On January 11 from 11 am – 12:30 pm the Wilton Historical Society is offering a special workshop for kids focusing on the art of tin punching. The tin lanterns that illuminated front porches and parlors throughout Europe can be traced to at least the early 16th century. By the Colonial era, tin punching added a bit of variety to the traditional choices of tin lanterns fitted with panes of glass or cow horn.
Lanterns with those original types of panes could still be punched, but tinsmiths might bypass panes altogether if they made enough holes to let sufficient light shine through.”
Colonial Williamsburg website
Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will talk about tin punching, and about William and Edward Pattinson, brothers who settled in Connecticut around 1740 and established the first tin shop in America.
The workshop project is making a rectangular placard that can be used as a wall hanging, featuring a simple dot and dash design.
Children will help make their own snacks. This workshop is suggested for ages two – six.