Event Schedule
Conference Schedule
Ohio Regimental Military Ball 2017 Conference Schedule
Time Conference Room A    Conference Room B   Ballroom
9:00AM 1860s Jewelry
Kristen Mrozek
What do you mean I Can’t Bring Folding Chairs and a Duffel Bag?
Betsy Bashore
10:00AM The 1860s in Civilian Fashion
Julie Burnsides Diaz
East and West
Allen Loew
11:00AM 1860s Pattern Review
Julie Burnsides Diaz
19th Century Photography
Michael Rhodes
1:00PM Historical Construction Techniques
Julie Diaz and Cassidy Percoco
3:00PM Fantastic First Person
David Walker
5:00PMSocial Hour
6:00PMBallroom Opens
6:30PMDinner Served
MidnightBall Ends
Class Descriptions
Jewelry of the 1860s

Learn the basics about appropriate jewelry for the mid-19th century by studying primary documentation, including magazines, advertisements, and surviving originals.  At the end of the class we will better understand the materials and motifs found in the Victorian lady's jewelry box, and how one can appropriately add bling to an impression! -Kristen Mrozek
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What Do You Mean I Can’t Bring Folding Chairs and a Duffel Bag?

Many re-enactors heavily research their clothing and impressions, but when it comes to furnishing their camps and carrying their supplies, they get lost. Betsy Bashore will discuss how to choose, pack, transport, furnish, and use your camp supplies in an accurate way - Betsy Bashore
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The 1860s in Civilian Fashion

How did styles change through the decade? Covers both men’s and women’s daywear styles and significant trends to help you develop an “eye” for correct styles - Julie Burnsides Diaz
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East and West

During the 1860s, the U.S. and Japan experienced civil war. Both countries faced situations where loyalties were tested and the potential of cultural destruction. This presentation reflects on the parallels and differences between the two conflicts. After the presentation, Allen will give a demonstration of traditional Iaido techniques developed more than 450 years ago - Allen Loew
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1860s Pattern Review

Ever wondered how Past Patterns compares to Heidi Marsh? How Period Impressions stacks up to Galla Rock? How true is Truly Victorian? Compare popular women’s 1860s daywear patterns and the clothing made from them side-by-side and see how they stack up to original garments. - Julie Burnsides Diaz
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19th Century Photography

The first American photographs were barely 20 years old when the Civil War began, and they brought the conflict home to the civilian world in an unprecedented way. Learn about the history of photography from 1828 to 1900, and see how this new technique changed the course of the Civil War and American life forever. - Michael Rhodes
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Habits of Fashion:

Before the invention of the automobile, horses were the indispensable transportation of the 19th century, and horseback riding was not only a necessity for many Americans but also an opportunity for a woman of means to show her accomplishments and her fashion sense. This class will explore the evolution of the fashionable riding habit and how it responds to, influences and is influenced by popular fashions of the time. In addition, Dr. Holly Ray will also present her museum-quality collection of sidesaddle stirrups and park whips, as well as her antique saddles. - Holly Ray
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Historical Construction Techniques:

How to assemble an 1860s skirt and bodice, including handstitches, piping and pleating with demonstrations of the most common techniques. – Julie Burnsides Diaz and Cassidy Percoco
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Fantastic First Person

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 the foundations of a solid first-person impression, what source material to use, how to plan your wardrobe and dialect, and how to get into your chosen character. He will also cover how to get into reenactments and historical events as your character, and how to deal with the business side of things when you succeed. - David Walker
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Workshop Descriptions
Embroidered Needle Case Workshop:

Fine needlework was one of the required accomplishments of any 19th century lady of means. Learn the foundations of hand embroidery techniques and leave with a lovely embroidered needle case. Additional $15 materials cost, maximum of 10 participants – Stephanie Turner
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About Our Speakers
Betsy Bashore is an Ohio-based re-enactor
Julie Burnsides Diaz (Snapdragon Designs) is an independent designer specializing in historical fashion, costumes and bridalwear. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2010 with a Master's in Fashion History, Theory and Museum Practice. She has worked with museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cincinnati Museum of Art, and the Ohio State Historic Costume and Textile Collection. She forms one half of Dragonrose Historic Patterns, a new company focused on historically accurate sewing patterns sized to fit modern bodies. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, two cats, and a disconcertingly large dog.
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Allen Loew works as a Human Resources Manager for Bridgestone in Akron. He has a strong interest in history, particularly in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. His favorite subjects include the Civil War and the Titanic. Allen enjoys taking part in living history events and practices Iaido, the art of Japanese Swordsmanship. He holds a second degree black belt in Iaido and taught classes in Medina for a number of years.
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Kristen Mrozek (The Victorian Needle) is a teacher, academic, and reenactor with the 21st Michigan. Her research focuses mostly on 19th century jewelry; by considering the materials and motifs, we can look deeper into the time period as a whole. Kristen lives in Michigan and is the owner of The Victorian Needle, a research-based historical jewelry shop.
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Cassidy Percoco (Mimic of Modes) is the Collections Manager at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, in Ogdensburg, New York. She is the published author of Regency Women's Dress: Techniques and Patterns 1800-1829. She received her Master's Degree in Fashion History, Theory and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has worked with museum collections including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Chapman Historical Museum, the Brookside Museum, and the National Museum of Dance. She forms the second half of Dragonrose Historic Patterns. She hails from Albany, New York and enjoys writing, sewing, and collecting and restoring antique fountain pens.
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Dr. Holly Ray began her love affair with sidesaddle riding several years ago. An enthusiastic student of Civil War studies for most of her adult life, she found that sidesaddle was the ideal opportunity to combine history with her other obsession--showing her horses. Holly is active with the American Sidesaddle Association, and chartered the local chapter North Eastern Ohio Ladies Aside. Whether riding at local shows or larger competitions, she does not miss an opportunity to ride in Civil War attire. When Holly is not with her horses, she can be found at her busy companion animal practice, Champion Animal Hospital, near Warren, OH. She and her husband, Ron, enjoy living at their farm with their beloved pets.
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Michael Rhodes (Modern Day Antique) is a wet plate photographer and case maker who has been involved with photography for 30 years. He has spent the past 12 years making reproduction photo cases and the past 3 years researching and working with period photographic techniques. He is the largest case manufacturer in the world. In his “mundane” life, he is a professional wedding photographer.
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Stephanie Turner (Blue Flame Leather) comes from a family of artists. She has been in business since 1993, creating leather goods, accessories, and millinery, and selling supplies and tools to fellow artisans. She is a member of the Buckeye Leathercrafters of Central Ohio Guild, and vends at festivals throughout Ohio and Kentucky, including the Ohio Renaissance Festival and many popular living history events. She teaches leathercraft at the Columbus Idea Foundry and Functional Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
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David Walker has been impersonating Jefferson Davis for over ten years. He has appeared at Civil War Reenactments, CW Roundtables, CW Balls, CW Fashions Shows and any time an event needs a speaker on the events leading up to the war and the war itself. He is on the road 12 months out of the year and loves every minute of it. He spent 30 years in the elementary grades teaching mainly fifth grade before retiring in 2014. He has two college degrees both coming from Wright State University starting with a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts in History. Walker has loved American history since reading his first Abraham Lincoln book as a third grader. He has been reenacting since 1987 starting out as a soldier. Eventually encouraged by the Lincoln portrayers he started doing Jefferson Davis. He has performed in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and the Nation’s capital.
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