History Makes Series


January-March 2020 (Select Dates)

Join us for four instructional, hands-on programs covering historical materials common to every day life in colonial America. Participants will learn to make a variety of historical objects and clothing items while gaining in-depth knowledge of their functions from trade professionals. Dates, times, and costs are specific to each program (see below). All materials and catered lunch will be provided for each program.

To pre-register for each course, please click on the links associated with each program. Please contact facilitator@bushyrunbattlefield.com for additional information.

Members of the Westmoreland Historical Society and/or the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society will receive a 10% discount on course registration. Instead of registering online, please contact facilitator@bushyrunbattlefield.com to register in order to receive this discount. 

History Makes: 18thCentury Accessories

Date: January 25-26, 2020

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $165

Instructor: Jessica Young, Penny River LLC

This class is now completed.

In this class, participants will learn about and create several ubiquitous ladies’ accessories from the 18th century— A plain pocket, a triangular linen neck handkerchief, a silk bonnet, and a pair of fancy garters. We will look at artworks and photographs of museum examples for each item, and then work create our own unique accessories from historically appropriate materials using historical techniques.

Students should be comfortable with Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Whip Stitch, and Standard and Rolled Hem Stitches.  Materials will be provided, but students can bring their own to be approved by instructor.

History Makes: The 18thCentury Shift

Date: February 22-23, 2020

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $180

Instructor: Cait Southard

This class is now completed.

In this class we will explore the many aspects of ladies’ shifts from 1760 to 1800. Handouts will be provided, but more importantly you will be able to examine an extant shift dated from 1790-1810 as well as handle and explore a reproduction of a 1770s shift. Instruction will be given on the measuring, cutting, and sewing of your own garment. We will speak about variations in sleeve and neckline styles and will offer these as options for your projects as well. By the end of this class you will be well on your way to a finished shift.

Students should be confident in their hand stitching ability. We will use the running stitch, backstitch, buttonhole stitch, and felling stitch.

History Makes: Historical Patterns and Fit from Texts

Date: March 21-22, 2020

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $180

Instructor: Blair Farrar

Registration: This class is currently cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this class, learn how to turn gridded patterns into full-size templates for use in your next costume project. Participants will learn the basics for enlarging patterns, as well as the steps for turning these original patterns into a fitted muslin for use in creating a finished garment. Time will be spent discussing sources of patterns, identifying useful patterns for particular garments, and recognizing quirks of patterns taken from original garments. Once participants choose a pattern to work with, materials and instruction will be provided for first creating a paper template, then a muslin for fitting. We will also work with participants to fit these garments, spending time on typical fit challenges and the process of adjusting and marking muslins for use as a pattern. Participants will leave the class with both paper template and fitted muslin.

Instructors will provide books and resources for a variety of garments to choose from. For this class, we will be working on upper-body garments (sorry – no stays or corsets!). If you would like to make a garment that requires foundational garments, such as stays or corsets, please bring those to class for fitting. If you have a pattern/garment that you would like to work on in class, please contact the instructor for approval prior to the class.

History Makes: The 18th Century Toilette – A Historical Beauty Workshop

Date: March 28-29, 2020

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $180

Instructor: Brittany Frederick and Hayley Havener of the Dutch Milliners

Registration: This class is currently cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This two-day workshop will take you through the process of creating your very own historical toilette and how to use those products to create a pleasing and authentic look for your hair and face. Day one will focus on creating your products using historical recipes that have been adapted for modern use along with a lecture portion that will demystify 18th century beauty trends. Day two will be centered around learning how to properly use your new products to create your desired look based on the knowledge covered in the previous day. In this class you will make face paint, rouge, burnt cloves, scented hair powder, scented hair pomade, and a custom hair support.

The History Makes Series is co-sponsored by the Westmoreland Historical Society and historical seamstress Jessica Young, owner of Penny River Historic & Custom Costumes. Jessica’s work can be viewed and purchased at pennyriver.etsy.com.