who are leaders in their respective fields.

Try your hand at a new trade in one of our intensive workshops in Blacksmithing, Brick Fireplace & Oven Building, and Tinsmithing. Learn to create period Window Sashes, or 18th Century Slippers. Or study the basics of both tinsmithing and leatherwork by fabricating a set of Early 19th C. Military Accoutrements. Become an historic house “detective” utilizing detailed Techniques for Dating Old Structures. And this year, we offer three classes in Historic Cookery in which both the novice and experienced chef will gain insights and expertise, and maybe a pound or two.

Learn new old skills, meet new old friends, and immerse yourself in the Eastfield experience. Register today!

The Annual Historical Ceramics Symposium is on hiatus for this year, but fear not! Eastfield’s renowned and beloved “Dish Camp” will return with exciting discoveries and discussions in 2019!


 

 

About Eastfield

 

Historic Eastfield Village is the campus for the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops, a nationally renowned program of lectures, symposia and hands-on classes. The Village itself is not a museum; there are no ropes or glassed-off exhibits. Founder Don Carpentier collected the more than twenty buildings and their contents to serve as a laboratory, allowing Workshop participants the opportunity to study, handle and utilize thousands of architectural elements, tools and typical artifacts of the late 18th-early 19th century.


 

Studying here is meant to be an immersion experience. Students and teachers live in the Village during their courses, experiencing first-hand the daily lives and work of the tradesmen of the pre-industrial age.


 

The experts and master craftsmen who comprise the faculty are leaders in their fields, and the Annual Series of Workshops maintains the highest educational standards. Students are a mixture of novices, whose interests may be their own old houses, and museum or industry professionals, who are looking to expand their specific skills. This combination offers a dynamic opportunity to share and learn.


 

Mission

 

Eastfield Village was painstakingly assembled by one of the foremost preservation arts experts, Don Carpentier. It is the campus for the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops, a nationally renowned program of lectures, symposia and hands-on classes.


The not-for-profit Historic Eastfield Foundation was established to ensure that Don Carpentier's passion and vision are carried on into the future.


The purposes of the Foundation as set forth in its constitution are exclusively educational in nature:

 

  1. To train men and women in a range of early American trades and historic preservation skills;
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  3. To encourage crafts persons and preservationists in their efforts to save the technology of the past;
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  5. To produce publications, specifically a periodical and single-subject publications, and prescriptive audio-video materials, and symposia for both the general public and a professional audience;
  6.  

  7. To develop a collection and library appropriate to early arts and trades and historic preservation;
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  9. To develop a long-term plan for continuing the goals and purposes of the Foundation;
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  11. To maintain facilities necessary to further the Foundation's educational objectives.



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