Money was often in short supply during the early Colonial period, which forced people to barter. Wampum, made of sea shells, was introduced to New England in 1627 by Dutch settlers in New York who traded with Native Americans.

At a Colonial Bartering Workshop for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 to 12:30, museum educator Lola Chen will discuss how bartering and trading works, and the kinds of items that were exchanged, such as wampum for wheat.  The children will make their own wampum beads from recycled paper, and will help make their own snack.

Suggested for ages 6 to 12. Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road.