Museum Workshops

for children and adults

Winters Heritage House Museum offers the following workshops through an ‘on-request’ schedule.

Gather a few friends and give us a call. We’ll run a workshop just for your group, whenever it suits your busy schedule.  Also visit our Tours page to see what opportunities we offer there!

There is a single flat fee per workshop, regardless of your participant numbers, and it is up to your group to collect and organize payment. Workshops are fairly small, so should be easy for you to to fill.  Payment is due two weeks in advance of the class.

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Visit our Calendar of Events page to see what workshop specials we are offering each month!

Children and Family Workshops —$75/group for up to 10 people. Workshops each take 60 to 90 minutes and are hands-on in nature.  Any of the Children and Family Workshops also make a fun activity for a group of adults, students, or scouts.  We require a minimum of 1 adult (ages 16 and older) per 5 children (ages 15 and younger).

  • Wool to Weaving—Learn how raw wool was traditionally prepared for hand-spinning.  Students can try carding (brushing) the wool and using drop spindles to process it into yarn.  Next, you can try your hand at weaving.  Many of these steps were children’s chores, long ago.

  • Scherenschnitte – Learn the traditional art of Pennsylvania German Scissors cutting.  Participants will be taught some tricks to cutting intricate patterns out of paper, and complete a scherenschnitte project. Several levels of difficulty are available.  (Take home patterns will be made available.)

scheren birds

  • German Folded Paper Stars – Learn to fold traditional Moravian-style paper stars from strips of paper.  We’ll guide you step-by-step through the process. Once mastered, this is an addictive craft!  This is a wonderful workshop for teens through adults, though may be too challenging for under 10 year olds.


  • Colonial Tea Party – Dress in our early American costumes and spend a fun afternoon learning to embroider and practicing tea-time manners.

 Adult Workshops  (ages 16 and older)

  • Hand-Spinning Wool – $150* for a 3-hour session, for groups of up to 4 adults. (may require multiple sessions)

Learn the processes from cleaning a raw fleece to hand spinning yarn. Covers both drop spindle and spinning wheel techniques.  We have opted to set a per-session fee so we can meet as many times as needed by the students.  Beginners should expect to need at least 4 sessions. *Materials fee may apply for one or more sessions.


  • Hearth Cooking – $250* for a one-day workshop and meal, for groups of up to 4 students/ 8 diners

Learn the ins and outs of cooking over a fire in this approximately 5-hour workshop.  We will work in our hearth kitchen to make a complete meal.  Participants may each invite one guest to come dine (up to 8 total meals) at the close of the workshop.  *This workshop also has a materials fee of up to approximately $50.  We have many requests to run this workshop for family and homeschool groups. Please call the museum to discuss this possibility.

  • Genealogy Research – $75 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 4 participants

Spend time with our research staff learning how to best uncover family genealogies using our unique resources as well as internet services.

  • Beginning Quilting – $150 for a 2-hour session

Master basic quilting techniques for making your own heirloom pieces.  Cost includes all materials, though students will need to bring some standard supplies.  Several sessions may be required, depending upon experience. Absolute beginners should expect to need at least 4 sessions.  Jo Garvin, instructor.

  • Scherenschnitte  (German Scissors Cutting)- $150 for a 3-hour session. This workshop accommodates up to 6 adults.

Work with local scherenschnitte artist, Joli Miller, to master the skills needed to cut incredibly beautiful designs from paper.

Beginning Rug Braiding – $150 for a 2-hour session. This workshop accommodates up to 4 adults.

Work with local rug braider, Carolyn Newcomer, to create a braided mat. All materials are supplied. Advanced/continuing classes are an option.


Workshops may be scheduled during non-museum hours. To organize a workshop, please contact the museum.

We hope to add more workshops as time goes on. Please check back often to see what is available.

717 367-4672   or email:  Winters–