Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Historic Suffolk Fair

On Saturday, October 4th the Brentwood Local History Department attended the annual "Historic Suffolk Fair" held at Walt Whitman's Birthplace in Huntington. This fair is held during "Archives Week" to encourage visitors to use their local archives and historic rooms at public libraries for research. We had a tour of Walt Whitman's house given by one of the docents who portrays Walt Whitman. Visit their website

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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