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Family Programs

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History @ Home
Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 | 1-2 pm

Living History @ Home

Want to be creative and learn about the 18th century? Join us for a weekly virtual Living History program via Zoom with our Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight as we explore the kind of clothing people wore in colonial America. Log in for any one of the programs or all four! See the schedule and Zoom registration details for each week below

Make your own bedgown at home! Download the instructions here

Make your own petticoat or breeches at home! Download the instructions here

Make your own hats and caps at home! Download the instructions here

Discover 18th-Century Clothing!
Wednesday, April 15 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages

Learn about different pieces of historic clothing, how garments were constructed, and the process of getting dressed in the 18th century. Bring a paper and pencil and start sketching your own outfits.

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Discover 18th-Century Clothing: Make a Bedgown
Wednesday, April 22 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages  

Learn all about the most common women’s garment in the 18th century : a bedgown!  A bedgown was a common garment worn as a top over petticoats by working-class women. Try your hand at making a bedgown or shirt using materials you have around the house!  No sewing required. 

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Discover 18th-Century Clothing: Make a Petticoat
Wednesday, April 29 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages  

This week, focus on the petticoat! Learn about the most common materials and construction of this 18th-century staple. Then, gather materials from around the house to make your own! No sewing required.

Register here >

Discover 18th-Century Clothing: Make the Accessories
Wednesday, May 6 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages  

Discover the accessories that tie the entire 18th-century ensemble together. Put the finishing touches on your outfit by making a cap or tricorn hat using household items! No sewing required. 

Register here >


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Image Caption: Living History Coordinator Cheyney McKnight
Image Credit: Simmons University



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Creative: Tronvig Group