Shari Crawford 18th Century Toys and Games Thirty years of experience as a teacher in various aspects of public and homeschool education, as well as twenty years involvement in historic workshops, symposia, historic reenactments, and living history is the foundation of the workshops I offer today; 18th Century Toys and Games, hands-on Open-fire Cooking Demonstrations, English Country Dancing for Children, Laundry and 18th Century Dress-up, and more.
I began researching 18th century activities, clothing and past-times when my own children were performing as musicians in various living history venues. As their interests developed and our involvement in living history evolved, my interactive demonstration of period toys and games became a desired activity at New York State historic sites.
Toys, games and other interpretive activities are added regularly to my workshops as a result of my ongoing research. By playing with clay marbles, mixing corncake batter, or dressing in stays and petticoats visitors to the workshops learn about our history first hand, and in an enjoyable, family friendly program. My passion for accuracy keeps me up late boiling black walnut ink, hand-stitching doll clothes and carving wooden hobby horses.
Historic sites such as Fort Ontario, Fort Niagara, Fort Stanwix, Fort Klock, Fort Lee, Montauk Lighthouse, Old Stone Fort, Schuyler House, Johnson Hall, Fort Johnson, Drum House, Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga Battlefield, Kingston Historic District, and many others have hosted my workshops. Events with the Half Moon New Netherland Museum ship, timeline programs with Sienna College, Gilboa Power Authority War at Schoharie, the Peakskill Irish Festival, Town of Western Heritage Days, Long Island Maritime Museum Pirate Festival, and many others have invited me to return year after year with my programs.