Mend, Remake, Remodel
$30
~Elizabeth Stewart Clark

Learn some great period mending techniques to extend the useful life of your clothing, ways to remodel your existing garments for new uses, and how you can use these historical ideas to enhance your living history work. Rips, holes, strains? Gaping necklines? Pinchy armpits? It's all fixable in a period-appropriate way! Participants bring a garment or two of their own and basic sewing supplies to practice the techniques and get advice on re-fitting garments and extending the useful life of quality historical clothing. Take-home illustrated workbook included.

Franken-Corset:

Remodel Your Foundation
$30
~Elizabeth Stewart Clark

Corsets need to change as your body changes! Particularly of use to those dressing teens, or those experiencing figure changes of any kind. If you're in flux, not ready to commit to a new corset entirely, but need some alterations now, come and learn how to take a corset in to better fit your needs, or set in a gusset to add room! Take-home illustrated workbook included.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, March 22

Youth Discussion Seminar
***Free***
~Kristen Mrozek

Hey young person! This seminar is just for you! Kristen Mrozek will lead a discussion that will help guide youth in pursuing their historical interests. Topics include favorite event activities, opportunities for leadership, and how to fine tune a presentation. Children will receive a surprise gift to help further their interests in history. Parents and other adults are invited to listen or take notes. However, we ask that they hold off participation in the discussion until the end of the workshop.


1860’s Ladies Basic Cuff Workshop:

A Basic Set for Coat Sleeves 

$30

~Sara Gonzalez


Brief overview of period ladies cuffs and undersleeves, followed by a basic cuff workshop. Learn how to create a set of basic cuffs for a dress with coat sleeves! Complete Ensembles of the Past cuff kit is included in your price for this workshop, as well as information on other cuff and undersleeve styles!


Decorated Hairnets
$38
~Betsy Connolly Watkins

As demonstrated in countless original images, hairnets (both decorated and undecorated) were one of the most popular accessories for women of all ages in the mid-19th century. These functional bits of frippery kept the hair neat and tidy while also accessorizing the ensemble.


In this workshop, we will discuss hairnets and look at different examples of hairnets. Participants will have the chance to try their hand at creating a decorated hairnet using ribbons, beads, and tassels. Basic hand sewing skills are necessary to complete this workshop.

Sunday, March 24


Saturday, March 23

Tiny Tidy Things
$40
~Elizabeth Stewart Clark

Explore a nifty facet of mid-century publications: a range of small, useful projects to be made with commonly-found household materials, with only a small expected influx of readily-available purchased supplies. Get familiar with mid-19th-century "Pinterest", and make something of your own! Participants receive a short list of stash items to bring along for their projects or to swap with others; a Common Findings table with findings and materials is also open for use, and the workshop includes an illustrated take-home workbook with templates and instructions for each project. All projects are drawn from US publications 1859-1865.

Hair Flower Workshop
$30
~Lucy Cadwallader

Step Back into the Victorian Era and Create your Own Hair Flower! Each participant will be shown how to construct their own lapel pin using the "gimp" technique. If you elect to bring your own swatch of hair, it must be at least 10 inches in length and the diameter of a pencil-place in a ziplock bag (human hair or horsehair works best). You may opt to make your hair flower into a pin or display it in a glass paper weight, a glass dome or wooden box (available to purchase).


Lucy will also be bringing a variety of original hair art as well as projects she has made from hair. Start your family heirloom today!

1860’s Fabrics 101:

Training the Period Eye

$5
~Sara Gonzalez

Have you ever wondered how to know if a fabric is period correct? Is it possible to go to a fabric store and just know if that cotton print is appropriate for the Civil War years or to throw it out the window with the rest? How do you determine these questions if it doesn’t say “reproduction?” What type of fabrics did they actually have and use frequently in the 1860’s, and have those terms changed? Get the answer to these questions and more in this brief lecture class by fabric enthusiast Sara Gonzalez, all while you pour over images of original textiles and discover their uses!

Mend, Remake, Remodel
$30
~Elizabeth Stewart Clark

Learn some great period mending techniques to extend the useful life of your clothing, ways to remodel your existing garments for new uses, and how you can use these historical ideas to enhance your living history work. Rips, holes, strains? Gaping necklines? Pinchy armpits? It's all fixable in a period-appropriate way! Participants bring a garment or two of their own and basic sewing supplies to practice the techniques and get advice on re-fitting garments and extending the useful life of quality historical clothing. Take-home illustrated workbook included.

Interpreting and Reenacting Slavery

$20 

~Cheyney McKnight


Would you like to address enslavement in your interpretation, but are intimidated by the prospect of speaking to the public about slavery? This workshop will provide you with the tools to get started interpreting slavery in a museum or living history environments. Participants will be provided with steps, common problems, solutions and scenarios that will provide them with the confidence to educate the public about slavery

Up Close and Personal Clothing
***Free***
~Glenna Jo Christen

Using provided survey forms for dresses and wrappers, participants will get a detailed, inside and out “guided tour” of at least two garments they choose from a selection of original women’s dresses and wrappers. They will learn about typical dress and wrapper construction features and fabrics and the differences between them, along with common variations and some unique features. Everyone will get

their own Dress and a Wrapper Survey Forms to use to collect information when they have the opportunity to examine other garments.


Have a question? Email

citizensforumofthe1860s@gmail.com

and we will respond within 24 hours.

Ladies Basic Collar Workshop

$35

~Sara Gonzalez

This is a brief overview of period ladies collars, followed by a basic collar workshop. Learn how to adapt a collar pattern to fit you and your gown, and make it up by hand in this workshop! Complete Ensembles of the Past collar kit is included in your price for this workshop!

A Brief Overview:

Original Punch Paper Collection

***Free***

~Kristen Mrozek


Perforated paper items were a popular project during the 19th century. From bookmarks to memorial pieces, this needle work displayed the fine skills of a lady from the time. 


Join Kristen as she displays parts of her original perforated paper collection and brainstorm ideas for your own project. 

Hair Flower Workshop
$30
~Lucy Cadwallader

Step Back into the Victorian Era and Create your Own Hair Flower! Each participant will be shown how to use
pulverized flowers and a few variations on the gimp pattern and if time allows a few 
 All the necessary items will be available to complete a flower. If you elect to bring your own swatch of hair, it must be at least 10 inches in length and the diameter of a pencil-place in a ziplock bag (human hair or horsehair works best). You may opt to make your hair flower into a pin or display it in a glass paper weight, a glass dome or wooden box (available to purchase).


Lucy will also be bringing a variety of original hair art as well as projects she has made from hair. Start your family heirloom today!

Make Your Own

Hardback Blank Book
$20
~Bob Sullivan

In this workshop you will be taught elements of book-binding and will make your own blank book.

You will learn proper sewing techniques for binding a stack of paper as a book, how to create a cover, attaching endpapers, and finalizing the book. The workshop includes a kit with all the materials necessary to make 1 blank book with 50 sheets of blank paper covered in marble paper and half-bound in cloth. Book covers made in this way can also be used as covers for phones, tablets, and other modern devices that

find their way into camp.


Inspiring Youth Participation
***Free***
~Kristen Mrozek

Have you noticed dwindling participation with your organization? Are you looking for ideas to getting youth involved at your site? Spend an hour with Kristen Mrozek discussing different techniques that will increase participation of young people with your group or historic site. You will have the opportunity to speak one on one with group members, workshopping solutions to fit your needs. “One size fits all” does not fit here; we will try to tailor our discussion to help your site specifically.

Our goal by the end of the workshop is for each person to leave with at least an outlined plan for how to attract young people to their organization.

1860’s Ladies Collar Workshop:

White Work Variation

$25-30
~Sara Gonzalez

Description:
Have you taken or signed up for the basic collar class or have had past experience with collars and want to create a more complex one from lace? In this workshop, learn the basics of splicing white work and other collar adaptions to create your own one of-a-kind, unique “fancy” 1860’s collar! Lace and instruction is included in price. Complete Ensembles of the Past basic collar kit is not included in your price, but it is recommended that you purchase one if you haven’t already.