WORKSHOP: German Goose Feather Trees


Repeats: None

Renfrew Museum and Park
1010 E Main Street
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268-2338
(717) 762-4723
Region: Dutch Country Roads
Hours of operation: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission fee: $75 per person

Join Renfrew as we kick off the holiday season with a very special evening workshop learning how to make a traditional Pennsylvania German goose feather Christmas tree! Often considered to be the earliest form of artificial Christmas tree, the goose feather tree has its origins in Germany due to the resulting deforestation of pine trees. By the mid to late 19th century it was frowned upon to harvest wither the whole or just the tops of the trees. As a result, the tradition of crafting artificial trees by using dyed goose feathers became a fashionable alternative and the tradition was brought into American households by the Pennsylvania German community. Reaching its height of popularity around 1900, many families still trim feather trees to this day. Participants will be provided with a complete kit and all materials needed to create an authentic 12″ high goose feather tree inspired by the German heritage of our historic farmstead. Enjoy a warm, festive atmosphere complete with hot cider, light refreshments, and recorded period music as instructors walk you through the entire process. Workshop takes place in the Wagon Shed Room of the Visitors Center. This adult workshop is designed for individuals aged 18 and over. Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by 4:00pm on November 9, 2023.

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