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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.

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

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

Rock candy sales: Enjoy this old-fashioned candy.

Bookbinder: 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.

Oxen: Mark Hufford will be bringing two oxen, Carter and Percy, to demonstrate the important role oxen played throughout history in the western expansion and in the Indiana and Kentucky territories. He will demonstrate how to yoke the oxen, how they respond to commands and how they were used to help clear the land using forestry tools. 

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

Candle Dipper: 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.

Kettle corn: Enjoy old-fashioned cooked popcorn.

Rope maker: 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 Ship Captain: Albert Roberts, who previously conducted the 1800s doctor presentation, will be giving a new interactive demonstration on ships, teaching about travel, trade, and warfare in the early 1800s.The demonstration will focus on the roles children played on these vessels by using an interactive game.

1800s diorama and 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.

Soap maker and beekeeperStill Waters Farm specializes in demonstrating animal husbandry at 18th century reenactments and events in Indiana. They handcraft gifts such as goat milk soap, bayberry and beeswax candles, and beeswax salves for sale at these events. At Heritage Artisan Days, Still Waters Farm will be demonstrating soap making and beekeeping alongside some of their goat friends!

Blacksmith: John and Beth Lovin demonstrate metal working using the centuries old techniques of blacksmithing, using a coal forge, anvil and various hand tools commonly used in a blacksmith shop of 200 years ago. The work and products will reflect how people worked in a blacksmith shop of 1800.

Pewtersmith: Sheldon Pewter is a four generation, family business that has been creating hand-cast, artisan buttons, jewelry, souvenirs and custom awards/medallions for over 40 years. Pewter is an alloy metal that has been called the poor man's silver. Watch as they demonstrate with an alloy created around 1770.

Wagon of Wonder: An interactive art unit and pop-up public space, is part curiosity cabinet, part gallery, and part interactive art installation. The project is part of Big Car's Social Alchemy series which heavily features the two Utopian communities in New Harmony. The wagon features several interactive elements for children to enjoy while learning about the history of New Harmony.

Robert Owen: Timepiece Theatre, with help from the daVinci Pursuit, will be producing a new Robert Owen program for Heritage Artisans Days 2020. Owen will focus on the scientific, artistic and philosophical breakthroughs made in New Harmony and speak about how he views the changes in society over the last two centuries. He will be a roaming interpreter, engaging with students throughout the festival.

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