Crossroads’ Spring Conference- The Art of Period Trades and Crafts- May 3, 2018

“THE ART OF PERIOD TRADES AND CRAFTS”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Crossroads is excited to partner with Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services to bring you our 2018 spring Heritage Partner Professional Development Conference, “The Art of Period Trades and Crafts,” on Thursday, May 3 at 10am at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ!

The first in this new series, this conference will feature presentations and hands-on workshops with experts in trades and crafts of the 18th century.

The layout of this event will be similar to Crossroads’ fall 2017 workshop. We will have two morning presentations, followed by lunch and then hands-on workshops in the afternoon. Our morning presentations will feature: Douglas Aumack on medical and surgical practices of the 18th century, and Susan McLellan Plaisted and Richard Patterson, on prepping your site and/or yourself for live demonstrations such as hearth cooking, musket fire and cannon fire, overnight encampments, other authentic 18th century activities that involve permits and certifications, and getting reenactors to your site.

The afternoon hands-on workshops will be hosted by Shaun Pekar, Sharon Goodman, R.B. Bartgis, and Nichole Gerding. The topics that will be presented include beginner and intermediate knitting techniques, 18th century handwriting, men’s and women’s shoes, and colonial candlemaking.

Please join us for a crafty day of fun. Lunch is INCLUDED!

Below is the schedule for May 3. Space is limited to 64 people. Please note that some of the hands-on workshops have an upcharge of $20 because they come with kits. Also, the knitting workshop will feature a beginner class and an intermediate class. Please make sure to select the one that best fits you.

The price of this one day conference is $30 and includes both morning presentations, lunch and the choice of two afternoon workshops.

If you’ve never been to one of our “The Art of” series workshops, click here to see a video of our past fall 2017 conference, “The Art of Period Dress Part 2.” This will give you a better idea of what to expect! Also, here is a video of the hat presentation from that event.

Our presenters this spring include:

Douglas Aumack, Resource Interpretive Specialist at the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services

With over a decade of experience in the museum field, Doug has previously been employed as an Outreach Coordinator, Deputy Director, Curator, and Assistant Education Coordinator. He is also an award-winning contributor for his work in in the American Revolution in New Jersey and is proud to serve as an advisor for the Crossroads of the American Revolution, a National Park Heritage Area.

Susan McLellan Plaisted, Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Susan offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and receipts (recipes), as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Her repertoire ranges from open pit, through down hearth, raised hearth, and cookstove cooking. She conducts hands-on workshops and classes for both children and adults at many historic sites and museums in the Delaware Valley region and beyond. With her diverse historic foodways experience, she offers many slide presentations and lectures. The “Hearthside with Susan McLellan Plaisted” educational DVD series is her newest venture.

With her research having spanned the United States, Canada, England and Scotland, she has amassed an amazing inventory of receipts, techniques, attire, and equipment to correctly interpret and demonstrate Scottish, Welsh, English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Colonial, and Native American foodways practices from many periods of history. She also provides programming in late 18th century English and American ship-board cooking.

As the director of foodways at Pennsbury Manor, the recreated 1680’s home of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, Susan directs a skilled team of foodways volunteers in the accurate presentation of 17th century food, ranging from cheese making to the sugared delicacies of the banquetting table.

She is a founding member, Past President, and past newsletter editor of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley, a member of Culinary Historians of New York, Culinary Historians of Washington DC, and Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts. In addition, she is a member of the Food History Committee of both ALHFAM (Association of Living History Farms and Museums) and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). She is also a Board Certified Pediatric Dietitian.

Richard Patterson, Executive Director of the Old Barracks Museum

Richard Patterson has served as Executive Director of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey since 1994. The Museum attracts about 30,000 visitors each year, including 17,000 students from every county in NJ. Under his leadership, the Old Barracks has sought to create and maintain strong partnerships with other, related historic sites and museums to better disseminate promotional efforts and coordinate programming. He has overseen the massive “re-restoration” of the Old Barracks during the 1990’s (bringing in the $7 million project $1 1/2 million UNDER budget), successfully guided the Museum to accreditation by the American Museum Association in 1999. In 2001, he was one four principle planners of a major series of events and re-enactments commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the crossing of the Delaware, Battles of Trenton and Princeton involving 1,000 re-enactors from all over North America (all needing housing, busing, feeding, battle choreography, etc., that were attended by over 20,000 visitors during the weekend.

He is a recognized expert on the American Revolution, in particular the military campaigns of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton and the Battles of Saratoga, and has worked with the BBC, the History Channel, Discovery Channel and New Jersey Network (PBS) on a number of productions. He was also, in 1997, elected Commander (president) of the Brigade of the American Revolution, a non-profit educational organization with an international membership of over 2,000. He has extensive public speaking experience, having lectured on various aspects of colonial and Revolutionary War military and civilian life to non-profit organizations throughout New Jersey, and is a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Horizon Speaker series.

R.B. Bartgis, Conservator Technician at a national institution, student at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and independent scholar in the history of bookbinding and the material culture of literacy

R.B. has given workshops on penmanship in the long 18th century at colleges and historic sites throughout the east coast and is the author of the upcoming article on “Writing” for Mt. Vernon’s George Washington Digital Encyclopedia, as well as portraying writing masters and bookbinders in living history settings.

Nichole Gerding, Proprietress of Thankful Sage Farm School

Nichole is an 18th Century Food Historian, Domestic Skills Interpreter, and Proprietress of Thankful Sage Farm School, where she manufactures soaps and candles with historic sensibilities as well as gives classes on heritage skills.

Sharon Goodman, Colonial Historical Interpreter and Educator, member of and manager of operations for NJ History Alive bringing to life the rich history of revolutionary NJ through unique programs such as ‘Colonial Technology’ and interpreting Colonial Life in East Jersey Old Town Village

Learning and exchanging knowledge are Sharon’s favorite activities! From an early age, her parents encouraged and fed her curiosities for exploring differing skills and knowledge! These include playing the piano, knitting, playing in the dirt (gardening), reading and more.

Born into a heritage of amazing seamstresses, she noticed quickly that her results were not of the same expertise as her mother, aunts, grandmother and cousins. Then her parents purchased a piano for her from Mrs. B. Mrs. B was an amazing grandmotherly woman, in her 80’s at the time that was no longer playing the piano but still knitting. Sharon carries many fond memories of hours spent with Mrs B as she taught her knitting techniques not found in a ‘how to knit’ book. Nearly 50 years later, Sharon continues to learn and knit every day!

Currently, Sharon is a member of and manages the operations of NJ History Alive. She travels the state bringing to life the rich history of revolutionary NJ through unique programs such as ‘Colonial Technology’ for senior centers, libraries, scouts, classrooms and more. She also can be found interpreting colonial life at East Jersey Old Town in Piscataway and providing interactive interpretations for school groups that visit this wonderful village.

Another major portion of her time is occupied with knitting! A variety of Sharon’s knitted products are for sale at various craft fairs and she fulfills custom orders.

Shaun Pekar, Proprietor of S. Pekar Shoe and Accoutrement Maker, Professional Cordwainer, Accoutrement Maker, and former Artificer Shoemaker at Fort Ticonderoga

Shaun is a professional Cordwainer, Accoutrement Maker, and a longtime student of the American Revolution with a passion for the Northern Campaign of 1777. Until recently, Shaun was Artificer Shoemaker at Fort Ticonderoga where he helped to develop a historic trades program dedicated to interpreting military shoemaking. The development of the shoemaking program at Fort Ticonderoga allowed Shaun to research shoemaking, military supply and finance as well as the interrelationships of trades in the context of the multiple nations whose military forces occupied Fort Ticonderoga in its 23 year history. After learning the fundamentals of the trade from Stuart Lilie, Shaun worked with other shoemaking programs at Living History Museums such as Colonial Williamsburg and Old Sturbridge Village to broaden his skills and develop professional relationships.
While working for the Fort Ticonderoga Association Shaun has also been a freelance Cordwainer and Accoutrement Maker, making items for multiple museums and living history organizations including: The National Park Service, Michilimackinac State Historic Park, The Museum of The American Revolution, and Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. He is currently the proprietor of “S. Pekar, Shoe and Accoutrement Maker.”

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Thursday, May 3, 2018- Register HERE!

MORNING PRESENTATIONS-

Douglas Aumack, Resource Interpretive Specialist at the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services

Presentation- “Bleed, Purge, Saw; Medicine and Surgery in the 18th Century”- Learn about the bloody interesting sources of 18th century medical care, ending with a step by step process of amputation.

Susan McLellan Plaisted, Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Richard Patterson, Executive Director, Old Barracks Museum

Presentation- “Navigating the 21st Century’s Legal Requirements for 18th Century Trades and Crafts Demonstrations”- Prepping your site and/or yourself for live demonstrations such as hearth cooking, musket fire and cannon fire, overnight encampments, and other authentic 18th century activities that involve permits and certifications. Additional speaker to be announced.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS- (**When registering pick two. Some workshops include an additional fee to cover materials.)

Workshop- 18th Century Handwriting- presented by R.B. Bartgis, Conservator Technician at a national institution, student at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and independent scholar in the history of bookbinding and the material culture of literacy

18th Century Handwriting- In this workshop participants will learn to cut a quill pen and practice the basics of the round and running hands using 18th century copy phrases with iron gall ink in their own “ciphering books.” By the end of the class they will write a short letter from a period writing manual, fold it, and seal it using wax or a wafer. Students will take home a pen, notebook, ink, and letter, all suitable for living history settings. R.B. Bartgis will also give a brief overview of writing education in colonial America and differences in era, region, race, gender, and class, and have a display of materials relating to stationers goods, ink manufacturing, different kinds of 18th century bindings, reproductions of 18th century writing manuals, and modern scholarly works on writing pedagogy.

**This workshop has an upcharge of $20 for materials. Each kit will include a hand-bound pamphlet-sewn blank practice book, glass bottle of wax-sealed iron gall ink, inkwells and iron gall ink, pen knives, pounce, wafer seals, sealing wax, additional pre-cut quill pens.

Workshop- Colonial Knitting Knacks- presented by Sharon Goodman, Colonial Historical Interpreter and Educator, member of and manager of operations for NJ History Alive bringing to life the rich history of revolutionary NJ through unique programs such as ‘Colonial Technology’ and interpreting Colonial Life in East Jersey Old Town Village

Colonial Knitting Knacks- Each class will begin with an interesting history of knitting from earliest evidence to modern times with an emphasis on 18th and early 19th century. **This workshop has an upcharge of $20 for materials. Each kit will include knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home to complete your project.

First level (Beginner) knitters’ session- Perfect for those who have never knit but would like to learn and those who learned (and then forgot)! We will work together on the basics of how to create stitches, knit them, and finish them. Each participant will be given a set of single point knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home and complete their scarf project.

Second level (Intermediate) knitters’ session- Just right for those who know the knit stitch and would like to add to their skill! We will work together knitting in the round on double pointed needles and use simple increase/decrease techniques and perhaps learn a few trade secrets as we progress. Each participant will be given a set of double point knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home and complete their monmouth cap project.

Workshop- 18th Century Men’s and Women’s Shoes- presented by Shaun Pekar, Proprietor of S. Pekar Shoe and Accoutrement Maker, Professional Cordwainer, Accoutrement Maker, and former Artificer Shoemaker at Fort Ticonderoga

18th Century Men’s and Women’s Shoes- Walk through the process of shoemaking with Shaun as he shows off men’s shoes at various stages of completion and demonstrates key aspects of the trade as a Cordwainer. He specializes in men’s shoes but will also talk about women’s shoes in his presentation.

Workshop- 18th Century Candlemaking- presented by Nichole Gerding, 18th Century Food Historian, Domestic Skills Interpreter, and Proprietress of Thankful Sage Farm School

18th Century Candlemaking- Candlemaking is a craft as old as civilization itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School discusses Early American history, tools, and common early methods of candle making and demonstrates how to make small batch candles with organic and local ingredients. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiast, this workshop offers something for everyone interested in the heritage art of making candles. There will be a hands on demonstration of dipping beeswax tapers.

 **Space is limited for this conference- 64 seats available

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm

Location:
East Jersey Old Town Village

1050 River Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

One Day Registration- $30

*The following workshops are hands-on and will include a ready-made kit. These workshops will have an upcharge of $20.

“18th Century Handwriting”

“Colonial Knitting Knacks”

 


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