SRU’s Old Stone House to take historical look at early America

Old Stone House

June 4, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will be doing what it does best - stepping into the past - for its June 9 "Early America Day" event.

"Early America Day" invites visitors to experience the building as it was in the 19th century with fun and educational programs focused on the history and culture of early America.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature historical interpreters and demonstrations of 19th century daily tasks like cooking and specialized trades such as blacksmithing and carpentry. Live musicians will perform music from the 18th and 19th centuries and children will be able to try their hand at colonial games and crafts including tin punching and candle dipping.

"Hands-on experiences like this are one of the best ways to learn about the past," said Aaron Cowan, SRU associate professor of history and curator of the Old Stone House. "There's nothing like an in-person encounter, for children and adults alike, to really understand how people lived and how our society has changed over time."

Admission to the event is free but donations are welcome. Guided tours of the Old Stone House will be available.

The Old Stone House, which is owned and operated by SRU, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 258 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.

For more information, contact Cowan at aaron.cowan@sru.edu or call 724.738.4964.

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