Clothing during the American Revolutionary War period discussed in “The Art of Period Dress” conference

Eliza West, Head of Costume, Fort Ticonderoga

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The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area together present a one-day conference, “The Art of Period Dress”. The program will feature a morning of dynamic and engaging presentations on men’s and women’s Revolutionary War Era clothing, followed by afternoon of hands-on workshops.

This is the first of two planned programs on the topic, with the follow up to be scheduled for the fall.  The program will take place at the historic Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington and is intended to help prepare historic sites to become “visitor-ready” for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution in 2026.  Speakers and presenters include Mark Hutter and Sarah Woodyard from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Eliza West of Fort Ticonderoga. Speakers will be joined for the afternoon workshops by David Niescior and Asher Lurie from the Old Barracks Museum, and Carrie Fellows of the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The keynote speaker is Mark D. Hutter, Journeyman Tailor and Supervisor in the Department of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For more than thirty years he has studied and replicated original 17th through early 19th century garments, in order to document and reconstruct the practices of the tailor’s trade. His colleague, Sarah Woodyard, is a practicing Journeywoman Milliner and Mantua-Maker at the Margaret Hunter shop where she works to preserve and interpret the trades of eighteenth-century needlewomen. Sarah’s (current) favorite garment to study and stitch are eighteenth-century women’s caps.

Eliza West is the Head of Costume at the living history museum Fort Ticonderoga where she researches, constructs, and manages clothing worn by the museum’s interpretive staff. She demonstrates military tailoring and other needle trades to the public, mentors staff and volunteers, and assists in planning Fort Ticonderoga’s reenactment events.

“The Art of Period Dress” conference will take place on April 21, 2017, at the Historic Hunterdon Courthouse in Flemington, NJ. Registration information: http://donations.revolutionarynj.org/product/heritage-partner-spring-conference-registration/

If you need an accommodation or have any questions, contact Carrie Fellows at 908.237.2010 or cultural@co.hunterdon.nj.us  The historic courthouse is an accessible location.

The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission supports and develops programs to promote interest and participation in and understanding of local arts, culture, history and historic events.  The Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. To learn more about the Commission’s programs and activities, please visit www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm  or find us on Facebook.

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