Depreciation Lands Museum

Flax Hackling        Spinning        Sewing

Pioneer Clothing and Fiber

A 2 hour program, for children in grades 4 thru adult

What did our early settlers wear? How did they get their clothing? What about their household linens, such as towels, blankets and bedding? Find out in this Program! Demonstrations and hands on activities are designed for older children and adults. You will become part of this aspect of the history of everyday life.

Beginning with a brief history of the Depreciation Lands, and how this area got an unusual name, we will then dress a mannequin in the everyday clothing of a settler, discussing each garment along the way. How did the settlers aquire these garments? They made them, of course, often raising the fiber and spinning and weaving the cloth. You will learn, hands-on, the process of how flax becomes linen fabric, and how sheep's wool is turned into yarn. Along the way you will come to appreciate anew the value of warm, useful clothing and household linens.

This program works well for scouts, homeschoolers, clubs, groups of friends, and small school classes. Groups of 8-15 children can be accomodated (a few more adults are fine)

Fees: $10 per person (no charge for adult chaperones)

For more information and to schedule your program,
e-mail us at or call the Museum at 412-486-0563 to leave a message.

After scheduling your program, you may register on-line to pay with a credit card

***Registrations must be received at least 2 weeks prior to your program date***