Educational Programs

Early American Craft Education at Boulton.

The Craft Education program began over a decade ago when the Master Gunsmiths of Jacobsburg Historical Society began sharing their knowledge of hand crafting Pennsylvania longrifles. These classes were so popular that plans were developed to increase the class offerings.

The program was formalized and expanded in 2010.

First added was a class in how to fashion an authentic period powder horn.  This program has been sponsored from the beginning by the Honorable Company of Horners. The next logical class was Leatherworking: making a leather hunting bag. Classes in wreath making were also offered for the Christmas season. The expanding program needed more space and a fundraising campaign was conducted, raising over $50,000 towards renovating an existing barn space into the new Craft Education Workshop. In 2012, classes were added in redware pottery and eighteenth-century clothing construction.

The EACE program preserves and teaches the art and industry of early America while also providing a revenue source for the Society, thus building for long term stability. New ideas for classes and additional instructors welcome.

Class Schedule

The following classes are planned for the Jacobsburg Historical Society Early American Craft Education program during 2013-14:

Powder Horn Class

Make a beautiful Early American-style powder horn. Using a natural cow horn, create storage container in which our forefathers carried their gunpowder. Sponsored by the Honorable Company of Horners.

Dates to be Determined  Cost $250.

Materials and tools provided.

Beginning Gunsmithing (class limited to 8 enrollments)

Dates: Sunday, September 14, 2014 (1:00pm-5:00pm) for 9 sessions.

Build a representation of an historic functional Pennsylvania longrifle.

Cost is $850 and a deposit of $250 is required to hold a registration.

Contact JHS Office for additional details.


Reware Pottery

Dates: June 1, 8, and 15
Museum Lower Level
Fee: $75 (Includes supplies)

Participants will produce primitive and functional redware pottery which will be hand formed, glazed, and fired. Your instructor will be Larry Bartosh. Enrollment is limited so register early by sending your payment of $75 (includes materials and supplies) to Jacobsburg Historical Society;   PO Box 345; Nazareth, PA 18064.