Videos

Welcome to our video page!

We have not been able to invite the public to Venoge this year so we have turned to videos as the next best thing. You will also find we are using music to tell the story of Venoge.

In the next few months we are planning more short videos which will cover domestic arts, trades and hearth cooking.

Please take a look and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss our latest.

Enjoy!

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JULEPS, SONGS AND JACOB’S PUNCH

Juleps, Songs & Jacob’s Punch Ep 1 Beverages for the Glorious 4th Welcome to Juleps, Songs and Jacob’s Punch! Celebrate July 4th with that most American of summertime beverages…the Mint Julep. It is prepared by Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, as portrayed by Brian Cushing and Amy Liebert. Follow that up with a song chaser performed by Lance Minnis and Adin Pemberton. Raise your glasses with us and toast our National Day.

It’s Militia Muster Day! Join Jacob and Charlotte as they prepare a large pitcher of Cold Tankard Punch for the guarantors of our freedom.

Mr. Pemberton may not be able to say ‘guarantor’ correctly, so he turns his talent in this episode to wagering. He, Mr. Minnis and special guest Tom Cunningham provide a stirring rendition of a favorite military air.

Get ready to march in lock step and shoulder your tankards. Episode 2 of Juleps, Songs and Jacobs’s Punch is reporting for duty!

We’re heading downriver to New Orleans! Jacob has been gone for three months. He returns home to Charlotte with something better than money. It’s an Absinthe cocktail. It’s all the rage in the Crescent City.

Meanwhile, Messrs. Minnis and Pemberton are anxious to try their hand at flatboating down the Ohio. Will they make the fortune they are pursuing? That remains to be seen. But for right now enjoy a New Orleans Beverage coupled with the rollicking song Shawneetown.

Wine was essential to Switzerland County. In this episode, Jacob and Charlotte make a delicious Imperial Punch using some fine Indiana wine.

Meanwhile Messrs. Minnis and Pemberton return home from their flatboat trip to New Orleans. Did they find their fortune?

Enjoy this subtly nuanced episode along with the song Rosin the Beau and find out! See more from Amy and Brian AKA Jacob and Charlotte here on their own channel The Victorian Barroom

BETWEEN THE LINES

In March of 1817 Jacob Weaver details a terrible accident which took place in Vevay, Indiana. Could the accident he describes actually have been murder?

Using his actual letters and original source documents we compare what he wrote and to what actually happened.

Come along with us and ponder the legal arguments as we read between the lines.

Watch time 17:24

MOVE OVER NATTY BUMPPO!

Meet the intrepid frontiersman of Switzerland County, Jacob Weaver. Episode two of our series “Between the Lines’ relates a story which must be a tall tale. Or is it? As Jacob would often say, a bullet in the hand is worth two in the ladle!

Enjoy the background sound track provided by the award winning ‘Million Cicada Orchestra’.

Watch time 11:05

Up for some herbage and heavy metal? No, we don’t mean a rock concert. Episode 3 of ‘Between the Lines’ explores the medical treatments available to those who lived in early 19th century Indiana. The use of garden grown herbs and heavy metals like mercury and copper were standard treatments. Many of those same herbs we still use today.

Featuring Laura Willyard, a domestic history scholar and Scott Frede MD, medicines used by Jacob Weaver and his family are analyzed. You will be surprised and perhaps shocked at what the leading home remedy book of the time prescribed. You’ll also be glad of the modern cures we now use in their place.

DOMESTIC ARTS

Donna Weaver, Director of Musée de Venoge, demonstrates a 19th-century decorative arts technique of vinegar graining. A summer workshop is available for those interested in learning more about this easy and clever method of embellishment.

Take a look at a past summer workshops at Venoge: http://venoge.org/summer-classes/

A bit of information before you try this at home: –The base coat of paint we use is a semi-gloss or satin finish latex.
–Powdered pigment can be obtained at an art store. Ask for dry color or powdered pigment. Earth tones are the most economical. The dry color used to tint cement can be used as well. It is not as finely ground but works for this application, is affordable and available in earth tones.
–Clear shellac works best for a finish coat and lets more color come through.
–Some prefer to wear gloves while painting as the paint and shellac can be difficult to remove.

Recipe for the vinegar mix:
½ cup water
¼ cup vinegar (try various ones if you like)
1 tsp. sugar
Mix until the sugar dissolves.

Enjoy.

Donna Weaver, Director of Musée de Venoge, demonstrates a 19th-century decorative arts technique of vinegar graining. A summer workshop is available for those interested in learning more about this easy and clever method of embellishment. Take a look at a past summer workshops at Venoge: http://venoge.org/summer-classes/ A bit of information before you try this at home: –The base coat of paint we use is a semi-gloss or satin finish latex. –Powdered pigment can be obtained at an art store. Ask for dry color or powdered pigment. Earth tones are the most economical. The dry color used to tint cement can be used as well. It is not as finely ground but works for this application, is affordable and available in earth tones. –Clear shellac works best for a finish coat and lets more color come through. –Some prefer to wear gloves while painting as the paint and shellac can be difficult to remove. Recipe for the vinegar mix: ½ cup water ¼ cup vinegar (try various ones if you like) 1 tsp. sugar Mix until the sugar dissolves. Enjoy.

HEARTH COOKERY

Laura Willyard tells us how to make an early 19th century healing salve with common plants at Musée de Venoge. She uses Comfrey, Mint, Plantain, Sweet Oil and Beeswax.

Made for 19th century medicinal herb demonstration purposes. Not intended for use.

Laura’s Plantain and Comfrey Healing Salve:
–Take Comfrey, Mint and Plantain and some Lavender if you have it; a goodly handful of each, let them set overnight to wilt them a bit.
–Then cut all them very small & stamp them good in a mortar til they are well bruised.
–Place them into a pot and pour over with enough sweet oil (olive oil other oils fats maybe used) to cover herbs; Set pot near the hearth to steep several hours to steep (simmer gently).
–Once steeped set away from hearth and let cool; when cool lay straining cloth over bowl herbs, pour the contents into cloth and twist cloth with hands to press out oil and the essence of the herbs into the bowl.
–The oil should now be good and green; pour this green oil back into pot and add beeswax; return pot to heat near hearth to melt beeswax slowly. When melted pour this into your containers.
–Cover with cloth tied with string and store in cool dark place (for modern storage, pour into tin or a sealed jar and store in refrigerator)

Watch time 5:04

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Warm up those vocal cords. It’s time to sing! This video merriment stars the musical performances of Lance Minnis, Adin Pemberton and Tom Cunningham.

The story is set in the year 1829, shortly after the building of Venoge cottage. Get ready to join Jacob and Charlotte Weaver the cottage’s original occupants as portrayed by Brian Cushing and Amy Liebert. Also featured in the film are Walt and Jan Dubbeld, Erica and Maddie Coulter, Mike Kruse, Kathy Holcomb and Lars and Lucia Isenhart.

Watch time 24:12

This special music video features the song, “The Old House”, performed by the renowned tenor, John McDermott. We thank him for personally granting permission to use. Scenes were filmed at the Musée de Venoge and portray Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, the first couple who resided there.

Watch time 3:12

Enjoy this wonderful and haunting melody played in memory of Charlotte Golay Weaver (1787-1841), who with her husband and 10 children were the first residents of the home now known as Musée de Venoge. Michael Thompson wrote and performed this original score as he sat on a fallen tree near Charlotte’s graveside.

Watch time 1:22

Watch the trailer for our true-life movie about Jacob Weaver and his family, the first owners of the Venoge cottage. It is based on 34 letters written between 1813 and 1847, set against the backdrop of the wilds of early Indiana it chronicles their life, from prosperity to bankruptcy, weddings, births and deaths, life-altering disease, warfare, but most of all the dreams they had in this new land.

Buy the DVD of To Make a Beginning

Watch time 1:52

EVENTS AT VENOGE

See what it was like in 1815 when Musée de Venoge celebrates our National Day!  This public 4th of July event featured food, speeches, fashions, trades, crafts, music, and dancing reminiscent of the days when Indiana was a young state.

Take a look at more pictures from this past event.

Watch time 1:23

RESTORATION OF VENOGE

The amazing story about the detective work guiding a 16-year effort to save and restore the Musée de Venoge cottage near Vevay, Indiana. Jacob Weaver, the first owner of the Venoge cottage, once referred to it in a letter to his father as ‘A Small Place I Wrote You About’. Today it is a National Register-listed house and a rare example of an early 1800s French Colonial style of construction.

Visit the Venoge cottage!

Watch time 16:41

Welcome to our video page!

We have not been able to invite the public to Venoge this year so we have turned to videos as the next best thing. You will also find we are using music to tell the story of Venoge. 

In the next few months we are planning more short videos which will cover domestic arts, trades and hearth cooking. 

Please take a look and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss our latest.

Enjoy!

 

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