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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.

Woodworker: Denzil McKim has been carving for 32 years and doing public demonstrations for 10 years. He works full time as a historical interpreter in Corydon, Indiana, home of Indiana's First State Capitol Building. Denzil will be carving a chain out of a single piece of wood during the Heritage Artisan Days 2018 with examples that show step by step how the chain is made.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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