November Craft Night

Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Learn to Make Hand-made Buttons

1bThere is scarcely, in the whole range of household articles, one of more general use or in greater demand than the button. It forms an indispensable accompaniment to almost every article of wearing-apparel belonging to both sexes. As a fastening for garments it is infinitely superior to the points and lacings which it has superseded; the former of these being no longer employed, and the latter scarcely used in the toilette except to aid in distorting the beautiful female form with that unnatural contrivance called Stays.~The Magazine of Domestic Economy 1841

What is a Dorset Button? It’s a handmade button made with thread and a ring base. This type of button originated in Dorset, England in the 1620’s and remained popular until the 1850’s. They were originally made using a ring cut from a ram’s horn, but modern versions use a plastic or metal ring. Learn the basics and start designing your own beautiful buttons!

Instructor: Deborah Hyland

Date: Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 7 pm

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Click here for the supply list and other class information

Haunted History Tours 2014


Image courtesy of Amy Armbruster

Saturday November 1, 2014
La Toussaint

In 50 years as a museum, we’ve heard many strange stories of hauntings and supernatural experiences. In this hour-long tour, which features parts of the house that are usually closed to the public, we’ll tell the stories and let you decide for yourself if the DeMenil House is haunted.

Haunted History Tours will be offered at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 and costs $8 per guest. Regular tours of the Mansion will be held on the hour as usual.


Can’t make it on November 1st? Our Haunted Tours are also available for your group by appointment. Contact us to find out more.

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