Hornbooks and Scrimshaw For Kids!

Rick Homeschoolers

Durham, North Carolina, Compatriot and professional horner Rick Sheets taught a homeschool workshop on making Colonial hornbooks and scrimshaw at the Stagville Historic Site in Durham on Tuesday. The kids learned about the engraved powder horns and flintlock guns carried during the Revolutionary War.  They also had the opportunity to see and handle examples of powder horns.

The students learned about other colonial items made from cow horn, such as the hornbook, cups and spoons, and combs.  For the activity portion of the workshop, each kid printed their own hornbook paper on a printing press and assembled a hornbook to keep. They also engraved (or scrimshawed) a poker chip with their own design.

Rick is an awesome living historian and an incredible asset for the youth education and outreach initiatives of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter!

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