Historic Sewing 102: Make a Knapsack

Join a Museum educator to make your own replica knapsack – the backpacks that soldiers carried during the Revolutionary War. Begin with a special examination of the Museum’s re-creation of the knapsack and contents that belonged to Sgt. John Hawkins and then learn the basics of eighteenth-century hand sewing. No prior sewing experience is required in this workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 8 and up.

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.

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