NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Stone Fort Museum will host two maker workshops in October as part of the Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read campaign.

The workshops blend the history of everyday carry, on display in the museum’s current “Pocket, Purse and Pack: Digging into Every Day Carry” exhibit that will run through May 2019, with the everyday carry of the post-apocalyptic future envisioned in Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, “Station Eleven.”

“Tin Can Prep Kits” will provide makers the tools and the tin to create a kit to meet their needs. Whether it is a pocket-sized tech backup or tools to survive a long walk in the woods, this workshop will help you get it together in an Altoids tin. The workshop is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The second workshop, titled “Modern Chatelaines and Chow,” will introduce makers to one of the earliest pockets: the chatelaine. Over a side of “good eats,” participants will fashion their modern chatelaine with a Steampunk twist. This workshop is slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The goal of the program is to have all participants read the same book in order to have meaningful discussions, lectures, classes, and interactive entertainment and events to bring the community together.

Both workshops are free of charge, but space is limited. Register by Oct. 5 for the tin can workshop and Oct. 23 for the chatelaine workshop. Leave your name and email address at or (936) 468-2408.