At long last, an update to our previous post! This afternoon, Colonial Williamsburg posted the eagerly anticipated schedule and registration information for their upcoming symposium, "Costume Accessories: Head to Toe," which is being co-sponsored by the Costume Society of America! The list of speakers is truly impressive, including Susan North from the V&A, Anne Bissonnette from University of Alberta, and Cynthia Cooper from the McCord Museum, along with CW's own Linda Baumgarten, Janea Whitacre, Mark Hutter, and D.A Saguto, among others. The two and a half days of lectures will be followed by a day full of special optional workshops on everything from 18th century hair and beauty secrets (given by CW's Elizabeth Myers) to button-making (with the CW tailors) to behind-the-scenes tours of the new accessories exhibit at the DeWitt Wallace and a look at the CW conservation labs - and several more!
Not wanting to miss out on any of these unique opportunities, Ashley and I both called immediately to register. Ashley has opted out of the full symposium, choosing instead to take the button workshop (to enhance her newly-discovered button-making skills!) and then attend the academic conference, "A Reconstructed Visitable Past: Recreated Period Attire at Heritage Sites," which will close out the week and is more in line with her interests in living history museums. I've decided to throw caution to the wind and go for broke (literally!) to attend both the symposium and the conference. Who knows when or if such a fantastic opportunity will ever present itself again? I've also registered for a couple of the tours and the silk muff workshop, which is being presented by the CW milliners. We encourage anyone interested in attending to register with haste because enrollment in the workshops and tours is very limited and when I spoke to the woman this afternoon, she was already overwhelmed with phone calls and online registration requests! If anyone plans to attend and would like to meet up, please do post a comment or send an email so we can say hello!