Heritage DIY

(No canned goods were harmed in the making of this photo. Jars were quickly returned to dark pantry after photograph was made.)
A selection of freshly canned jams, jellies, preserves, and pickles from my pantry. Photo copyright Susan Lutz 2016.

Heritage DIY—Historic How-To With a Twist

OR… How to Learn to Learn the History of Almost Anything by Doing It Yourself

There’s no better way to learn how people did things in the past than by trying to do it yourself. Heritage DIY is a resource for doers and makers of all sorts. Whether you want to learn about your family’s history through quilting or how to grow a better tomato, you’ll find out how to ask the right questions to get the most unexpected answers.

Part how-to-manual, part manifesto, Heritage DIY will lead you and your family through the steps of learning how to do almost anything—with local experts as your guides. Our neighborhoods are full of people who know how to do stuff. All you have to do is find the right person and listen carefully, hopefully with a tool in your hand.

Written by Susan Lutz, a former documentary television producer turned food journalist, Heritage DIY will guide you on your journey to discover your own past through historic how-to.

Articles on Heritage DIY can be found here. A book of collected articles is currently in the works.