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Title:New England Re-enactor Fair
Date:2/18/2017 - 2/19/2017
Address:366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Location:Sturbridge, MA
Hours:10:00 AM
Contact Info:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206024844125166&set=oa.728465287271706&type=3
Details:New England Re-enactor Lecture Series
February 18, 2017

11:00 AM ~ R.P. Hale ~ From the Revolutionary War Through Today:
A History of the Art of Wood Engraving and Printmaking
If you've seen Civil War illustrations, then you've seen wood-engraved art. Wood dominated the 1800s as the primary way to mass-reproduce artwork for publication. It was used commercially into the 1980s to illustrate surgical-equipment catalogs. Paul Revere was both a copperplate intaglio artist and a wood engraver, and nearly all of the Civil War art was done in wood engraving. Wood engraving and letterpress printing are now enjoying a major resurgence in the printmaking arts.
About the presenter: R.P. Hale is a multi-generational artist, master-calligrapher, medical illustrator, maker of marbled papers, harpsichord maker and musician. As a letterpress printer and teacher in the U.S. today, his prints are in many museums and private collections. He is also a professional cultural re-enactor presenting period printing, music, calligraphy and astronomy at museums and historic sites all over New England and beyond.

12:00 N ~ Lynne Bassett ~ Herstory in Civil War Quilts: This lecture focuses on the quilts that women created to declare their patriotism and support their fighting menfolk, from the first call to defend their country to the post-war ceremonies that helped veterans to make sense of their experience. Quilts in particular, with their implicit and explicit messages, offer the opportunity to examine the experiences of civilians—especially women?on the homefront.
About the presenter: Lynne Zacek Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in historic costume and textiles. Among her projects are award-winning exhibitions and catalogues, including Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.

1:00 PM ~ Richard Tucker ~ Benedict Arnold; Hero of the Revolution (1775 – 1777) Benedict Arnold has been a name synonymous with treason since his attempt to turn West Point over to the British in 1780, but from 1775-1777, he was the most talented battlefield commander for the American cause. Arnold started the war as a simple militia commander from New Haven, CT when he marched to Cambridge to join the siege of Boston. Fate had a different plan for him and sent him on an odyssey that created a fighting legend for the American cause. Despite his treason, from 1775-1777 Benedict Arnold proved himself a hero for the American cause by winning some of the most significant victories that allowed the colonies to win their independence and become the United States.
About the presenter: Richard Tucker has been a living history re-enactor since he was 6 months old, and has created numerous impressions for the American Revolution, World War I, World War 2, and the Vietnam War. He holds a BA in U.S. History, and a Master's in Military History from Norwich University.

2:00 PM ~ Matt Villamaino ~ Interpreting the Stories: Connecting the Public to History
The book, Touching on Tilden: Written in the 1950s for the National Park Service, Tilden Freeman's six principles of interpretation are still just as relevant as ever over half a century later. Learn the principles and see examples of how you can work them into your public interactions to make a more relatable, revealing, artistic, provocative, holistic, and appropriate experience for them.
About the presenter: Matt Villamaino works seasonally with Massachusetts State Parks as the Visitor Services Supervisor and is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and Certified Heritage Interpreter through the National Association of Interpretation. His interests include late 16th/early 17th century England and colonial settlements and mid to late 19th century American tourism.

3:00 PM ~ Beth Chamberlain ~ “Lace is Always Handsome and Fashionable”…1850 Quote
Once accessible only to the wealthiest of society, by the mid-19th century lace was found in the wardrobes of many middle class women. Lace was used for everything from small bits of trim on accessories to broad flounces liberally fronting extravagant eveningwear. This presentation will look how the rise in machine production impacted the price of lace and the types of laces available. Who was wearing lace, how did they use it, and how were their confections used. What about the lady who loved lace but could not afford it? We will explore the variety of home-made laces and lace-like confections accessible to almost every industrious lady. The presentation will include a look at laces available to re-enactors today and how they can be incorporated appropriately.
About the presenter: Beth Chamberlain has been fascinated by historic clothing since she was 5 years old. Descended from a long line of needlewomen she was taught to sew and knit at a 19th century appropriate age and has never stopped. Beth has been an interpreter at old Bethpage Village for over a decade and can often be found there doing needlework or cooking demonstrations. Beth has a BS in Home Economics from Hood college and a MS in Library and Information Science. She works as the Head of Technical Services at Touro Law Center. Beth is a member of the Costume Society of America and the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums.

4:00 PM ~ Tom Kelleher ~ Taverns and Tavern Life: So What is Going on Inside those Taverns! Taverns were as numerous as churches in early New England, and played at least as large a role in the public life of the community. From typical food and drink, to the common topics discussed and kinds of songs sung by the fireside; this talk will look at what it was like inside the “public houses” that dotted the highways and center villages of virtually every town in New England.
About the presenter: Tom Kelleher is currently curator and chief historian at Old Sturbridge Village. His writings on technology, history, historical drama and other museum-related topics have been published. He has been involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Living History and Farm and Agricultural Museums.

February 19, 2017

11:00 AM ~ Richard Tucker ~ Hell is a Hole in the Dirt: The evolution and End of Trench Warfare The horror of Trench Warfare has become synonymous with the Great War, but this horrific style of fighting did not originate with World War I. The development of the Gatling gun, the trenches of Vicksburg, and the siege of Petersburg were among the first examples of "modern war." Machine-guns, trenches, "no-man's land", and heavy artillery were what made this War one of the bloodiest in the history of the world, but all of these things were present before the war started. In essence WWI was the war that ended Trench Warfare as the Americans entered the war in 1917. From the American Civil War, to the end of the Great War, trench warfare went through many changes, which ultimately the brought trench warfare to an end.
About the presenter: Richard Tucker has been a living history re-enactor since he was 6 months old, with impressions for the American Revolution, World War I, World War 2, and the Vietnam War. He holds a BA in U.S. History, and a Master's in Military History from Norwich University.

12:00 N ~ Chelsey Cayer~ Corsets and Stays: The Binding Undergarments of History Underpinnings of History: Ever wonder about the evolution of underpinnings in history? Ever wonder how to make them? In this lecture you will have a hands-on presentation of how they were made, why they existed, and how you can make your own! We will discuss typical fabrics, notions and sewing styles used in each era, and include free patterns for you to try on your own. Undergarments include petticoats, corsets, stays, bloomers, panniers, bum rolls, jumpers, shifts and more. Dates in history are from the 1500's to the 20th centuries.
About the presenter: Chelsey Cayer is an award winning re-enactor and historical costumer. She has worked for National Geographic, Mystic Seaport, Sturbridge Village, Strawbery Banke, and many many more. Chelsey runs and co-owns the group Bloody Historical, which has traveled around the country with their historical displays. Her specialty in history is the 18th century, mainly the Golden Age of Piracy. Chelsey is the head costumer of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and has costumed multiple films and theater productions. She spends most of her time teaching sewing classes at Schiller's Sewing Circle in Willimantic, CT.

1:00 PM ~ Lew Taylor ~ America’s Forgotten Patriot: Mercy Otis Warren and the Writings that Fanned the Flames of Revolution
The presentation is a brief study of the life and political writings of Mercy Otis Warren -- a satirist, poet, and historian whose writings helped fan the flames of revolution in 18th century Boston. Warren was a confidant to many of the central characters of the American revolutionary period, and believing that the colonists were losing their rights and freedoms, she took pen to paper and became a leading advocate of colonial independence at a time where women were, for the most part, not politically active. About the presenter: Lew Taylor holds a BA in American History from American Military University, and an MA in American History, also from American Military University. Lew’s studies concentrated on the American Revolution, the Early National Period, and the American Civil War. He is a retired U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, a retired public librarian, and a retired Civil War re-enactor. He currently lives on Cape Cod where he is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books, a new and “gently-read” bookstore.

Learn how New England colonists defended the frontier during the first half of the 18th century. Guy Morin, a member of Harmon’s Snowshoe Company, will present a program describing these frontier warriors. Mr. Morin will be outfitted for service on the frontier in the 1740’s. He will discuss the development of frontier defenses and will explain the weapons and tactics of the period.
About the presenter: Mr. Morin has been involved in the hobby of battle reenacting/living history for over 40 years. This hobby has taken him to various historic sites and communities throughout the eastern United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst with a degree in history. He has been providing lectures and demonstrations for over 30 years to schools, libraries and community groups throughout New England. His reenacting experience includes periods from 1675-1865.

New England Re-enactor Fair Workshops

Workshops are a first come first serve basis. There is pre-registration available to ensure you spot will be reserved. Please contact: Richard Eckert at Nereenactors@gmail.com

Bonnet Workshop: From Floppy to Fabulous
Cost: $35.00 per person
Limit: 15 (pre-registration available)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Afternoon Session

Bonnets were worn by women in the mid-19th Century for almost every occasion and during every season, constructed from straw, silk, or netting and from velvet, wool, or quilted silk. Ladies adorned them according to the season and the latest fashion, changing the decorations multiple times over the life of the bonnet. In this workshop, we’ll take your tired bonnet from floppy to fabulous, your new acquisition from simple to sophisticated or a basic hat to perfection! We’ll talk about typical bonnet (and some hat) styles and adornments using instructions, advice and illustrations from Godey’s and Petersons Lady’s Magazines along with CDVs and photographs of originals. You’ll decorate your own bonnet with materials collected or purchased at the workshop using these primary sources for inspiration. You will receive the workshop source print materials as a reference. Millinery flowers and limited ribbons and laces will be available for purchase.
About the Instructor: Marie Porteus is an educator in Bolton, MA and has been a re-enactor for over 17 years along with her husband and three sons. She constructs garments and millinery for her family using period construction methods and materials. Marie is an active member of the Civil War civilian group What Remains and lectures at events and Historical Societies on the roles of women, their experiences, attire and manners. She has studied millinery and has won awards at the Lady’s and Gentlemen’s Civil War Symposium in Harrisburg for her work.

Knitting Workshop: The Art of Victorian Knitting
Cost: $35.00 per person
Limit: 15 (pre-registration available)
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017 Morning Session

Knitting was both a necessary skill and an art form; it provided garments to keep the family warm as well as fashionable accessories for both the person and home. Knitting is a great way to fill out your wardrobe while also providing very portable handwork to take to events. The workshop will include the basics of knitting, the most common stitches, and discussion on tools and materials that were available and how they were used. There will also be discussion on the strategies for interpreting historic patterns, decipher cryptic yarn and needle references. During the workshop you will start a simple pair of muffatees (mitts) or cuffs. The handout includes a number of muffatee patterns spanning 1838 to 1900.

Jazzing Up Your Historical Apron: Medieval – 1940s
Presenter: Cheley Cayer
Cost: $35.00 per person
Apron pieces cost: $10
Threads Range: $5-$6
Limit: 15 (pre-registration available)
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017 Afternoon Session

With everything from smocking to crewelwork embroidery, aprons have always had some form of decor. Make your apron a bit more exciting in this workshop! Bring your own apron, or purchase one of our kits, and be prepared to create an apron appropriate to your era. Learn about smocking, red work, white work, crewel, spangles, kewpies and more!! Wool and silk embroidery thread will be available to purchase along with cuts of linen and cotton.

Special Exhibit: Henry Cooke Original Collection : Show and Tell Time-line
Cost: $10.00 per person -Saturday Morning Session

This is a rare opportunity to view, examine, and discuss 18th and 19th century garments with the National renowned Master Tailor Henry Cooke.

An interview published in November 11, 2015 in the Journal of the American Revolution entitled “8 Questions with Henry Cooke” a deeper appreciation of the depth of knowledge of Mr. Cooke.

“If he had lived in the eighteenth century, Henry Cooke would have been called a Master Tailor. Today we call him a historical costumer, but his tailoring is no less masterful. In an era when all clothing was handmade, proper fit was important. Achieving the right fit and the right look means understanding the way clothing was constructed. Cooke has made a livelihood out of studying original garments, finding the best materials, and mastering the techniques of measurement, cutting and construction that make reproduction clothing look like the real thing; if you’ve been to a museum, a site with historical interpretation, or a reenactment, you may have seen his work or at least seen his influence.

This is why this is a unique presentation opportunity!

“I learned a long time ago that I couldn’t make clothing for everyone, and many folks have good basic skills, and can make clothing that will fit and function well and correctly. I also learned that while some people want to learn the inner art of tailoring, many are content with picking up a few skills needed to make a particular garment they want to make, be it a coat, vest, or legwear. These folks want to learn the skills needed to make a garment, and for them, providing a garment in kit form with instructions works the best for them, which with personal instruction and guidance from me helps them to get quality results. I also enjoy meeting people and sharing what I know, and learning from them as well. Sometimes I can also bring original garments for “show and tell” so they can see what I have seen and learn how the garments were made and maintained over time, sort of like going to a museum, but without the display case in the way of your learning. The most rewarding part is helping someone discover their sewing abilities and see the pleasure they take in their accomplishment.”

Event is:Daily
Audience:All Welcome
Category:Special Events
Sponsored By:NERF
Submitted by:Caren Harrington
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