Buckskin Breeches

Here are a few stories taken from “History of Iron County Mission and Parowan” by Luella Dalton. Enjoy this look back.

The first is from John Henderson. “Once, Wm. C McGregor and I went after a load of wood up over the Hogback. I was wearing a fine new pair of buckskin breeches. Our oxen made good time, and when we were ready to start up the hill to chop our wood, it started to rain. I knew if my buckskin breeches got wet, they would be ruined, so I took them off, carefully folded them and placed them in a hollow tree that had been struck with lightning. The I proceeded to chop my wood in my hickory shirt made of home-spun cotton. Then I snaked my wood down the hillside and loaded my wagon. The rain was nearly over, so I donned my buckskin pants and drove home.”

Morgan Richards says, “I thought I was pretty smart when I put on my first pair of buckskin pants and went up the canyon to work on Uncle Nattie’s saw mill. When it started to rain, my pants began to stretch so I cut off a little here and a little there, then a little more and more as they continued to lengthen. When the sun began to shine, my pants began to climb higher and higher as they dried out, and my beautiful new trousers were nothing more than knee pants.”

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Gifts from the Past

Mr. Santycaus

Dear Sir: Will you come to me and my little sister we like to play. Please send us dolls and everything nice and we will thank you if you will come. We will not be very afraid of you, if you do not look at us much. Be sure and come my little sister and I will look for you every day.

Your little girls – Lizzie, Croton on Hudson N.Y.

lhj-1902This letter was turned over to the Dead Letter Office at Washington D.C. during the holiday season 1897-98. This time of year many thoughts turn to gifts to give, and gifts to receive. We thought we would give you some suggestions from The Ladies Home Journal, December 1902.

For Father: Fob, Scarf pin, Dress-Suit Protector, Cigar Jar, Homemade Bathrobe, a good almanac, or a paper cutter.

For Mother: Growing Plant, Breakfast Jacket, Shell Hairpins, Flannel Kimono, Gloves, a Travelling Writing Tablet, or a Lace Fichu.

For the Elder Sister: Monogram Stationary, Chiffon Boa, Bureau Silver, Candlestick, a Clock, or an Indian Necklace.

For the Young Man:  Sleeve Buttons, Cane, Field-Glass, Penknife, Opera Glass, a Watch Chain, or a Fancy Coat Hanger.

And if by chance, you have servants, the Journal has got you covered. Acceptable presents include: an Umbrella, Necktie, Underclothes, Collars and Cuffs, or a Work Basket – Well fitted, of course.

Christmas at the Homestead: So Far

The annual Christmas at the Homestead festivities are well under way. We have heard a hand bell choir, a family bluegrass band, and the Suzuki Strings. Pine cone Christmas trees, pipe cleaner angels, hand-dipped candles, and our ever popular Christmas Cord have been made. The festive lights and trees have been aglow and of course Santa has been on hand. If you are down our way, come see us. We are celebrating Christmas at the Homestead until Friday, December 9 at 8pm. santa-2016

Christmas at the Homestead

spinners-tree-2Are you looking for a fun, family friendly, affordable way to celebrate the Christmas season? How about Christmas at the Homestead—the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, that is! The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the popular state park in Cedar City are once again partnering to provide a Christmas celebration for area residents and visitors.

First up is the second annual Homestead Christmas Market December 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recapturing the sights, sounds, smells and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas market, this event provides a truly unique holiday shopping experience; where you can browse and buy from over 50 artists and craftsmen. It’s a great opportunity to find that perfectly handcrafted gift for the special someone on everyone’s list.

Admission to the event is just $1 per person. Free hot chocolate will be available both days, and holiday music will be featured on December 3. For more information, visit christmasatthehomestead.com.

The annual Christmas at the Homestead will be December 5 to 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The cost is only $2 per person or $5 for the entire family, and there will definitely be something for everyone—young, old, and in between.

homestead-christmas-4“Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quicker and more completely than spending an evening at Christmas at the Homestead,” said Todd Prince, Frontier Homestead State Park Manager. “It’s an enchanting experience with everything that makes Christmas special: music, friends and family, entertainment, and holiday goodies.”

All the museum’s regular features and exhibits will be open each night. In addition, different entertainment will be featured each evening, including music and dance at 6 and 7 each evening and Christmas story readings at 6:30 and 7:30. 

Walking through the various museum structures, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each will be decorated with a themed tree and other decorations. Some of the trees will be favorites from previous years, but a few new ones will also make their premieres. Ben Hohman, properties director for the Festival, has designed the lighting in the park.

Of course, Santa will be in the Hunter House each evening from 5:30 to 8. Each night will also include different treats: popcorn, baked goods, and hot chocolate. As you walk among the various buildings, 15 unique themed trees might give you some inspiration for your home. Each evening will also include different hands-on activities: beaded ornaments, Christmas cord, dipping candles, etc.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to benefit from an affordable and entertaining holiday experience,” said Joshua Stavros, Festival media and public relations manager.“Christmas at the Homestead gives us a chance to celebrate our rich heritage and give something back to the community.”

For the latest information and details, visit: www.christmasatthehomestead.com. christmas-at-the-homestead-2016-poster