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Try Your Hand at 18th-Century Skills

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 apparel and what it reveals about the American Revolution. 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, create your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while you develop your craft.

Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. Our workshops are suitable for everyone including seasoned makers and new artisans. Families and children are welcome. All materials are provided for all of our workshops.

Upcoming Artisan Workshops

Plus, stay tuned for additional workshops announced throughout the year.

Elizabeth "Betty" Dorn's short gown
Feb 03
 

Artisan Workshop Stitch-In: Make Elizabeth Dorn’s Gown (Virtual)

February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
This four-week virtual workshop will introduce participants to fashion history and how to make your own short gown based on Elizabeth “Betty” Dorn’s short gown.
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Mar 10
 

Artisan Workshop Stitch-In: Make an Embroidered Pin Cushion

March 10 & 17, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
In this two-part virtual workshop, learn about 18th-century fashion and how to make your own embroidered "pinball" (a spherical pincushion).
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