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We've had an overwhelming and early response to
THE CIVILIAN SYMPOSIUM
MARCH 2, 3 & 4, 2018
(Formerly Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference)
We've established a wait list and will fill cancellations from that list. Please contact us via email if you would like to be added to the wait list.
We look forward to seeing everyone in March!
Right click any of the above links allows downloading the Adobe Acrobat file to your computer , then choose "Save Link as" and pick the disk you would like to save the file to and then "Save"
Check the links below for an overview of the previous symposium
Click here to view archived information for the March 2016 Symposium
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Website revised January 2, 2018
The Genteel Arts Academy was founded in 1988 to encourage interest in the clothing worn during the Civil War era; concentrating on historically accurate sewing techniques. The Academy offers a continuing series of lectures and hands-on seminars on all aspects of Civil War clothing and needlework. Students select from over 100 topics which are offered on a rotating schedule based on popularity.
While the majority of the classes are held in the Gettysburg area, classes can be scheduled in your area of the country. Please contact the Academy for further details concerning scheduling seminars and classes in your area.
Genteel Arts, LLC does NOT manufacture Civil War period clothing for resale. The company focus is instruction on the history of period clothing and teaching students how to accurately reproduce it via hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures.
GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY will be announcing the 2018 schedule of workshops and seminars on Victorian period clothing soon.
Anyone interested in Victorian fashion, history, sewing or needlework will find these workshops and seminars very educational.
All hands-on workshops include a review of the history of the garment and a study of specific design characteristics used during the period. Students then sew the garment using period fitting and construction techniques. A workbook including historical information, a suggested reading list and sewing instructions is included with the registration fee.
We suggest registering for workshops and seminars well in advance of the activity date as many fill up quickly.
2018 Schedule will be posted soon.
BE SURE TO REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, MANY CLASSES FILL QUICKLY!
Also check for workshops and seminars in the Ďon the roadí section!
CLASS & SEMINAR LOCATION
Unless otherwise noted all classes and seminars are held in the historic Gettysburg area. Class and seminar locations are noted via confirmation letter mailed prior to each activity. We recommend making reservations at any hotel, motel or bed & breakfast in or near Gettysburg in advance of the activity. Feel free to contact us for suggestions.
Class & Seminar Registration Information
Please contact the Academy via phone, FAX or email and request a flyer containing complete class and registration information. Gift certificates are available! Payment can be by check, money order, VISA and MasterCard. Genteel Arts Academy reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment. Registration fees for any class cancelled by the Academy will be refunded in full.
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Take advantage of GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY "ON THE ROAD"
Check this space often for additions, updates and details... We could have a workshop or seminar near you!2017 - 2018 TRAVELING SCHEDULE
Dearborn, MI, May 27-29, 2017 - Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village. We will be presenting seminars and exhibit an extensive display of original period clothing throughout the three day period of the event. Check this link for details: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance/
Hot Springs, AR, July 15-16, 2017 - Lightweight Jacket Workshop. Lightweight jackets worn over a dress were a very common accessory during the mid-nineteenth century, yet they seldom appear in our reproduction wardrobes. Jackets add warmth without bulk, making them ideal for events in historic homes with minimal heating. Layer one under your shawl or paletot for outdoor events. Change the look of a dress by adding a jacket. Participants may choose from a variety of styles taken from original garments, illustrations, patterns and photographs. Appropriate fabrics include lightweight sheer cotton or silk, light or medium weight wool, medium weight silk, cotton pique, and cotton velvet or velveteen. Lining is optional. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!
Spartanburg, SC, July 22-23, 2017 - Nightdress Workshop . A mid-nineteenth century nightdress is a great addition to a 19th or 21st century wardrobe! Based on original garments, this nightdress is ankle-length with long sleeves and front button opening. Instructions will be provided for optional embellishments including whitework embroidery, insertions, tucks, puffings, and ruffles. Recommended fabrics include lawn, batiste, Pima cotton broadcloth, or Canton flannel. Intermediate sewing skills are required. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!
Clinton, MD, August 19, 2017, Surratt House Museum. An Introduction to Broderie Anglaise. Broderie anglaise is a form of whitework embroidery that was very popular in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily used to ornament collars, cuffs, undersleeves, childrenís dresses, christening gowns, and nightclothes for women and children. The designs are created by a series of overcast holes in the fabric Ė circles, ovals, tear drops. There are few, if any, lines of connecting stitches between the holes. While it looks complicated, broderie anglaise is very easy to work using three basic stitches; and the designs work up fairly quickly. We will use original patterns to create a piece of broderie anglaise embroidery that can be used in the 19th or the 21st century. Original garments with broderie anglaise embellishments will be available for examination. Basic sewing skills required. Please contact us for registration information. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!
Wallingford, CT, November 4-5, 2017, Turn-over Shawl Workshop. Shawls were the most common outer garment worn during the mid-nineteenth century, and turn-over shawls were a popular variation. This shawl features a center square of the main fabric, with a sewn-on border made from alternating stripes of contrasting and center fabrics. The mitered border is attached to the center fabric on two adjacent sides of the square; it is attached to the reverse side of the center fabric on the remaining two sides of the square. When folded diagonally, the right sides of the border appear on the same side of the shawl. Basic sewing skills required. Please contact us for registration information.
Gettysburg, PA, March 2, 3 & 4, 2018, The Civilian Symposium at Gettysburg. The 23rd year!
Click here for 2018 Symposium information (PDF)
Click here for 2018 registration form (PDF)
Click here for 2018 Symposium suggested lodging list (PDF)
Canít come to Gettysburg for a class or one on our traveling schedule? We can come to you!
Your group or historical site can sponsor a Genteel Arts Academy class, or series of classes, in YOUR area. Contact us at info<at>genteelarts.com or call 717-624-5694 for details and available dates. (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the <at> with @ in email addresses before sending.)
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OF LECTURES AND SEMINARS PRODUCED BY THE ACADEMY
ON A ROTATING BASIS AND/OR BY POPULAR DEMAND
Period Construction Techniques
Digital Media Series
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Profile of the Senior Staff
Clothing historian Carolann Schmitt has been studying the clothing and needlework of Civil War era since 1968. She is a featured lecturer at conferences, living history events and historic sites throughout the country. Carolann is a board member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (SUFAM) and has been a continuing education instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College. She is an active participant in many living history activities and is the past Chairperson of the Costume Committee of the North-South Skirmish Association. An accomplished seamstress and needlewoman, she and her students have won numerous awards for their authentic reproduction clothing in national and regional period costume competitions. Genteel Arts, LLC is a member of the Costume Society of America. Carolann is the President of Genteel Arts, LLC. Her email address is: cschmitt<at>genteelarts.com (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the <at> with @ in email addresses before sending.)
Don Schmitt has been actively involved in 19th century living history since 1968. In 1970 he was one of the three founding members of the 11th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf Regt. This unit remains active today in the Gettysburg area as a fife and drum corps and color guard. Prior to retirement at the end of 2013 Don was in the business information technology field for 30 years. Today he is active in the Gettysburg National Military Park volunteer program and also coordinates the auxiliary communications program for the Adams County Department of Emergency Services & 911 Center. Don provides marketing, business management and technical solutions for Genteel Arts, LLC. His email address is: dschmitt<at>genteelarts.com (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the <at> with @ in email addresses before sending.)
Carolann and Don participate in North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) events. Their member organization, Knap's Independent Battery E, Pa. Light Artillery, participates in live fire small arms, artillery and period costume competitions. They have also participated in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) events which portrays Old West living history and competitive shooting of the period 1860-1898.
Carolann and Don are both fifth generation natives of Gettysburg and reside in the Gettysburg area.
Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum
National Civil War Museum - Harrisburg, PA