Saturday, January 19, 2008


All Manner of Useful Goods: Household Necessities and Craftsmanship in Early America: A Symposium on American Social History and Material Culture

Hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority and George Mason University - History Depart.
Friday, March 28, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.,
at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

Craftsmanship and hand-crafted objects necessary to the daily running of a household produced in early America, 1750-1850, is the focus of an upcoming symposium. Presentations, costumed interpretations and tabletop exhibits examine types of trades, how they operated and economic factors impacting American craft; the processes of ceramic and metal production; and utilitarian household goods of redware and stoneware, iron, copper and base metals, cooperage, basketry and other items.

Presenters & Exhibitors:
Katie Boardman, The Cherry Valley Group
* Donald Fennimore, Winterthur Museum
* Jay Gaynor, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Carson Hudson, Historical Diversions
James Koterski, Independent Historian
Michel Burton, The Swift Shuttles & Pat Lasus, Rabbit Ridge Spinning
* Kevin P. & Kathleen Clancy, Blacksmithing
* Walt & Mary Henderson, Henderson & Vinci Cabinetmaking
* Kathryn Polletto, High Country Basketry Guild
* Marshall Scheetz, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Cooperage

Cost: $65.00. Advance registration is required and must be received by March 21, 2008.

For information and registration forms, email or phone Museum Collections at (703) 631-1429 or FAX (703) 631-8319.

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