The Wilton Historical Society has two upcoming workshops for kids. Space is limited; please register via email or by calling 203.762.7257.

Stenciled Oil Cloth Workshop for Kids

Saturday, March 4
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Practical, easily refurbished oil cloth floor coverings were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, adding a spot of color and design–and protection–to wooden floors. On Saturday, March 4, the Wilton Historical Society will offer a workshop for children to make their own small oil cloth floor mats. They will be stenciling with traditional patterns and colors, led by museum educator Lola Chen.

During the course of the workshop, the kids will be able to examine the large green stenciled floor cloth in the dining room of the 1772 Fitch House, and see for themselves how Wilton’s early residents would have made use of this inexpensive material. The workshop includes a snack of pineapple upside down cake, which the children will help prepare.

The workshop is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to participate is $10 for members, with a maximum of $25 per family; $15 for non-members, for a maximum of $35 per non-member family.

Paper Making Workshop for Kids

Saturday, March 11
11 a.m.-12:30 pm.

Even as we seem to be evolving to a “paperless society,” paper is still very much a part of our life, from currency to newspapers to school notebooks to the printers in every office. During this paper making workshop for kids, Chen will guide the children as they learn how to make hand-made paper, and discuss the history of paper. New England had many paper mills, including one in Trumbull, which made paper from recycled linen and cotton rags. The scarcity of rags during the Revolutionary period was a chronic problem, and many newspapers carried ads requesting that rags be left at the printer’s office where they would be bundled for shipment to the nearest paper mill.

The workshop is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to participate is $10 for members, with a maximum of $25 per family; $15 for non-members, for a maximum of $35 per non-member family.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..