General Voris (Ted Dudra)

A native Akronite Ted will present in the first person Brevet Major General Alvin C. Voris from Summit County Ohio. Voris remains the highest ranking military officer ever to come from this area. His very interesting life involved representing Akron and the State of Ohio as a lawyer and a politician both before and after…

Workshop: Historical Hand Stitching (Julie Burnsides Diaz)

Before the invention of the sewing machine, all clothing was made by hand. Even today, there’s a limit to what your sewing machine can do if you’re striving for historical accuracy. Learn the most common techniques and stitches you need to create accurate 1860s clothing, including cartridge-pleating, inserting boning, using piping, making buttonholes and thread…

Victorian Miser Purse Workshop – Jamie Quick

Victorian Miser Purse Workshop: Make your own period coin purse We will begin by discussing period reticules, and how to reproduce them using period appropriate materials and techniques. Then, participates will begin knitting or crocheting their own Miser Purse. Workshop fee includes pattern, silk yarn, and beads, if your pattern choice requires them. Upon registration,…

Fans of the 1860s — Emily Lapisardi (Rue de la Paix Reproductions)

Learn about the history of the primary types of hand fans in used in the 1860s (pleated, brise, palmette, cockade, and fixed), fan anatomy and usage, and identifying and caring for period fans. Study fans “in context” through CDVs and portraits, view originals, and discuss the use of original and reproduction fans in your portrayal…

Fantastic First Person (David Walker)

Tired of not having the right answers for a curious public?  Freeze up when someone asks you a question you aren’t prepared for?  Ready to take your impression to the next level and partner with a historic site?  David Walker, also known as President Jefferson Davis, has the answers!  He will discuss how to build…