Revolutionary re-enactors and craftspeople work to sew a replica of George Washington's War Tent.

Artisan Workshop Series

Did you ever wonder how people in the past got dressed every day? How did they live without zippers or Velcro? Where did they buy their shoes? How did they keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter?

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century dress and what it reveals about the Revolution in our hands-on workshops. Spend the day learning traditional skills and working with your hands, beginning with a close look at objects in the Museum’s Galleries as inspiration for your own creations. Then, try your hand at creating your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing.

Artisan Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. We have workshops for everyone that are suitable for both seasoned makers and new artisans. Children and families are welcome. All materials are provided.

Leatherwork 101: Make a Shot Pouch
June 23, 2019, 10-5 pm

Colonial hunters and Revolutionary soldiers used small leather bags, called “shot pouches,” to carry musket balls and other materials. In this beginner workshop, participants will learn the basics of cutting and sewing leather and leave with their own shot pouch. No prior experience is required in this workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 10 and up. Cost includes a boxed lunch.

Historic Sewing 102: Make a Woman’s or Man’s Apron
August 18, 2019, 10am-5pm

Men and women wore aprons at work and around the house in the eighteenth century. What sort of apron wore told people what sort of work you did (or if you didn’t do much work at all). In this workshop, participants will make a gathered linen woman’s apron or a buttoned-on man’s apron. No prior sewing experience is required in this workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 10 and up. Cost includes a boxed lunch.