How an 1803 Jacquard Loom Led to Computer Technology
Joseph Marie-Jacquard developed the mechanical Jacquard loom in France in 1803. This innovative machine used punch cards to control the design of textiles made on the loom. These cards are predecessors to the modern-day computer punch cards and computer technology.
How Farmers Harvested and Threshed Wheat in the 1880s
Lazy days of summer start for some farmers only after they finish the most stressful time of their year – grain harvest. Weather conditions dictated the timing historically (and continue to do so today). At Firestone Farm, you can see the ways that farmers such as Benjamin Firestone combined weat...
To Try (or Render) Lard
Lard has many uses on the 19th century farm. Visit with Jeremy and Felicia from History Acres as they take you on the journey from harvesting lard, to preserving it, and then find out some of the uses!
Enjoy this program, which was re-edited by Civil War Digital Digest and includes additional im...
Turning Flax into Linen
Linen was a very common fabric in the Revolutionary War era - but where did it come from? Join us as we visit Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation and speak with Eva Mergen about how to grow and harvest flax and then process it into linen. This overview will take you from the field to the loom to the...
Scythe & Reaper
Civil War Digital Digest has combined two of its popular episodes into in larger story. By adding new still images, video footage, and re-mastering the audio a more complete discussion is had about how the scythe was used in the Civil War era as well as the reaper which replaced it in many circum...
In this episode, we return to the Civil War era farm. If you had a cellar in your home and you lived in a climate that froze part of the winter, chances were you had a cold room. What was that? Join us as we visit with Brian James Egen and take a tour of a typical cold room. We explore how it wor...
1915 Snowball Cookies from Edison Homestead
The snowball cookies are made at Edison Homestead in Greenfield Village. The recipe is taken from the 1915 Lake of the Woods Milling Company Limited, The Five Roses Cook Book.
Though called snowballs, the recipe called for these cookies to be cut into squares. Rest assured, they are just as de...
How to Make 1803 Carrot Fritters
Step inside the historic birthplace of William Holmes McGuffey and see a step-by-step historic cooking demo for an 1803 carrot fritter recipe. Kelly demonstrates what it was like cooking over an open hearth and using seasonal autumn ingredients.
This simple carrot fritter recipe uses orange and ...
How to Make 1915 Deviled German Potatoes
Step inside the historic Edison Homestead and see a step-by-step historic cooking demo for a 1915 deviled German potato recipe. Patience demonstrates what it was like cooking on an early 20th century coal-burning stove and using seasonal autumn ingredients, such as the potato.
The main ingredien...