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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. 3rd, 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 speakers will present on a variety of topics relating to the late 18th century through mid-19th century.


Your Saturday registration includes a buffet luncheon 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.)


2017 MENU

Salamongundy with Dressing

Meat-free (vegetarian) Salamongundy with Dressing

Collared Pork

Green Corn Pudding        French Spinach

East India Pickle       Sweet Pickled Beets       Applesauce with Quince

Mrs. Fitzhugh's Buns

 Sweet Butter

Summer Berry Pudding with Warm Pudding Sauce             American Heritage Chocolate Custard

Coffee, Tea, Cider, Shrub, Water


Check-in begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the symposium.  Check-in will be held in the Meeting Center adjacent to the main admissions tunnel.


Optional Workshops will be offered Pre- and Post-Symposium

For an extra fee, you can also attend pre- and post-conference hands-on workshops in a variety of subjects.   Check-in for optional workshops begins at the Conference and Banquet Center at 8:30 am on Nov. 2 & 4.


PLEASE NOTE:  The 2018 program is still being finalized.  Please see the two documents below from last year as an example of the types of speakers and workshops we offer, as well as pricing.