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Thanks to everyone who participated in
The Civilian Symposium
The Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference
through all the years!
Website revised November 7, 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.
Classes are held both in the Gettysburg area and locations across the US. Future 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 is please to announce the 2019 schedule of workshops and seminars on Victorian period clothing. Anyone interested in Victorian fashion, history, sewing, needlework and material culture 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.
2019 GENTEEL ARTS SCHEDULE
* Check location carefully, the 2019 schedule includes classes both in the Gettysburg area and many other locations around the US *
SCHEDULE IN DEVELOPMENT - UPDATED INFORMATION COMING SOON
BE SURE TO REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, MANY CLASSES FILL QUICKLY!
Also check the ĎOn the Roadí section for other events where Genteel Arts will be participating
CLASS & SEMINAR LOCATION
Please review each listing carefully for workshop location. 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 advance of the activity. Feel free to contact us for lodging suggestions for those workshops in the Gettysburg area.
Class & Seminar Registration Information
Please contact the Academy via phone 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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Canít attend a class in Gettysburg or wish it could be in your area? We can come to you!
Take advantage of GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY "ON THE ROAD"
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. (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
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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 (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 at 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 (Please be sure to replace the <at> with @ in email addresses before sending.)
Carolann and Don participated in North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) events for over 40 years. 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