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Domestic Skills Symposium

Learn about a variety of topics concerning domestic life in the 19th century, including fashion, cuisine, technology, material culture and more!  You must pre-register.  Space is limited.

Saturday Symposium, Nov. 9th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Our all-day symposium is comprised of an array of lectures spanning the late-18th through mid-19th century.  Four renowned speakers will present on a variety of topics relating to the late 18th century through mid-19th century.

 

2019 Presentations:

"A Story in the Threads: The Clothing of Enslaved Women in the Antebellum South" by Cheyney McKnight, Public Historian and Proprietor of Not Your Momma's History.

"What's On The Table? An Exploration of Regional Shifts in Colonial Mid-Atlantic Foodways" by Lavada Nahon, Culinary Historian-Cook-Independent Scholar

"Stitching for Freedom: Quilts, Sewing Groups, and the Anti-Slavery Movement" by Judy Deyo, GCV&M Hand-Quilter and former educator.

"Upon These Shoulders: Speaking Truth to Power. The Freedom Fighters in Upstate New York." by David Shakes, Actor, Director, Producer and Historical Interpreter.

 

 

On Saturday we will once again offer a free a buffet luncheon to registrants, consisting of receipts selected from various 18th- and 19th-century period cookery books!   (Please do keep in mind that historic receipts do not always follow modern-day dietary needs and restrictions, and plan accordingly.  If your dietary needs are very specific, you may feel free to bring your own lunch to enjoy or visit one of several local restaurants in the area.) 

The previous Bill of Fare given below will give you an idea of what our period luncheons have looked like in the past.  The 2019 Bill of Fare will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

2018 BILL OF FARE

Salamongundy with Dressing

Meat-free (vegetarian) Salamongundy with Dressing

A Dunelm of Chicken

Fried Artichoke Bottoms        Cauliflower Maccaroni        Potatoes a la Maitre d'Hotel

Irish Pickles      Sweet Pickled Beets       Apple Compote

Lemon Flummery     Chocolate Cream       Blancmange

Plain Buns with  Sweet Butter

Shrewsbury Pudding with Warm Pudding Sauce       French Tarts of Preserved Fruit

Coffee, Tea, Soda, Shrub, Water

 

Optional Workshops are offered Pre- and Post-Symposium

For an extra fee, you can also attend both pre- and post-conference hands-on workshops in a variety of subjects.  Workshops are listed in the downloadable program booklet below.

 

Check-in begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 9, for the symposium.  Check-in will be held in the Meeting Center adjacent to the main admissions tunnel.

Check-in for optional pre- and post-conference workshops begins at the Conference and Banquet Center at 8:30 am on Nov. 8 & 10.

The following workshops are already sold out:

Baking with Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

Dumplings, Noodles, Puffs & Pastys