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Red Bank ReUnion Band: In period costume, this band conducts an entertaining and informative session on the music and instruments of the 19th century.

The Duel: Albert Roberts, the Doctor, and Tony Gerard, the fur trader, will have a duel, scheduled at 1pm. This is a 30 minute reenactment and talk that features weapons of the 1800’s.

Johnny Appleseed: Steve McPhail brings Johnny Appleseed to life in full character as he talks about the legends surrounding his character.

Broom Making: Claudie Parson will be making brooms. As an old-time trade, brooms have been created by hand as a means of cleaning cherished homes.

Wood Carving: Larry Stock is a woodwright. He can use any wood from trees to make cups or spoons.

Rug Making: Cleo Stock uses a hook to make rugs.

Rock Candy Sales: Enjoy this old-fashioned candy.

Beekeeping: Irv Rueger, beekeeper or apiarist, has been keeping bees and giving bee seminars for 30 years. Irv not only explains why bees were important to the Harmonists, but also offers a tasting table so that visitors can try different types of honey.

Bookbinding and Paper Marbling: John Bielik is an itinerant artisan, instructor and living history interpreter. John's paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg and the Atheneum at Historic New Harmony.

Tinsmith: Jeff Goris will be showcasing the art of tinsmithing. “All that shiny tin and the steady tap-tap of the mallet naturally invite curiosity. Visitors are intrigued how a Tinsmith can turn a piece of flat metal into a three-dimensional object,” said Goris.

Fur Trader: Tony Gerard depicts a French Indian fur trader of the 1800s showing his trade goods, hides and furs.

Dulcimer and Scheitholt: Diana Walker and Ruth Wintczak will demonstrate and share their knowledge of string instruments, the dulcimer and scheitholt.

Pottery: Tom Wintczak is an award-winning potter living in Posey County. He has studied the work of many potters of the 18th and 19th centuries – including Harmonist potter Christoph Weber.

Oculus: Jim Buchanan, an artist from Scotland, converted this pioneer cabin in New Harmony into a camera obscura – a walk-in pinhole camera.

Candle Dipping: People in the early 1800s made candles from the tallow or animal fat in a hand dipped process.

Weaver: Peggy Taylor first learned to weave in 1976 in New Harmony, Indiana. Today, Peggy creates work from linen, cotton and wool, often spinning wool yarn from the fleece of her own flock of Shetland sheep.

Kettlecorn: Enjoy old-fashioned cooked popcorn.

Rope Making: The original Harmonist rope walk stretched 1100 feet. The Harmonists grew hemp to make rope. Along the rope walk they stretched it out to dry and also to twist it.

1800s Doctor: Albert Roberts presents an interactive 19th century medical presentation. Albert Roberts will share his strange and obscure medical and scientific knowledge of the 18th & 19th centuries.

1800s Diorama & games: Visit the Salomon Wolf House for kids games and a detailed diorama of the town of New Harmony.

Tree of 40 Fruits: Sculpted through the process of grafting, each unique tree grows over forty different types of fruit.

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