William Penn

Penn’s Pen: Caretaker of a New World

July 1st, 2012

In honor of our upcoming Independence Day, we thought it fitting to share some of William Penn’s thoughts.  In the letter excerpt below, Penn had just received the Charter from King Charles II and Read More

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William’s World: Men of Metal and Mettle

June 28th, 2012

Back in May, we posted an article on the Joyner’s Trade.  Now our intern Ray is exploring the blacksmithing tradition at Pennsbury and wants to share what he’s found! A Read More

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William’s World: Ode to the Springtime Milkmaid!

April 26th, 2012

  The Milkmaid, Jan Vermeer, 1657-8 I really don’t like to milk cows.  I can’t stand to churn butter.  I know this is a shocking admission from a so-called history Read More

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Living the Life of a 17th-Century Farmer

March 27th, 2012

Last weekend, during our annual spring Interpreter training, I shared an amazing  BBC mini-series on 17th-century farm life, and I wanted to make sure everyone else got to hear about it Read More

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Exploring the Artifacts: Take Your Mattress and Stuff It!

February 7th, 2012

Those of you that have walked the grounds of Pennsbury may have seen a building called The Worker’s Cottage.  This reconstructed outbuilding’s original purpose or even existence is unknown, but Read More

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Confessions of a Costumier: Men’s Dressing Guide!

January 26th, 2012

Our Ladies’ Dressing Guide post back in September has been the most viewed featurette on this blog -wow!!  I am really excited to finally be able to offer a follow-up for Read More

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