The Pine Tree Shilling

The Pine Tree Shilling offers a historical perspective on daily life in the American Colonies in the 17th Century and 18th Century. During the French and Indian War years, Colonial Americans laid the foundations of the new nation to come. In each issue, details of colonial history are brought to light including colonial trades, hearth cooking, historical clothing, amour, and weapons. Visit the Truck and Trade page and choose from our collection of history and craft books, and reproduction glass and pottery.

The staff of the Shilling has worked with the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Mass., as consultants and display designers on two major exhibits: Picturing Our Past – Frontier Challenges 1600-1720 (opened October 2003 to January 2004), and Picturing Our Past – The Colonies Come of Age 1720-1775 (October 2003 to March 2005). In addition artifact selection and display work, training sessions and materials were provided for the docents.

In 2002, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, Pemaquid, Maine, contracted with the Shilling to research and provide reproductions of a late 17th Century cod fisherman’s clothing. Knitting patterns, as well as clothing patterns, were developed. A booklet with supporting materials was provided to the museum.

The Pine Tree Shilling Reviews Page –

“The Pine Tree Shilling is a fresh approach to the field of Colonial history. The articles are well-researched and documented. Each issue covers a wide variety of topics that will add to your knowledge of what life was like in the 18th century. This publication would be valuable for teachers and museum professionals, as well as the serious reenactor.”

– Beth Gilgun / MUZZELOADER MAGAZINE Nov-Dec1999

“The Pine Tree Shilling is a unique and valuable source that provides “hands on” working knowledge of everyday life in colonial America from ceramics to clothing, metal forging, cooking, weaponry, wood woorking, architecture and beyond. Moreover, it is written in a straightforward manner that is clear and understandable to the young generation, as well as to established historians and re-enactors. Today, when emphasis on the accomplishments and core values of our country’s early settlers are disappearing from most schools, this informative publication is highly recommended as a “must read” for the entire family.”

– George C. Neumann 2FEB2000 Note: Mr. Neumann is the author of, Swords and Blades of the American Revolution / The History of Weapons of the American Revolution / Battle Weapons of the American Revolution / Firearms of the American Revolution, 1775-1783 / and Co Autored, The Collectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, with Frank Kravic.

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